The procedures to register with the French Social Security or private insurance and complementary insurance will depend on your personal and professional status.
Whatever your status, we strongly recommend that you arrive in France already insured temporarily while you carry out your administrative procedures. Remember to take out repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay in France. Repatriation insurance allows you to be repatriated to your country in case of medical emergency.
N.B. If you already have a French Healthcare registration number, from a previous stay in France, you do not need to register again but complete the S1106 form.
If you change your status from “student” to “Passeport Talent”, “chercheur salarié” or “Scientifique-chercheur salarié”, you must submit a transfer request in order to be affiliated with the CPAM. You can do this by filling in form 750. Please attach a copy of your last payslip to your application in addition to the supporting documents requested in the form.
|Status||Social Security||Complementary insurance (“mutuelle”)||Procedures|
|Stay of less than 3 months||No||No||Take out a comprehensive private insurance policy before arriving in France (repatriation, healthcare and civil liability covering your entire stay)|
|Non-salaried European researcher in France||No||No||Request the European Health Insurance Card in your country|
|PhD student enrolled at a university in France||Yes||No||
|Researcher / Salaried PhD student in France||Yes||No||
|Non-salaried researcher or PhD student not enrolled in France (grant, personal money)||No||No||Take out comprehensive private insurance in France, or a foreign policy that is valid in France|
PhD students enrolled in France with student status
Registering with the French Health Insurance (Social Security) is free and mandatory for all French and international students in France. This covers your healthcare costs for the duration of your studies. The Health Insurance (Social Security) reimburses all or part of the health expenses (around 70%) in case of illness or maternity, whether for consultations, medication, examinations or hospitalization. For optimal reimbursement of your healthcare costs, you can take out a complementary health insurance.
It applies to you if:
- You are enrolled in a PhD programme in France and you will be studying in France;
- You are enrolling in a higher education institution for the first time in France;
- You do not have a French social security number.
As soon as possible after enrolling in the university, you will need to sign up to the Social Security platform available in French, English and Spanish.
Signing up is a three-step process:
- Register : enter your personal information
- Send supporting documents : download the documents required depending on your status
- Create your account : confirm your information and validate your email address to access your account
To sign up you will need the following documents:
- Identity document (e.g. passport)
- Residence permit or student visa
- School certificate (“attestation de scolarité”) for the current academic year
You will then be asked for other documents such as an original version of your birth certificate, that shows your parentage, along with a sworn translation of it (traduction assermentée) and your IBAN (bank details) which you can add to your account when you have them.
NB! French Health Insurance Coverage (La Sécurité Sociale) offers foreign students and doctoral students from the « red list » countries the possibility to register for the French social security system while still in their home country. However, an address in France is required! This will allow you easier access to vaccination when you arrive in France, if you have not been vaccinated yet against Covid-19. How to register
Those employed in France
The French Social Security system gives all those with a French employment contract coverage of healthcare costs and workplace accidents after registering with the Social Security. Registering with the French Health Insurance (Social Security) is free and mandatory for all French and international employed people in France. The Health Insurance (Social Security) reimburses all or part of the health expenses (around 70%) in case of illness or maternity, whether for consultations, medication, examinations or hospitalization. For optimal reimbursement of your healthcare costs, you can take out a complementary health insurance.
You must register with social security when you arrive in France as soon as you have an address and your signed employment contract.
European nationals (EU/EEA) have the choice of joining either their local CPAM or the MGEN (social security section). Your right to health insurance doesn’t change whatever organisation you choose.
Registering with the CPAM :
- Send your application to the Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (CPAM) to request the creation of a Social Security number (one personal number per adult - use of parents’ number for children under 18);
- Once your application has been processed (within approximately 6 to 8 weeks) by your CPAM regional department, you will receive a letter with your temporary registration number while waiting for your definitive number. You can use this number for all your administrative procedures related to healthcare.
- After receiving your definitive social security number (starting with “1” for men and “2” for women), you will be able to create your account on the national CPAM website Ameli and apply online for your “Carte Vitale” and download your social security certificate (“attestation de droits”).
