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Taking a CAG on holiday to France

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I have a CAG we have just bought a house in France and are hoping to spend the month of August there and would like to take Chicco with us although my daughter is willing to look after him and she does this regularly and he knows her well. I just wondered if any of your members have taken their parrot abroad on hoilday and have any tips or information

thank you for any help

regards Gill

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I don't know the answer, Gill but having googled it, it seems there are several people asking the same question but none getting much by way of helpful answer.

 

Can I suggest you contact DEFRA?

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we are looking nto taking our dogs on holiday accoring to the euro tunnel website :

 

Water mammals, birds, reptiles, insects

 

They travel without a passport and free of charge! However they should be declared at the British Frontier Control. For more information on necessary documents to travel with your pet, please contact DEFRA.

 

http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/other.htm

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A friend of ours takes her dogs and parrot abroad every year. They do go to Spain and sail to Bilbao. All the animal have their own pet passport. I think it involves medical checks at each end and rabies shots for mammals.

 

I know that they stay in the car on the ferry and owners are allowed down to feed and water etc. However it has been known that the parrot comes up into the cabin with them in his carry cage.

 

Obviously if you went via the Tunnel that wouldn't apply.

 

I would have thought your vet could give you some information too.

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I don't think there is any problem as my breeder friend goes to England from here to parrot shows with a car full of parrots. The only thing i can think of to be careful of is (check with DEFRA) make sure you have the correct license/certificate for the right to own the bird you have. In France some species of parrot are protected,and by law you have to have special permission to own ,whereas the same species in England anyone can have. I only know what my friend has told me,but surely DEFRA can tell you what is required on entry into France? If you can't find out for some reason,i am willing to help, seen as i live in France it maybe easier. Good luck anyway

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Hi there, sorry i ahve not replied sooner, I killed my computer and have only just got it back a couple of hours ago. I take my parrots (wll 2 out of 6!) away with me and the family and have taken out ourange winged amazon with us every year for the last 3 years now. We have just brought a Blue Fronted Amazon which we are also going to take away with us for 4-5 months in May.

 

If you are traveling to FRANCE You need to get a document from DEFRA which will be like a health certificate form, you will need to fill this in and send it to the vet who will health check him - see later in post , you will need to phone your vet previously (either local or specialist depending on what your local one is like. Mine is my locla on and where i work and we have a vet who deals with a lot of exotics and is happy to do it but some places may not have vets happy to carry this out). My vets will charge about £30-40 for this consulation. Take the paperwork along with you and they will look at him and check him over and sign to say that he is fit for travel. You will also need some form of identification for you parrot. This has ot be perminant. A leg ring may be sufficient but we got all ours micro-chipped as you read of horrible stories where the leg rings are forced off and therefore they may not be able to be identified again. Some local vets will do this but unless you have a vet there who is really confdent with birds, i would take it to a specialist to be on the safe side!!

 

The paperwork now has to be signed 24hours or it may be on the day of travel,(it will be on the form sent to your vets so just phone them when they recieve it and they will be able to tell you) before traveling with him. it gets signed by the vet.

 

you would also have to contact the travel company (e.g. ferry company or how-ever you are getting there) to let them know that you are travelling with a bird. Some companies will charge you. I know when we go on the ferry they like to charge us £70-80 per parrot. But, we have always felt that if it is for a long time, that £100 ish you have spent is worth it! You do not need any paperowrk to bring him back into GB but just the identification so show he is yours.

 

I hope this has helped. Any questions, please PM me.

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