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					      Going
 to the London
Olympics through
     France



            June 2012
                         You are on your way to the United Kingdom in
                         order to participate in or attend the London
                         Olympic Games; you would like to pass
                         through France for a visit or just in
                         transit: please familiarize yourself with the fol-
                         lowing information.

WARNING

The documents in your possession allowing you access to the London
Olympics (accreditation card, tickets for attending events, visa issued
by a British consulate) do not automatically allow you to enter the
Schengen area in general and more particularly France.
CONTENTS
IMMIGRATION - VISA                                                .......................................................................                                                                     1
Should i apply for a visa?

How can i get a visa?                            . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1


What happens when i arrive at the airport in france?                                                                            . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2




CUSTOMS INFORMATION                                                             ................................................................                                                              3
No counterfeit items                           . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3


No drugs         . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3


No protected animal or plant species                                                     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3


Certain goods are subject to specific restrictions                                                                      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3


Take advantage of tax exemptions and comply
with their limitations upon arrival in the european union                                                                               . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3


Inform customs if you are traveling with €10,000 or more                                                                                    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4


Download the customs smartphone application                                                                         . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4




ILLEGAL DRUGS, ALCOHOL, TOBACCO:
WHAT DOES FRENCH LAW SAY? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Illegal drugs            . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5


Alcohol       . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5


Tobacco          . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5


Drugs, drinking, and driving                                     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6


Opiate substitute treatments                                       . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6




HEALTH TIPS                           .....................................................................................                                                                                   7
What if i am sick during my stay in france?
health: what medical services may i use? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

How am i covered for medical expenses? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

What if i lose my medication or if i run out during my stay in france?                                                                                                  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7


What to do in case of a heat wave?                                                   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8




                                                 Se rendre aux JO de Londres                             GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE
                                                                par la France                            State Crisis Communications and Territorial Communications
                                                                                                         Department – Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 75 74 76
PREVENTION TIPS                                               ............................................................................                                                                         9
What can i do in case of assault or theft? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

How do i protect against cell phone theft? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

How do i protect against pickpockets?                                                             . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9


How to protect my means of payment? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

How do i file a complaint?                                         . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9


Can i buy my tickets from scalpers?                                                        . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10


What emergency numbers are available? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Road safety tips for traveling to london by road                                                                         . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10




TRANSPORTATION                                                ..........................................................................                                                                       12
By plane               . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12


By train . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

By boat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

By road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13




                                                       Se rendre aux JO de Londres                            GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE
                                                                      par la France                           State Crisis Communications and Territorial Communications
                                                                                                              Department – Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 75 74 76
IMMIGRATION - VISA
SHOULD I APPLY FOR A VISA?
> If you want to travel in France during the London Olympic Games and if you
  belong to a nationality subject to short-stay visa requirements in order to enter
  the Schengen area, you must request a visa at the French consulate, before your
  departure. This visa will allow you to travel through France and the Schengen
  area for the duration indicated on the visa sticker, not exceeding 90 days within
  a six month period, which also indicates whether one or more entries are allowed
  (1).



> If you come from a country outside the Schengen area and are passing through
  a French airport (e.g. Paris-Orly or Paris-Charles de Gaulle) in order to board a
  flight to the UK and you belong to a nationality subject to an airport transit visa
  (ATV), you must apply for a visa at the French consulate before you leave. This
  visa will allow you, without leaving the international area, to take your onward
  flight to the United Kingdom directly. It will also be required for transit on your
  return from the UK (2).


              Warning: An airport transit visa does not allow you to leave the inter-

     !        national zone in the transit airport. If you need to change airports for
              your onward flight, you will need a visa allowing entry into the Schengen
              area (not an ATV).



Airport transit visa exemption: third-country nationals normally requiring an ATV
due to their nationality are exempt from ATV requirements if they personally have a
valid visa issued by the United Kingdom when traveling to or from this country.


HOW CAN I GET A VISA?
If you must apply for a short stay visa or an airport transit visa at a French consu-
late in your country of residence, first check the information on the French Embassy
website in your country of residence:
- in particular: identification of the consular district to which you belong, address,
   opening hours, appointment terms, list of documents to be sent;
- as well as general visa information at
   http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/la-france/venir-en-france/entrer-en-france/

and follow the instructions provided.




