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Old 14-02-2018, 17:15   #106
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Re: Long stay visa help? Spain? France?

I am giving you here below the weblinks from the official franch customs websites, related to sailing formalities, unfortunately in French, in the past they use to have an English version but seems to have disappear, apologies for it:

Generic procedures / formalities:

Articles > Formalités générales

Which entity / custom agency to be in touch with, depending on the issue you want to adress :

Plaisanciers : le bon interlocuteur pour vos démarches

usefull infos for leisure sailors :

Brochures et fiches d'information pour les plaisanciers

General informations and procedures for travellers to & from France :

Articles > Formalités générales

Free tax procedures :

Articles > Détaxe

I just found this one that is in English (finally!!!) and may be useful :

French Customs for business

In this last page you'll have others links for most of your questions.

Hope this will help.
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Old 14-02-2018, 17:19   #107
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Re: Long stay visa help? Spain? France?

More links in English for French customs and formalities, contact details as well:

Articles > Customs clearance

Taxes :

Articles > Taxation and excise duties

Others than France European countries custom department contact details :

Les coordonnées des douanes européennes et d'autres organismes internationaux

Contact details of french customs in...USA ! :

Articles > French counselors in your country

More contact details for customs in France :

Articles > Contacts

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Old 14-02-2018, 18:24   #108
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Hello fieldtrip400. My wife and I are going through the French long stay visa process right now here in the U.S., before we depart this spring for a summer sail in the Med. We will let you know how it goes. There are a lot of steps and forms to complete, but so far I haven't seen any hurdles of Olympic proportions to overcome. My impression is that they are trying to make sure that (a) we have the means to travel for the length of the visa period, (b) we are not criminals (a mandatory criminal history report from the local police department took care of that), (c) that we promise we won't work while there (there's an affidavit form for this), (d) we can prove that we have accommodations - bill of sale or rental agreement (I'm not sure what they will accept from us on this one - ownership of the boat?) and (e) proof we have health insurance. The consulate also had paperwork for requesting a resident permit, but this seemed like a dicey approach, as my understanding is we would then be required to pay VAT on the boat. In the end, we are hoping they will look favorably on us, as we are buying a French boat!

And good luck on your family cruise plans. We took our young boys on a year long cruise awhile back, homeschooling along the way, and it was an incredible experience for all of us.
HI tgrimmett!

Good luck with the process keep me posted! When do you leave? Will be applying right after you then but I'm afraid it really needs to be Spain for us because that is where we are leaving from and will be in the canaries for a while and November dodging hurricane season waiting to go over with the arc. Can you send me your contact info in a private message? Would love to talk to you some more about that year trip you took with your boys! Looking forward to talking with you and hope to run into you in the med this summer :-)
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I am giving you here below the weblinks from the official franch customs websites, related to sailing formalities, unfortunately in French, in the past they use to have an English version but seems to have disappear, apologies for it:

Generic procedures / formalities:

Articles > Formalités générales

Which entity / custom agency to be in touch with, depending on the issue you want to adress :

Plaisanciers : le bon interlocuteur pour vos démarches

usefull infos for leisure sailors :

Brochures et fiches d'information pour les plaisanciers

General informations and procedures for travellers to & from France :

Articles > Formalités générales

Free tax procedures :

Articles > Détaxe

I just found this one that is in English (finally!!!) and may be useful :

French Customs for business

In this last page you'll have others links for most of your questions.

Hope this will help.
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