Moving to France

When moving to France it is important to consider how to move your goods. Although this process might seem challenging, it is not. Many expats tend to choose global moving and relocation companies, due to their experience and reliability. Moreover, global movers can also provide you with storage options.

If you are considering relocating to France with your pets, there are things that need to be sorted out. The best advice is to create a checklist due to the fact that the process to move your pet, especially if you are non-European, can be long. Luckily, there are relocation companies that will be more than happy to help you import your pet to France. 

Another matter that needs to be addressed as soon as you arrive in France is signing up for national health insurance. Most expats are eligible for the local universal public healthcare system, Protection Maladie Universelle (PUMA). Additionally to PUMA, there are also private options.

regulation in France

Customs regulations and permits for France

For third-country nationals / moving from outside the EU

There are currently no restrictions regarding the import of alcohol or medication for personal use. You can also import currency into the EU for up to €10,000. You may be checked by customs officers at the borders with countries outside the European Union (third countries). This can also happen anywhere within France or the Community customs territory. These checks are carried out for safety reasons.

Prohibited and restricted items in France:

  • Plants and plant products require a Common Health Entry Document for Plant Protection. 
  • Live animals (including pets) and animal-based products are subject to a mandatory health inspection at the first point of entry on EU territory. They must also have a microchip or tattoo
  • Meat, milk, and other dairy products for personal consumption are allowed in EU countries
  •  Plants, flowers, fruit, and vegetables are allowed in small quantities from EU countries and in some cases, non-EU countries

You cannot enter the following items in France:

  • Narcotic and psychotropic drugs (except when accompanied by a prescription, medical certificate, or import and export authorization). 
  • Counterfeit goods. 
  • The following breeds of dogs are prohibited: Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Mastiffs/Boerboels, Tosas, and Molossers. 
  • Endangered species and their derivative products are protected under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
  •  Pornographic products or objects include the representation of minors.