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France uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type E.
The languages that are typically spoken are French
France uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines (local names: distributeur or distributeurs automatiques de billets (DAB)) are very common in France. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in France is on average 8.9 Mbps. WiFi coverage in France is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about €11.27, which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Bouygues Télécom, Free, Orange or SFR. France uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in France upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call France, dial +, then 33 (the country code for France), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within France, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 1 .
In France you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 110 km/h (68 mph) on expressways, 130 km/h (80 mph) on motorways, 30 km/h (18 mph) in residential areas, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 90 km/h (55 mph) on undivided highways. Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
Road assistance is available at 112 (Autoreoutes.fr). For general news on France's traffic use Autoroute Info or Autoroutes.fr. For news on France’s motorways and tolls use ASFA. Most popular petrol stations in France are Shell, Avia, Intermarché, Carrefour, Total, AS24, Esso, Système U and Leclerc. Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called Sans plomb (SP) (95/98), essence or carburant. Petrol costs about €1.25 per liter.Diesel options are called Gazole or Diesel.
Import and export information
All the items on the prohibited import list.
There are no restrictions on the export of currency if leaving for another EU country. Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared when leaving the EU.
Protected species and their derivative products protected under CITES require a permit for export.
Tobacco:250g of smoking tobacco; or
Tobacco:A proportional combination of these goods (such as 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).
Alcohol:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Alcohol:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Currency:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Currency:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Other items:Medication for personal use.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €430 when travelling by air or sea.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €300 when travelling by land.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €200 for travellers under 15 years of age.
Narcotic and psychotropic drugs (except when accompanied by a prescription, medical certificate or an import and export authorisation).
The following breeds of dogs are prohibited: Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Mastiffs/Boerboels, Tosas, and Molossers.
Endangered species and their derivative products protected under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Pornographic products or objects which include the representation of minors.
Plants and plant products require a Common Health Entry Document for Plant Protection. For further information, please visit theMinistry for Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry.
Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits.
Live animals (including pets) and animal based products are subject to a mandatory health inspection at the first point of entry on EU territory. They must also have a microchip or tattoo, and have been properly vaccinated against rabies. A Common Veterinary Entry Document certifying the healthy inspection must be provided with the customs declaration. Pets travelling within the EU must have a valid pet passport. For further information, please visit theVeterinary and Phytosanitary Border Inspection Office (SIVEP).
Cultural goods leaving France must travel with a certificate, and cultural goods leaving the EU must leave with a certificate and an export authorisation. For further information, please visit theMinistry for Culture and Communication.
Weapons and ammunition, depending on their category, are subject to prior transfer agreement, import authorisation, transfer permit, or export authorisation.
Meat, milk and other dairy products for personal consumption are allowed from EU countries, Andorra, Canary Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland.
Meat, fish, dairy, and animal origin products are not allowed from non EU countries except Croatia, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland.
Plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables are allowed in small quantities from EU countries and in some cases non EU countries.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
As hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A, travellers should consult with their doctor prior to travel to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is necessary.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals and researchers, or for those who may come into contact with bats.
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is often reported in Europe between April and November. For further information, please visit the CDCTick-borne Encephalitis Advice.
H5N1 Avian Influenza has been reported in France. For further information, please visit the CDCAvian Flu Advice.