Voisins Voices July 2022 – GOV.UK

Voisins Voices Newsletter


Welcome to the July 2022 version of Voisins Voices!

This version consists of our Ambassador Menna Rawlings’ video message to British nationals residing in France, a recap of the previous month celebrating the Platinum Jubilee and data on votes for all times, UK pupil visas, forest fires, riptides, crossing the UK-France border throughout summer season and assist out there for individuals experiencing home violence.

Do please ahead this to any mates, household, or new acquaintances residing in France.

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As all the time, our Dwelling in France information has the hottest data, whether or not you’ve got lived in France for a few years, or lately arrived.

Menna Rawlings’ message to UK nationals

Our Ambassador has recorded a video for UK nationals residing in France. She talks about what we’ve been doing this previous month, her assist to the British neighborhood and upcoming summer season holidays.

You possibly can watch the complete video right here(Fb).

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

In June, right here on the Embassy we have been busy celebrating Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, and we all know many members of the British neighborhood organised their very own occasions too – bravo!

We celebrated our annual Queen’s Birthday Get together, showcasing the very best of the UK when it comes to meals, music and leisure.

Watch our recap video right here(Twitter)

Have a look at images of the occasion(Flickr).

In a particular ceremony devoted to the Queen, President Emmanuel Macron and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to France, Dame Menna Rawlings, rekindled the flame on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, on the Arc de Triomphe, displaying the deep bonds of friendship between the UK and France as we joined collectively to mark this historic event.

We additionally welcomed 64 British corporations to the Ambassador’s residence for our So British showcase, which offered the very best of the UK’s innovation to a whole bunch of holiday makers.

And we welcomed 300 British nationals for a Nice British Tea Get together in our backyard with our good good friend Paddington. We wish to thank everybody for becoming a member of us for such a heart-warming occasion and we hope to see a lot of you quickly for extra occasions celebrating the British neighborhood in France!

Comply with us on social media to be the primary to listen to about different alternatives to go to the Residence.

Menna Rawlings interview with Connexion, printed 3 June 2022

Dame Menna Rawlings, the UK’s first feminine ambassador to France, talked to Connexion about Jubilee preparations, British residency rights, migrants and President Macron.

You possibly can learn the complete interview right here.

President Emmanuel Macron Jubilee Message

To mark her 70 years on the throne, President Macron shared a message devoted to Her Majesty the Queen.

To rejoice her is to honour the deep and honest friendship between our international locations.

Watch the complete speech.

Votes for all times

The Elections Act 2022 handed into legislation on 28 April. The Act consists of provisions for eradicating the 15-year rule and extends the franchise for UK Parliamentary Elections to all British residents residing abroad who’ve been beforehand registered or resident within the UK.

The Act will make it simpler for expats to take part by:

  • enabling abroad electors to stay on the register for longer with an absent vote (postal or proxy) association in place

  • extending the registration interval for abroad electors from one 12 months to as much as three years

  • introducing a web based absent vote utility service

  • an enhanced postal vote system for abroad electors in GB constituencies

Modifications to the franchise for abroad electors are anticipated to be delivered forward of polls in spring 2024, alongside the modifications to the size of absent vote preparations and alignment of absent vote purposes with declaration renewals. People will apply to register on the final deal with at which they have been registered, or, in the event that they have been by no means registered, on the final deal with at which they have been resident.

Learn extra on this new coverage.

Summer time journey

Should you’re planning on touring this summer season, please remember that the approaching weeks are prone to see a rise in visitors between the UK and France on trains, planes, ferries and the Channel Tunnel, which might result in delays at sure instances. Industrial motion in France and useful resource constraints of journey operators might additionally trigger additional disruption.

Earlier than travelling, it’s best to test for the most recent data along with your journey operator or airline, together with their recommendation on how early it’s best to arrive on the terminal or airport to test in.