(1) For information on whether you require a visa due to your nationality:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=C0NSLEG:2001R0539:20110111:FR:PDF
and
http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/la-france/venir-en-france/entrer-en-france/article/les-etrangers-titulaires-d-un
(2) For more information on whether you require an airport transit visa due to your nationality:
    http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/la-france/venir-en-france/entrer-en-france/article/quel-visa-pour-transiter-par-un




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                                                  through France          State Crisis Communications and Territorial Communications
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Do not underestimate the time required for your formalities: make your appoint-
ments as early as possible and gather the documents you need, including:
- your travel document (passport), which must be valid for more than 3 months after
  the visa expires;
- documents substantiating the purpose of your trip to the United Kingdom (docu-
  ments relating to the London Olympics, visa allowing you to enter the United
  Kingdom, return ticket), and France (return ticket, insurance, accommodations,
  resources).


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE
AT THE AIRPORT IN FRANCE?
Possession of a visa is a necessary but not sufficient requirement for crossing a
Schengen border.

> Whether or not you are subject to visa requirements, if you want to enter or tran-
  sit through France, you must be able to present all the original documents men-
  tioned above, when you arrive at the airport in France (3);

> If you do not have these substantiating documents, you risk being denied entry
  into French territory, i.e. a decision refusing entry, accompanied by a return to
  your country of departure. In this case, you will not be able to continue your trip
  to London.




(3) Certain categories of persons are exempt from providing substantiating documents at the border. For more information regarding the rele-
    vant categories, please follow the link:
    http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/la-france/venir-en-france/entrer-en-france/article/controle-a-l-arrivee-en-france




                                   Going to the London Olympics         GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE
                                                 through France         State Crisis Communications and Territorial Communications
                                                         page 2         Department – Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 75 74 76
CUSTOMS INFORMATION
What must I do when clearing Customs?


NO COUNTERFEIT ITEMS
Counterfeit items are absolutely prohibited. You are forbidden from buying them or
bringing them into France, regardless of quantity. Customs officers seize all coun-
terfeit goods and customs fines are calculated based on the value of the genuine
products that have been counterfeited.


NO DRUGS
Drugs of any type (including cannabis) are absolutely prohibited. Possessing or car-
rying them risks criminal sanctions (imprisonment, fines).


NO PROTECTED ANIMAL OR PLANT SPECIES
Pursuant to the Washington Convention protecting plant and animal species threa-
tened with extinction, you must not transport any endangered animal or plant spe-
cies or one that presents a danger to the European ecosystem.


CERTAIN GOODS ARE SUBJECT TO SPECIFIC
RESTRICTIONS
For medications and food (meat and fish in particular), you must check before your
departure regarding the provisions applicable in this domain, both with regards to
your destination country and for your return through France.


TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TAX EXEMPTIONS AND
COMPLY WITH THEIR LIMITATIONS UPON
ARRIVAL IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
From a country outside the European Union, you MAY import goods in your lug-
gage up to a maximum value of €430 (air or sea) or €300 (other transportation). If
you are under the age of 15, your exemption is limited to €150, whatever the mode
of transport.




   !    Warning: tobacco and alcohol are subject to quantitative exemptions.




                     Going to the London Olympics   GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE
                                   through France   State Crisis Communications and Territorial Communications
                                           page 3   Department – Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 75 74 76
                             Quantitative Exemptions
                             (except for travelers under 17)

                             200 cigarettes
                             - or 100 cigarillos
Tobacco
                             - or 50 cigars
                             - or 250g of smoking tobacco
AND
                             - 1 liter of alcohol above 22° [44 proof]
Alcohol
                             - or 2 liters of alcohol containing less than 22° [44 proof]
AND

Other Beverages              4 liters of wine and 16 liters of beer


Beyond these exemptions, you must spontaneously declare the goods as you pass
through Customs, in order to pay the corresponding duties and taxes. Not decla-
ring such goods risks forfeiting them and paying a Customs fine.


