So, you are planning to move from London to Paris. This article has some handy tips to help your move to Europe go smoothly. There are currently more than 200,000 expatriates from the UK, now living in France. Entire communities in the south of France have been taken over by Brits in search of more clement weather. More people from the UK are moving to Europe than ever.
If you are a British citizen a valid passport is sufficient for you to move to France. As an EU National you may work in France and do not need a work permit. However, British citizens native to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man should note that they do not, on this occasion, count as EU citizens
EU law requires that all EU citizens moving to France should visit the Police Station and apply for an EU residency permit. You must do this within 3 months of moving to France. If your move to France is permanent, the longest term you can get a permit for is 5 years – and then 10 years thereafter. If you are taking a family are moving to France with you, you can add a spouse, dependents under the age of 21, and certain other dependents onto your permit.
There are currently no customs restrictions for goods imported into France from any of the EU countries, including the UK. This means that you will not be liable to pay tax on your personal possessions. You will want to find a reliable European relocations specialist with experience of delivering to Paris – to take care of your possessions.
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If you purchase new items, including duty free, or a new vehicle, just prior to your move to France this may be subject to tax. Any vehicle purchased three months before moving to France, or showing less than 2999 kms on the clock, counts as new and you may have to pay tax.
If you stay in France for longer than 6 months, your car will need to be registered locally. If your car was registered in the UK an export certificate will be necessary.
Your UK driving licence will remain valid if you move to France and take up residence for over a year.
Certain items such as firearms, drugs and medicines, pornography, weapons, or anything that might be considered a threat to public safety or the environment will need special approval for import. For drugs and medicines you are advised to carry the prescriptions issued by your doctor. The prescription will need to be shown to confirm details of your medicines including dosage.
If you take antiques with you when you moving to France these may be examined by customs. If your antiques are worth a lot of money make sure your European relocation specialist has sufficient insurance.
You can take pets with you to France as long as you have an EU pet Passport showing proof of vaccinations. The majority of French people speak very little English so you would be advised to learn some French. Before you leave the UK, don’t forget to get an E11 form to cover you in case of medical emergency. It’s FREE. It might be a good idea to check up on the latest EU information on relocating to France to see if anything has changed recently.