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.
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
Further reading & resources:
DSS - Overseas Branch
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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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...