Travel Basics – Paris, France

| March 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Style, cuisine and romance, dashingly hedonistic and attractive. Paris has always been a chic destination, so match your outfit with your cheering items and get a beret for a stroll along one of its many iconic landmarks. Champs-Elysées Avenue is home to the Arc de Triomphe, a triumphal arch as the sight and symbol of honour to all the fighters for France during the Napoleonic Wars and onwards. Alley of tempting corner bars and restaurants found there, with all the manner of a Parisian lifestyle is leading you toward the magnificent Louvre, and if that doesn’t rock your boat, right across the Seine river, to the Eiffel Tower. Paris praises aside, you will need more than a day to fully explore all its sensations, so add a few to your match and be prepared to fall hard for Paris.

Visa requirements

1.Tourist travel to France

As a part of the Schengen Area, even if not officially signing the particular documents of the agreement, France is free of border checks for all European countries with an exception made for the United Kingdom and the countries that are soon to be part of this agreement as Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus and Ireland. Regarding the non-members of the Schengen Area, there is a mandatory visa requirement to enter the Schengen Zone for some of the countries, most do not need visa for up to 3 months stay. The number of days permitted to stay in any of the Schengen zone countries can’t exceed three months for every half a year. Certain nationalities will also need an airport transit visa in order to change the airplane to any airport in a Schengen Area. A full list of the countries and visa requirements are found here.

Children of all ages (from birth) require a passport. Handy to have, as it could be required, is documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child’s travel from the parent or legal guardian not present.

2. Entry limitations & customs restrictions:

Due to the increased risk of disease introduction, the import of certain animal-based products within countries of the European Union is subject to strict procedures. Non-reporting of transport of these products is subject to a criminal prosecution or a fine.
Transporting meat originating from wild animals is strictly prohibited. Violating this prohibition is subject to criminal sanctions.

Non-E.U. nationals can bring in duty-free up to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 100 cigarillos or 250 grams of smoking tobacco. This amount is doubled if you live outside Europe. 2 liters of wine and 1 liter of alcohol over 22%, and 2 liters of wine 22% or under, 60cc of perfume, a quarter liter of the eau de toilette. Visitors ages 15 and over can bring in other goods totaling 175€; for those under 15, the limit is 90€.

Health & Safety

France has exceptional health care system for its citizens and is overall a healthy country, worst problems you might face could be from overindulging in Brie and Camembert, mosquito nuisance or sore throat from your cheering talent. Citizens of EU countries are provided free healthcare with European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Applicable only for state health care providers (state hospitals). Citizens of other countries should check if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and France.  Yes, tap water is safe to drink. Safety issues are there, especially in the recent years, and French police is strict about security, so keep an eye on your bags as you normally would / should.

French culture & people

Along with the Italian, the French language is one of the most seductive languages in the world. You can try to learn it, speak it even, be able to pronounce “serrurerie” correctly, but if you make one mistake while conversing with a French native, you are done, back to English, “faced” with their fascinating pronunciation. French people, some would say loud and impolite, we would say a nation with the character. Just make sure to greet them with a simple Bonjour before ordering your drinks or asking for directions, a little bit of etiquette is required for a smoother communication. The infamous French bise greeting, you will not encounter as a tourist, so you are safe there. No need to tip, engage in small talk about the weather, they do not care. French culture & art stretches from the Chopin and his incredible Nocturnes op.9, Modigliani and Proust to Marcel Marceau, Edith Piaf and Coco Chanel, all remarkable artists in their field.

Weather

Charming at all seasons Paris in spring is an unique adventure. July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 20°C (68°F),and the coldest is January at 5°C (41°F). May would be the rainy month and September gets the most sunshine.

Currency

Official currency is Euro, please note that the US dollar, British pound, will not be accepted at most places so make sure you have some € on you. ATM machines are called distributeur , have English language instructions and can be found all over Paris. Check the limit on your card with the bank before departing for France.

Useful info

  • List of foreign embassies – Paris embassies.
  • Smoking in France:  Europe’s chimney has prohibited smoking in enclosed public places from 2006. to align with the rest of the Europe, and recently, in all public places.
  • Public wifi is not available for free, and hot spots are everywhere but you will get disconnected at lot. There is a network called “FreeWifi”, that actually belongs to a French mobile provider named “Free” and requires payment.
  • Sim card from “Orange” France Best options of prepaid cards in France.
  • Scan all you documents prior to the trip.
  • Driving in Paris could be a waste of time, navigating the local streets, medieval lanes and angled avenues. Metro advised.
  • Emergency numbers: National Emergency Telephone Number (24/7) – 112, Medical Emergencies (Ambulance) – 194, Police – 192

Few basic words of French

Hello – Bonjour
Thank you – Merci
You’re welcome – De rien
How are you? – Ca va?
Do you speak English? – Parlez-vous anglais?
I don’t understand – Je ne comprend pa

Or you could just repeat what said to you. “Ca va” (how are you).

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