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Moving to France … an Expat Guide

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So, you’re moving to France. Congratulations on deciding to become an expat, what an absolutely amazing decision! It’s one that you won’t ever regret. Emigrating is one of the few life-changing experiences that can genuinely change your life for the better. If you need help with the removal to France, click here for a free quote from us.

As you set off on your adventure, there’ll be a lot for you to do, and a lot for you to think about, after all, moving to another country is in a whole different league to moving somewhere within the UK. But don’t start thinking that you have to tackle any potential issues on your own.

Many of the team here at Indalo Transport are expats, and our personal experiences of relocation mean that “we know what it’s like”, we know exactly what you’re going through. If you need any help getting to grips with becoming an expat, or if you have any questions about removals from the UK to France, we’re always here for you, at the end of the phone or by email.

To help ease any anxieties that you may have about the start of your epic adventure, here’s Indalo Transport’s handy little infographic which tells you all the important things you need to know as an expat, as well as a few tips which you may find useful in preparing for your upcoming removal to France from the UK.

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France infographic Indalo Transport

So what will my new life be like in France?

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Not to be confused with Blackpool Tower

In short, absolutely amazing!

France is an enchanting melting pot of different cultures, and it ticks all the boxes for healthcare, culture and climate. People fall in love with France’s grand, bon-vivant lifestyle and no doubt you will too.

Its cities, whilst hectic, are cosmopolitan, and their people very fashionable. There is beautiful architecture to behold everywhere you look, there’s history in every nook and cranny, and no matter how long you live there, France always manages to find ways to keep surprising you.

It’s safe to say that the French appreciate a trendy and opulent lifestyle, but who could blame them with the cornucopia of culture, arts and fashion available to them? And whilst the French do enjoy living the high-life, the things they love more than anything else are being able to spend time with family and friends, savouring rich and delicious foods, whilst drinking superb, local wines.

Ahh, bliss. Really, what more could you want from your new life abroad?

Indalo Transport’s Top 3 things you need to do to prepare for your move to France

1. Book your removal to France from the UK

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This packing malarky might not take much time …

When you have a moving date, and you’ve gone through all your belongings and worked out what it is you’d like to take with you to France, contact several removals companies for quotes.

After you’ve got your quotes, do a little background research into the firms you’ve contacted, check out their customer reviews to see if they’re really as good as they say they are. Check to see if the company is fully insured and have a look in to whether they offer a packing service or can provide you with advice and guidance on becoming an expat.

Once you’ve taken into consideration all these things, book with your chosen removals team as soon as possible, to make sure they’re still available to help you move.

Whilst you’re here, why not have a look at the services we offer, and our glowing customer reviews. Maybe we’ll be your first choice of getting your things safely to France from the UK.

2. Make sure you have all your documents

As Britain is a member of the EU still, you and your family don’t have to worry about having to obtain a work permit or visa, or having to fill in copious amounts of customs paperwork. You can enjoy working in France for up to three months without having to apply for residency. All you need is your passport, and your driving licence, if you have one.

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She’ll change her mind about the whole emigrating thing once she gets there!

If you have pets, there are a few things you need to do in order to make their journey, as well as yours, as smooth as possible.

  • Get your pet microchipped.
  • After your pet has been chipped, book them in as soon as possible for a rabies vaccination. The reason why you need to do this asap is because you must wait 21 days after it has been done before moving abroad. Some vets only give one course of vaccinations, but some advise to give two courses, therefore, the sooner it’s done, the sooner you can move.
  • Ask your vet for a Pet Passport. Just like our passports, this is a little book, complete with photo page to help people identify your pet. It is also a handy record of when your pet will need to get revaccinated for rabies.

Unfortunately, France won’t allow Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Pitbulls, Mastiffs or Tosas into the country, unless they are classed as guard dogs and have papers to prove that they’re a pedigree dog. This is because France deems these breeds as dangerous dogs.

3. Research, research and do more research

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    Planning is tough, so you may as well be comfy

    If you don’t have a job to go to, now is the time to start looking for jobs, if you need to work. There are plenty of sites you can visit to start applying

  • If you haven’t already got a place to move to, now is the time to start perusing the internet for your new home
  • If you’ve got the time, now would be a good idea to start learning a few, simple French phrases and words.

Now sit back, relax and start planning your wonderful, new life!

It’s really that simple!

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