Before you go
Practical information about France
- The necessary procedures to enter France (including Corsica and the French overseas region and departments):
- For the adults, a valid identity card or passport is required
- Minors travelling alone must carry authorization for travelling signed by their parents
- No vaccinations are required for entering France
French Customs Website: douane.gouv.fr
- SAMU (24 hours ambulance): dial 15
- Police: dial 17
- Pompiers (fire department and other emergencies): dial 18
- SOS Medecins ( 24 hours doctors): 01 47 07 77 77
- SOS Help (English language crisis line): 01 47 23 80 80
British Pharmacy 1 rue Auber 75009 PARIS 01 47 42 49 40
France is an hour in advance all year long. Like Ireland, France change the time on the same days.
When it is 10 am in the UK and Ireland, it is already 11 am in France!
Here a few advices to prepare your travel:
- If you are under a treatment, ask you doctor if you can buy them in France, and their exact name in French.
- Don't forget to take into account the time lag when you are taking your medicine.
- When your are booking, specify that you are travelling with a wheelchair, and that you would need some help to get into the plane or the train.
- Don't forget to insure your wheel chair and other machine , a part from your personal travel insurance.
- Always carry with you your identity card, the name and the details of your travel agent, and a paper explaining your disability and the medicines to give you in case of emergency.
Always travel with the form INCAD (IN Capacited passengers handling ADvice) filled by your doctor and yourself. This form allow the doctor to have the maximum information on your state of health in case of emergency.
You can also carry our list of Emergency numbers which you can find by clicking on that link : emergency phone numbers
- Airline companies
Most of the Airline companies propose services for disabled people. Be careful, some of those services may not be free. A certain number of places only are saved for disabled people, so think about booking in advance.
The French airports offer specifics amenities for disabled people. They all publish a specific guide to explain tha differents facilities you can find in each airport, Roissy, Orly, Nice. It's free and provided by :Aeroguides editions 47,avenue Leon-Gambetta 92120 MONTROUGE Tel : 0033 1 46 55 93 43
You can find all those information and more on : www.adp.fr
The French Railways "SNCF" is very well organised to transport disabled people. You can ask the help of an agent when you are booking your place, to welcome you and bring into the train.You can find all the information in a free booklet : le Memento du voyageur a mobilite reduite, in every station, or by mail at :Direction grandes lignes 17 rue Traversiere 75012 PARIS
- Special telephone line : SNCF Accessibilite Service: 0033 800 15 47 53 (cost free but in French only) or 0033 892 35 35 39 (for general information in english)
- Internet website: www.sncf.com
The SNCF and the RATP (Paris underground) have created a service dedicated to disabled people to accompany you all way long: Les Compagnons du voyage.
The cost 14,03 euros/heure (ticket price exclude and on request). Booking : 00 33 1 45 83 67 77
Taxis are obliged to accept disabled people. The driver has to help the person to get into the car.Dogs for blins and wheel chair musn't be charged! Disabled are prioritary.
Here is a list of the taxis available 7 j/7 et 24h/24 :ALPHA TAXIS: 0033 1 45 85 85 ARTAXI: 0033 1 42 03 50 50 TAXI BLEU: 0033 1 42 03 50 50 TAXI G7: 0033 1 47 39 47 39
For more information on specific amenities and facilities in the buses, RER, and tramways in Ile de France, Ile-de France Syndicate (STIF) provide a guide for disabled people.STIF 9-11, avenue des Villars 75007 PARIS Tel : 0033 1 47 53 28 00
- Car rental
Please find below a short list of the car rental companies that provide well-equiped vehicles, in Paris, Lyon, Marseille et Nice.You have to book minimum 48 hours in advance.HERTZ : 0033 1 49 75 84 84 EUROPCAR : 0033 8 03 35 23 52 LVEA : 003 4 42 93 54 59
Many hotels and restaurants have specific amenities for disabled. Please check when booking.
Here is a short list :
In Roissy (Paris Charles de Gaulle)
- Hotel Sofitel : 8 specific rooms.
- Hotel Ibis : 12 specific rooms
- Hotel Novotel : 6 specific rooms
- Hotel Ibis : 4 chambres adaptees
- Gites de France: They send on request a specific list of the "gites" accessible to disabled..
La Maison des Gites de France59, rue Saint Lazare Tel: 0033 1 49 70 75 75 Fax: 0033 1 42 81 28 53 www.gites-de-france.fr
- Villages Vacances Famille (VVF): The brochure mention the sites with amenities for disabled or partially-sighted.
- The youth Hostel publish a guide with all the rooms accessible to disabled.
The association of the National monuments have published a special guide for disabled people, to inform on the amenities and help in the different venues. You can write to :Centre des monuments nationaux Hotel de Sully 62 rue Saint Antoine 75186 PARIS CEDEX 04 Tel: 0033 1 44 61 20 00 Info cellule public handicapes: 0033 1 44 61 21 26 www.monum.fr
Many museums and monuments give free entrance or reduce prices to disabled people under certain conditions.