Can I Take My Dog to France From the UK?

Prior to Brexit, it was easy to take your dog to France from the UK. Since then, it is no longer as simple, but it is still a straightforward process – you can still take your dog to France. Find out the requirements for taking a dog to France from the UK, plus the different transport options available, regardless of whether you want to take your own car.

Taking a Dog to France

Paperwork to Take a Dog to France from the UK

Since Brexit, the main thing you need to take your dog to France is to get an EU animal health certificate from a vet. The certificate needs to be completed within 10 days of your entry to the EU.

To be issued this certificate, your pet will also require a microchip and a valid rabies vaccination, given at least 21 days before your date of travel.

Double check with your vet in advance that they can issue these certificates – only “official veterinarians” can issued them. I’ve heard reports that the fees are often quite high – double check in advance.

I’ve heard recommendations for Abbeywell Vets located in Folkestone, close to the Eurotunnel terminal and the Dover ferry port, thanks to their reasonable prices. You can request an EU animal health certificate online for collection when you arrive in Folkestone.

Note that this step isn’t required if you have an EU or Northern Ireland-issued pet passport for your pet, with an up-to-date rabies vaccine given within the EU or Northern Ireland.

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Visiting Moet in Champagne

Travelling to France with a Dog by Car

If you are travelling to France from England in your own car, there are two main options available that allow you to take your dog: either the Eurotunnel or a ferry.

Taking the Eurotunnel with a Dog

Probably the easiest way to travel to France with a pet (and return to England) is on the Eurotunnel.

If taking the Eurotunnel, your dog stays in your car along with you, and the actual crossing only takes 35 minutes, although you may need to queue. There is an additional charge of £22 per pet.

At both Folkestone (UK) and Calais (France), prior to checking in, you will need to report to the Pet Reception Centre. At this point your pet’s paperwork will be checked. Allow extra time for this step.

See further details on the Eurotunnel website.

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You’ll soon be in Paris with your dog

Taking Dogs to France on the Ferry

The other alternative if you have your own vehicle is to take a cross channel ferry. There’s a wide variety of ferries available, departing from different ports in England and arriving in different ports in France.

The facilities onboard the ferries for pets vary. While some ferries require your pet to remain in your vehicle, other ferries have pet-friendly cabins and kennels. I compare the different options in my guide to taking dogs on the ferry to France.

If leaving your dog in your vehicle, it’s best to choose the shorter ferries during summer. However, a new development in 2023 has been the introduction of pet lounges on the P&O ferries between Dover and Calais.

Instead of leaving your dog in your car, you can travel together in the lounge, with access to an outside exercise deck. A fee applies for access, with only dogs allowed.

If taking a ferry with your dog to France, let the company know at the time of booking that you will be travelling with a pet. Fees for pets vary between £15 to £29 per pet.

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Exploring the French city of Nancy with my dog by my side

Travelling to France with a Dog without a Car

It’s slightly trickier taking a dog to France from the UK, if you aren’t taking your car across the channel.

Are Dogs Allowed on the Eurostar to London?

One of the easiest ways to travel from London to Paris, if you aren’t taking along your own car, is by taking the Eurostar train. It’s even quick enough for a day-trip.

However, while dogs are allowed on trains in both England and France, unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the Eurostar between London and Paris. There are no signs that this will change in the future.

Flying to France with a Dog

When travelling to France, it’s possible to fly to France from the UK with your small dog in the cabin.

There are some airlines that allow dogs to fly in the cabin when flying out of the UK. One option is Air France. While they don’t clearly state whether this is allowed in their pet policy, I’ve heard reports from multiple people that this is possible.

Schnitzel in his carrier bag inside the cabin
It’s possible to fly to France with your dog in the cabin, but not vice versa

Unfortunately, though, no airlines allow dogs to fly in the cabin or as check-in baggage into the UK, so you’ll need to make different plans for your return journey.

Taking the Ferry to France as a Foot Passenger

There are limited options to take a cross channel ferry to France with your dog, if you’re travelling as a foot passenger, rather than with a vehicle. The majority of ferry crossings don’t allow foot passengers to bring on board dogs, if they allow foot passengers at all.

There is only one option available to France – the DFDS Seaways ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe. You can combine the ferry trip with a train on either side. The dock in Newhaven is next to the train station, while the dock in Dieppe is just a short taxi ride from the train station, and a couple of hours from Paris on regional trains.

Read my review of taking the DFDS Seaways ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven with my dog. You can use this option to travel from London to Paris with a dog without a car, or vice versa.

