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Travel information


MONEY, CURRENCIES: DON’T FORGET TO BRING CASH!

Currencies: our advice is to travel with some cash. Withdrawing cash, or paying with a card is usually expensive and the exchange rate applied can be disadvantageous. If you still wish to use mainly a credit or debit card, remember that some small expenses might require payment in cash (taxis, small shops, souvenirs, markets). You should also make sure you have some cash in case your card gets lost or stolen. In some countries, US dollars are easier and cheaper to exchange than your local currency.

Credit or debit card: if you want to use your card, make sure it can be used in your country of destination, and contact your bank to know the exact conditions (rate, commissions, partner banks, etc.). Make sure you have the call number to block your card from abroad in case it is lost or stolen.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Make sure your insurance covers:

Lost or stolen luggage

IDs or means of payment

Illness, accident or medical care abroad

Medical repatriation

Car breakdown or accident

SAFETY

 Check the latest news and recommendation regarding the country you’re going to visit.

 Keep safely the address and phone numbers of the embassy and consulate of your country.

 Don’t leave any valuable item in your registered luggage.

 Try to keep valuables hidden from sight as much as possible.

  Buy a money belt to protect cash and passport

CUSTOMS OBLIGATION

 When entering or leaving an EU country, you must declare any values above 10,000 euros

 Some products, such as alcohol and tobacco, are limited in terms of a maximum quantity you are allowed to travel with  

Plants and living animals are subject to specific regulations

When traveling with valuables, you should bring the purchase invoice with you, to avoid any customs fees

Check your obligations with French customs (link) and other states

IDs, license

Visa: check with the embassy of the country you’re visiting

ID card: can be used by all EU nationals traveling across the European Union and French overseas territories

Passports or ID cards of your children

International driving license: might be useful if you consider renting a car

Insurance certificate if you travel by car

Keep a digital or paper copy of all your documents in case the originals get lost or stolen

HEALTH and vaccination

Depending on your destination, take a travel pharmacy and sun cream

Vaccination: check the vaccines needed in each country you travel to, and bring your vaccination book

PLANE TRAVEL

Check-in: check the check-in time limit before departure. You should consider online check-in to save time at the airport

Luggage check-in: make sure you will have time to check your luggage in before boarding; some low-cost companies can be very strict

Weight of checked-in luggage: make sure your luggage weighs less than the maximum authorized by your airline

Hand luggage: make sure it fits the maximum dimensions granted by the airline

Inside your luggage: prepare it yourself, don’t take something given by a third party, and make sure liquids and creams in your hand luggage meet the airline requirements and are stored in a transparent plastic bag

PHONE

Make sure your cellphone plan allows you to call from abroad and that you have the most cost-effective plan to minimize the cost of outcalls and roaming

Voicemails: make sure you can check them from abroad, and memorize numbers and codes

Consider redirecting your home calls to your cellphone

LAST PRECAUTIONS

Make sure to tell someone about your destination and contact point

Consider redirecting your mail

Organize your pets’ custody

Close your windows, gas and water lines, shut down and unplug all home electrical devices

Make sure your luggage is ready on the day before departure and has a combination lock

Don’t forget your keys, train or plane tickets and passport and/or ID card

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