We try to keep this page as up to date as possible to provide accurate information and advice on moving to France in 2021 after Brexit. The page below gives detailed information on all aspects of Living in France in 2021 and how to undertake a removal to France in 2021 after Brexit (from what we currently know). If you want an instant online quote for a removal to France in 2021 then use the yellow buttons at the top of the page to get an instant quick quote, and then you will also receive up to 5 or 6 more accurate quotes from professional removal companies all looking to help you with your move to France in 2021.
The team at Advance Moves international removals have been busy putting together all the information you need to know about Removals to France after Brexit. As always advance moves aims to help people looking to move to France with as much information on the process of Removals to France and then living in France, together with the ability to obtain an instant online quotation for a removal to France in just 30 seconds, using the advance moves quick quote system. We believe that the information below will help you in your relocation to France as you set up your new home and prepare for your new life in a foreign country. Removals to France are a lot easier with Advance moves helping you.
To get a quotation for your removal to France just click on the yellow button at the top of the page and enter some basic details about your removal to France. Once you hit that submit button you will then have a quote for your removal to France emailed to you within 30 seconds. Your quick quote will give you a price range for your removal to France based on the data you entered but you will then start to receive up to 5 more accurate quotations for your removal to France from independent professional removal companies that can cover your removal requirements. They will do their best to provide you with the right move at the right price.
France is a great place to live and Living in France in 2021 after Brexit is still easily achievable by using advance moves to help plan your move. The section below gives details about Living in France and then use the advance moves quick quote system to start planning your removal to France in 2021.
The quick quote process is quick and easy and it saves you both time and money. You choose the mover that best suits your removal requirements. The entire quick quote process is free and without obligation so you can obtain up to 5 quotes for your removal to France without even leaving your sofa. This will also help you budget and obtain average removal costs to France. The moving companies that contact you may ask for more detailed info about your removal to france, such as a list of items to be moved and details on access for removals vehicles and collection and delivery floors. They need this info to give you an accurate quotation for your removal to France. Average removal costs to France can be determined by the quick quote system, but for more accuracy the mover will need a few more details.
Moving to France remains a popular choice for many people who are tempted to move from Britain to countries with a nicer climate and a more relaxed way of life. The question now is how will removals to France after brexit be undertaken. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and the terms of the departure are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement. Any UK citizen living lawfully in an EU country on or before 31 December 2020, will benefit from being covered by the terms of the withdrawal agreement.
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.
Well Moving to France in 2021 after Brexit will not change until the transition period expires on the 31st December 2020 (this could be extended) has passed. During these months both British and EU citizens keep the rights they currently have and they can therefore move and settle in any country within the EU. However anyone making the move will need to not only get there, but also to acquire resident status within France so they become a resident of that country. This is the big rush, as it is currently unknown how complicated it will be to gain resident status in France after the transition period.
What about those who currently live in both the UK and France?
Those that l are currently living between the UK and France though are in a more vulnerable position with many people coming and going without any restriction. As an EU citizen, you were permitted to spend 3 consecutive months in another EU country and at that point, the question of exercising treaty rights comes into play. This could affect your decision as to whether you undertake removals to France during 2020.
Further information on gaining resident status in France can be found on the UK government information page about 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.
Driving license rules will remain unchanged until 31 December 2020.
When undertaking a removals to France from the UK you will need 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.
Your health in France
When you undertake removals from UK to France you will need to understand the health cover. France has an excellent national health service to which you are entitled if you are an EU resident and pay your contributions which are called cotisations. You’ll need to take a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
However, the system does not cover the full cost of treatment and often requires you to pay up front and then claim back. You may wish to take out private health insurance through a mutuelle to cover the balance.
Buying property in France
It’s a good idea to rent in the area you have chosen, and look at properties locally, as those advertised specifically to foreigners are often overpriced. Remember that in France property is sold en l’etat (as is) and there will be no recourse if defects are discovered later on. If you plan significant renovations, leave plenty of time: you will need to get a building permit, for which you will have (unless the property is very small) to submit copious documents from a registered architect or building supervisor (maitre d’oeuvre) to the local town hall (the Mairie). The average price for purchasing a property in France is approximately €195,000 and below is the average cost of property as a whole in each region of France:
France is a big place to move to
France is a large country and has masses of beautiful coastline, vast and varied rural interiors, busy cities, bustling market towns and sleepy little villages. It has beaches and mountains and vineyards. Each area in France has its own landscape, cuisine and dialect. You would be ill advised to move before deciding what you are looking for and thoroughly investigating the area in person. if you are looking to undertake removals to France in 2020, then a maybe some internet investigate would be a good idea.
