…except the big difference is that we’re not moving from the UK.
In early March - before you-know-what on the 29th - we’re coming from Italy (where we’ve lived/worked since 2007) in our Italian-plated RHD car; driven by me on an Italian Driving Licence; with Italian insurance; my Italian permanent residency permit stuffed in my pocket, along with my Italian Health Service card; and my Italian ID card; and an application for Italian citizenship approved, but still inching its way through a system which has just doubled the waiting period from 2 yrs to 4. (So I’ve got about 32 months to go…)
So…Q1. Has anyone ever done the same move ? If yes - from a bureaucratic viewpoint, how’d it go ?
Q2. Is the fact that I’m a Brit who’s lived in Italy for 11 years going to give the local Mairie a fit of the vapours ?
Q3. Might the fact that I have an Italian Health card remove the need for any private cover needed before (if ?) I ever qualify for the French system ?
Q4. Should I present my Italian ID card - or UK passport - to the Mairie as proof of identity and…er…general pro-EU attitude ?
Q5. Should I speak in Italian ? (Just kidding. Maybe…)
Q6. Is the last 11 years non-UK residency in another EU country going to make a blind bit of difference to anything, or will I be just another Brit - but with irritating documents ?
(There are going to be an awful lot more q’s - so don’t go away…)