The “Carte Vitale” is proof of your coverage for healthcare professionals and means that you can be reimbursed without carrying out any administrative procedures. It is not a payment card but a means of automatic reimbursement. Keep it with your important documents.
Some non-European countries have signed bilateral agreements regarding social security in France to give their insured citizens access to health coverage in France. Find out more before leaving on the "centre de liaisons européennes et internationales de la sécurité sociale" website.
MGEN Registration (EU/EEA nationals only) :
1. You must make an appointment with an MGEN adviser (contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) to file your application. Please include the following information in your e-mail: your full name, date of birth, mobile phone number and place of work).
2. Once MGEN has processed your application (this will take around 2 weeks), you will receive your provisional registration number by post with your provisional rights certificate. You can create your “personal account” on the mgen.fr website and download your “certificate of rights”, consult your reimbursements, etc.
Your application is then sent to an organisation (CPAM) which will assign you a definitive social security number within 1 to 2 months.
3. Upon receipt of your final registration number by post (starting with a "1" for men and a "2" for women), you can create a new "personal account" on the MGEN website with this number. 15 days later, you will automatically receive a form by post which you must fill in, sign and send back, along with a copy of your identity document and a photo ID (passport size) in order to receive your “carte vitale” (health insurance card).
- European citizens (EU/EEA/Switzerland) wanting to retain their coverage in their country of residence should apply for Form S1 (and not S1106) from their healthcare authority in their country of origin before registering with the CPAM in their place of residence in France.
- We strongly advise registering yourself and your family (accompanying children) with the Social Security at the same time.
- If your partner is also an EU citizen, they must be in possession of a European Health Insurance Card if they are not working in France.
If you are eligible to the French social security system, it is recommended, once you have obtained your definitive registration number, to apply for the "European Health Insurance Card" (which may be used in European Union countries during a temporary stay).
Your application to send to CPAM is formed of the following documents:
- completed Form S1106 requesting access to healthcare coverage + the following documents:
- identity document (e.g. passport);
- valid visa or residence permit (where applicable);
- full birth certificate with translation, if required;
- French employment contract or Cerfa host agreement (where applicable)
- proof of address less than 3 months old in your name;
- proof of address less than 3 months old in your name or hosting certificate;
- bank details (“RIB”) for a bank account in France in your name.
Postal address :
- Paris CPAM, SRI/Talents, 75948 Paris Cedex 19 for researchers with a “Passeport-talent chercheur” (researcher talent passport) visa employed in France and their families ;
- the CPAM of your place of residence in France for other employee statuses (European, “Scientifique-chercheur” (research scientist) etc.): Addresses and contacts for CPAM Bouches-du-Rhône, Département 13.
Telephone line :
- English-speaking CPAM: +33 (0)811 36 36 46 (if calling from overseas) or 09 74 75 36 46 (if calling from France)
- French-speaking CPAM: dial 3646 then enter your département number (75 for Paris CPAM or 13 for Bouches-du-Rhône CPAM).
Those not employed in France
Primary residence : France
European citizens (EU/EEA) who have retained their coverage in their country of residence should apply for Form S1 from their healthcare authority in their country of origin before registering with the CPAM in their place of residence in France. This will provide you with healthcare coverage as if you were under the French Social Security. As you are still covered by the social security system in another European country, your health insurance will also continue to apply for all healthcare received in your country of origin.
Primary residence: other EU/EEA member State / Switzerland
European citizens (EU/EEA/Switzerland) without a French employment contract will need to apply for the European Health Insurance Card from their health insurance provider in their country of origin before arriving in France. This card must be valid for the entire duration of your stay in France.
If you do not have a French employment contract or if you are no longer covered in your country of residence (for European citizens), you will need to take out private health insurance to cover your medical costs for the entire duration of your stay in France which includes: civil liability for your private and professional life, individual accident coverage.
Taking out private health insurance often includes answering a medical questionnaire and the rates proposed by insurance companies in France vary greatly. Ask for a quote and compare the offers to choose the one best suited to your needs.
- In the current health context, the private insurance policy must cover hospitalisation for Covid-19.
