Adopting an animal abroad

In a previous Letter from expats, we saw how to go abroad with your pet and how to travel with it. But if you want to adopt one abroad and if you plan to bring it back to France afterwards? Pay attention to the regulations, which can vary from one country to another and require a lot of steps.

Buying an animal abroad

As in France, you can come across a scam when you want to buy an animal. blocked never to pay in advance and not to communicate too personal information which could be used in a fraudulent way.

For a sale in the rules, the seller must provide you with several documents according to the website DémarchesAdministratives.fr:

  • a document detailing the complete identity of the animal
  • a transfer certificate
  • a certificate issued by a veterinarian
  • a document on its specific needs and characteristics

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairsimportation of first class dogs (attack dogs), comparable in morphological characteristics to dogs of the Staffordshire terrier, American Staffordshire terrier (pit bulls), Mastiff (boer bulls) or Tosa breeds, without being registered in a recognized genealogical book, is prohibited on French territory. The importation of dogs of the second category (guard or defense dogs) that constitute the dogs of breeds Staffordshire terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, Tosa and dogs assimilated by their morphological characteristics to dogs of the Rottweiler breed is possible. However, they must always be muzzled and kept on a leash by an adult in public places.

You also cannot adopt more than five animals abroad.

Returning to France with an animal adopted in the European Union

In the case of an expatriation within the European Union and the adoption of an animal in a European country, you must respect a few rules if you want to bring it back to France, specifies the Ministry of the Interior:

  • your pet must be chipped or tattooed
  • your animal must be vaccinated against rabies (vaccine possible only from the age of 12 weeks, takes effect after 21 days)
  • have a European pet passport
  • your animal must have been subjected to any health measures for the prevention of diseases or infections other than rabies (for example, treatment against echinococcosis). You can get information from a veterinarian in your country of expatriation or from the embassy or consulate.

Returning to France with an animal adopted outside the European Union

In the case of an expatriation outside the European Union, the rules change a little, explains the Ministry of the Interior:

  • your pet must be chipped or tattooed
  • he must be vaccinated against rabies
  • it must have been subjected to any health measures to prevent diseases or infections such as echinococcosis
  • he must have undergone a titration test for rabies antibodies
  • you must have a health certificate issued by a veterinarian at least ten days before your arrival

In any case, check with your airline the conditions for a flight with an animal. Once you have arrived in France, you must finally register your animal with Icad within eight days.

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