Paris

on February 18th, 2020 (JST) current information.
Furthermore, the details under "Visa" and "Passport" are for Japanese nationals.
This information is likely to change suddenly, so please contact the relevant official authority (e.g., embassy) for the latest information.

Immigration and Visa

Visa

Not required for tourism (stays of up to three months).

Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least three months from the date of departure from France or another country in the Schengen Area.

  • Schengen Agreement
    As of October 2019, countries in the Schengen Area are Iceland, Italy, Estonia, Austria, Holland, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Finland, France, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, and Luxembourg. When entering from Japan or another country outside of the Schengen Area, complete immigration and customs clearance upon arriving at the first country in the area during your visit.
  • Visa, passport, and other information is subject to change without notice. Be sure to check with the Embassy, Consulate, or travel agency.

Quarantine

When visiting from Japan, it is prohibited to bring the following items into France.

  • a. Fruit, vegetables, plants, seeds, insects
  • b. Meat, dairy products, some animals
  • c. Disease agents, cell cultures, snails, coral
  • d. Pharmaceutical products other than for personal use (up to 3 months' worth)
  • Violations may result in fines or imprisonment.

Customs

Bringing in e-cigarettes

If you are bringing it in for your personal use, when flying from Japan to France.

For bringing and possession of tax-free cigarettes

  • Tobacco: 17 years old and older. 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 100 small cigars, or 250g of cut tobacco
  • Liquor: 17 years old and older. 4L of wine, 16L of beer, or 1L of an alcoholic beverage containing over 22% alcohol (22% or below is 2L)
  • Other: If you carry €10000 or more in cash, foreign currency, or negotiable instruments into or out of the country, you must report it.

Time difference and Daylight Saving Time

Time difference

France is in the Central European Time zone (CET). There is an 8-hour time difference between Japan and France. Subtract 8 from the hour in Japan to calculate the hour in France. In other words, 18:00 in Japan is 10:00 on the same day in France. This changes to a 7-hour difference during daylight saving time,
which begins at 2:00 at night on the last Sunday of March and ends at 3:00 at night on the last Sunday of October. Daylight saving time in 2020 is from March 29 to October 25, and from March 28 to October 31 in 2021.

  • Note: Daylight saving time is scheduled to be discontinued from 2022.

Climate

Climate

The climate in Paris can be thought of as basically identical to the four seasons in Tokyo. The advent of spring can be felt around April. As there is no rainy season, the weather is dry, so summer is brisk and comfortable. While some days in July and August see daytime temperatures of around 30℃, dusk and dawn may be chilly. Autumn comes earlier than in Tokyo and there is a relatively high amount of rainfall. In November, winter is already underway and there tends to be more cloudy days. Weather conditions can vary from year to year even in the same season. Please check the weather forecast before departure.

Temperatures in Paris and Tokyo

Precipitation in Paris and Tokyo

The average maximum temperature in Tokyo and Paris, The average minimum temperature in Tokyo and Paris
month The average maximum temperature in Tokyo The average minimum temperature in Tokyo The average maximum temperature in Paris The average minimum temperature in Paris
Jan. 10℃ 2℃ 5℃ 1℃
Feb. 10℃ 2℃ 6℃ 1℃
Mar. 13℃ 5℃ 12℃ 4℃
Apr. 18℃ 10℃ 15℃ 6℃
May 23℃ 15℃ 20℃ 10℃
Jun. 25℃ 18℃ 24℃ 13℃
Jul. 28℃ 23℃ 25℃ 15℃
Aug. 31℃ 24℃ 24℃ 13℃
Sep. 27℃ 21℃ 18℃ 9℃
Oct. 23℃ 15℃ 9℃ 7℃
Nov. 17℃ 10℃ 8℃ 5℃
Dec. 13℃ 5℃ 6℃ 0℃
The average precipitation in Tokyo and Paris
month The average precipitation in Tokyo The average precipitation in Paris
Jan. 50mm 50mm
Feb. 60mm 50mm
Mar. 110mm 40mm
Apr. 130mm 40mm
May 130mm 50mm
Jun. 160mm 60mm
Jul. 160mm 50mm
Aug. 160mm 60mm
Sep. 210mm 50mm
Oct. 190mm 50mm
Nov. 90mm 50mm
Dec. 50mm 50mm

Currency and Exchange Rate, Tax, Currency exchange, Tip

Currency and Exchange Rate

The unit of currency is the Euro (written as €, EURO, or EUR), which is divided into cents. They are read in French as Euro and centime. €1 is 100 cent, approx. JPY121 (as of January 2020).
There are seven denominations of banknotes: €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10, and €5. There are eight types of coins: €2, €1, 50 cent, 20 cent, 10 cent, 5 cent, 2 cent, and 1 cent.