INFORM CUSTOMS IF YOU ARE TRAVELING
WITH €10,000 OR MORE
If you are in possession of cash, securities, or negotiable instruments in an amount
equal to or greater than €10,000, you must declare it to Customs when crossing
the French border, regardless of your destination or return country.


DOWNLOAD THE CUSTOMS SMARTPHONE
APPLICATION
You may find all this information on the free, bilingual (French/English) Customs
smartphone application (available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry). In
order to download this application, please visit the French customs website:
http://www.douane.budget.gouv.fr/




                     Going to the London Olympics    GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE
                                   through France    State Crisis Communications and Territorial Communications
                                           page 4    Department – Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 75 74 76
ILLEGAL DRUGS, ALCOHOL,
TOBACCO: WHAT DOES
FRENCH LAW SAY?
ILLEGAL DRUGS
What do I risk if I use drugs?

Using drugs is prohibited in France. Drug use is an offense punishable by up to one
year imprisonment and a €3,750 fine.
Nevertheless, users may also be ordered to attend, at their own expense, an awa-
reness program regarding the dangers of drugs use or to undergo court-ordered
therapy consisting of treatment or medical supervision.
What do I risk if I offer or sell drugs to another person?

The penalty is up to 5 years imprisonment and a €75,000 fine and imprisonment
may be doubled for anyone who sells or offers drugs to minors or in or around a
school or educational institution.
Look-outs, scouts, and other intermediaries are considered accomplices: they
incur the same penalties even if they received no consideration in money or in kind.


ALCOHOL
At what age do I have the right to drink alcohol in licensed premises and buy alcohol?

The sale, and even offering alcoholic beverages free of charge, to persons under
the age of 18 is prohibited in licensed premises, shops, and public places. The per-
son delivering the beverage may require the customer to establish proof of age.
“Open bars” – consisting of selling alcohol as a package deal – and “service at will” are also
prohibited regardless of the consumer’s age.

What do I risk if I’m inebriated in the street or in a public place?
A person found inebriated in the street, in bars, discos, and other public places may
be taken to the police station and placed in a holding cell. The fine for obvious
intoxication may reach €150.


TOBACCO
Where am I not allowed to smoke?

In order to protect non-smokers, smoking is prohibited in places intended for col-
lective use including bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Smoking in public places
risks a fine of €68.
At what age do I have the right to buy tobacco?

The sale of tobacco is prohibited to persons under the age of 18




                         Going to the London Olympics   GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE
                                       through France   State Crisis Communications and Territorial Communications
                                               page 5   Department – Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 75 74 76
DRUGS, DRINKING, AND DRIVING
The risk of fatal road accidents increases very quickly when you have consu-
med alcohol or drugs. This risk is compounded in cases of combining drugs
and alcohol. The risk of a fatal road accident is multiplied by 15 when alcohol
is associated with cannabis.
What is the legal blood alcohol limit and what are the penalties?

It is forbidden to drive with a BAC greater than or equal to 0.5 grams of alcohol per
liter of blood:
- between 0.5 and 0.79 gram per liter of blood, offenders face a fine of €135 and
the loss of 6 driving license points;
- from 0.8 grams per liter of blood, offenders face two years imprisonment, a
€4,500 fine and the loss 6 driving license points.
If a fatal accident occurs, offenders face up to 10 years imprisonment and a
€150,000 fine. In all these cases, their driving license may be suspended or can-
celed. Offenders who do not have a home or a job in France may be forced to pay
a fixed fine immediately, failing which, the vehicle may be impounded until a depo-
sit of up to €4,500 is received.
If I take drugs (illegal in itself), may I then drive a car?

No. Drivers who test positive for a substance classified as a narcotic face up to two
years imprisonment and a €4,500 fine. These penalties are increased to three years
imprisonment and a €9,000 fine for drivers also under the influence of alcohol.

OPIATE SUBSTITUTE TREATMENTS
I would like to continue my opiate substitute treatment.

