Cle France and Key Currency - Here to help you
We at Cle France and Key Currency have been overwhelmed with thoughts and messages from our loyal clients, we really appreciate your kindness.
The most important thing for us all at the moment is to stay happy and well at home and we will of course keep your spirits up by sending you lovely properties to browse through.
Our colleagues at Key Currency will continue to keep you updated on the currency markets.
And don't forget they can lock-in an exchange rate for you ahead of any transaction you might make in the future, giving you even more peace of mind.
Some of you may indeed be in the middle of the process of buying or selling a property abroad: we are on hand to answer any questions you might have, regardless of whether you are buying or selling through us or not.
Some of you may also need to be paying international bills on your existing properties abroad or indeed need to send money to family:
Key Currency will happily chat to you and assist you in any way they can.
Co-Founder of Cle France.
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Coronavirus Travel Update
As of 17/03/2020, the UK Government is advising against all non-essential travel abroad for an initial period of 30 days.
At the moment most cross channel services are still operating including Brittany Ferries, DFDS, Eurostar and The Shuttle, albeit on reduced timetables, in both directions.
However travel in France is severely restricted by Presidential decree: people are not allowed to leave their homes or be on the roads unless they have a printed off declaration with them, to explain why they are out.
There are five reasons the general public are allowed outside their homes and they are as follows:
- travel to work, only if working from home is impossible.
- going to pick up essential supplies, from Government approved establishments.
- for health reasons ie. doctor or hospital appointments (though increasingly patients are taken to hospital by the army).
- for family reasons, to attend to someone vulnerable, either a dependent child or elderly relative.
- taking a dog for a walk, or individual exercise but people must remain close to home to do this.
In terms of travelling through France (say driving off the tunnel or ferry), this is only permitted under the following circumstances:
- If you are returning to to your main residence.
- Essential work in France.
- If you are medical staff.
So yes, you can enter for those reasons but once there must abide by the restrictions above, which initially remain in place for two weeks.
So at the moment in France, every time you leave your home you need to fill in a form, and it needs to be a new form for each trip. The form can be downloaded here (although the Interior Ministry's site was clearly struggling with traffic levels on Tuesday morning).
Hope that helps to clarify the position, we will keep you updated as the situation develops, and of course keep sending you lovely properties so that you can enjoy browsing from home for the time being!
Stay Well and if you want some interesting reading then you can of course Get Your Free PDF Guide to Health Care in France here
Founder of Clé France.
As most of you will be aware President Macron has issued a Presidential Decree that all non essential business in France be closed for the next two weeks.
This has meant that estate agencies in France have closed, and property viewings are currently suspended, with estate agents working from home.
Our service remains uninterrupted, so do please continue to browse the website and send in your enquiries as usual, we will respond to them as quickly as possible.
We will keep you updated via our newsletters on the situation in France, and our agents, who will of course strictly follow all government directives in these matters, hope to resume property viewings as soon as the current restrictions are lifted.
A lot of our clients at the moment are taking the opportunity of downloading our Free PDF Guides covering many aspects of buying and selling property abroad. The guides give you expert advice about the buying process in France, Brexit, French Healthcare, Currency Exchange and much more.
Most importantly, I wish all our clients, colleagues and their families well.
We are all in this together and we will get through it together.
Co-Founder of Cle France.