Removals to France and the Varied weather
If you have only seen France in the summer it might be easy to assume that the days are always long and sunny. The south does get more than its fair share of sun, but the cold wind that can often whip up, can dramatically lower the temperature. Naturally, the mountainous areas of the Pyrenees, the Alps and the Massif Central experience heavy snowfall in winter. The Atlantic Coast tends to have mild temperatures without extremes of heat or cold.
Removals to France and The language
Most of us can manage some French gleaned at school, and although English is widely spoken in France, resistance remains, and a good working knowledge of French will pay dividends not only in dealing with the bureaucracy with which you will be faced, but also in making friends and of course good French is also essential for most jobs. Consider improving your language skills with an evening class or an audio or online course.
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.
Advance Moves have an information page dedicated to all the positives and negatives of undertaking a Van hire removals to France or Spain. Be it one way van hire or Van and Man hire or just a van you want to hire yourself to undertake a small removal to France.
The page gives ideas on costing’s for not only van hire, but ferries, toll roads, fuel costs as well as potential dangers of overloading your hire van and potential fines and criminal activity to watch out for when driving a hire van in a foreign country.
When driving a hire van in France you will need to adhere to some rules. If you’re taking a vehicle abroad that you’ve hired or leased in the UK, you’ll need a VE103 certificate.
Van Hire Removals to France normally entail some Motorway journeys which are usually trouble-free, but if you’re asked by another motorist to stop and you decide to do so, park your car in a public area with lights – like a service station. If you’re involved in a car accident or witness an accident on the motorway, use the orange emergency phones to ask for help.
To drive in France you must be 18 years old and have a valid UK driving license, insurance and vehicle documents. If you don’t own the vehicle you’re driving, you should get written permission from the registered owner.
Driving license rules in France will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
Driving regulations in France can differ from those in the UK:
The normal rule is to give way to the right each time you reach an intersection
The maximum speed on autoroutes is 130kph (80mph)for a car, in good weather and 110kph (68mph) in poor weather. Speeding can result in heavy, on the spot fines, and your vehicle and license could be confiscated Hire vans are normally restricted to a max speed of only 90 KPH. check on this as it depends on size and spec of the hire van.
Using mobile phones with headsets or ear pieces when driving is forbidden
In-car radar detectors and satellite navigation systems warning of the presence of speed cameras or radars are illegal, whether in use or not
It’s compulsory to carry a warning triangle and reflective jacket. The reflective jacket must be stored inside the vehicle itself and accessible without getting out of the car
It’s illegal to cross, even partially, on to the hard shoulder of a motorway without good reason.
You will need to carry a breathalyzer kit and spare bulbs in the vehicle.
Many drivers undertake long journeys in France. Plan your journey carefully, taking into account unknown roads, weather conditions and fatigue. Make sure you take regular breaks.
Advance Moves can give you an instant online quotation for a hire van Removal to France. Whilst advance moves do not actually hire out vans to individuals, their agents can provide you with a much better option and give you a price for undertaking the removal for you themselves so you do not need to go to the bother of hiring and driving a van in France.
Use their unique online instant removals quotation generator to enter some basic information about your removal to France and you will instantly obtain a quotation for your move that is then backed up by up to 5 more accurate removal quotations from some of our trusted movers that can cover your removal requirements to France. To work out a like to like cost select the van size that you would have hired for your self drive removal and you will receive a quotation for the same volume but with a professional mover undertaking the move for you.
Advance moves doesn’t just cover Moves to France and Spain, they have agents all over Europe and the world able to undertake a high quality move, big or small to any destination you require. Once again just select the countries you want to move from and to on the advance moves quick quote system and obtain your instant online removal quote. It’s that easy.
For over fifteen years Advance moves has become a leader in the field of international and European removal services, and Removals to France is our specialty. Read below Information on Removals to France after Brexit and Corona Virus and you can obtain an Instant online quotations for Moving to France after Brexit and Corona Virus just by clicking on the yellow buttons above.
We operate a regular service when Moving to France and we are confident that our France Removals package is the best in the industry with great levels of service at competitive prices. Shipping to France from the UK has never been easier than with us, making Moving to France from the UK as straight forward as a normal domestic removal.
How to Move to France? Easy, start by getting a removal quick quote below, enter minimal details to receive an instant online quotation for your removal, it only takes 30 seconds and it will allow you to start to budget for your removal to France.