Opiate substitute treatments are legal in France. It is strongly recommended you
have your treatment with you for the trip as well as your prescriptions because they
may be requested at a border crossing or upon any contact with the police or gen-
darmerie. If during your trip in France, you need to get your treatment, contact a
doctor or a structure of specialized care (in town or at a hospital) presenting the
prescription established in your home country. (See list of structures on
www.drogues-info-service.fr)




    Help and Information
    Drug Information Service: 0800 23 13 13
    www.drogues-info-service.fr
    www.drogues.gouv.fr

    All information regarding UK drugs laws
    http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/drugs/drug-law/




                          Going to the London Olympics   GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE
                                        through France   State Crisis Communications and Territorial Communications
                                                page 6   Department – Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 75 74 76
HEALTH TIPS
WHAT IF I AM SICK DURING MY STAY
IN FRANCE?
HEALTH: WHAT MEDICAL SERVICES
MAY I USE?
For an emergency, overnight or on weekends, I call:
- 15, a toll free number that will direct me to the emergency medical services (EMS -
  SAMU) who will determine the most appropriate medical service: healthcare asso-
  ciation, private physician, on-call medical home, hospital facility, or clinic.
- 112, European emergency number, which will direct me to the fire brigade, then in
  case of medical need, to the EMS (SAMU) itself.

If it is not an emergency during the day, I go to a private physician’s office. The
list of physicians according to their specialties, geographic areas, and fees charged
may be found on the health insurance site.


HOW AM I COVERED FOR MEDICAL
EXPENSES?
As a European citizen, I may request a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
before leaving, in order to be reimbursed upon my return for medical expenses paid
in France. All information may be found on the Health Insurance website or CLEISS
(Center for European and International Liaisons for Social Security).

If I am not a European citizen, the following link provides access to information
specific to my country: http://www.cleiss.fr/particuliers/je viens en vacances.html

In any case, I may voluntarily take out travel insurance that will cover, for example,
the cost of repatriation and medical assistance, if such coverage is not already pro-
vided by my credit card or my usual insurance.


WHAT IF I LOSE MY MEDICATION OR IF I RUN
OUT DURING MY STAY IN FRANCE?
I prepare my medication before I leave for the duration of my trip.

With my doctor or pharmacist, I identify the international nonproprietary name (INN)
of my medication, and if possible I have it written on my prescription. I can find the
INN for every medication in the “Medication Directory” or at www.ansm.sante.fr. If
I do not have this information, I have to contact my doctor in my home country to
obtain it.




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I ask advice from a pharmacy to see if my medication is OTC or on prescription. If
a prescription is necessary, I must consult a doctor in France in order to obtain one.


WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A HEAT WAVE?
- In order not to dehydrate, I drink regularly and moisturize my skin throughout
  the day.
- I remain minimally exposed to heat during the journey.
- I make regular breaks in cooled places.
- I pay attention to vulnerable people, particularly the elderly.
- I do not leave young children unattended in the car.
- If I am a victim of heat stroke or illness, I immediately call 15.


   For more information:
   http://www.inpes.sante.fr/CFESBases/catalogue/pdf/1045.pdf
   (version traduite en anglais)
   www.sante.gouv.fr ou www.france.fr




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                                   through France   State Crisis Communications and Territorial Communications
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PREVENTION TIPS
WHAT CAN I DO IN CASE OF ASSAULT
OR THEFT?
I may request assistance from the police or gendarmerie by calling 17 or 112. I can
go to the nearest police or gendarmerie station to file a complaint.


HOW DO I PROTECT AGAINST CELL PHONE
THEFT?
I avoid putting my cell phone in an outside pocket or lending it to a stranger. If I am
robbed, I inform the police or gendarmerie as soon as possible by calling 17 or 112

In addition, I immediately contact my cell phone provider to have my phone line
blocked. If I subscribe to a French telephone company, I must then communicate
my phone’s unique ID number (IMEI) when filing a complaint in order to prevent
unauthorized use of the phone.


HOW DO I PROTECT AGAINST PICKPOCKETS?
JI prefer a small bag or a fanny pack to a backpack and I do not expose my per-
sonal belongings in plain view. If I am robbed, I inform the police or gendarmerie as
soon as possible by calling 17 or 112.


