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Au Pair in France: contract and insurance

Au Pair insurance in France
In this post we will share the important information regarding the Au Pair contract and the insurance in France. 

The Au Pair contract

France does not provide a specific contract for the Au Pair stay. Therefore, you can use our Au Pair contract. The participant and the Host Family should sign it and the Au Pair will probably need to present it at the visa appointment at the embassy. This document should include the following points:

Termination of the contract

Sometimes Host Families and Au Pairs do not get along, or face differences that they cannot resolve. In such cases, both parts have the option to terminate the contract. 
 
Once they decided to end their relation, the family has two weeks to find a new Au Pair and the Au Pair has two weeks to find a new family. During this time both parties need to continue a friendly working relationship. If the Au Pair requires a visa to France and does not find another Host Family, she/he will have to return to the home country.

 

The Au Pair insurance

The Social Security System (Securité Sociale) manages the Health Care in France and can cover up to 80% of hospital expenses. Citizens of the European Union can benefit from the European Health Insurance Card which will cover some health expenses abroad. Au Pairs from other countries have to contract a private Health Insurance.

Health insurance for the EEA citizens in France

The participants from EEA countries can benefit from France's Health Care through the European Health Insurance Card. The Au Pair needs to apply for this card at his/her home country before going abroad.  
 
Health services are different in every country. In France, the EHIC does not cover private treatments, therefore, to avoid additional fees the participant needs to be treated by a state healthcare provider in France (conventionné).  Conventionné practitioners fall into one of two categories:
  • Secteur 1: conventionné practitioners who charge the official social security rate.
  • Secteur 2: conventionné practitioners who charge an extra fee on top of the official rate.
French Host Families must register their Au Pairs with the URSSAF and Sécurité Sociale. With that, all participants will receive Social Security Number. In any case, AuPair.com recommends to get an additional travel insurance for the whole length of the stay. 

Health insurance for the non-EEA citizens in France

Participants from countries that do not belong to the European Union will need to have a private Health Insurance which cost is normally covered by the family. The proper arrangements shall be made before traveling since the passport control authorities might ask for this document. 
 
We are working together with two partners that are specializing in the Au Pair insurances. Read more about Dr. Walter and Care Concept

Car insurance and driving license

If the participant needs to drive during the stay, she/he needs to have a valid driving license from the European Union. The participant can drive for an unlimited period of time as long as she/he does not have any suspensions, is at least 18 years old and is in compliance with any legal medical restrictions (eg. prescription glasses). 
 
If the Au Pair holds a Non-EU license she/he is allowed to drive in France for a maximum of one year if she/he meets the following criteria:
  • The licence has to be issued in the Au Pair’s country of residence.
  • The Au Pair is older than 18.
  • The licence must be accompanied by an official translation to French or an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • The participant is in compliance with any legal medical restrictions (e.g. prescription glasses).
The participant should make sure that insurance covers traffic accidents and talk about the use of the car with the Host Family. 
 



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