Normandy travel information
Essential travel information for your trip to Normandy
Essential travel tips
HEALTHCARE & EMERGENCIES
If travelling from the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance, including health cover, prior to starting your journey.
The E111 is the UK Government certificate concerning medical treatment
in the European Economic Area.
Dial 18 for the fire brigade (pompiers), 17 for the police, 15 for an ambulance (SAMU). Directory enquiries is 12 and the operator is 13.
French numbers have 10 digits (first two digits are the area code) which should be dialled in full wherever you are. To phone France from the UK dial 00 33 but not the first ‘0’ in the area code. To phone the UK from France dial 00 44 but not the first ‘0’ from the STD code.
Make arrangements with your mobile phone company for your mobile to work - but be careful as you pay for the connection charge for people calling you from the UK. To dial another UK mobile in France always prefix it with 00 44 but not the zero from the code.
ELECTRICITY, TV AND VIDEOS
Pick up an adapter before travelling France is 220 volts - most sockets are two pin. Adaptors can be bought easily in UK but not in France.
French TV is SECAM and not compatible with the UK. SECAM videos bought in France will play in black and white on UK (PAL) videos. PAL videos are available in large specialist shops and some hypermarkets – if they are in their original format they will be stamped VO version originale.
Most shops, hypermarkets and many restaurants are closed on bank holidays.
Bank holidays coming up: 11 November (Armistice).
France is great value for everything from washing powder to wine.