The place doable, it’s best to be sure to have a confirmed reserving earlier than you journey and guarantee you might be absolutely ready to your journey, together with for the opportunity of delays, with sufficient meals and water.

Learn journey recommendation for France.

Scholar visas

Planning on learning within the UK?

British Passport holders retain the fitting to return to dwell and examine within the UK at any level in future. Nonetheless, if you recognize any individuals with out British nationality wishing to take up research within the UK, that is related for them.

UK Visas and Immigration strongly suggest that college students apply for his or her visa as early as doable as choices are taking 4 weeks to course of. They obtained excessive ranges of purposes in August so it’s best to begin to put together and submit your utility from now.
In case you are ready to your CAS reference quantity, you may put together your supporting paperwork within the meantime.

You will want:

Relying in your private circumstances and the place you might be making use of from, you might also want:

  • proof of English language proficiency. This might be an IELTS check (different exams are accepted too)

  • proof that you could pay to your course charges and upkeep for one educational 12 months. The quantity will rely in your private circumstances

  • consent from a guardian or guardian if beneath 18

  • copies of your training certificates

  • TB check certificates

  • ATAS certificates (course dependent)

To be taught extra, watch this video and browse extra data.

Pay attention to forest fires and riptides

Forest fires

Forest fires can happen anyplace in southern France through the summer season months however particularly alongside the Mediterranean coast and in Corsica. Lately, fires have turn into extra frequent resulting from drought and excessive temperatures.

French authorities could evacuate areas and shut roads for security causes. Should you’re staying in a high-risk space it’s best to familiarise your self with the native security and emergency procedures, be vigilant and observe the recommendation of native authorities.

Learn details about tips on how to keep protected, offered by the French authorities.

Name the emergency companies on 18 or 112 if you’re in peril from a wild hearth, or see one.


In case you are planning on a seaside vacation on the Atlantic coast this summer season, be sure to swim protected:

  • watch out for harmful seaside currents, these could be very highly effective – be taught to identify a riptide

  • use seashores with lifeguards the place doable

  • all the time test warning flags and signage on the seaside and solely swim the place it’s permitted

  • observe native safety recommendation (in French)

  • learn extra on France journey recommendation.

Assist for victims of home violence

A multilingual data portal was created by Ladies for Ladies France in collaboration with 30 specialists with the goal of turning into the nationwide reference. It incorporates dependable and understandable data for French and non-French victims of home violence, whatever the language they communicate and is already out there in 16 languages.

It incorporates 90 sensible guides that reply in a transparent and exact method to concrete issues within the following areas:

  • cash, housing, independence

  • separation, divorce, baby custody

  • security and safety orders

  • bodily, sexual and psychological well being

  • proper to remain in France

  • police and justice

Healthcare whilst you journey

Be sure you have healthcare cowl earlier than you journey

Should you make social safety contributions in France, you ought to be entitled to a France-issued European Well being Insurance coverage Card (EHIC) and will carry this with you when travelling.

All EU-issued EHICs stay legitimate for essential care when visiting the UK and different EU Member States. We nonetheless suggest taking out complete journey insurance coverage when travelling, together with well being cowl, as an EHIC doesn’t cowl sure issues resembling repatriation.

Learn extra details about getting a French-issued EHIC.

In case your healthcare is roofed by the UK, you ought to be entitled to a International Well being Insurance coverage Card (GHIC). Current UK-issued EHICs additionally stay legitimate for essential care when visiting EU Member States till the expiration date on the cardboard. They don’t have to be changed instantly. As soon as it expires, it may be changed with a brand new GHIC issued by the UK. Please additionally share this message with any visiting mates or household from the UK to France.

Watch this video(Fb) to be taught extra about tips on how to apply for healthcare in France.

Please go to the webpages beneath for extra data. The hyperlinks and phone particulars can signpost you in the fitting path and likewise join you to those that can present assist or provide assist with technical issues should you want it.

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