Travelling with your pet to Paris, either Orly or Charles de Gaulle, can be easier than you think. Please don't get stressed about what paperwork you need we can advise you about all you need to know. Click here for an info rundown. HERE
Many people want to travel with their pets, either in the hold or cargo. Airlines such as French Bee make it easy from USA.. (This is a cost effective airline ) Given the cost of flying your pets into the UK, many people are choosing to fly into these airports and then use our fully licenced pet taxi service into the UK.
It's worth pointing out that a pet taxi is different from a normal taxi when arriving at Folkestone, as not only are the drivers experienced and trained with animals but are insured. A standard taxi from Folkestone is not insured for hire and reward in the EU...ask them?
So what can you expect when you arrive?
Your pets and luggage will arrive separately, usually the pets arrive at the oversized baggage area a short time later. When you have both whatsapp or call your driver, he will be waiting for you at the gate or at the pick up point.
There is free internet throughout the Airports so using WhatsApp is a convenient tool both before your trip and when arriving to communicate in your travel group...pets not invited sorry.
As only local taxis are allowed to park directly outside the terminal, your driver will have parked your executive vehicle at the nearest car park. Some terminals we can park right outside but we can let you know when you land, whichever we make it as easy as possible for you.
When you transit through the Arrival Hall, there's no need to go looking for a customs or immigration officer to get your animal health certificate or passport stamped. If you are not asked to produce documents, just walk straight to the exit door.
Here your driver will be waiting for you and will assist with luggage and pets to the car park, which is a short walk away. From this point on, there is nothing else to worry about. We take care of everything, including the Euro Tunnel, pet registration and payment. The driver often provides breakfast with fresh French bread, cheese and ham, croissants, and pan du chocolate. If you wish you can show your appreciation for this but it's not mandatory.
Orly sits south of Paris and takes around 1 hour more to get to Calais. Charles de Gaulle takes around 3 hours depending on traffic. The drive is pleasant, and there are many areas for exercise stops along the way. Your driver will insist on a comfort break for any dog that has been travelling on an aircraft.
Arriving at Calais
We never transport pets via ferries as we believe it is not good animal husbandry. The short 35-minute tunnel crossing is less stressful, and we encourage the owners to use this time to pet them and give food and water where possible.
Pet Check in
The first task when arriving in Calais is to go to the pet check-in. Many people get stressed about this for no reason. It is important to remember that a vet must treat your dog for tapeworms and record it in the pet passport or health certificate every time you want to bring it to Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland). The treatment must have been given no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before you enter Great Britain. An up-to-date Rabies vaccination must be recorded on the pet passport or animal health certificate (AHC).
Execpets will have already registered and paid for your animals, so the process is easy. Let your driver present the paperwork and scan your pet's microchip, as they are experienced and knowledgeable. We have seen what happens when others don't train their staff adequately. See Here
Once you have checked the pets in, it's time for you and your driver to check in. We will already have registered you, so there is nothing to do. Your driver will be given a time to board the train, but on occasion the driver can use a little creativity to get you on an earlier train.
From there, you go to a Eurotunnel holding area where there are toilets, duty-free shops, and various fast food outlets. Your driver will inform you when your boarding time is, in the meantime, relax and exercise your pets.
When asked to board, you will first go through the French passport control and then the English passport control. On occasion, the vehicle may have been stopped to search for immigrants hiding in vehicles as this is a big issue at present. After that, you will be held in a lane for tall vehicles for a short while before driving onto the shuttle. It takes just 35 minutes to get to Folkestone where you simply drive off with no checks, stops, or procedures.
The UK is an hour ahead so alter your watches..you just gained an hour.
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What sets us apart from other taxi services is our drivers' experience and training in handling animals. We understand that your pets are part of your family, so we take every necessary step to ensure their safety and comfort. Additionally, we are insured in the EU, so you can have peace of mind knowing your pet is in good hands.