Foreigners wishing to stay in France for less than three months, as part of a private or family visit, must produce an accommodation certificate to obtain their visa. Impossible, however, to obtain this precious sesame if you do not have good international health insurance!
ACCOMMODATION CERTIFICATE: WHAT IS IT?
The Visa accommodation certificate, or “reception certificate”, is a document filled in at the town hall by a person resident in France – who may be of French or foreign nationality – and wishing to host, for a period of maximum three months, a stranger during his stay. This is an essential formality for access to the territory to be granted to foreign visitors.
The certificate corresponds to a standardized administration form (Cerfa 10798 * 03), to be picked up at the town hall, and must of course be completed with care! The document must mention the full identity of the person who will receive the visitor at his home, as well as that of the visitor himself and his passport number. The document also requires detailing the characteristics of the accommodation so that the authorities can ensure that decent living conditions are well ensured.
Last but not least, it is imperative that the foreigner be covered by international health insurance with a compensation ceiling of at least € 30,000. This insurance can be taken out at the choice of the visitor or his host.
WHO IS AFFECTED AND WHO IS NOT?
Obtaining a certificate of accommodation is required for all foreigners who wish to make a private visit to France and who have not booked tourist accommodation (hotel, campsite …). The obligation, however, only concerns nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA): citizens of member states of the European Union and of certain states such as Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are therefore exempt.
Other cases of exemption exist, in particular for all travelers who have successfully obtained a Schengen visa or a residence permit visa. A stay in France for humanitarian reasons or a health emergency are other cases that allow you to dispense with any certificate.
How much does the accommodation certificate cost?
The signatory of the accommodation certificate must provide a tax stamp of € 30 for administrative costs;
Foreign visitors, even beneficiaries of an accommodation certificate, must be able to prove that they have minimal resources to ensure their stay in France: € 32.50 per day.
HOW TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF ACCOMMODATION?
Do you want to soon welcome a family member or friend visiting France? Do not delay in putting together your application file, since you must collect a certain number of supporting documents! These include:
– Proof of residence used to prove your status as owner or tenant. It can therefore be a copy of your lease or a property tax notice, for example;
– An identity document, either your identity card if you have French nationality or your residence permit in the opposite case;
– Proof of address, such as an electricity bill or a rent receipt;
– Proof of your own financial resources,
– A tax stamp worth 30 €.
Accepted or refused documents may vary depending on the town hall. Inquire beforehand.
WHERE TO FIND INSURANCE FOR ACCOMMODATION CERTIFICATION?
The administration will refuse your accommodation certificate if the foreign visitor cannot provide proof that they have health insurance. Otherwise, his health care would be paid for by the State Medical Aid (AME) and would constitute a burden for the community.
Specialized international insurers such as Allianz Global Assistance offer travelers and their loved ones comprehensive Schengen visa insurance for France. These travel insurance for France notably include a full component for health coverage, with compensation ceilings which greatly exceed the € 30,000 required by law.
Indispensable formality to welcome your loved ones in peace, the accommodation certificate can be obtained all the more easily if your visitors are provided with solid health insurance.