- Travel insurance: for short stays not exceeding 3 months. We strongly recommend travel insurance for the first few months for those staying longer than 3 months. It generally covers medical costs and repatriation, and can include civil liability insurance.
Some insurance companies offer policies more suited to the international and/or expatriate communities.
Always ask for a quote before signing anything.
- AXA (with your Euraxess/Fnak registration number you can take advantage of special offers for international researchers. For more information and forms, visit Access Fnak website).
- ACS insurance offers foreign researchers, whether they are eligible for social security or not, Globe Traveller cover with the possibility of subscribing for a few days up to one year, covering health costs, repatriation assistance and civil liability. Valid throughout the world except your country of usual residence, Globe Traveller meets the requirements of the Schengen visa. Application form is available on-line.
Complementary health insurance
If you are covered by the French health insurance, around 70% of your healthcare costs will be reimbursed. We therefore strongly recommend taking out complementary health insurance (“mutuelle”). Complementary health insurance reimburses all remaining healthcare costs, along with certain services that are poorly reimbursed or not reimbursed by the Social Security (vaccinations, glasses, dentures, etc.).
Complementary health insurance can only be taken out after you have received your definitive social security number from the CPAM. Always ask for a quote before signing anything.
General practitioners and medical specialists
To receive the maximum reimbursement from the Social Security, you will need to declare a general practitioner (“médecin traitant”) to the CPAM, who you will see if you have any health problems. Your general practitioner can decide to prescribe medicine, sign you off work or admit you to hospital. If necessary, a general practitioner can redirect you to a medical specialist or another healthcare professional.
Please note that you can make an appointment without seeing your general practitioner for some specialists such as gynaecologists, ophthalmologists, psychiatrists or neuropsychiatrists (16 to 25 years old) or stomatologists.
Hospital and emergency numbers
- European emergency number: 112 (emergency centre closest to the place from which you are calling)
- Ambulance services (“SAMU”): 15 (medical emergencies)
- Fire and emergency services (“Pompiers”): 18 (serious emergencies)
- Emergency number for the deaf and hard of hearing: 114
- On-call pharmacies: 3237 or http://www.3237.fr/
All patients are free to choose their place of treatment.
Here are a list of the main hospitals and medical centres in the cities of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. Health insurance covers services provided in public hospitals and state-approved private non-profit hospitals, provided that the services are included in the list of services approved for reimbursement.
AP-HM HOPITAL LA TIMONE
264 rue Saint Pierre - 13005 Marseille
04 91 38 00 00
AP-HM HOPITAUX SUD SAINT-MARGUERITE
270 Boulevard de Sainte-Marguerite, 13009 Marseille
04 91 38 00 00
AP-HM HOPITAL DE LA CONCEPTION
147 boulevard Baille - 13005 Marseille
04 91 38 30 00
AP-HM HOPITAL NORD
Chemin des Bourrely - 13015 Marseille
04 91 38 00 00
HOPITAL SAINT JOSEPH
26 boulevard de louvain - 13008 Marseille
04 91 80 65 00
23 Rue des Linots -13004 Marseille
04 91 12 34 56
6 rue Désirée Clary - 13003 Marseille
04 13 42 70 00
CENTRE HOSPITALIER INTERCOMMUNAL SITE D'AIX EN PROVENCE
Avenue des tamaris - 13080 Aix-en-Provence
04 42 33 50 00
PRIVATE HOSPITAL OF PROVENCE/POLYCLINIQUE DU PARC RAMBOT
235 allée Nicolas de Staël - 13080 Aix-en-Provence
04 42 33 88 00
HOSPITALITE SAINT THOMAS DE VILLENEUVE
38 cours des Arts et Métiers - 13080 Aix-en-Provence
04 42 17 11 11
CATHOLIC MATERNITY HOSPITAL PROVENCE L'ETOILE
Route départementale 14 - 13080 Aix-en-Provence
04 42 17 07 17
21 avenue Alfred Capus - 13080 Aix-en-Provence - France
04 42 95 72 72
AIX-EN-PROVENCE MEDICAL CENTER
14 rue de la Fourane - 13090 Aix-en-Provence
04 42 20 33 33