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Fast Facts: France

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.

Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel. Airlines and cruises may deny boarding and your tour may be disrupted if your visa is not in order.

For U.S. citizens booked on a tour or package with Scheduled Dates, we will send you complete visa instructions and application forms after you book.

If you hold a passport from another country, or are not booked on a tour with Scheduled Dates, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

What is the weather like?

France is best seen April through October with temps in the mid 70's to the 90's. Temps increase as you head south. August tends to be very hot and devoid of locals since that is when they take their vacations. Take a sweater for nights.

Check out the current weather conditions in France.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health requirements or precautions for traveling to France.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in France is the euro. Please review the current exchange rate for the euro.

Are tips & service charges customary?

10-15% is added on to restaurant bills. Hotel staff expect gratuity. Taxis are not tipped unless they carry baggage although it is polite to round the fare up.

What are the best items to shop for?

In France, shop for antiques, scarves, perfume, handblown glass, tapestries, art, Limoges porcelain, enamel, couture clothing, gloves, Lalique crystal, pottery, French Navy T-shirts, mustard, cheese, cognac and champagne. Don't miss a Paris flea market!

What are the voltage requirements?

230 volts. Plug E. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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