It was bureaucratically hellish to get our cat out of the USA, then into France on our recent move. And expensive. No quarantine, but the French want to make sure that your cat has had up-to-date vaccinations (rabies and ticks included), and has a checkup within five days of flying.
So, that's the vet's visit. That'll be a couple of hundred bucks, with shots, etc., thank you.
The vet also has to fill out the complicated EU paperwork (think of it as your cat's visa application). My vet filled it out wrong three different times.
You then have to take the paperwork personally (no faxes allowed, all signatures must be original) to the nearest office of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which assures the government has put its stamp of approval on the process. (I needed three return trips because my vet did the paperwork wrong, as mentioned.) USDA charges you $35, and the L.A.-area office was only open from 7 until 11 a.m..
Then you must buy a small hard-sided kennel ($80 at our local pet supply store) in which to safely ship the cat. Nothing soft-sided, and he must bea able to stand and turn around in it. Our cat could not ride in the cabin on an intrnational flight. Check with each airline, all rules are different.
Then you must pay the airline some money (our fee was $360) to ship him as cargo, and get to the airport (the cargo and warehouse section, not passenger loading) four hours early, instead of the usual three.
Then you must pay a customs fee (80 euros, here in France) to let him into the country. Again, you must hunt all over the airport (the cargo section) in order to find the cat, and go to three different drafty warehouse offices (in 20-degree F weather, in our case) while people stamp paperwork. That meant a 110-euro cab ride while the cabbie waited outside each of these arcane locations, instead of the usual 40 euros from CDG to Paris.
So, just getting Marley into one country was somewhere close to $950.
He's not leaving Paris, and neither are we. He loves it here, too.
--Richard, a Parisian for 3 1/2 weeks now.