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Brexit: moving to and living in France

As of January 1, 2021

British citizens and their families

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Until December 31, 2020, British citizens and their families arriving or already installed in France remain subject to the same rules as European citizens.
The information given here concerns entry and residency in France after January 1, 2021.

Covid-19
Until January 21, 2021, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test from under 72 hours before entering France.



Entering France

You were installed in France before January 1, 2021


British citizens


You can travel to France until September 30 2021 with your passport only, and a document proving you were living in France before January 1, 2021.
After this date, you will need a visa, a residence permit or a ‘DCEM’ (for children) delivered by the French authorities to enter France.

Non-UK, non-EU national spouses, partners, parents or children of a British citizen living in France


To travel to France after December 31, 2020, you will need a residence permit or a visa delivered by the French authorities.

You were not installed in France before January 1, 2021


To travel to France after December 31 2020, you will need a residence permit or a visa delivered by the French authorities, whether you are a UK citizen or a member of his/her family, except if your stay does not exceed 3 months.
Visit the French national visa website to apply for a visa.

Good to know
Visas delivered to British citizens and their families will be free of charge.


Living in France

You were installed in France before January 1, 2021


As a UK citizen, you will be able to stay in France between January 1 and September 30, 2021 without a residence permit. During this period, you will keep you right to work as well as the subsequent social rights.
As of October 1, 2021, you will need a residence permit to stay in France. Residence permit applications must be done before July 1st.

Good to know
Residence permits delivered to British citizens and their families will be free of charge.

You have been living in France for less than 5 years


If you work in France, or study at the university, or are a family member of a British citizen living in France, you can apply for a residence permit “Accord de retrait du Royaume-Uni de l’UE”, valid for 5 years.
This residence permit allows you to work.

You lived in France for more than 5 years (and lived in France at least once since 2016)


If you possess a long-stay residence permit (10 years), or work in France, or study at the university, or are a family member of a British citizen living in France, you can apply for a residence permit “Séjour Permanent - Accord de retrait du Royaume-Uni de l’UE”, valid for 10 years.
This residence permit allows you to work.

You are seeking a job


You can apply for a temporary authorization of stay, valid for 6 months. This authorization can be renewed if you are still actively seeking a job.

All applications must be done before July 1, 2021 on a dedicated website:
https://contacts-demarches.interieur.gouv.fr/brexit/brexit-demande-titre-sejour/

You may be eligible for a residence permit even if your situation is not listed in the above. To find out more, consult the November 19 2020 decree.

You were not installed in France before January 1, 2021

Within the first 3 months following your arrival, and before July 1st, you have to apply for a residence permit at the prefecture of your place of residence.



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Updated on January 6, 2021

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