Capital: Paris

Language: French

Area: 643801 km²

Population: 66991000

Timezone : UTC/GTM 1

Currency: euro (€)

Code: +33

Electric sockets: 230 V AC, 50Hz. Type E: this type is of French origin. This socket also works with plug C and with plug F if it has an additional pinhole.

France is a member of the Schengen Agreement.

To travel to France U.S. citizens are required to hold:

  • A valid passport valid for their whole stay
  • A valid ETIAS visa waiver for France—ETIAS is a travel permit or visa waiver that will be mandatory in 2022


ETIAS specifications for overseas French territories:

  • All French overseas territories (French Guiana, French West Indies, and Reunion) follow the same visa regulations as mainland France.


U.S. citizens staying in France for more than 90-days:

  • ETIAS for U.S. citizens is only valid for short-term stays of up to 90 days. If visitors intend to remain in France longer than 90 days, they are required to apply for a class D visa (long-stay).

U.S. Embassy in Paris, France

Address: 2 Avenue Gabriel 75008 Paris, France

Phone: [33] (1)43122222

Fax: [33] (1)42669783

Website: http://france.usembassy.gov

Office Hours: Open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The following cities have U.S. Consulates: Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Strasbourg, Toulouse, and Nice.

Tourist Travel Information about France

etias franceFrance’s official name is the French Republic (République Française). It became a republic in 1792 as a result of the French Revolution against centuries of royal rule. The Revolution started with the storming of the Bastille fortress on 14th July 1789, an event that is celebrated every year all over France known as Bastille Day.

France has one of the largest economies in the Eurozone, after Germany. France is one of the largest exporters of luxury goods in the world. Their main exports include aircraft, food, chemicals, industrial machinery, iron and steel, electronics, motor vehicles, and pharmaceuticals.

France is one of the most iconic countries in the world and is considered to be the beacon of elegance, style, art, and glamour.

The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Mona Lisa are some of the country’s most well-known treasures. But the French also inspire with their way of life and their joie de vivre.

Traveling to France usually means more than sightseeing. It usually means drinking coffee in the lively Paris cafés as great intellectuals and artists did in the past, eating croissants in a local bistro of a sleepy but gorgeous village in the countryside. Or even a vacation in a beautiful château, or in one of the chic resorts in the Cote D’Azur, visiting the country’s beautiful vineyards or lavender fields in the Provence.

A trip to the land of liberté, egalité, fraternité is bound to inspire any visitor.

Interesting facts

  • France is the largest country by size in Europe at 248,573 m2 (643,801 km2), including French Guiana. France is the most visited country in the world a with at least 82 million foreign tourists per year and has the third-largest income in the world from tourism.
  • French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Réunion Island. Due to its six-sided shape France is sometimes referred to as l’hexagone (the hexagon).
  • French gastronomy was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2010 – when it was added to the list of ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity’. Experts described the importance of French gastronomy as ‘a social custom aimed at celebrating the most important moments in the lives of individuals and groups’, as well as 'emphasising togetherness' for its function of bringing friends and family closer together and strengthening social ties.
  • French toast was originally called pain perdu (lost bread), and the first written mention of the dish comes from the court of Henry V of England. The Oxford English Dictionary mentions the first use of the name “French toast” was in 1660 in a book called the Accomplisht Cook.
  • Paris is home to the densest subway system in the world, with 245 stations on 14 lines within an area of less than 90 km2.

Medical Information for U.S. citizens

Recommended vaccines:

  • Routine Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies


  • 112 is the pan-European emergency number and is always free to call.
  • 15 - Medical emergencies
  • 17 - Police
  • 18 - Firefighters
  • Lost or stolen credit cards: 01 47 77 72 00 - American Express 00 1-880-950-5114 or 08 92 70 57 05 - Visa 0 800 901 387: Mastercard

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