HOW TO PROTECT MY MEANS OF PAYMENT?
I carry as little cash with me as possible while not leaving my wallet in a back
pocket or in plain sight. I try not to handle money in public or exchange currency
on the street. It is best to use exchange offices.


HOW DO I FILE A COMPLAINT?
I can file a complaint in a police or gendarmerie station. If I do not speak French,
agents can receive my complaint and give me a receipt in my language.




    For more information:
    http://www.interieur.gouv.fr/sections/a_votre_service/vos_demarches/depo
    t-plainte/depot-plainte/view




                     Going to the London Olympics   GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE
                                   through France   State Crisis Communications and Territorial Communications
                                           page 9   Department – Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 75 74 76
CAN I BUY MY TICKETS FROM SCALPERS?
I must never buy tickets from scalpers because the tickets may cost more and may
be counterfeit. I must buy my tickets through official dealers.


      Pour en savoir plus :
      http://www.tickets.london2012.com/




WHAT EMERGENCY NUMBERS
ARE AVAILABLE?
-   police and gendarmerie: 17
-   emergency number: 112
-   fire services: 18
-   EMS (medical emergencies - SAMU): 15


ROAD SAFETY TIPS FOR TRAVELING
TO LONDON BY ROAD
In France:

ALCOHOL: The blood alcohol level must be less than 0.5 g/l of blood, i.e. 0.25 mg/l
of breath. (So I do not drink more than two drinks as usually served in bars and
cafes).

SPEED: I must adjust my speed to the limits indicated on roadside signs and the
circumstances (location, climate, traffic conditions, road conditions, etc.).
I must respect safety distances and increase vigilance at night. Finally, I regulate my
speed by frequently consulting the speedometer in my car.
In France, the speed limit is:
- 50 km/h in urban areas
- 90 km/h in rural areas
- 130 km/h on expressways

FATIGUE : I must drive without fatigue following my normal sleep habits. During the
trip, I take frequent breaks (every two hours) and I do not hesitate to take a break
and rest at the first sign of fatigue (back pain, heavy eyelids, yawning, inattention,
etc.).

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT: All vehicles must be equipped with a reflective safety
vest and an emergency warning triangle. If you do not have these devices in the
vehicle, you will be liable to a fine of €135.
A breathalyzer is also required in each vehicle as of July 1st, 2012 (only NF stam-
ped breathalyzers are valid). Not having one is punishable by a fixed fine of €11.




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SANCTIONS: In case of violation, you are subject to a fine and, if appropriate, a
temporary prohibition against driving on French territory. Criminal penalties are also
provided depending on the seriousness of the offense. Non-resident drivers who
commit offenses in France and do not pay their fines may have their vehicle
blocked and, where appropriate, impounded, until such amounts are paid.


    Pour en savoir plus :
    http://www.securite-routiere.gouv.fr/



In the United Kingdom:

Never forget to drive on the left.
Left-hand driving requires special attention especially in a vehicle with the steering
wheel on the right.




   !     Beware: when passing another vehicle, leaving a parking lot,
         or crossing a traffic circle.


Be especially careful during the following maneuvers:
- passing on roads in United Kingdom will therefore be conducted under conditions
  of reduced visibility due to the driver's position. You must resume your position in
  the traffic lane on the far left after passing.
- exiting parking requires the driver to hug the left.
- crossing a traffic circle (roundabout), in the UK, is entered from the left with the
  requirement to give priority to vehicles coming from the right.

Rules you must never to forget for safe driving
- On UK roads, the distances are in miles, maximum speeds in mph (miles per
  hour). Foreign drivers must multiply these figures by 1.6 to find an approximate
  match with kilometers and kilometers/hour.
- On British motorways, the speed limit is 70 miles/hour or 110 km/hour.
- On roads, the speed limit is 60 miles/hour or 95 km/hour.
- In urban areas, the speed limit is 30 miles/hour or 48 km/hour.
- Speed is frequently monitored on roads in the United Kingdom. Speeding by less
  than 20km/hour risks a fine of €150.
- Alcohol abuse, for which the maximum rate allowed is 0.8 g/l of blood, risks a fine
  of up to €6,000.
- Running a red light is punishable by a fine of about €1,000.

