First Time in Paris

First Time in Paris : Don’t worry, Be happy ! You will be safe from tourists traps. You will get all the information, advices and tips you need, with accuracy and transparency, with the ongoing assistance of PARIS BY EMY, Paris based.

First Time in Paris

Be in serenity for your First Time in Paris

  • Emy, living in Paris for more than a decade, is an expert of Paris and she is French
  • She is fluent in English with 5 years’ experience in the United States, parlez-vous français ? 😉
  • She has travelled many corners of the world, such as Europe, Africa, North America & the Middle East

Change

As in the other countries of the European Union, the euro is the official currency of France. Credit card and cash are accepted everywhere. You can withdraw cash from vending machines everywhere. Currency exchange offices are down town Paris and at airports.

Climate in Paris

Climate in Paris has very marked seasons, between rather cold winters and hot summers. The climate of Paris is of oceanic type: the oceanic influence is much more important than the continental influence. In France, the temperature is measured in degrees Celsius (° C).

Opening time

In France, the shops generally open from 9:30 to 10:00 to 19:00 or 19:30. In Paris, food shops can stay open later, until midnight. Nocturnal openings are planned in the most lively districts, as on the Champs-Elysées, Pigalle, Saint Germain, Le Marais, Bastille, … Department stores (Printemps Haussmann, Galeries Lafayette, Bon Marché …) are open from 9.30am or 10am to 8pm or 8.30pm (until 8.45pm some evenings). Some shops open on Sundays.

Electricity

Electricity in France operates on 220 Volts, 50 Hertz AC. The sockets are type E (round pin and receptacle with male ground pin). If you bring electrical appliances from abroad, you may need an adapter for the outlets. You may also need a transformer (110V-220V). If in doubt, check with the manufacturer.

Lengths & Masses

The metric system is used everywhere in France, so there is a help for your distance conversions :

  • 1 kilometer (km) = 1000 meters (m) = 100,000 centimeters (cm)
  • 1 inch = 1 inch (in) = 2.54 centimeters
  • 1 foot = 1 foot (ft) = 0.3048 meters
  • 1 yard (yd) = 0.9144 meters
  • 1 mile (mi) = 1.6093 kilometers
  • 1 kilometer = 0.6214 miles
  • 1 nautical mile = 1 nautical mile (in) = 1.852 kilometers
  • 1 ounce = 1 ounce (oz) = 28.3495 grams.
  • 1 pound (UK) = 1 pound (lb) = 0.4536 kilogram

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Advices for your first trip to Paris

Advices for the first time in Paris by PARIS BY EMY

Get a Travel Insurance in case of

  • Overseas emergency medical assistance
  • Loss or theft of luggage
  • Loss of cash or travel documents
  • Travel delay expenses
  • Rental vehicle excess
  • Cancellation fees

There are some recommendations of Travel Insurance Companies


Visa Application to France

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You may visit the official website for visa application to France. Planning a holiday, a business trip or any other projects in France, this website provides you information on how to do each step for your visa application process.

  • You may not need a visa depending on the country your passport is issued.
  • Nevertheless, you must be able to show some documents when you are controlled at the border.
  • Please, note that some member states may require a visa if you are planning to exercise a remunerated activity.

The following supporting documents must be presented at the request of the Border Police upon your arrival in France:

  • A valid passport issued less than 10 years before and valid for at least 3 months after the envisaged departure date;
  • A valid visa, if required;
  • Proof of accommodation covering the whole duration of the stay (hotel reservation and/or certificate of staying with a relative validated in the town hall);
  • Sufficient financial means. The means of subsistence shall be assessed according to the duration and purpose of the stay and by reference to the average prices for accommodation and food in the Member States;
  • Your return ticket or the financial means to acquire one at the envisaged return date;
  • Any document providing details on the profession or the capacity of the traveller as well as on the establishments or organisations located in France which are expecting you, if you are on a professional trip.

For travellers in transit, you must be able to present proof of satisfying the entry conditions in the final destination country (conditions of stay and accommodation during transit, continuation ticket and visa for the destination country).

Please check on the official visa website for France : https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/france-visas


French customs

At the borders of France, and in railway stations and airports, there are two separate customs passages, depending on the nature and quantity of your goods: the “green” filter where you have nothing to declare and the filter “red” to declare your goods.

Both on arrival and on departure from France, you must values over € 10,000 (or the equivalent in foreign currency) that you carry with you. This declaration is free and can be done online at the customs service.