Advance Moves can save you time and money when it comes to Removals. We can give you an instant online quick quote for your removal anywhere in the world, which is then backed up by up to 6 free quotes from moving companies specially selected from our list of agents and partners to cover your area and requirements. You then have the choice of selecting the mover and quotation that is best for you, saving both time and money in obtaining a competitive removals quotation.
By submitting your basic quick quote details we can automatically generate a quick quote for you that will be emailed to you immediately.
You then have the choice of completing a more detailed form that lists your furniture and effects for you to obtain a more detailed quotation should you wish to do so.
Our European removals services are rated as one of the best in the business and we offer great value for money without compromising on service. Removals to France are undertaken to the highest standard and you will find that moving to France with us is one of the best moves you can make.
With weekly relocations taking place from the United Kingdom to Europe, we are confident that we can offer you the most simple and secure removal service for the most competitive price, making your relocation as easy as possible for you.
Some clients ask about van hire to France or one way van hire to France as a cheaper alternative to a professional removal service to France. We always advise people to carefully calculate the costs involved in van hire removals or one way van hire to France as there are a lot of hidden costs which quickly add up and you will be amazed to find that a professional removals service to France with us, is actually a cheaper and much, much, much, easier alternative to van hire removals to France or one way van hire to France.
Have a read of our hire van page for further details https://www.advancemoves.com/van-hire-diy
Our clients find that moving with advance moves is a simple and competitive removals service with high levels of care and customer satisfaction that quite frankly, puts the competition to shame. We are the best at what we do and European removals are our specialty.
We can handle removals of all sizes, from a few boxes to a complete house and even large or heavy equipment that requires heavy lifting or ramps, like motorcycles, cars, hot tubs and large or awkward items of furniture. Just email us with your requirements and we can arrange a quotation. A lot of expats living in France like to order online shopping or other UK based items and have then delivered to them. This makes Living in France a lot easier as the comforts of home can still be delivered to your door. Many of our clients use us on a regular basis for moving or shipping to France as our service is so efficient and cost effective, even for small part loads to France.
For our part load Moving to France or Shipping to France services, you can still use the Instant online quick quote system to obtain an instant removals quote.
We also have a France removals service for removals within France or removals from France to the UK or the rest of Europe, or even Worldwide.
Client's that want more control over their removal sometimes want our Van Hire France service, where we can arrange for self drive or one way van hire, although this normally works out more expensive than our standard removal service. So whilst we offer a Van Hire France service, its usually absorbed within our own larger removals service once clients work out the cost savings.
We have a return load service as well so Shipping to France from the UK and then returning goods or removals from France to the UK can be arranged, So whether your moving to France from UK or UK to France you can relax knowing
Our Part loads service to France is a very cost effective way of moving to France as it allows for a cheaper price than a dedicated removal service and whilst it may take a little longer (maybe 1-3 weeks) you may find that this time gives you a week or two to sort out affairs before your effects actually arrive. If you need additional storage then this can be arranged in both countries, as we have containerized warehouses in both countries at our disposal and if your Living in France for a while prior to your new house being ready, then we can hold your effects in store and deliver them to you at a later date.
A popular Google search is How to move to France? and this page should give you a lot of information with regard to the removals aspects of actually getting there.
There are a lot of other pages out there that can offer advice on Living in France, How to Move to France and the procedures and formalities that you have to go through to buy a house and live and work there.
We hope you enjoy your quick quote experience and if we can be of any further assistance with regard to your removal from then please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you are seriously thinking of a move to France, the trickiest thing will be deciding on a region and the qualities you’re looking for. For some, it’s the beautifully wild, rocky shores of Celtic Brittany, steeped in old customs and traditions and builtiful architecture. Others cannot resist the allure of sun-drenched Provence, a beautiful region of hill towns and fields of Lavender, fringed by a turquoise sea and the shady palm trees of the Côte d’Azur. Then there’s the Dordogne département in Aquitaine, a lush land of castles and quaint little villages that still seem to be sleeping their way through the Middle Ages with all the charm of local life. If you’re mad for markets, you’ll be in paradise here. The Dordogne has dozens, and it’s renowned for its gastronomic specialties, such as foie gras, truffles, and other wild mushrooms.