DFDS Ferry Dieppe to Newhaven with a Dog
On board the DFDS Seaways ferry near Newhaven

Taking a Shuttle or Taxi on the Eurotunnel

It’s not possible for foot passengers to travel on the Eurotunnel, with or without pets. Instead, if you’re wanting to use this quick option to travel from England to France and you don’t have a car, you can instead make a booking with a pet-friendly shuttle or taxi.

One relatively new but increasingly popular option is Le Pet Express, which offers shared minibus shuttles on the Eurotunnel, between Ashford International rail station and Calais Frethun rail station. Check in advance what days and times they are operating and make a booking in advance – they often book out!

Alternatively, you can take a private taxi, such as Happy Saluki Pet Transport, Folkestone Taxis (also known as Pet Travel Abroad) or Pet Moves. These taxi can take you just between Folkestone Central station and either Calais Ville or Calais Fréthun station, or alternatively the entire journey from London to Paris.

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Exploring the waterfront in St Tropez in southern France

Travelling in France with a Dog

For tips on enjoying your time in France with your dog, including information on taking dogs on public transport in France and ideas for dog-friendly sightseeing, check out my guide to travelling in France with a dog.

Also keep in mind that France has restrictions on some breeds of dogs they regard as dangerous. Check the full details in my guide.

Returning to the UK with Your Dog

Before returning to the UK with your dog, you’ll need to have your dog wormed by a vet. This needs to be done between 5 days (120 hours) and 24 hours before returning to the UK, based on your arrival time in the UK.

If you travelled to France using an EU animal health certificate and less than four months has elapsed since the certificate was issued, this certificate is valid for your return to the UK and the worming treatment can be recorded on it.

Alternatively, the worming treatment needs to be recorded in an EU pet passport, or on a new GB pet health certificate.

The same transport options apply when returning to the UK with your dog, except dogs are not allowed in the cabin on flights into the UK, unless they’re a service dog.

Getting a French Pet Passport

If you regularly travel to France or elsewhere in the EU with your pet, it is worthwhile considering getting an EU pet passport for your pet, such as a French pet passport. 

This will make it easier for you to travel around the EU with your pet, as all your pet’s vaccination and other information is stored in one place, plus you won’t need to have a health certificate completed each time and endorsed by the government veterinarian.

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My French pet passport

Unfortunately, since Brexit, it has become harder to get a pet passport in France, with many veterinarians, particularly in France, requiring you show proof of residency.

Read more about getting an EU pet passport for your dog.

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Shandos Cleaver is the founder of Travelnuity: Dog-Friendly Travel. She has travelled extensively with her Miniature Dachshund, Schnitzel, including to 33 countries across Europe, every state and territory of Australia except Tasmania, and 10 of the United States. She’s passionate about providing inspiration and information to others wanting to travel with their dogs, whether close to home or internationally.

43 thoughts on “Can I Take My Dog to France From the UK?”

  1. I have a pet passport for my 4kg dog who had her rabies vaccination but though Air France accepts dogs in cabin from England to France, the return is another story as even in hold, dogs are not accepted back to England. They don’t make things easy for travelling with your pets.

  2. I have a question where I cannot find details online regarding our situation. We are from the Uk, we have a small dog that has a Uk pet passport with up to date rabies vaccine and microchip. We travelled to Canada 6 months ago with her in the cabin on a pet health certificate. We are now due to return to the Uk, via Paris as she is again travelling in the cabin. My question is, will her Uk pet passport be sufficient to access France, or will we need a pet health certificate from Canada as she’s been here for 6 months? Also can we have her tapeworm pill for the Uk completed by a vet in Canada for her Uk entry? Thank you so much your website is other wise extremely helpful and informative.

    • Stuart – As the UK is still part of the EU, her UK pet passport will be fine to return to France, unless she’s had a rabies vaccine meanwhile done in Canada. (It still should be fine after Brexit too, but the legislation will need to be updated.)

      The worming treatment will be fine to be done in Canada. I’ve heard two different opinions about vets from outside of the EU writing in an EU pet passport – that they just can’t add a rabies vaccine, or that they shouldn’t record anything at all. To be on the safe side, have it certified separately, clearly stating the time and time zone. Your airline might also require a health certificate, so have this done at the same time.

    • I’ve written more about the French laws for dangerous dog breeds in this post: Based on the French rules for mastiffs and mastiff-crosses, I would leave your dog behind. It’s not worth the potential issues that may arise. My only caveat is that if the dog doesn’t look like a mastiff-cross (just a labrador-cross), you may be okay. I’m really sorry about this.

