Pets can enter France by airplane in the cabin, as checked baggage or air cargo, by ferry or by car. You need a valid EU pet passport to enter France with a pet. That means that your pet should be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip and have proof of a current anti- rabies vaccination. The anti-rabies vaccination shall be considered as valid 21 days from the date of completion of the vaccination protocol required by the manufacturer for the primary vaccination in the country in which the vaccination is administered. However, the anti-rabies vaccination shall be considered as valid from the date of revaccination (booster) where the vaccine is administered within the period of validity indicated by the manufacturer of a previous vaccination in the country in which the previous vaccination was administered. The vaccination shall be considered as a primary vaccination in the absence of veterinary certification attesting the previous vaccination.
The following dog breeds are considered dangerous by french law and are prohibited to enter France. These breeds are: Pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, Bull terrier, any Mastiff dog types and Rottweilers. Pet friendly accommodations are eligible to check pet passports or/and pet health booklets upon check-in.
Your dog should be kept on a leash most of the time. While walking outside of public places and housing areas, dogs are allowed off the leash but your dog should be put on the leash or called to you temporarily when passing others. Failing to pick up after your pet can result in being charged a fine.
In most french cities, small dogs are allowed on all forms of public transport (bus, metro, train, trams and funicular) for free, but they should be carried in a bag or container. Larger dogs are only allowed on the metro and RER (train), not buses or trams, and must be leashed and muzzled, and require a reduced ticket. For long distance trains, all sized dogs are allowed on all types of trains, except for the Eurostar. For dogs larger than 6kg, on TGV, Intercités and TER trains the applicable fare is 50% of the 2nd class fare. There are pet-specific fares for other types of trains.
The vast majority of cafes and restaurants accept dogs, if they don’t you will see a sign on the door telling you so, just in case, you should ask when entering the place. When making a reservation I advise you to inform them that you are taking your dog, depending on the restaurant they accept only a certain number of dogs at the same time, or they might reserve a table more comfortable for you.
There are many licensed veterinarians in every french city. In case you know beforehand your exact route in France, please do your research online and get in touch with veterinary clinics to prepare for an emergency.
Most lakes, rivers and beaches allow dogs in France. However, even though they are public places, some of them don’t, but you will definitely see a sign if that is the case.
Dogs are allowed to enter some stores and shopping malls in France but not all. Smaller shops is the best choice when go for shopping with your dog in France.