Removals to France After Brexit
The team at Advance Moves international removals have put together a quick guide on Removals to France after Brexit. Obviously with the current Corona Virus outbreak, most removal services have been put on hold, but now that restrictions are beginning to be lifted you should be able to start moving to France again.
The Transition Period
The Brexit withdrawal agreement has set a transition period of up to the 31st January 2020 where by all British citizens still have EU rights as before. The 31st December deadline maybe extended but If you are resident in France at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected for as long as you remain resident in France. Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.
Once you move to France you must obtain residency before the end of the transition period, in order to be able to stay in France.
All UK nationals resident in France will need to obtain a new residence permit in line with the Withdrawal Agreement. This includes:
UK nationals with a European carte de séjour (even if it is marked “permanent”, or has no expiry date)
UK nationals without a European carte de séjour (it is currently optional to have one)
UK nationals applying for a second nationality
UK nationals married to or PACSed to (in a civil partnership with) EU nationals
UK nationals recently arriving or well established in France
How to apply for French Residency
You will need to apply using the new updated online residency portal, which will open from the start of July 2020. You then must apply before 1st July 2021. So you have a year and this deadline currently exceeds the end of the Brexit transition period. Our advice is to get it done as soon as possible as you may also experience delays.
If you have applied for residency on the previous ‘no–deal’ portal, you will not need to re-apply using the new one. Your application will be processed by the appropriate Préfecture before the deadline.
Further information on Moving to France
For further information on this read the French government’s guidance for UK nationals (in English), most recent announcement (in English), and the French Interior Ministry’s website on how to secure your residency rights (in French).
Moving to France after Brexit
Once you have started the process of residency you will also need to turn your attention to healthcare and your driving license.
Healthcare in France
There will be no changes to your healthcare access before 31 December 2020. You can also continue to use your EHIC, as you did before, during this time.
You must register for healthcare as a resident in France, and in addition, you can sign up for top-up health insurance (mutuelle).
If you are legally resident in France, you can get a French social security card for healthcare (carte vitale). To get a French social security card, you will need to register with your local Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (CPAM). They can tell you which documents they need for your registration. Top-up insurance cover (mutuelle) also exists to cover the cost of healthcare not covered by a Carte Vitale.
If you have been resident in France for more than 3 months you can apply to be covered by the French healthcare system (PUMA).
Read the British government guidance on who can access healthcare in France and how to register. for more information.
Living in France
If you live in France and receive an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit, you may currently be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK. You will need to apply for a certificate of entitlement known as an S1 certificate.
You can apply for an S1 certificate through the Business Services Authority.
French Driving License
Driving license rules will remain unchanged until 31 December 2020.
To exchange your UK license for a French one, you can apply to the Agence Nationale des Titres Sécurisés using their online platform (in French). You must be able to prove that you have been living in France for 185 days.
You must apply to exchange your UK or other EU license for a French one in the following cases:
It needs to be amended to include a/several new driving categories
It needs to be exchanged because you committed a driving offense under the French Highway Code resulting in penalty points or a driving ban
If you are in the process of exchanging your UK license for a French license, do not try to renew in parallel with DVLA because this will invalidate your application. Applications in the UK with a French address cannot be processed.
Removals to France after Brexit
You will also need to organize your Removals to France after Brexit. This is where the team at Advance moves can really help with your removal to France. They have a unique online quick quote system that allows you to enter minimal details about your removal and will then give you an instant online quotation for your removal. This is then backed up by more detailed quotations from up to 5 of Advance moves international agents who can cover your removal requirements.
Online quotes for Removals to France
The advance moves quick quote system saves you time and money and they don’t just cover Moving to France. You can get a removal quotation for anywhere in the world. Give it a go and start budgeting and planning for your move to France now.
More info on Removals to France
Advance moves also have an information page all about removals to France after Brexit and the corona virus lockdown. Check it out for further information on moving to France