If you are moving to France after brexit, then nothing will change until the transition period has expired which is currently scheduled to end on 31st December 2020. Until that date you can still move and live in France, however it is essential to obtain French residency within this time frame to be able to stay in France once the transition period expires. If you are looking to move to France after brexit then do it before the transition period expires. Use the yellow quick quote buttons at the top of the page to obtain an instant online quote to budget for your move to France after brexit and get yourself moved whilst the process of moving to France is relatively simple. For further information and updates on the Brexit withdrawal agreement, visit the British government information page on living in France after Brexit
Moving to France may seem like a daunting task, but logistically speaking, this move can be simpler than you think. English is widely spoken, especially in the main cities. Most estate agencies will have at least one English speaker available to assist you, just remember others have done it, so you can too. What’s more, there are relocation agencies and individuals that specialize in assisting Anglophone clients move to France. The country also has a large American and British expat population, making social connections quite easy. Paris and other large French cities have major international airports with direct flights to numerous U.S. and UK cities, not to mention numerous ferry routes from the UK, making visiting friends and family once you move here a breeze.
France offers numerous climates all within a few hours’ train ride. A move to France means you have the mountains, beaches, and countryside at your disposal. In the summer months, when you need to escape the Paris heat, Brittany, with a Pacific Northwest-like climate, is the perfect retreat. In the winter, take one of your five (paid) weeks’ vacation time and head to the Alps for a family ski trip. As you can see, moving to France has numerous benefits.
The French enjoy five weeks of paid vacation per year, they work fewer hours weekly, and have the best healthcare system in the world according to the World Health Organization. You too can leave the rat race behind and move to France. This move may even help you live longer: the French, on average, live longer, healthier lives than Americans. Some believe it’s due to their lowered stress levels.
For many, it’s the perfect retirement spot – not too far from the grandchildren, but with a slower pace of life and certain benefits that simply aren’t available in the UK.
France is a hugely diverse country and different areas offering different things — people wanting to move to Paris, for instance, are unlikely to be the same people wanting to move to Cannes or Grenoble. Character varies wildly between cities, while it’s well established that Paris is pretty unique in the country for being such a huge urban metropolis.
Life is good in France.
As of now, British citizens currently do not need a visa or a residence permit to live, work or study in France.
However, as of June 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU in a country-wide referendum. It is not yet known how this will affect British citizens already living in or planning to move to France, as exit negotiations are not yet underway. Nothing will change until the official point of exit.
For Brits that own property in France, they should be aware that an exit from the EU may trigger a change in inheritance and tax laws.
As with most countries around the world, cost of living varies widely in France depending on your location.
If you’re planning to move to Paris, for instance, it will likely be expensive, with rent and entertainment costing in the same ballpark as London. Average rent for a one-bed apartment in the centre of Paris is €1,100 (£914) a month, while a three-bed rises to €2,270 (£1,886) per month.
Not quite as expensive as Paris, larger cities like Marseilles and Lyon are also towards the more expensive end, while homes in the Alps near the major ski centres, and those on the French Riviera in Cannes and Nice are quite pricey too.
Utility costs are largely the same as in the UK, while broadband is slightly higher thanks to a lack of competition.
Rent, dining and entertainment rates decrease the further you venture away from the cities and into the countryside.
Property taxes are lower in France than Britain so it is often cheaper to buy a home here than it would be at home.
Just like in the UK, there is a 20% VAT on most goods so you won’t see too much difference in clothes and other products.
In terms of groceries, there are some huge, inexpensive hypermarkets in most towns, as well as street side markets, although smaller supermarkets can be comparatively expensive.
Annecy, a lakeside alpine town in the Haute-Savoie department of the French Alps, in Southeastern France, is active and stylish, and the ultimate destination for adventure-seekers. The lake offers sailing and other watersports, and nearby parkland has trails for cyclists, joggers and walkers. You’ll also be half an hour from popular ski resorts like Le Grand-Bornand and La Clusaz. Annecy is cultural and historic, the Old Town looks very much like it would have centuries ago., with cobbled streets, winding canals and pastel-colored houses. Overlooking the city, the medieval Château d’Annecy, once home to the Counts of Geneva, contains a museum with regional artifacts .
Juan-les-Pins, located in Antibes on the Côte d’Azur, in Southeastern France, has one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in France. Juan-les-Pins is a town and a health resort and spa in the commune of Antibes and is situated between Nice and Cannes. The buzzing nightlife scene is complemented by a laidback atmosphere during the day, and the area is especially popular with retirees who are looking for a relaxing, slow pace of life. Just 13 kilometres from the Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport.
Dordogne is a department in southwest France, set between the Loire Valley and Pyrenees mountains. Ten of the most beautiful villages in France are in Dordogne, including Castelnaud-la-Chapelle and La Roque-Gageac. If you want a taste of history, the town of Sarlat-la-Canéda has a high density of monuments, and Dordogne is also home to the famous Paleolithic paintings in the Lascaux caves. The town of Périgueux is home to the Cathedrale St-Front, with its 5 domes, and the Vesunna Museum, built around Roman ruins. The medieval town Sarlat-la-Canéda centers on the Rue de la Republique and the Cathédrale St-Sacerdos. Wine lovers can get their fill in Bergerac, and local cuisine takes advantage of the area’s foi gras and truffles. Once you move to Dordogne, you can spend your days canoeing, cycling, golfing, horseback riding or swimming.