Tax

In France, a 12% to 18.6% tax exemption (differs by shop) is applied to purchases of at least €175.01 made in a single day at a single shop by a foreign traveler. This applies to products taken out of the EU without being used. Visitors must show their passport at the shop of purchase, have a tax exemption form drawn up, and get a tax refund at the airport.

Tip

Fees charged in places such as restaurants and hotels include a service charge, so basically there is no obligation to tip. It may be a good idea to leave a tip as a thank you when receiving good service or when asking for a special favor.

  • Restaurants: A rule of thumb is 5% to 10% of the meal charge when eating at an upscale restaurant. It is good to leave a tip as a thank you that is a nice rounded number. At casual restaurants, leave the change from the bill.
  • Hotels: When asking for a special favor, tip approx. €2 to 5 each time. It is not necessary to tip for normal cleaning or bed-making services.
  • Taxis: If you have large luggage carried to the trunk for you, tip about €2 to 5.
  • Ushers at Playhouses, etc.: Tip approx. €1 as a thank you for being seated.

Voltage and plug

Voltage

Outlet / Cell phone plug

The standard voltage is 220V with a cycle of 50Hz. Electric products made for use in Japan cannot be used as is. A transformer is necessary. The type of plug used is C type.

Video and DVD

Video and DVD

The output system is PAL/SECAM in France, but NTSC in Japan. Since they are different, a DVD purchased in France cannot be viewed on ordinary DVD players in Japan (they can be played on computers equipped with a DVD drive or a computer that can be directly connected to a DVD drive).
Blue Ray discs can be played on a Japanese DVD player if it is compatible with the region code A used in Japan.

Mail

Mail

Post offices in France are called La Poste. Stamps can be purchases at post offices and at TABAC (tobacco shops).

Postal Fees

Both a postcard and sealed letter up to 20g cost €1.3. Postcards of various sizes and shapes are sold, but since they are the same price up to 20g, they can be sent for €1.3.

Phone Call

How to phone

Telephoning Japan from France

STEP1

Dial 00 (International telephone ID Number)

STEP2

81 (Country Code, Japan )

STEP3

Remove the first 0 for area codes and mobile telephone numbers

STEP4

Other parties telephone No.

Telephoning France from Japan

STEP1

International Telephone Provider No.

  • 001 (KDDI)*1
  • 0033 (NTT Communications) *1
  • 0061 (SoftBank) *1
  • 005345 (au Mobile) *2
  • 009130 (NTT DoCoMo Mobile) *3
  • 0046 (SoftBank Mobile)*4
STEP2

010 (International Identification No.)

STEP3

33 (Country Code, France)

STEP4

Other parties telephone No. (Remove the first 0 for area codes and mobile telephone numbers)

  • *1.Not required if you have an international registration with "My Line". See URL My Line(www.myline.org) for details.
  • *2.au does not require 005345.
  • *3.Pre-registration to World Wing is required for NTT DoCoMo. Does not require 009130.
  • *4.Call are possible without dialing 0046 from SoftBank.

Holiday / National holiday

Holiday / National holiday

There are many national holidays related to Christianity. Note that some national holidays fall on different days, depending on the year.

2020

  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • April 12: Easter Sunday *1
  • April 13: Easter Monday*1
  • May 1: May Day
  • May 8: V-E Day
  • May 21: Ascension Day*1
  • May 31: Whit Sunday*1
  • June 1: Whit Monday*1
  • July 14: Bastille Day
  • August 15: Assumption Day
  • November 1: All Saints' Day
  • November 11: Armistice Day
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • *1.National holidays fall on different days, depending on the year.

Language

Language

French

Business hours, etc

Business hours

Below are guidelines for general business hours, which differ by shop and restaurant, and are extremely changeable. Note that many establishments are closed for long periods during the summer vacation season, etc.

Banks

Mon. to Fri. 9:00 to 17:00, closed on Sat., Sun., holidays. Differs by bank.

Post Office

Mon. to Fri. 8:00 to 20:00, Sat. 9:00 to 13:00, closed on Sun., holidays (may differ according to post office).

Department stores

Mon.–Sat. 9:30–20:00, Sun. around 11:00–19:00, some closed on national holidays

Shops

Mon. to Sat. around 10:00 to 19:00. Some shops are closed for lunch. Many shops close on Sun. and holidays.

Cafés

around 8:00 to 24:00.

Restaurants

12:00 noon to 14:00, around 19:30 to 23:00 at night, some restaurants are closed on Sun. and holidays.

Age Limit

The minimum drinking age in France is 16. There is no law prescribing the minimum age for smoking. Both Hertz and Avis require persons to be 21 or older to rent a car (some exceptions exist, depending on vehicle type).

Smoking

Smoking in Public Areas

In France, smoking is completely prohibited in all enclosed public spaces. Hotels, cafes, and restaurants are permitted to arrange special exceptional smoking areas. Also, smoking may be permitted in outdoor seating areas at establishments where food and beverages are served. Violators will be fined €68.

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