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  1. I wonder if anyone can help with this unforeseen problem. Friends moved here permanently from the USA in early September with a long stay visa while they apply for permanent residency. They hired a car and had started the process of buying one when a problem with insurance raised its head. Their driving licences were issued in a state which does NOT have a reciprocal arrangement with France and I’m told that they will therefore never be able to exchange them for French licences. They can hire a car for a maximum 185 days at the end of which they will need to have taken and passed the French driving Test ! My French is okay but I would be very nervous about this ( we are all in our 60s ) but their French is very, very basic. Is it possible to use an interpreter ? Can anyone offer any other possible solutions ?
  2. I’m trying to help friends who are moving permanently to France from the US and want to bring their car as part of their personal effects. I know they won’t have to pay the usual import taxes but does anyone know what other requirements there will be to register the car here ie Certificate of Conformity etc . Thank you for any help you are able to give.
  3. I have just received a text saying that in order to continue getting my reimbursements I need to complete a form for a new Carte Vitale. It gives a link to a plausible ameli email address - has anyone else had this ?
  4. For our return to France 24 hr tests we used Coronafocus which someone on another site recommended. The tests cost £18.50 each, you have them sent to your home in advance, do the tests yourself , upload a photo and they send you a certificate within two hours. It was easy to do and the certificate came through in about half an hour. We would use them again but hopefully we won’t have to.
  5. One of the essential reasons was always ´ a foreign National returning to their own country ´ which gave British nationals the right to visit the UK and you had the right to return as a French resident. We travelled on this basis.
  6. It is just so frustrating when we WILL be law abiding and not stop overnight even though it is so illogical. We sometimes wonder why we bother being law abiding when we know most people will do what suits them and most likely get away with it. The lockdown which followed Easter comes to mind. People were allowed to travel over the weekend to where they were going to remain in lockdown but we know many people who travelled for social reasons and then returned home - some on the Monday because the gendarmes said they would take a lenient view of people doing this !!!!
  7. The point I was really making was which journey runs the risk of infecting more people should the person test positive after 48 hours ? The car journey and overnight stop with minimal interaction is not allowed but the journey on crowded public transport is ! The requirement to go straight to your place of isolation in one day is presumably with the aim of minimising the risk of transmission so this is totally illogical. Unfortunately I can’t risk being stuck miles from home in a hotel for 10 days.
  8. Recent clarification seems to indicate that whatever your journey you cannot stop overnight en route sooooo…. you enter France by car and your journey home is a long one but you cannot stop at a hotel with minimal or virtually no contact overnight but, if you come by train into Paris you could cross Paris by metro or bus and then catch another crowded train - no problem ! Have I missed something somewhere ?
  9. Can anyone clarify please - what are the rules for fully vaccinated French residents returning to France now who need to stay somewhere overnight on their way to their home where they will self isolate until testing negative ? Not everyone will be able to get home the same day.
  10. Coming back into CDG I handed over my passport and then indicated my Carte de Séjour. The officer checked my card but still went to stamp my passport until I remonstrated- when she said it was an automatic response to stamp it !
  11. Leaving Paris from CDG airport a few days ago my husband and I both handed over our Cartes de Séjour with our U.K. passports ( as we had been told to do by the French Border police at Dover ) and my passport was stamped and his wasn’t. The officer just put my Carte to one side and didn’t even look at it !!!!
  12. Maybe a silly question but is this for returning French residents as well ?
  13. We have just been to the UK for a week - we are French residents. We booked our day 2 lateral flow tests via the Boots website £21 each, delivered to our son’s flat. The day before we left France we filled out the Passenger Locator form online and then printed them out. At the French passport control we were told to always hand over our Cartes de Séjour with our passports or our passports would be stamped. Our Passenger Locator forms and our Pass Sanitaire forms were checked. Coming back to France, our passports, Cartes and Pass Sanitaires were checked but we were not asked for ( and have never been asked for ) the Attestation d’Honneur which I had totally forgotten about ! Hope this helps.
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