Practical Advice

About Paris

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Paris, the capital of France, is divided into 20 districts or "arrondissements", which cover an area of 105 sq km (41 sq mi) At the heart of a constantly increasing conglomeration, it has a population of 2.25 million in the city and 11.8 million in the Île de France (the suburban area around Paris). As a cosmopolitan city with a long historical past, it is open to Europe and to the world – and has a tradition of hospitality and warm welcome for foreigners


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The monetary unit in France is the Euro. Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be exchanged in banks, hotels and bureau de change. Most shops will accept all major credit cards.

A little guide to the Euro:
€1 is divided into 100 centimes or cents.
Notes: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents; €1 and €2.

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Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required for all U.S. citizens and foreign nationals entering France. For more detailed information, please visit the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website page on Getting a Visa and contact the nearest French Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

If you need an invitation letter to apply for your Visa, please fill in this form



Health Regulations

All persons who wish to attend the ADF Annual Dental Meeting are advised to contact the French Embassy or Consulates in their own countries to obtain information about health regulations and entry requirements, as these are subject to any agreements that the French Government may have with other countries.


The organisers will accept no liability either for personal injuries, or for loss of or damage to any personal belongings. Attendees are therefore strongly advised to take out personal insurance before they leave their home country.

Climate and Clothing

November in Paris is generally chilly and damp, with temperatures ranging from 5 to 10 degrees (41 to 50 degrees F) – although the days can also be sunny and warm! The best thing to do is to go for layers (sweaters, scarves, gloves, warm socks) and to have a wind- and waterproof outermost layer..

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Electric Adaptors and Plugs

Standard electrical current in France is 220 V. Two-pin plugs are widely used in France. You are strongly advised to bring an adapter for all your personal electrical equipment.

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Over seventeen thousand taxis cover the city day and night. They are easily recognisable due to their specific features, in particular the light on the roof of the vehicle (red, the taxi is already taken, green, it is free).

You can either hail a taxi on the street, go to a taxi rank or call a taxi company such as taxis G7 [+33 (0) 1 47 39 47 39], taxis Bleus [0891 70 10 10] or Alpha taxis [+33 (0)1 45 85 85 85].

axis in the 134 bays in Paris can be reached 24/7 by calling a simple number (cost of a local call) managed by the City of Paris: +33 (0)1 45 30 30 30. At any time of day, the vocal server puts you through to taxis available near the bays distributed over the 20 arrondissements of the city.

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French cuisine is known the world-over, and Paris is of course one of the best places to discover it. Paris offers a wide choice of restaurants and bars, ranging from “brasseries” to little “bistrots”, where you can enjoy a little chat with the regulars, trendy cafés, wine-bars, soup-bars, tea-rooms and much, much more. You can even travel the world in one day by enjoying a Chinese meal for lunch, a Moroccan mint-tea in the afternoon and an Italian pizza for dinner.

Tipping etiquette

in France, the law demands that the service be included in all prices. This doesn’t mean that tipping is not welcome, it means that you can leave a tip if you consider the service was good, from a few cents in a bar to a few euros in a restaurant.
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Paris is an amazing city to visit, and you can do so simply on foot and using the extensive métro and buses network. For suggestions on things to see and places to go, and for information on money and time saving passes, check out the page "Enjoy Paris"


Shopping in Paris is also a magical experience: you can indulge in world-famous haute couture or second-hand clothes, the finest lingerie or ready-to-wear clothes; visit departments stores on the Grands Boulevards or little stores on the left Bank; admire magnificent antiques or browse through second-hand shops; buy gems from the Place Vendôme or any kind of costume jewellery – be it for shoes, bags, hats, perfumes, accessories, or designers’ articles, Paris is the capital of your longings.

Opening hours are usually from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. The department stores are also usually open late one evening a week (ask for information).

And don’t forget to go for a walk through the mythical Parisian markets, on the rue de Bucci or the rue Mouffetard and have a drink in a street café to experience the special liveliness of these places.

There are a number of shops in the Palais des Congrès, the convention centre adjoining the hotel Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, and of course on the Champs-Elysees, just a few minutes away.

For further information, please visit the Official website of the Convention and Visitors Bureau