Brexit: conditions of stay and entry in France
Here is some information about the conditions to enter and stay in France for British nationals and their families since January 1, 2021.

Entering France

You lived in France before January 1, 2021

You are a British national
You can only enter the territory with your passport and proof that you resided in France before December 31, 2020, and until September 30, 2021.
After this date, you must have a visa, a residence permit or a DCEM (for minors) to enter the French territory. 
 
You are a citizen of a third country and spouse, partner, parent or child of a British citizen residing in France
To enter France after December 31, 2020, you will need a residence permit or a visa issued by France.

You did not reside in France before January 1, 2021

To enter France after December 31, 2020, you will need a residence permit or visa issued by France, whether you are a British citizen or a member of his/her family, unless your stay in France is less than 3 months.
> Go to the official French visa website to apply
 
Good to know
These visas are issued free of charge, through a facilitated procedure.

Living in France

You lived in France before January 1, 2021

As a British citizen, you will be able to reside in France between January 1 and October 1, 2021 without a residence permit.
During this period you will also retain the right to work and the resulting social rights.
As of October 1, 2021, you will need a residence permit to stay in France. The application for a residence permit will have to be made before July 1.
 
Good to know
These visas are issued free of charge.
 
You have been living in France for less than 5 years
If you are working in France, studying at university, or are a family member of a British national living in France, you can apply for a 5-year residence permit called "Accord de retrait du Royaume-Uni de l'UE" (Agreement for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU).
This residence permit will allow you to carry out any professional activity. 
 

You have been living in France for more than 5 years (and at least once since 2016)
If you have a long-term residence permit (10 years), are a family member of a British national, are working in France or are studying at university, you can apply for a residence permit called "Séjour Permanent - Accord de retrait du Royaume-Uni de l’UE" (Permanent Residence - Agreement for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU), valid for 10 years.
This residence permit will allow you to carry out any professional activity.
 
If you are looking for a job
You can apply for a provisional residence permit for 6 months, which can be renewed under certain conditions.

All the above residence permit applications must be made before July 1, 2021 on the French national platform:  Other conditions may allow for the delivery of a residence permit.
For more information, please consult the decree N° 2020-1417 of 19 November 2020.

You did not reside in France before January 1, 2021

You will have to apply for a residence permit at the prefecture of your place of residence within 3 months of your arrival, and in any case before July 1, 2021.
 
Find out more
> Visit the French government website on Brexit
> Visit the CLEISS website (for all questions relating to health insurance and social security)
Published on  January 26, 2021
Updated on January 27, 2021