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Passports and VisasPassport required for entry.
Health InformationNo vaccinations required for entry.
TimeEST + 6 hours
ElectricityElectrical current is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Most plugs have two round pins. Visitors from abroad who wish to operate personal small electronic items, should bring a plug adapter and a transformer.
Languages SpokenFrench is the official language of France. Many people do speak English, but not everyone.
Gratuity TipsTipping is done at your discretion - restaurants and accommodations add 10-15% to every bill, but most people leave a few coins if the service was satisfactory.
Taxes and VATSA value-added tax (VAT) of approximately 21% is included in the price of most goods and services. Residents of countries outside of the EU are eligible for a partial refund of the VAT paid on goods.
Banks, Credit Cards, ATMs"ATM" machines (guichets automatiques) are available everywhere in France. Virtually all ATMs in France take MasterCard and Visa, and many are linked to the Cirrus and Plus systems. American Express now has ATMS in major cities as well.
Driver License RequirementsDrivers must be 18 years or older, with a valid driver's license from their home country. All traffic proceeds on the right.
Tourism Information60.5 million visitors annually, French Tourism office in America, 212-838-7800
France and romance go together like a good meal and good wine. France is renowned for its gastronomy, history, culture and fashion. The country boasts numerous well-known tourist attractions including Côte d'Azur (the French Riviera), the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the Alps, the Castles of Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy (Mont Saint Michel), the small villages in wine country and of course the romantic city of Paris. Honeymooners have seemingly endless options in France.
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by Dana Thompsen last updated on 04/22/2010