  3. Hello!
    Maybe a weird question, but do they actually check the dates of the vaccination for rabbies? I’ll be travelling within the EU but my cat was too young to be vaccinated before, and now we are leaving less than 21 days after her vaccination… Knowing that they don’t even do passport checks within EU, I’m wondering about cat’s passport checks… Were your dog’s vaccination controlled?

    • Within the EU, I didn’t have my dogs passport checked when crossing borders, except for when arriving in the UK and Malta. I doubt that your cat’s passport will be checked, although there is a slight chance if you’re flying, very unlikely if you’re taking a train or driving.

  4. Hello,

    I just recently came into France from the US with my dog 4 days ago and none of her paperwork was checked when we entered CDG. I had my passport checked and stamped as usual and was just ushered through. Does this mean my dog is considered undeclared? I’m leaving CDG tomorrow morning and was nervous about there being an issue in case her certificate needed to be stamped. Please let me know if you are aware whether or not those travel certificates get stamped by Customs.

    • Shawn – It’s quite common that the paperwork isn’t checked at CDG. I’ve only heard of the lack of a stamp being an issue for someone travelling on to the UK with their dog (UK border control is quite strict) but they were able to explain their situation and pass through. Generally it is no issue and isn’t checked again.

  5. Hi! We need to move to France from the UK very soon for work and the day we need to be there is going to be exactly 21 days from her rabies vaccine. We are driving there and we are thinking about crossing the border two days before that on the eurotunnel, I know ideally you have to wait 21 days but do you think we have chances of crossing two days before?

    • Rocio – Usually when crossing from the UK to France the passport is not checked (or at least closely checked), unlike when crossing the opposite way. I think you’ve got a good chance! The situation will change once Brexit is finalised, but luckily that hasn’t happened yet.

      • Also interested to know about this as we’ve just realised our dog’s rabies vaccine has expired (his booster appointment was cancelled due to Covid) and we’re due to arrive in France in 2 weeks time. I’ve never known them to check documents going to France, only on returning, by which time it will be over 21 days. What could happen if they realise the vaccine wasn’t given before 21 days?

        • If they checked the passport and rabies vaccine at the border, they could deny entry to your dog, and then you’d need to change your plans. If it isn’t checked at the border, I don’t think anything would happen in France, as there’s not record of when your dog entered France (no passport stamp) and the 21 day rule only applies for border crossings.

          Although I have heard from a friend living in France that they check for the rabies vaccine on the ferry to Corsica, despite still being in France, but they have a special rule that treats it like a border crossing.

  6. Hi, I am in Greece with my dog at the moment – when we return to the uk we usually travel through – Italy,Swizzerland, Luemburg, Belgium and France – I have been told that after Brexit I will no longer be able to travel through France to get back, I will have to go through Holland, I cannot find anything to back this up

    • Linda – I haven’t heard that anywhere! Pets will need to travel to the UK by approved routes, but that should include both France and the Netherlands. Mind you, the changes following Brexit are yet to be finalised, as discussed in my Brexit post.

  7. hi there! I ve already travelled with my dog from uk to France like 2 years ago..and we are planning to travel again in the end of the month. she had already rabies vaccine and passport done! just one question how many days before the travel she needs health check and the authorization from the vet on the passport? because che did health check on 26 June and we are leaving UK on the 26 of July. she will need another health check?

    • There’s no health check required to travel from the UK to France, at least until the Brexit transition period finishes at the end of the year. All that you need is the pet passport and the rabies vaccine, at least 21 days before travel. Don’t also forget the worming treatment to return to the UK.

  8. Hi I’m a little unclear if we travel to France for a short stay! I have a 5 month puppy and already have his passport and rabies injections and he was wormed around 3 weeks ago – can we have a short trip In August without any vet requirements on either side?

    • Lisa – There’s nothing extra needed to take your dog to France, but when coming back to the UK you’ll need to visit the vet to have a worming treatment done. This needs to be done between 24 hours and 5 days before returning to the UK. If your trip to France is short enough, you can even do it in the UK before you leave. The worming treatment specifically needs to contain praziquantel or an equivalent proven to be effective against the Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworm – not all worming tables that you administer at home have this ingredient or similar. (Vets will know which one to use.)

  9. Hi, I’m intrigued that more people do not ask about how easy/ difficult it is to book your dog in to a French vet for worming before returning to the UK. I would have thought this was quite diffcult to book and plan when on holiday and due to not being regular attendees at whichever vet you select to visit in France.

    • I think it is easier than you would expect, as vets are familiar with the process and happy with the one-off appointments. However, I’ve heard that the vets around Calais tend to charge more for the worming, so it’s better to have it done earlier.

