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  1. Thanks for that Chris at least every year is better than 5 AHC per year. What does upset me is that I thought we had covered all the bases, sadly covid did not help and our dogs rabies jab expires while we are in the UK. I am sure we can sort it out when we get to France, just something else to deal with. One thing to remember though is to make sure you are in France when the rabies jab needs to be renewed, even doing it early if necessary. We do have a little clarity now though. What happened in Caen did they check your paperwork? Did they send you to the Vet facility down the main road
  2. I must be honest I was quite supprised at £150 but sadly it has to be paid. Our vet is now part of a national group and they clearly know how to charge. I have been told that the form is 12 pages and not a quick fill in. I did ask at the time for a bulk discount but got no reaction. I would be interested to know how much paperwork checking happened in PIP and Caen and did anything different happen on arrival. It is also my understanding that the French have moved to every 3 years for the rabies jab. I am willing however to accept I could be wrong, seems to happen regularly these days
  3. I also have an update. My dog travels on a French pet passport no problem you might think. Er no, the rabies jab expires early May and so we visited our uk vet to sort out his jab and then to get it entered into his passport. The vet informed us that as we have left the EU she is no longer able to enter those details in his EU issued passport and therefore to get him into France we will need a Animal Health Certificte. The vet did say that when we get to France (when?) we should visit our French vet and sort out the entries in the passport. Sadly the way things are going in France the dog migh
  4. Hope you have a safe trip. Please keep us up dated with the pet pasport situation it is important to us. Sadly it will be some time before we are in France. I do wonder how bad our grass is. Best wishes, stay safe. Keith
  5. I totally agree, in 5 years and 20+ crossings with our dog never once have we experienced anyone from BF who has not applied the rules absolutely to the letter. Every single time the same proceedure has been followed. This is in contrast to our friends who have had problems at the tunnel. Keith
  6. I do hope so but with the amateurs running things well your guess is as good as anybodies. Our spaniel is really desparate to get to our house in Locarn, Brittany so we all hope all goes well. Please keep us all up to date on this, I really want this to work as easily as possible. I do think long term a French issued passport will be the answer. Time will tell. Stay safe and have a good journey
  7. If I may be so bold my advice would be to get your Vet to issue a EU passport I am sure it will help you in the long run. Our friend in France spoke to their vet who offered incorrct advice based on information relevant june/july 2019.
  8. It is my understanding is that everything will be ok but your problem will be getting back into France. You will require a UK vet to issue a Animal Health Certificate up to 10 days before travel. I have been informed the way round this is to get a passport issued by a EU vet, this should permit trouble free travel back to France. Sadly for obvious reasons I have not found anyone who has returned to France with a dog so as to whether this will work I do not know. I do know a AHC is 10 pages in English and French, at my vets it could well be expensive. In France the dogs passport cost €19. I wi
  9. Our French vet who completed the new passport suggested it could be better if our dog was registered on the French chip data base. It did not affect the registration on the UK data base. The mad thing with all this is the fact that the passport scheme was started by the UK so dog owners could get their dogs back to the UK. It was taken into EU law and suddenly there is now a problem. I have no confidence this will be sorted ant time soon, best to get organised.
  10. I hope you are correct but the government does not seem to have a great record on sorting things in plenty of time. Unfortunately we would in normal circumstances be travelling early in the new year so we do have to be organised. My advice to anyone hoping to travel with an animal after Brexit is get on with organising a rabies blood test now, it could take 4 months to get it sorted out. The details of the test can be entered in the passport for later use. If you do get an EU passport the issuing vet will just transfer all the details into the new passport. I do hope all this will be easy but
  11. Your dog requires a rabies blood test to check for antibodies. Your dog cannot travel for 3 months after this test. If the dog fails the test it will require a further rabies injection and cannot be retested for 30 days, hence the 4 months. The test results have to be entered into the passport. Sadly after the new year the EU will not accept a UK issued passport and the dog will need a health certificate supplied by a UK vet. As I understand it about 10 pages in French and English. It does sound expensive. My original source of the info re a French passport was a member of Defra staff in their
  12. Sorry should have added that I have a French property and therefore a French address.
  13. This whole thing is a minefield. Our French vet cannot understand what the problem is, we have less health issues than the French do. Our English vet could not help because no decisions have been made on the countries listing. In the worst case scenario we will have to visit our English vet to get a signed health certificate to allow us to get the dog into France, the timings for this are on the .gov website. The health certificate will have to be completed each and every time we travel into France and this will be expensive. However I was advised to get a French/Spanish issued passport
  14. Sorry I do not have any photos but I can point you in the right direction. The pet exercise area is on deck 9, accessed via the port side lift and a couple doors to the outside. The actual area is where the Normandie cranes the containers on to the boat. It is fairly small but serves a purpose,
  15. I have a VW Touran not the same car I realise but is VAG. Pre 2014 the alarm was disabled by a small button on the B pillar drivers side which changed colour when pressed. My 2014 version used the dash infotainment display. if yours is the same the volumetric alarm is disabled within that system. With the ignition on touch car then settings,scroll down to opening and closing, touch that section and a new display should appear, find the box about disabling the internal alarm, touch and a tick box changes, job done. Remember the system will reset next time the ignition is turned on. Apols if all
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