The French administration and bureaucracy system can be intimidating but Sojoourn is here to help you navigate through successfully. We empower expats to succeed in their integration in France through networking events, thematic workshops, French courses and a vibrant and welcoming community.
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What is a Carte Vitale?
When you are living or working in France for more than 3 months, you are eligible for the French national health coverage. The Carte Vitale is an actual physical green coloured card with your photo, full name, French social security number and a chip. You use this card to identify yourself at every health-related occasion. For example, going to your general doctor’s office, buying new glasses, picking up medicine from a pharmacy or even your annual dentist check-up or blood test in a laboratory.
Your French social security number (numéro de sécurité sociale) is created automatically when you apply for the health insurance and then you get a Carte Vitale. They belong together.