Brexit and your French holiday home

Brexit and your French holiday home


As you know, the UK left the European Union on 31/12/2020 and this has a direct impact on the enjoyment of your holiday home in France. We have put together some of the important points you need to consider.

Visa requirements

Tourists who will be spending less than 90 days out of every 180 days do not need a visa. If required, you can spend 180 days a year at your holiday home but these would have to be split into two blocks of 90 days. This limit covers the whole of the EU so you can’t spend additional time in Spain, Italy, Portugal or other EU countries.

If you intend to spend longer than 90 days then you will now need a Long Stay visa. There are many different types but as a holiday home owner you will probably apply for a Visa de Long Sejour Temporaire Visiteur. Details are available from the French Government (in English) here. You can use this “Visa Wizard” on the French Government site to confirm which kind of visa you will need and the costs. You need to set up an account on the site and then complete the online application. Print out the form and the receipt then take this (and all supporting documentation) to your nearest French Embassy in the UK.

Be warned, if you spend longer than six months a year in France then you will be considered as a French resident.

The buying process has not changed and the Leggett Immobilier downloadable guide takes you through each step.

Healthcare

It is important to have health insurance or face hefty bills if you fall ill.

If you don’t hold an EHIC card you can apply for the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) here. This card will allow you to access state provided healthcare in France whilst visiting. The EHIC and its replacement GHIC remain free of charge.

Travel

You will no longer be able to use the EU passport queue at customs control. Be warned, British passports which have less than 6 months until their expiry date are no longer valid for travel to France. If you want to spend longer than 90 days here out of every 180 days then you will need to apply for a visa (see above).

You can continue to use your British driving licence but will need to apply for a Green Card from your insurance company.

Pets

You will no longer be able to use the EU passport queue at customs control. Be warned, British passports which have less than 6 months until their expiry date are no longer valid for travel to France. If you want to spend longer than 90 days here out of every 180 days then you will need to apply for a visa (see above).

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