Joining the French NHS for French residents or EHIC cover for visitors to France
First go through the following questions and select the option that fits your situation.
 
1. Can I use a EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD EHIC (E111)
 
[An EHIC provides you with any necessary medical treatment during a stay of not more than 180 days in another member state].
Click Here for more details about the EHIC
   
  Qualifying Conditions:
 
To be resident in your home country and visiting another member state intending to stay for not more than 180 days. If you arrive intending to stay permanently, the EHIC does not cover you at all.
   
If the answer is NO because you are going to live in France, then:
   
2. Do I qualify for an E106?
 
[The E106 covers you and your dependants living in another member state by affiliation to its NHS for up to 2 years].
Click Here for more details about the E106 for early retirees and workers.
   
  Qualifying Conditions:
  To be taking early retirement and to have worked and paid NIC during the previous two years.
  OR to be in receipt of short-term incapacity benefit.
   
  If the answer is YES contact the DWP with your NI No. and make enquiries.
   
  If the answer is NO...
   
   
3.
Do I qualify for an E109?
  [The E109 covers your family living in another member state]
Click Here for more details about the E109
   
  Qualifying Conditions:
  You remain resident in your home country, living, working and paying tax and NIC.
   
  Note: You yourself will be able to use the EHIC for visits to another member state.
   
  If the E109 meets your needs call the DWP and make enquiries.
   
  IF the answer is NO...
   
   
4.
Do I qualify for an E121?
 
[The E121 covers you and your dependants living in another member state by affiliation to its NHS for the rest of your and their lives or until each of one qualifies in their own right].
Click Here for more details about the E121
   
Qualifying Conditions:
  To have reached official retirement age and be in receipt of an OAP or other state pension that qualifies.
  OR to be in receipt of Long term incapacity benefit.
  OR to be in receipt of Long term incapacity benefit.
   
  If the answer is YES contact the DWP with your NI No. and make enquiries.
   
  You will need a Top-up Policy under most circumstances; CPAM does not pay the complete cost of treatment. Click Here for details
   
 
If one of these options fit you, click here to buy a policy Click Here
   
 
Tél: +33 (0) 546 882 238
 
   
 
Useful Addresses
 
Department of works and pensions
 
Overseas branch
 
Medical benefit section
 
Room TC 001
 
Longbenton
 
Newcastleupon Tyne NE98 1YX
 
Tél: 0044 (0) 191 21 81999
 
Fax: 0044(0) 191 21 87376
   
  The DWP will need your Name, NI number, and date of birth.
   
   
 
A helpful note
   
 
When you have selected one of the options from 1. to 4. above you should make a plan for yourself.
   
  Select 1. Make sure you have current EHICs for all members of your family before you leave the UK.
   
Please note that with the following options there may be a delay in register and cover although this is unusual. If however it looks as though there will a delay, please contact us for a short term full cover Policy to bridge the gap. This, in effect, will be charged by the day for the number of days used.
     
 
Select 2. Apply for the E106 1 month before you plan to leave the UK for France.
   
It helps if you have a French address, a reasonably firm date of departure, or both. Registering it with CPAM activates the E106 and this should be done as soon as possible after arriving in France. If you have already arrived in France to stay, contact the appropriate authority in the UK and make an application.
   
  Select 3. The E109.
   
The spouse remaining living and working in the UK should apply to for the E109 for the family members going to France. The E109 should be registered with CPAM as soon as possible. Family members may be included on the Form at your request either in the UK or by CPAM in France
     
  Select 4. The E121
   
a) If it is your first selection make an application two months before you plan to leave the UK for France. It helps if you have a French address, a reasonably firm date of departure, or both. Registering it with CPAM activates the E121, and this should be done as soon as possible after arriving in France.
   
b) If the E121 is the second selection following an E106 or a gap, apply to the DWP at least a month before a family member qualifies by reaching retirement age and coming into receipt of an OAP.
     
 
Applying for the “E” Forms and the EHIC Click Here
     
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