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    France Travel Tips and Information

    Tips for Travelers | Travel Information | Tourism Information | Weather Information

     

    Tips for Travelers

    Customs

    Travelers are not taxed when transporting an appropriate number of goods for personal use. However, no more than one liter of liquid and two liters of wine are permitted at a time. Other restrictions on tobacco products include no more than 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco per person.

    Banking and Currency

    Most banks are open from 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday and generally close for lunch between 12pm and 2pm, with some offering similar hours on Saturdays. There are several banks throughout the country that will also charge a commission on money exchanges or when cashing a traveler's check.

    Tipping

    Tipping can be quite complicated in France, as the percentages and procedures vary greatly. For instance, most hotels will tack on an additional 30% for service charges, while many other restaurants will add a 15% gratuity to customer's bills. However, an additional 5 to 7% is expected on top of the 15% at finer restaurants. Less formal dining establishments will not apply the 15% gratuity to the check, but this amount is considered standard and thus encouraged. Suggested tips for washroom and cloakroom attendants, on the other hand, are between €.50 and €1, whereas wine stewards receive €2-3. Museum workers and tour guides also appreciate commission and the standard is around €1.50. Tipping gas station attendants, however, is not mandatory unless they check your tires. The appropriate amount in this instance is €1.50, while taxi drivers are generally given 10% of the total fare.

    Local Tax

    Value added tax in Finland is currently 22%.

     

    Travel Information

    Entry Requirements

    US citizens are not required to purchase a visa when entering France for visits spanning less than three months. Pets are also welcome, provided they have had their rabies vaccination within at least 30 days but less than one year prior to the date of entry. The vaccination certificate, however, must be issued in French by a nationally licensed veterinarian of the country of departure.

    Time Difference

    Eastern Standard Time in the United States and Canada is six hours behind France.

    Language

    English is widely understood in France as it is studied for a minimum of four years in French schools. However, French remains the most prominent language.

    Electricity

    France operates on the standard Continental two-round plug, carrying 220 V, and 50 Hz.

     

    Tourism Information

    Tourism Contacts

    Office de Tourisme de Paris:
    127 ave. Champs-Elysees
    75008 Paris
    Phone: (+33) 01-49-52-53-54
    Fax: (+33) 01-49-52-53-00
    Website: http://www.parisinfo.com/

    Embassies

    United States Embassy in France
    2 ave. Gabriel
    75008 Paris, France
    Phone: (+33) 01-43-12-22-22
    Fax: (+33) 01-42-66-97-83

     

    Weather

    Spring

    May presents the best time to visit Paris as the average spring temperature is 43-60 F and 6-16 C; Marseille boasts an average of 46-64 F and 8-18 C.

    Summer

    The mean summer temperature in Paris will average a beautiful 57-74 F/ 14-24 C while Marseille claims a scorching 61-82 F, 16-27 C.

    Autumn

    Autumn is the perfect time to travel to France as tourist season has ended and temperatures are a comfortable 46-60 F/8-16 C in Paris and 50-67 F/10-19 C in Marseille.

    Winter

    Temperatures dip in Paris, reaching a chilled 34-44 F/1-6 C, yet remain mild in southern France. The average winter temperature in Marseille is around 36-51 F and 2-11 C.

     

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