Retiring to France from the UK


A cultural respect for older people, the warmer climate in the south, less expensive housing, a generally relaxed and more peaceful way of life makes France a popular retirement destination.

happy couple on a beach

If you are a UK resident and are planning to retire to France you need to inform your DSS office of your move & intended departure date a few weeks beforehand.

If you will be moving before you are eligible for your UK state pension but are already receiving a private pension you should also apply for an E106 which will give you medical cover for up to 2 years.

If you are receiving a UK state pension and have no plans to get a French pension at a later date you will need to also apply for an E121GB this will allow you to register for French healthcare.

If you are receiving a UK as well as a French pension the French healthcare will cover your healthcare costs and you will be regarded as a French pensioner with regards to healthcare.

If you will be getting a UK pension and at a later date another EU pension (e.g. French) The form E121GB will be issued to you and when the second pension comes into effect your healthcare liabilities will
be reviewed.

Further reading & resources:

DSS - Overseas Branch
EU Office
Longbenton
Newcastle upon Tyne NE98 1YX
Tel: 0191 213 5000 from the UK

leaflet SA29 "Your special security, health care and pensions right in the European Community".
available from your DSS office.



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