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Read more on this destination in the AA Key Guide to France.
Tourist Office - The Le Touquet Tourist Office is located at Palais de L'Europe.
Language - The main language is French but many locals are competent in English. However, it would be beneficial to learn a few phrases in French such as s'il vous plait (please), merci (thank you) and au revoir (goodbye).
Passport and Visas - UK visitors only need a valid passport to stay in France.
Insurance - You should buy full health and travel insurance before your trip and make a note of their 24hour helpline number. EU citizens are entitled to reduced cost emergency care as long as they have the relevant documentation. For Britons this is the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Customs - EU nationals do not have to declare goods imported for their own use, although you may be questioned by custom officials if you have a large amount of certain items. The limits for non-EU visitors are 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 1 litre of alcohol (over 22 percent alcohol) or 2 litres of wine; 50g of perfume.
Money Matters - France uses the Euro as its national currency. The Euro is broken up in to 100 cents (1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent coins and 1 and 2 euro coins) and 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 euro notes.
Lost Property - If you loose your passport you should report it to the local police station and then to the nearest embassy or consulate. Keep a separate note of any travellers cheque numbers as you will need them to make a claim if lost.
Medicines and Medical Treatment - Citizens from the EU are entitled to free or reduced-cost NHS (National Health Service) treatment, including mental treatment - bring the EHIC card from your home country. Full health and travel insurance is still advised. Pharmacies can deal with minor ailments and they are indicated by a green cross.
Electricity - French voltage is 220 volts and sockets take the continental-type plug with two round pins. UK devices will need an adaptor.
- 15 – medical emergencies
- 17 – Police
- 18 – Fire services
- 112 – European general emergency line