Mandatory toll to access Central London
Vehicles entering central London have to pay a toll of £8, or about €10.




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TRANSPORTATION
What I need to know regarding transportation, if I am going through France
to get to the London Olympics


BY PLANE
Air traffic between France and London is mainly provided by Orly and Roissy-CDG
airports. However many airports throughout the country provide service: Avignon,
Beauvais, Bergerac, Beziers, Bordeaux, Brive, Brest, Calvi, Carcassonne,
Clermont-Ferrand, Deauville, La Rochelle, Limoges, Lyons, Montpellier, Nantes,
Nice, Pau, Perpignan, Rennes, Tarbes, Toulon, Tours. From Paris, there are speci-
fic tickets for access by public transport (direct bus or regional express trains -
RER) to Orly and Roissy Charles de Gaulle.


    All information on:
    http://www.vianavigo.com/fr/titres-et-tarifs/les-tickets-et-forfaits-
    journalier/les-billets-de-dessertes-directes-des-aeroports/


Security measures relating to air transportation
France imposes security measures regarding liquids carried in luggage.
In general, put all your liquids in your checked baggage, except those absolutely
necessary during the flight. If are traveling with just carry-on baggage, put your
liquids in a plastic bag (freezer bag) approximately 20 cm x 20 cm.


   Pour plus d’informations :
   http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/Mesures-de-restriction-sur-
   les.html



BY TRAIN
There is a “TGVair” ticket combining an international flight and a trip by TGV bet-
ween the Airport Charles De Gaulle TGV station and the following 20 train stations:
Aix en Provence TGV, Angers St Laud, Avignon TGV, Bordeaux St Jean, Brussels
Midi, Champagne-ArdenneTGV, Le Mans, Lille-Europe, Lorraine TGV, Lyons Part-
Dieu, Marseilles St Charles, Montpellier St Roch, Nantes, Nimes, Poitiers, Rennes,
St Pierre des Corps, Strasbourg, Toulon, and Valence TGV.


   All information on this site:
   http://www.voyages-sncf.com/guide/voyageurs/tgvair/




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On the French rail network
- Tickets are not bought on the train but before your departure in stations,
  agencies, and on the Internet. Every journey made by TGV requires a reservation.
- My ticket must be stamped before boarding the train and baggage must be
  labeled (last name, first name, address).
- Beware: you may not access the platform 2 minutes prior to departure.

Accessibility:
SNCF has developed several services for persons with impaired mobility: reception
and assistance at the station, Emergency Accessibility Line, Train-Home service...




   For more information:
   http://www.accessibilite.sncf.com/IMG/pdf/guide_de_mobilite_reduite_
   2011-2.pdf


BY BOAT
Several French ports offer a cross-Channel link: Roscoff, St Malo, Carteret-
Barneville, Granville-Dielette, Cherbourg, Caen Ouistreham, Le Havre, Dieppe,
Calais, Dunkirk.
I can find all necessary information on the ports’ and shipping companies’ web-
sites.


BY ROAD
You should know that in France most expressways have tolls. So I plan to pay tolls
in Euros or using credit cards.

   To calculate the price of my trip:
   http://www.autoroutes.fr/fr/les-principaux-tarifs-2012.htm

   For information regarding traffic conditions:
   http://www.bison-fute.equipement.gouv.fr/


Channel Tunnel
Eurotunnel offers up to 4 departures per hour in peak times, the crossing takes 35
minutes. Reservations are required.


   For more information:
   http://www.eurotunnel.com/fr/voyageur/



In order to provide maximum transparency and information to travelers, in
February 2012, the Transportation Service Quality Authority launched the
www.qualitetransports.gouv.fr

This unique site provides the public with more than 27,000 data items regar-
ding air carrier and long distance rail punctuality. It offers guidance to trave-
lers by providing clear answers to any questions they may have before or after
their trip.




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