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Taking Your Pet to France on Holiday

You can now take your dog or cat to France thanks to the “Pet Travel Scheme”(PETS) which involves your dog having its own “Pet Passport” ! The scheme applies in the following countries only: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Vatican.

This Pet Travel Scheme allows people to take their pet dogs and cats on holiday to France and then to enter back into the UK without them having to go into quarantine – however, you and your vet must follow the rules carefully – otherwise your dog or cat could end up going into quarantine or having a return journey to the UK delayed.

The basic requirements for taking your dog to France are outlined below. If you are going to a different EU country, please check with the websites I suggest to see if there are different requirements and regulations.

To obtain a Pet Passport you have to do the following things in this order, in association with your vet :

Firstly have your pet microchipped.
Secondly have your pet vaccinated against rabies (even if your pet has already had a rabies vaccination). Detailed information is available at the DEFRA website. Further detailed information about all of this is available at the DEFRA site – I have put a link further down this article.

The dog will require a booster Rabies Vaccination every 3 years
Then when you are ready for your journey :

Although not necessary under the scheme, its advisable to get a tick treatment before you go as the Babesia tick is present in France but not in the UK.
If travelling on a ferry, on most shorter ferry crossings your dog must stay in your car so please make sure you leave a window slightly ajar and leave some water or food. Preferably travel on as short a crossing as possible and make sure your dog is in a safe area eg have a dog guard across the back of your car or a secure crate. You can arrange with some ferries to check the dog during the journey, as long as sea conditions allow this to be done safely.
Or, if travelling on a longer ferry crossing, for example on the Brittany Ferries ships Pont-Aven, Bretagne and Cap Finistère there are kennels available on board the ship and there are also 14 dog friendly 4 berth cabins on the new Brittany Ferries Cap Finistère which can be used on longer crossings to Spain.
Before your return journey to the UK :

Your pet must be treated by a vet in France against tapeworm using an approved treatment (not less than 24 hours and not more than 5 days before your return to the UK). (I believe the product used for the tapeworm treatment must contain praziquantel). Ensure all your documentation is correctly completed by the vet or you may not be able to travel.
(If you want to travel separately from your pet there are approved transport companies which can arrange this – all the same rules about visiting vets etc. will still apply).

The main DEFRA site will explain about Pet Passports and also has a link to a site explaining the risks of taking your dog or cat abroad and some of the diseases they can be exposed to which are not present in the UK :

http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/procedures/support-info/health.htm

Dogs Away is a useful organisation who, for a small fee, will help you to book in with a French vet for your visit in the 24 – 48 hour period before leaving France to get the tapeworm and tick treatment. Well worth it even if your French language abilities aren’t too bad as they are dealing with this every day so know exactly what to arrange with the vet.

Dogs Away : http://www.dogsaway.co.uk/

Brittany Ferries Pet Travel information :

http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/pet-friendly-holidays/pets-travel-scheme

P&O Ferries information :

http://www.poferries.com/tourist/content/pages/template/onboard_taking_your_pet_1Taking_your_pet.htm

Condor Ferries Travel Information :

http://www.condorferries.co.uk/Trip/TakingPets.html

There is good information, particularly if you read right down to the veterinary information at:

http://www.day-tripper.net/info-pets-abroad.html

This DEFRA information explains clearly about the blood tests, boosters and vaccinations ! http://archive.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/factsheet/euvetfactsheet2.pdf

If you would like to take your dog with you on a Eurocamp or Keycamp holiday then the good news is that many of the campsites allow pets although you may be restricted to certain mobile homes. However booking a site with your dog cannot be done online so for more information with Eurocamp have a look at this page : http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/ecuk/camping_holidays/travelling-dog-friendly-parcs.html

For some excellent information about taking your dog with Keycamp have a look at http://www.keycamp.co.uk/pdfs/KC-Dogs-on-holiday.pdf#false