Each town and city in the Lake Geneva area (called Lac Léman by the French) is a crescent-shaped lake shared between France and Switzerland and overlooked by the Alps. Geneva, the Swiss city at its southern tip, and has its own character and way of life. Though most of the lake is in Switzerland, about 40% of it is in the Haute-Savoie department of France. Considered a major international hub, Lake Geneva is one of the world’s main financial centres. On the southern, French side, is the spa town and resort of Évian-les-Bains. The chic, palm-studded Swiss Riviera stretches along the north shore from Lausanne to Montreux.
The Luberon, a fairytale-like massif in Provence in the South of France, has dramatic hilltops, medieval hamlets, and ancient villages that date back over 1,000 years. It has a maximum altitude of 1,256 metres and an area of about 600 square kilometres. Beloved for its privacy as well as its sunrises over the valley, the Luberon offers the best of everything: outdoor sports and nature activities; cultural art exhibits; delicious regional cuisine and wineries; and festivals year-round. Called the Golden Triangle, which refers to the communes of Bonnieux, Gordes and Ménerbes, the Luberon also covers Le Petit Luberon, Le Grand Luberon and the Luberon Oriental. Provencal properties of the Luberon include renovated mills, manor houses, elegant stone buildings, and 18th century farmhouses.
Montpellier is a charming, old city located in southern France 10km inland from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Though it’s the capital of Languedoc-Roussillon and quickly growing, it’s still somewhat secret from tourists, giving locals and expats plenty of space to enjoy orchestra performances and musical festivals, plus the area’s hopping nightlife. The town's stately Gothic Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, distinguished by conical towers, dates to 1364. The city's Antigone district is a chic, modern development inspired by neoclassical motifs. Paintings from French and European Old Masters hang at the Musée Fabre. Nearby Narbonne is a bit of an anomaly: while the rest of the South of France is teeming with tourists, The Gothic Cathédrale Saint-Just et Saint-Pasteur was begun in the 13th century but never completed. The grand Palais des Archevêques houses archaeology and art museums. The Horreum is an underground labyrinth of ancient warehouses left over from the town’s days as a Roman port. The nearby beach and harbor is at Narbonne Plage.
Mougins is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. It is located on the heights of Cannes, in the district of Grasse One of the French Riviera’s most popular destinations is the area surrounding Mougins and Valbonne. Picturesque villages and well-known restaurants are complemented by some of France’s best international schools. Called the Silicon Valley of Europe and just a short drive from Cannes, the locale has the French Alps as a backdrop and sees sunny days almost all year long
Set on the southeast coast of France, Nice is France’s fifth largest city and the capital of the French Riviera and sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. Founded by the Greeks and later a retreat for 19th-century European elite, the city has also long attracted artists. Former resident Henri Matisse is honored with a career-spanning collection of paintings at Musée Matisse. Musée Marc Chagall features some of its namesake's major religious works.
Paris, France’s capital city, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Toulouse, the capital of the Haute-Garonne department, France’s southern Occitanie region, is considered by some expats to be France’s most beautiful place to live. Located in the south, Toulouse has a Mediterranean climate, which means warm summers and mild winters. Toulouse is bisected by the Garonne River and sits near the Spanish border. It’s known as La Ville Rose due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings. Its 17th-century Canal du Midi links the Garonne to the Mediterranean Sea, and can be traveled by boat, bike or on foot. Since Toulouse is France’s fourth largest city, there’s a rich diversity of cultures and nationalities here. Moving to a new city can be a chllenging experience but it pays to do a bit of background research on the area you are looking to move yourself into, so you know what to expect. Local culture, holidays, events and customs will all play a role in your new life. Try to understand what life will be like before you make the move, so you will know what to expect. A lot of people struggle to come to terms with the pace of life in a new country. Sometimes things are a lot slower than where you came from and this can be frustrating. Learning a new language can also be a big problem and its worth buying a few phrase books or quick learn online language applications to give you a head start with learning the lingo. Once you move to your new town you may be too busy to study so if you can make time before you go then all is good. Even a little fluency will go a long way as you will be able to shop, work, organise and get things done as well as making a few friends. Speaking a little french to a local will show you are trying and they will appreciate that more than relying on everyone in europe knowing english.