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Moving from the UK to France

There is a lot of information UK nationals will need to know before relocating to France such as how to move their belongings, finding a home, applying for a work visa, and more.

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France is a country worth considering for UK expats wishing to relocate. UK expats new to France will be able to use their EHIC card to access healthcare; however, once they become a resident and plan to stay long-term, they should register with the public healthcare system. While France can be an expensive country to live in, UK expats coming from London might be pleasantly surprised to learn that Paris is actually cheaper in terms of cost of living.


UK nationals moving personal items to France are entitled to import any new goods into the country duty-free provided. It is advisable expats bring along any sales receipts to prove this. If an expat is staying in France for longer than three months, they will have to pay a visit to their local French consulate to obtain a Certificate de Changement de Résidence (Change of Residence Certificate), outlining their change of residency from the UK to France.

Visas and Work Permits

UK nationals do not require a visa nor a work permit to enter or work in France. They are free to move within the EU/EEA with just a valid passport or identity card. Accompanying family members are also allowed to join them if they too are European citizens. Otherwise, they may require a visa. Keep in mind however, rules could change if the UK leaves the European Union in October 2019.

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UK nationals relocating to France will get a lot more for their money when it comes to renting in France. Paris rental prices, for example, are cheaper than in London. If UK nationals are looking to rent on a budget, they may want to consider renting outside of Paris or on the outskirts as rent prices drop significantly once outside of the city center.

With Brexit looming, it might be a good idea for UK nationals to give serious consideration to relocating elsewhere. Since France is certainly a popular option among UK expats, they may want to look into language learning and training, as well as education in France for any dependents and children moving with them.

Do you want to relocate? If you have never moved abroad, the process will be overwhelming, and if you have, you know the burden that lies ahead. Whatever stage you are at, InterNations GO! can help you with a complete set of relocation services, such as home finding, school search, visa solutions, and even pet relocation. Our expert expat team is ready to get your relocation going, so why not jump-start your move abroad and contact us today? Best to start early!

Updated on: August 08, 2019
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