Expats in France must pay 30 € when visiting family of friends from the town hall

Expats in France must pay € 30 at the town hall for friends and family to visit. image: Wikipedia

Expats in France must pay € 30 at the town hall for friends and family to visit.

PROPERTY owners in France who have British friends or family who wish to stay with them this summer have to fill out additional forms and costs, all due to Brexit bureaucracy.

With the UK now being treated as a third country by France – and the rest of the European Union – potential hosts are required to file a document known as accommodation certificate at the local City Hall (town hall) at least one month before the proposed visit. This also applies to Spain, although the cost and process differs, and was the subject of a previous article which you can find here.

The French civil service specifies: “A foreigner who wishes to come to France for a tourist stay of less than three months must present proof of accommodation. This document is called a certificate of acceptance and is drawn up by the person who will welcome it at his home during the stay in France. The request is made in town hall. The certificate is issued if the host meets certain conditions.

When filling out the form, it should include the visitor’s passport details and proof that they are covered by insurance of at least £ 26,000, although the UK Global Health Insurance Card (Ghic) covers medical care for you. emergency!

The agents will provide a certificate which must be sent to the traveler so that he can present it on request on his arrival in France. If the authorities refuse to issue the certificate, the owner / host is however entitled to appeal the decision.

The Remain in France Together Facebook group told members: “We can inform you that the British Embassy has confirmed to us that attestation will be required for holders of British passports traveling to France for private visits to friends and to the family where they do not have accommodation, such as a bed and breakfast, a hotel, Airbnb. etc, reserved.


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