France is the founder for both the EU (1958) and Schengen Area (1995).
French territory severely suffered for terrorist attacks during the past few years, for this reason, the government is keen working on a solution for better managing inbound and outbound immigration together with other countries of the Schengen Area and European Union.
France has been one of the first Country in the EU proposing a better system to screen and authorize travelers entering the Schengen Area.
Entry-Exit system and ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) are the two legislative tools that will change the way to travel in Europe in the next years. Although their aim is similar, ETIAS will be focused mostly on short-term journeys.
Starting from 2021 all travelers above 18 years old will be able to apply online for the permission to travel to France. The online application cost is €7 and once the authorisation is approved it will last for five years. The authorisation will also allow travelers from visa-exempted countries to travel in other Countries part of the Schengen Area without requiring any other travel documents. Although the online authorisation is valid for five years, the maximum duration of stay in the EU is 90 days in a consecutive period of 180 days. If the traveler plans to have a longer stay in the Schengen area, a visa is required.
Together with the Italians, the French take pride in the cuisine: wine, desserts, seafood gourmets meat staples or many more.
French climate is various, depending the landscape traits of each region. Central and Eastern France has continental climate which is cold in the winters and hot in the summers. Western region has oceanic climate with frequent rainfall and high level of humidity. South-eastern France has Mediterranean climate with warm and dry summers.
Dress to the weather: light cotton apparel in the summers and midweight in the winter. For western and mountainous regions, always carry with your raincoat. Due to wide temperature variation between night and day, it’s recommended to have a sweater available if you stay out during night time.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Languages: French 100% (with regional dialects and sub-languages)
Calling Code: +33
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