Taking a pet
I know it’s a lot to read but these are the pages we consulted to make sure we had everything ready to take Heather with us. We ended up printing the health certificate from the USDA page. The French Embassy page just confirms that you’re doing the right thing by consulting the USDA page. The link to Pet Travel was just confirmation again that we had the right forms.
1. Here’s a link to the USDA page about exporting pets to France https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/by-country/eu/pettravel-france When you click on “Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets” a drop-down list of the 5 steps you need to take will be revealed with each step being fully explained also as a drop-down window. The final step is to click the link for the pdf version, fillable online, of the Health Certificate you take to your USDA Accredited Veterinarian to fill out and then take to your state’s designated USDA office (which might be in another state) for their rubber stamp. We filled in the parts that we could (name, address, etc.), the vet filled in everything else, and then the USDA office stamped it. For the vet we also printed out the instructions pages https://www.aphis.usda.gov/pet-travel/eu-noncommercial-hc-first-page-guidance.pdf to make sure that she knew exactly what to do on each line on each page.
2. Here’s a link to the French Embassy in Washington’s pet travel page http://www.ambafrance-us.org/spip.php?article783
3. Here’s a link to a company that specializes in pet travel http://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-france/ That will take you directly to their page for the forms for France. The EU Annex form and instructions they list are what we printed from the USDA page. The Declaration of non-commercial import is part of that Annex form as was the Microchip certificate. The Airline Health Certificate is what we printed from the Air France website here http://www.airfrance.us/common/image/pdf/en/AVIH_checklist_111212_V2_WA_EN.pdf
And lastly, these are links to the blog posts about getting Heather ready to fly: