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Moving to France from UK - The Checklist
Whether it be for lifestyle, work or retirement purposes, moving to France should and will be a joyous
experience but, in order to truly enjoy the benefits in the long-term, it’s important to get on top of the
planning and admin before your move!
Anglo French Removals have over 30 years of experience in removals between the UK and France and
has put the following guide together to help ensure the transition goes smoothly for you.
If you’re moving to France from the UK make sure you do these 9 key things before your big move:
1. Organise your UK and French paperwork
2. Research the cost of living
3. Secure your visa, residency and work papers
4. Register with the French government
5. Sort your utilities, Internet and post
6. Setup Your French bank account
7. List emergency contacts
8. Organise your move
9. Embrace French culture
1. Organise Your UK and French Paperwork
While it may not be the most exciting thing about your move to France, organising your documentation is
important to make sure you feel safe and secure in another country. This includes:
Birth and marriage certificates (if applicable)
Medical documents (incl. EHIC, vaccinations and private healthcare)
Education and qualification documents
UK tax documentation
Driving license and vehicle documents
Banking and financial documents
Making sure you have gathered this information and checked with the UK and French authorities the
specific documents you need will really help you feel settled in your new home country. It’s also important
you inform all of the relevant authorities of your intentions to move before you take the plunge!
2. Research the Cost of Living in France and Your Budget
Don’t just assume that expenditure will be directly comparable with your current outlay in the UK. Speak to
current residents in your destination community or friends/family who have prior experience this is a far
more reliable sounding board than online forums. If you have the chance to visit the community prior to
your move, treat it like a trial period rather than holiday and take note of how much you spend in an
average week to help budget in the long-term.
One way to streamline expenditure is to cancel existing subscriptions (e.g. gym, newspapers, utilities) in
the UK and be ruthless about the ones you set up in France. Moving home is perhaps the best opportunity
to organise your life and spending, leaving funds for the things you really need or hobbies you’ll get your
kicks from!
As the move approaches, try to break your budget down into shorter periods. Consider the journey there,
e.g. petrol, travel fares, stopover accommodation and meals; setting in e.g. car rental, new furniture, initial
food shop; and then your weekly or monthly budget for the foreseeable future.
3. Secure Your Visa, Residency and Work Papers

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As a UK and EU citizen, you won’t need a visa if you are moving to France before Brexit. If you are moving
to France after Brexit however, you may need a visa in order to move and live in France.
These terms will ultimately be decided following Brexit negotiations, and you should keep an eye on official
UK and French government sources for more information on long-stay and short-stay visa requirements for
British citizens moving to the UK after Brexit.
Regarding working in France, you won’t need a work permit as a British citizen within the EU, as you are
able to work freely in the country. However, as with visas, this may change following Brexit. This may mean
you will need a work permit and a confirmed place of work before you begin your move from the UK to
France.
As with visas, you should check with the relevant authorities as to the requirements to work in France after
Brexit.
4. Register with the French Government
As a UK citizen, it is not mandatory to register with the French government, and you do not need a
registration card (carte de séjour).
However, the French Authorities do recommend that UK nationals should apply for a registration card
under the current system. It is also recommended that UK nationals living in France should also apply for a
registration card.
The status regarding registration cards is likely to change after Brexit so you should check official
government sources to stay up to date as negotiations and the transition develops.
5. Sort Your Utilities, Internet and Post
The logical first step here is to speak with your landlord or future neighbours to see which providers they
use for utilities, i.e. water, gas and electricity. Typically, French homes use EDF for electricity and GDF for
gas whichever provider you opt for, let them know of your new address as soon as possible or you may
risk a first week of cold water and darkness!
Setting up a TV and the Internet can be just as easy if you know what you’re doing. TV licence fees are
included within your occupier’s tax (the French equivalent of council tax). Landline telephone and Internet
services can be bought as a package, much like back home, so be sure to shop around for the best rates
according to your needs.
In terms of post, ask someone back home, perhaps the new owner of your UK house, to keep an eye for
mail and give your new French address to redirect. It is possible to redirect more officially but you don’t
want to miss an important bill that accumulates interest or late payments fees.
6. Setup Your French Bank Account
Sticking with your UK bank account may make things difficult in France, as you will be using an
international bank account.
To make purchases big and small simpler in France, it’s advisable that you set up a French bank account.
This is especially the case if you are buying or renting property or organising your utilities and insurance.
You can set up your French bank account before you move to France, with banks allowing you to set up a
non-residency account for those without a permanent French postal address. With the prevalence of online
banking, it should be fairly simple to sort out your finances before you arrive!

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Moving to France from UK - The Checklist Whether it be for lifestyle, work or retirement purposes, moving to France should and will be a joyous experience but, in order to truly enjoy the benefits in the long-term, it’s important to get on top of the planning and admin before your move! Anglo French Removals have over 30 years of experience in removals between the UK and France and has put the following guide together to help ensure the transition goes smoothly for you. If you’re moving to France from the UK make sure you do these 9 key things before your big move: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Organise your UK and French paperwork Research the cost of living Secure your visa, residency and work papers Register with the French government Sort your utilities, Internet and post Setup Your French bank account List emergency contacts Organise your move Embrace French culture 1. Organise Your UK and French Paperwork While it may not be the most exciting thing about your move to France, organising your documentation is important to make sure you feel safe and secure in another country. This includes: • • • • • • Birth and marriage certificates (if applicable) Medical documents (incl. EHIC, vaccinations and private healthcare) Education and qualification documents UK tax documentation Driving license and vehicle documents Banking and financial documents Making sure you have gathered this information and checked with the UK and French authorities the specific docume ...
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