Travel & Visas


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Travel: Paris is well served by air from many parts of the World with two principal airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly. The Aeroports de Paris web-site (http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr) gives good guidance on getting to and from Paris with indicative prices. There are also good train services into Paris from principal European cities.

To ensure a good availability, delegates are recommended to make travel and/or hotel reservations well in advance – especially if staying on after the conference. September is a popular month for travel to Paris and it should be noted that in the two weeks after 13ELBC the Paris Motor Show is being held (Press Days 27-28 September) so hotels are likely to be busy.

Climate: In September, the weather should be very pleasant with temperatures of 20-25oC during the day and plenty of scope for outdoor activity. Lightweight clothing should suffice, but it would be wise to pack something warmer for the evenings.

Visas: Nationals from some countries may require a visa to visit France which is part of the Schengen area of Europe. If during your trip you are visiting a country which is outside this area, visa requirements may be different. The following is an excerpt from the French web-site on visa requirements (http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr) but delegates are advised to make their own enquiries to ensure their individual requirements are met.

"A short stay is a stay in the Schengen Area lasting less than 90 days or a succession of stays totalling less than 90 days in any period of 6 months. For short stays, European regulations specify the list of countries whose nationals are exempt from visa requirement to enter the Schengen Area.

Exempt from visa requirement for France’s territory in Europe are: 

Citizens of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland;

Nationals of the following countries, whatever the reason for their stay: Albania*, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Bosnia*, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Macedonia*, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro*, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Serbia*, Seychelles, Taiwan (passport bearing identity card number), Uruguay;
*bearers of biometric passports only

Nationals of the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Venezuela, bearers of passports of the Hong Kong special administrative region (People’s Republic of China) and the Macau special administrative region (People’s Republic of China). If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit."

Please contact the Conference Secretariat if documentation is required in support of a visa application.

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