Useful information when travelling to France


A passport or some other identification document recognized by international agreements is needed. It is your responsibility to check if you need a visa for entering France. Information can be found on official France Diplomatie website :

Currency: Euro (€, EUR)

You can change money in exchange offices; they are located in major airports, or in banks.  

Credit cards

All major credit cards are normally widely accepted.

Establishments may reject credit cards for very little amounts.

Travellers Cheques may not be accepted by all hotels.

Electricity: 220V

Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2 (Central European Time)

Telephone Area Code

The Country Code for France is +33 

Emergency Telephone Number

: 112

Taxes & Refunds

A 20% value-added tax known as TVA (Value Added Tax) is included in the price of most goods and services. Tax-free shopping is available at some shops. Non-EU residents who spend more than €175 at one shop at a single time can claim a refund when leaving the EU. The refund only applies to purchases from stores that display a ‘Tax Free’ sign. For further information, see


Smoking is banned in enclosed public spaces, which includes restaurants, bars, shops and public transport.