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For English speaking people who are not EU citizens living or coming to live in France

These notes have been prepared to assist you if you are currently living in France or contemplating doing so. It is not surprising that many people choose France as their home after they have retired or, to start a new career in a new country. France not only offers a new adventure in a new world but perhaps the expectation of a longer and more active live than most other countries in the world. It is a beautiful country stretching from the Channel in the North with the English coast just across the water, to the Mediterranean in the South with Africa just the other side of the horizon. In most cases these places are a short distance away by car, ship or air.
EXCLUSIVE HEALTHCARE specialises in insuring and caring for people world wide on the move to France and has designed special plans to help them and make moving easy.
The following paper is not a complete description of the French heath care system which is classified as one of the best in the world. As a resident of France you will be able to use the state hospitals and will find them superb. You will have to pay for treatment but the cost is modest compared with most other areas and a good insurance plan should take care of that.
The Medical Service in France
Health care and health facilities in France are excellent. France spends a greater proportion of her GNP on health than on defence. Standards are high; the public and private sectors operate alongside one another and the quality of treatment offered by each one is virtually the same. It should be noted also, that there is no lack of capacity. You will not have to wait for treatment or for a bed and unless you are hospitalised in an emergency, you can go into the clinic or general hospital of your choice. It is worth comment that a ward in a French hospital generally consists of not more than four beds and usually only two in the more modern establishments. Private rooms are readily available. A recent report on world medical care produced by the World Health Organisation placed France above all other countries in the world.
Special note
This paper is primarily concerned with medical care because this is our area of expertise and where we can help you to understand the steps necessary to live out a long and active life free of worry. However, it is appropriate to cover the legal aspects of coming to live in France and what you need to do before leaving your home country.

You must visit the French Consulate General nearest your home or in some countries the French Embassy and apply for a Long Term Visa. Without this Visa you cannot stay in France legally for more than three months. Failure to do this may mean having to return home in person to make an application. The Application proceedures take the Consular Service up to three months to complete because your Application along with other required documents must be sent to Paris for approval. You have to collect your Visa in person and it will simplify the process if you allow yourself enough time from the beginning. If you have dual nationality (ie a French citizens passport as well) the situation will be different and may not require any further work by you in preparation for your move to France. As always we recommend that you confirm this and ensure that the French passport is current and has not expired.

If one spouse or the other is French or a citizen of an EU member state a Long Term Visa may not be required.In such cases you should consult with your nearest French Consulate General and confirm that that the holder’s passport is current and has not expired.
When making an Application you will be asked to provide evidence that you have the means to live in France.
In addition, it is important to note that you will have to provide proof of medical cover in France effective upon arrival.
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If you intend to stay in France you will need to apply for a Carte de Sejour as soon as possible. You will need to show evidence of medical cover in France when making an Application. EXCLUSIVE HEALTHCARE is able to help you wth this having developed a system specially for our clients.
We will also assist you to prepare before you leave your home country and on your arrival in France.
If you need help or advice at any time please do not hesitate to contact us either by phone or e-mail. We will gladly assist you and will respond in English.
A useful source of information: the French Government web site:
This is a very large site that may be viewed in a number of languages including English. It is interactive and contains information about the country and the legal requirements to visit France or to become resident.
A Section of the above web site gives you specific information about your own case, the addresses of French Consular Authority in your country and allows you to download and print application Forms etc.