Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the climate like in France?
A. France has a varied climate but most of the country experiences mild summers and temperate winters including Paris. However, Rhone valley is famous for being the hot spot for the occasional mistral- a cold, dry north to northwesterly wind that can knock your socks off.
Q. When is the best time to visit France?
A. Try not to plan your travel to the country during French school holidays or Easter as hotels are overbooked during this time and traffic is at its worst. Although the holiday season may vary from region to region, generally winter holidays occur during Feb- March and spring holidays during April- May. For more information, ask your travel agent on the same.
Q. What travel documents do I need for travelling to France?
A. All EEA and Swiss citizens along with many visa exempt non EU citizens( like Australia and New Zealand) need only a valid passport to enter the country that is valid during their entire stay. All the other nationals need to procure a French visa along with a passport having at least 3 months validity beyond their period of stay in the country.
Q. What are the commonly spoken languages in France?
A. French is the most commonly spoken language throughout the country. However, if you are not a speaker of the same, do not worry as English too is fairly common. The three customary phrases that you need to learn are bonjour, merci, sil vous play and Palez vous anglias that will help you throughout your trip. Meaning hello, thank you, please and do you speak English, these phrases are sure to get you on the good side of the French people and they will then help you in whatever you want.
Q. What currency is used in France?
A. You can exchange dollars or any other currency for Euro that is the sole currency used in France along with many other Eurozone countries.
Q. What is the crime scene like in France?
A. France is counted amongst one of the safest countries in the world. With a very low crime rate, violent crimes in the country are almost unheard of or rare. However, there are the usual woes of pickpocketing and purse snatching in the tourist heavy areas so do take care of all your belongungs when in a crowded place. Another common trick used by fraudsters is by asking tourists to sign fake petitions and give money. Apply caution when any such person without a valid organization batch approaches you.
Q. Is tap water drinkable?
A. Tap water in France is completely drinkable except labelled otherwise in case of which it will clearly be signposted ‘Eau non potable’. Avoid drinking from the tap in the rural rest areas too.
Q. How do you travel in France?
A. France has a great metro subway train service that is used by most of the locals to travel through the country. You can also use bus or rent a car to travel to your preferred destination.
Q. What numbers should I call in case of any kind of emergency?
A. In case of any emergency, following numbers can be called toll free from all over the country:
- 15: Medical emergency
- 17: Police or law enforcement emergency
- 18: Fire fighters
- 112: standard European emergency number