A valuable guide for those retiring to France

  • Guidance on getting your pension overseas
  • Settling in tips and support options
  • Healthcare in France and how to claim it
  • Plus, much more essential information

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  • Guidance on getting your pension overseas
  • Settling in tips and support options
  • Healthcare in France and how to claim it
  • Plus, much more essential information

What’s included in the guide?

  • Residency and visasVisa options and the 90-day rule explained
  • Manage your financesState or private pension, setting up a bank account and more
  • Claiming healthcareUnderstanding local and national healthcare requirements
  • Making the most of your new lifeMaking friends, discovering experiences and getting involved
  • Cost for buying a property in FranceAdvice on buying or renting with reputable estate agent and solicitor
  • Currency exchangeThe importance of planning ahead in a volatile economy

Get your FREE guide to retiring to France and gain access to the full resources we offer to successfully buy a property overseas

Everything you need to make your retirement a success

1. Find a property

Search on our property portal, read the latest news and see the hottest properties

2. Speak to the experts

Get your questions answered by our friendly UK-based property consultants and trusted experts

3. Get your finances in place

Avoid losing money on your property purchase

Visa & residency FAQs

How much does a visa application cost?

To apply for a visa, you must pay a fee and service charge. This price varies depending on what type of visa you’re applying for. Head to our website for the most up-to-date information or contact our team using the contact form above.

I plan to live between the UK and France, which visa should I consider?

If you make multiple short trips to France each year, you may be eligible for a multiple-entry visa, often referred to as a ‘circulation visa.’ You must only abide by the cumulative time limit of 90 days within a 180-day period.

Do I need a visa to enter the Schengen area?

Not all foreign nationals need to have a visa to enter the Schengen area. Your visa status depends on your nationality, whether you hold a valid permit and your specific status. Find more in-depth information on our website.

Download our full guide to discover the answer to more common visa questions

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