Moving to France during the Covid crisis – Is it possible?

Written by on September 18, 2020 in Living in France, Property in France

Calendar marked up with moving date

We have been receiving a lot of requests from readers since the start of the COVID pandemic, all asking the same question: “Is it possible to pack and move  my personal effects and possessions from  the UK to my new home in France during the Covid crisis?”. Well the simple answer is yes. We thought it would be a good idea to do a “Moving to France Q & A” with the help of the ClickMoves removals experts…

Let’s start with the basics. How is it working with moving to France during Covid restrictions?

You can still move to France during the Covid crisis. The borders are open. In fact freight and cargo has been moving unhindered since the very start of the Covid pandemic. And ClickMoves has been providing essential removal services the whole time. Things have been moving a little slower than normal, but ferries and the Eurotunnel are running regularly for freight. And, with the roads less congested, that’s helped speed things up.  Our removal crews on the road are able to maintain distancing from the general population as they have sleeping facilities on the truck. Implementing safety measures is a critical aspect for our removal services during deliveries and collections.

What Covid19 safety measures do ClickMoves practice during the home removals process?

Removals van with the words ClickMoves on one side

We certainly do,  the work we do in our clients homes such as packing, removal and delivery requires high scrutiny on safety. Government advice is that removals work can continue as long as it can be done safely for our clients and our staff, and that we follow the latest guidelines to maintain distancing and sanitising. And of course that no work should be carried out by a person who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild. So for these reasons, we ask clients to:

  • Maintain a strict distance from our staff
  • Ensure that only 1 family member or representative is in the residence during the packing, collection or delivery process
  • Make sure that no other contractors are working in the property at the same time
  • Provide a bathroom exclusively for our crew to use (if possible)
  • Do as much  pre-packing (whenever possible) of personal effects, clothes and smaller items that are not fragile. This helps us minimise the time we need to spend in the residence.

Has COVID had any impact on the cost of removal services from the UK  to France?

ClickMoves always tries to keep pricing for moving to France as low as possible, but that has been challenging during COVID. We have a very wide spectrum of needs and budgets. And when it comes to an average quotation for moving to France, we can share with you some recent services that we have provided to a range of  clients – from students through to retirees.

Removals to Paris

Sandrine Thomas  moved with Click Moves from London SW3 to Paris in early August. She had 12 boxes of mostly clothes, personal effects, and some kitchenware  that she had packed herself. She needed delivery ASAP in Paris because she was starting a new work placement. So we provided a “direct truck” service which normally takes 1 or 2 days. We asked her to place her boxes in an area close to the main entrance of her apartment so that we could easily collect and maximise distancing. Sandrine paid a total of  £690 for the full door to door service.

Removals to Provence

Partners Dave Marshall and Jean-Marc Brouillard used Click Moves for their removal from north London to Aix-en-Provence. They were already in France and could not come back for the packing and removal due to COVID quarantine rules. We arranged with their landlord to give us access to the property and, using a video link they were able to explain exactly what needed to be packed and moved to their new home. They had a few pieces of furniture in addition to boxes of personal effects. They paid a total of £990.00. The ClickMoves team delivered everything to them punctually in Aix centre-ville (although it was pretty tricky getting our truck through the narrow streets).

Couple with empty cardboard boxes over their heads, decorated with smiley faces!

Big removals to France

The Ryland family from Aldershot  moved to Libourne in August with Click Moves. They have a 4-bedroom house full of furniture and personal effects. As they hadn’t completed on their house in Libourne, they did not want a quick delivery. We spent 2 days in their home getting everything packed. Team leader Mark said “the Rylands were really great and made sure that they kept their distance. They also sectioned off one downstairs bathroom where the guys could regularly wash their hands”.  Their goods were delivered to the Click Moves depot for short-term storage. As soon as they advised they were ready, we loaded everything onto our “road-train” truck ready to deliver a week later.

The road-train is the largest truck we have, and we can have several clients consignments sharing the vehicle. On this occasion it included delivery in Calais, three deliveries in Paris and Bordeaux.  “The truck will also make collections and more deliveries on the way back to the UK. By keeping the truck full and busy we can split the costs amongst all the clients. It helps to keep our rates super low” Mark explains. The Rylands paid £3,125.00 for their  door to door removal.

Are there any restrictions on what I can move to France?

Until the BREXIT borders go up (early 2021), British expats and EU citizens can import used household goods and personal possessions into France without restrictions or incurring any taxes or duties, as long as everything is for personal use and not for re-sale. However there are some prohibited items that you are not allowed to import. These include weapons, plants, inflammable goods, offensive materials, contraband and food stuffs.

How long will it take to ship my stuff to France?

The quickest would be a next day delivery using our “direct service”. This is suitable for smaller and urgent consignments. If you use our “road-train” service, you should allow 6 to 10 days.

Can Click Moves deliver to anywhere in France?

Yes, in fact we recently completed a delivery to Corsica! But mostly we make deliveries in Paris, the south-east and the ever-popular south-west.

What makes Click Moves the best removal company to help with relocating to France

  • Click Moves is fully insured during the move and offers extended liability insurance
  • We are pretty sure that you will not find a better price for the service we offer
  • Our vehicles are modern, and you’ll find our drivers diligent and courteous.
  • The best recommendation comes from previous clients, so please check out our Trust Pilot review page: uk.trustpilot.com/review/clickmoves.com

Click Moves is an International Moving company providing door to door services to most major cities around the world. They provide high quality services at affordable rates. Find out more and book a quote via their website at: clickmoves.com

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