• Make sure all of your civil status documents as well as those of your family are up to date.
  • It is important to make sure that all the family events that happened while you have been abroad are noted on the civil status registers of the embassy or of the consulate you depend on.
  • Have all of the documents that might be useful once in France with you. You will want to make sure you obtain them before your departure.
  • If you are a French citizen coming back to France, announce your departure to the consulate in your country of residence (this can be done by mail). You will then get a deletion certificate from the French register.
  • You should also require to be signed out of the voting lists in your city of departure, so that you can register in your new city of residence.
  • If you have children, ask the school they have been attending abroad for a deletion certificate before you leave. Don’t forget the school report book and grade certificates. You will need them to register your children to a new school in France.



  • Get all the necessary documents for border control:
  • Require a change of residence certificate from the embassy or the consulate, to prove that you have lived abroad. You will need it when you arrive for some administrative processes (social security, school registration, and so on).
  • If possible, ask your new employer to provide you with a hiring letter, or your new work contract in France.
  • Make sure the home moving agency gets a copy of your passport.
  • Complete your valuated inventory.
  • Fill in your request for tax emption, so that you don’t have to pay the VAT on your personal belongings when coming to France: download at this link.



  • Plan your departure. Before you start any process related to your physical departure (like buying plane tickets), make sure you have all the necessary information. Preparing your departure is the best way to avoid hassle.
  • The first thing to do is to confirm the date when you will move out. You have to find an agreement on the date when the moving team should come (in the case of a bundling) or on a precise date for any other type of solution.
  • Only then, depending on when your belongings will be retrieved and how long they will stay in transit, you can choose your plane tickets and terminate your lease.

Depending on your situation, the moving method will be different. The necessary time for your belongings to be moved can vary from 1 to 4 weeks. Before you terminate your lease and buy plane tickets, make sure you know when they will be retrieved and when they will arrive in France. It would be a shame for you to leave before your items are collected, or to arrive in France before your belongings!*

*  Depending on the transportation mean you chose, it may be possible for your belongings to arrive in France two to three weeks after you

/!\ Make sure you keep with you the bare necessities in the opportunity that you have to wait for your belongings.


  • Start packing. At this point, you should only pack things you won’t need before leaving, depending on the season.

The home moving company can deal with the packing of your belongings, wrapping each item whilst taking into consideration its fragility and worth.

Should you wish for any reason to pack your belongings yourself, you will find tips and help on our partner’s website: Les 3 Déménageurs.


D-10 :

  • Change your address at the local post office.
  • Remember to inform all of your contacts of your change of address. Some organisations and institutions might have to reach you in the future (such as your bank).
  • Apply your change of address to documents like your vehicle registration document, identity card and passport.
  • Terminate your subscriptions and contracts (electricity, gas, phone lines, etc.).


D-1 :

Time to go! The moving company will take care of the rest.

But be careful: you might face situations not described in this guide!