  10. Hiya,
    Can I please check something. As I will be travelling with my dog from UK to France this year. Can I please check health certificate from vet is not necessary? As long dog is vaccinated for rabbis, have passport and it’s microchipped ?
    As some websites mention health certificates ?


    • There’s no need to get a health certificate from the vet this year, prior to the end of Brexit transition. It’s still to be finalised what is happening next year.

  11. Hi! i’m going with my dog, from uk to frank on december 30th! My dog came from france to uk on october 30th, her vaccine is still valid, because took it in october! in that case you don’t have this 21-day process correct? I o Lu hace to to i Thi j so! congratulations for the web! very explanatory and helps a lot of people! Thanks!

  12. Hi there! I arrived into CDG yesterday and with jet lag, I didn’t realize I needed to stop at customs and declare my dog (he doesn’t have pet passport yet). No one asked me to see his paperwork, so although I thought it was strange, I didn’t think anything of it. Now I’m seeing that I could be fined and my dog confiscated if not declared!! What should I do?? I thought I just had to take him to the vet within ten days to complete his pet passport!

    • I think this happens to plenty of people arriving in France with dogs, I don’t think there are ever any repercussions. Although normally they would stamp the certificate and I this lack of stamp was picked up when another couple I knew then travelled on to the UK, but they were still waved through. Also, I haven’t previously heard of a need to get a pet passport within 10 days. The EU animal health certificate is valid for 4 months travel around the EU, as long as the rabies vaccine is still valid.

  13. Hi
    We live in France with 2 dogs, travel to the UK occasionally. The dogs have French Passports so…. No Titre test in the passport, can i take them to the UK for a 2 week holiday and return? The French Douane website says no, the vet says yes??????

    • My guess is the website has not yet been updated. As of mid-December 2020, it was confirmed no titre test is required for dogs to travel from the UK to the EU. There is just the usual worming treatment going to the UK. Plus I expect you will now show your pet passport when coming back to France, whereas in the past it was not usually checked when leaving the UK. On the Eurotunnel website, there is a map showing the new animal reception centre in Folkestone.

  14. Hi, I just wanted to say that United does fly in cabin dogs in their transatlantic flights. I just booked a flight from San Francisco to Tel Aviv with United. The cost was $125 per way.

  15. Hi…I am going to travel with my Dachshund to France. My daughter thinks its crazy that I am bringing a stroller for her. I plan to do a lot of walking and It would be a lot for her. Is it common to see dog strollers or will I really stick out? Also, I plan to read your blog on things to do in Paris with my dog. How is it these days with COVID? I have my vaccines and am working on the permission on moving around France. Is it nice enough to just spend a few days walking around with her and just enjoy being there in Paris. I am also going to be on the SW Coast. Any helpful suggestions well appreciated. Thank you! My dog looks similar to yours, but long hair!!!

    • Hi Sheri – I can’t remember seeing many dog strollers in Europe during my extended stay (2017 to 2018), but I believe they’re becoming more common – at least that’s the case in my home country of Australia, and I want to get one for Schnitzel when he gets older.

      I’m not sure how Paris is with Covid at the moment, because I’ve had to delay returning to Europe, but I believe you need a vaccine passport to enter many places. It’s definitely worthwhile just spending a few days wandering around! My husband and I did a long walk along the Seine on one day and were exhausted – we should have split it into multiple days, there’s so much to see just walking.

  16. Hi. Im thinking of buying a puppy within the EU. I know rules have changed. But what is the age you can bring a puppy cross border. It used to be 10 weeks but has this now changed because of timing on Rabies injection


  17. I know this question has been asked and answered. I’m just curious if there have been any recent experiences about entering France from another EU country before the 21 day time period after the rabies vaccine. We’re about to buy plane tickets from Barcelona to Paris we are hoping to get our new puppy home.

    • Generally pet passports are not checked when driving or taking a train across the border, but they usually are when flying. I’m not sure if the rabies vaccine dates are usually checked (they definitely check for a rabies vaccine) but I’d say it’s risky.

  18. Hi! I’m trying to find some information on taking my dog on a ferry from Dover. We’d like to travel around midnight and we’re concerned the ‘dog people’ are not working 24/7. Do you know if you can travel with pets on ferries at all times? Or maybe you know where I could ask to get an answer?
    Thank you!

    • I haven’t heard about restricted hours for travelling with dogs. (And night time trips are often best in summer, when it can be warm.) to be certain, contact the ferry company, by phone or email.


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