Information for private individuals - Plants and Plant Products
There are prohibitions and restrictions (import permits) on plants and plant products imported into France.
As a rule, all plants and plant products should be presented for inspection, at the port of entry, by officers of the Plant Health Inspection Service ("contrôle phytosanitaire").
But travelers to France are authorized to bring in their luggage plants and plant products listed below, under the condition that the products be brought in small quantities and respect the limits listed in this document.
These small authorized quantities in luggage are not subject to plant health check at points of entry into France.
This notice does not apply to plants and plant products being brought to France when moving, those being sent directly to someone located in France, or those ordered from another country by someone inside of France.
FORBIDDEN PLANTS AND PLAN PRODUCTS
The following types of plant and plant products are forbidden from being taken into France:
1. Soil and growing media, or any plant or plants parts with soil attached to it
2. Live plants (plan cuttings, inedible roots and rhizomes, potted plants, plants with exposed roots, etc.)
3. Foliage, leaves, branches (except those mentioned in numbers 14 and 15 below)
4. Seeds and grains
6. Fresh citrus fruit and their peel (except those that are dried, frozen, crushed or cooked)
7. Animal feed
8. Wood and bark, prefabricated wooden homes, wooden cribs, etc. (except for woodworking and barks specifically mentioned in number 12 below)
9. Vegetables, aromatic plants and herbs (except hose that have been dried, frozen, crushed or cooked and those that are mentioned in number 15 below
ALLOWED IN FRANCE UNDER WEIGHT/SPECIMEN LIMITS
The following plants and plant products are allowed to be brought in the traveler’s luggage to France, under weight and specimen limits.
10. Fresh fruits or vegetables (all types, except citrus) ; a maximum total amount of 5kg or 5 specimens, whichever is more favorable to the traveler bring the products
11. Edible roots and rhizomes that are completely free of soil (a maximum total amount of 5 kg or 5 specimens, whichever is more favorable to the traveler bringing the products
12. Barks/peels intended for medicinal or culinary use (all types, except citrus) ; maximum total weight of 5kg, limit of 5 specimens does not apply
Attention: What does "a maximum total amount of 5kg OR 5 specimens are allowed to be brought to France, whichever is more favorable to the traveler bringing the products" mean?
For example: 10 kiwi fruits could be brought to France as long as the total weight is less than 5 kg, or 7kg of watermelon could be brought to France as long as the total number of watermelons does not exceed 5 specimens.
Fruits, vegetables and roots can be combined. However the limits apply to the entire category, meaning a grand total of 5 kg or 5 specimens can be brought from these categories ; travelers are not allowed to bring 5 watermelons and 5kg of kiwi fruits, for example, but travelers would be allowed to bring 3 mangoes and 10 kiwi fruits if the total weight is less than or equal to 5kg.
ALLOWED IN FRANCE UNDER SPECIMEN LIMITS
The following plants and vegetable products are allowed into France with a limit of 15 stalks/stems.
13. Fresh cut flowers (with or without leaves)
14. Celery stalks
15. Leaves of aromatic plants (mint, basil, thyme, chervil, tarragon, cilantro, chives, sage, etc)
Attention: The limit of 15 stalks/stems applies to this entire category. For example, travelers are not allowed to bring 15 flower stems and 15 stalks of celery, but would be allowed to bring 10 flower stems and 5 stalks of celery.
You could also check in advance with:
Ministère de l’agriculture, de l’agroalimentaire et de la forêt
Service d’inspection vétérinaire et phytosanitaire aux frontières (SIVEP)
251 rue de Vaugirard
75732 Paris cedex 15
Endangered species or threatened species of plants and plant products are also covered by the provisions of the CITES Convention. Where importation is not prohibited, those will require an export permit from the country of origin and a French import permit, issued by the Ministry of the Environment. Refer to Endangered Species.