Moving to France

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Wherever you’re moving to in France, whether a major city or a place in the countryside, our specialist team will take care of everything to make sure your move goes smoothly and your goods arrive at your new home safe and sound.  Here at Arrowpak International we’ve been moving people to and from France since 1979, and have the local knowledge, contacts and skills make sure your move goes smoothly - you couldn’t be in better hands.

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France is Europe’s largest country stretching from the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean, to the ski slopes of the Alps with the Pyrenees mountains to the west, forming a natural border with neighbouring Spain.


France has everything: from the sophistication of Paris to rustic rural villages that have changed little since medieval times. The famous French cuisine and excellent wines make the country a favourite with food lovers from around the world. Not surprisingly France is the world’s number one tourist destination with millions of visitors flocking to her shores every year to rediscover a little joie de vivre.

Helpful information

Personal effects

You can import any used personal effects and household goods to France providing VAT has been paid in the EU.  You will need a detailed inventory of all items and a customs declaration form.


You are welcome to take your dog or cat to France provided they are at least 3 months old and have been vaccinated against Rabies within 21 days of moving.  The team at Arrowpak will be happy to give advice about transport and the shipment of more unusual animals.

Cars and motorcycles

Importing cars and motorcycles into France can be complicated so please ask our specialist team for advice well in advance of your move.

Driving licences

Driving licences issued by an EU country are valid in France for an unlimited period providing there are no endorsements or suspensions, etc.

Holders of non-European licences may drive for up to one year, again providing there are no endorsements, etc.  After twelve months the French theory and practical test will need to be passed to obtain a licence. Some countries have reciprocal arrangements to exchange licences for their French equivalent.

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