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  • Phoning in France

    To call someone in France from abroad:

    Dial 00 33 then the 9-figure number without the first 0.
    E.g. (if using a landline )
    To call the following French phone number 01 22 33 44 55, dial 00 33 1 22 33 44 55

    To call a French mobile phone from abroad:
    Dial 00 33 then the mobile phone number without the first 0
    E.g. (if calling a mobile phone)
    To call the following French phone number 06 22 33 44 55, dial 00 33 6 22 33 44 55

    To call within France:
    Dial the 10-figure number beginning with 0

    To make an international call from France:
    Dial 00 and then the country's code, followed by the number.

  • Passports and visas

  • Passports

    Non-European citizens need a passport to enter the country.



    Foreigners who wish to enter France will be requested to show documents stating the purpose of their visit and accommodation arrangements to immigration officials upon arrival .
    In certain cases, a visa is required. You must apply for a visa at a French consulate before you come to France.


    If you wish to stay for longer than 3 months and you are not from a country in the EU, you must apply for “un visa long séjour” (or “visa d’études longue durée).
    To find out if you need a visa to enter France, please click on the following link : www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/venir/visas/index.html
    To find out the prices : www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/venir/visas/tarif.html


    Students who are under 18 and traveling alone must have an “Autorisation de sortie du territoire” signed by their parents.


    Embassies and consulates:
    For information about the foreign embassies and consulates in France, you can visit the following website :


    Confirming your flight:
    Call the airline 72 hours before you are due to leave, in order to confirm your flight number and flight time. For international flights you must check in 3 hours before departure.

  • Medical information


    Recommended vaccinations
    You should see your doctor 4 to 6 weeks before your departure to allow sufficient time for your vaccinations to become effective.


    • Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG). However, Northern, Southern and Western Europe or Mediterranean countries (Italy and Greece) are low-risk areas.
    • Hepatitis B. If you are likely to come into contact with blood, have sexual contact with people from the area, stay more than 6 months in Southern Europe, or have exposure to the disease due to medical treatment.
    • Hepatitis B vaccination is now recommended for all children aged between 11 and 12 years old.


    Medical insurance


    • For European Union citizens:
    Before you come to France, you must apply for the European E.111 form. (In the UK the E 111 is available at post offices. In other countries ask your health service or doctor how to get the form.) Your medical costs will then be reimbursed on your return.
    • For non-European citizens:
    You should get insurance to cover you if you fall ill or have an accident when in France.
    Make sure you are fully insured before leaving.
    If you have not already arranged insurance, ACCORD recommends AVI International- Tel 33144635107 Fax: 33140829035.
    Email : avi-international@worldnet.fr , especially for students under 18.

  • Currency


    European single currency (Euro):
    The Euro is the official currency of the 12 member states (including France) of the European Union.
    The first Euro coins went into circulation in January 2002 and completely replaced the French Franc on 17 February 2002.
    Euro (€) = 100 cents

    Exchanging money:
    You can exchange foreign currency at the airport or in some large hotels. However, the commission charged is often high. It is better to change your money in a bank or at an exchange office.


    If you lose your credit card in France, you can call the following numbers:
    American express : or 72.00 www.americanexpress.fr
    Diners Clubs : or or www.dinersclub.fr
    Eurocards/ Marstercards :
    VISA : or 45.45 or www.carte-bleue.com


  • Weather forecast

  • Luggage

    You are not allowed to wear shorts in French swimming pools.
    Don’t forget to bring proper swimwear with you.


    Even if it’s summer, remember to bring a pair of shoes with you and some warm clothes for the evening!