For more information about ferries and taking your pet abroad please refer to : http://www.ferryonline.co.uk/travelling-with-a-pet.htm

Here is a nice downloadable guide from Eurocamp Independent which also discusses such things as taking your dog to restaurants in France or taking them to the beach etc. :

http://www.eurocampindependent.co.uk/camping/documents/ECiDogsonholiday.pdf

If you are wanting to fly your dog to France – I would suggest that you shouldn’t need to do this if you are emigrating – take the ferry instead – however for a complete picture here is a website about an airline to help :

http://www.animalairlines.co.uk/faq.html?gclid=CI2g7qvE0KcCFYFB4QodyGRvBg

For information about some great campsites to take your dog please return to our main website at http://www.bestfrenchcampsites.com/

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No RER Trains for Charles de Gaulle Airport for weekends until 7 Nov

If you are arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport over the weekends of Sept and October then you may find the RER trains are cancelled but shuttle buses will be in operation. Check this article for more information !
http://www.connexionfrance.com/getting-to-paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport-no-rer-trains-weekends-replacement-bus-travel-12048-view-article.html

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2010 in France, holiday

 

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Transport Strikes in France

Looks like there are to be transport strikes in France beginning 5pm today until Wednesday and they will affect both air travel and train travel. So if you manage to avoid the strikes on London’s Tube system then watch out for this in France !
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/7984463/France-strike-to-disrupt-flights-and-rail-services.html

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2010 in France, holiday, Uncategorized

 

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Busiest Weekend for Holiday Travel in France

This weekend is expected to be the busiest weekend of the year for holiday travel in France. From Friday to Sunday 1.6 million travellers are expected through Parisian stations and 2,850 trains. The roads are expected to be very busy and drivers have been warned to make sure to take a break at least every two hours. And the Parisian airports are expecting 900,000 passengers from 30 July to 1st August !

The weekend is so busy as those who take their holidays in July, the “juilletistes” will be crossing paths with those who holiday in August, the “aoûtiens” !
http://www.francesoir.fr/transports/le-grand-chasse-croise-des-vacances-sannonce-charge

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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in France

 

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Channel Tunnel

If you are travelling via the Channel Tunnel to your French camping holiday this year then you might be very interested in this episode of “How do they Do It” http://demand.five.tv/Episode.aspx?episodeBaseName=C5141170002

I couldnt believe that there are up to 500 trains and up to 50,000 passengers a day go via the tunnel !

The programme also tells you how escalators work !

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Posted by on July 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Velo Rails !

We tried out the local Velo Rail at Commequiers while on holiday in the Vendee. There are a number of Velo Rails throughout France and they were developed to make use of railway tracks which were no longer needed. To find out if there is one near where you are holidaying have a look at http://www.veloraildefrance.com/

We enjoyed our trip through the Vendeen countryside and as it was mostly under trees we were sheltered from the heat of the afternoon sun. However, be warned ! We were given two and a half hours to travel the 10 kms to Coex and the 10kms back. At Coex, the velo carriage can turn on the turntable. However we didnt make it as far as Coex… It would be easy to blame the elderly travellers in front but in fact I don’t think we could have made the journey in that time without an Olympic effort. And in High Season you get even less time for the journey. So, what you have to do to return to Commequiers is to lift the whole velo carriage off the track and turn it ! The same is the case if you meet a carriage travelling in the opposite direction – the one travelling from Coex has priority ! We struggled as a group of four to lift the carriage so if you are travelling as a couple of adults, unless you are very strong, you would have to hope you meet at least two strong adults travelling in the opposite direction… (you could pay extra to have a four hour trip but I think you would still find you had to lift the vehicle off the track…)

So, if you try out a Velo Rail, enjoy your trip but make sure and find out a bit more about it beforehand or you may become a case of “The next train to Commequiers is half an hour late !”

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2010 in France

 

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Channel Tunnel Disruption

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8684297.stm

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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