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 23-24 October 2014 — Paris, France
General information

Complete information about:
  • accommodation,
  • dining,
  • attractions and
  • sightseeing in Paris

In person:

Paris Tourist Office
25, rue des Pyramides
75001 Paris
Metro Station: Pyramides

Suggested attractions around the venue and hotels:
Parc Montsouris - 0.9 km / 0.6 mi
Stade Charléty - 1.2 km / 0.7 mi
Quartier Chinois - 1.2 km / 0.7 mi
Place d'Italie - 1.2 km / 0.7 mi
Jardin Brassai - 1.2 km / 0.7 mi
14th Arrondissement (Paris) - 1.2 km / 0.7 mi
Maison des Examens - 1.3 km / 0.8 mi
Paris Catacombs - 1.7 km / 1.1 mi
Place Denfert-Rochereau - 1.7 km / 1.1 mi
Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art - 2 km / 1.3 mi
Paris Observatory - 2.1 km / 1.3 mi

Depending on the nationality of the delegates, the duration and the reason for their stay in France, it may be necessary for them to obtain a visa before leaving. In this case, they should apply to the French consulate in their country. Details of the addresses can be found on the website of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs. 
For citizens of European Union countries, a current valid identity card is sufficient. However, for citizens of another country, a passport is obligatory, with a visa for certain countries.
Examples of countries which do not require a visa: countries belonging to European Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Singapore, USA… 
Examples of countries which do require a visa: China, Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco, Russia, Senegal, South Africa…
When a visa is required, an application must be filled for short-stay visa (3 months), business trip purpose. The file can be downloaded directly from the website.
The file must contain all the documents mentioned below (additional documents may, where appropriate, be required): 
  • Recent passport-sized photograph 
  • Valid travel document (valid for at least three months longer than the visa applied for) 
  • Ticket for the entire outward and return journey (at the time of the application's presentation, only documentary evidence of the reservation is required) 
  • Documentary evidence of socio-professional situation: professional card, pay slip, certificate of school or university attendance, student card, pension book, evidence of retirement pension or pension de reversion (survivor's pension), etc. 
  • Letters of invitation from the firms visited, or notifications to visit them, or travel order 
  • Documentary evidence of financial resources, or certificate of assumption of responsibility for payment by the organization issuing the invitation 
  • Assistance agreement covering medical and repatriation expenses, where appropriate 
Travelers may be required to present their file in person. 
If you do require a visa and a personal invitation letter from WADA, please contact us at - tuesymposium@wada-ama.org. Remember to provide your full name and coordinates (title, organization name, address, phone number and email address).
To print WADA's official invitation to the Symposium, please click here.

Practical Information
  • In Paris, French and English are spoken.
  • The currency is the euro (€)
  • Paris is in GMT + 1 time zone
  • The electricity network has adopted the European standard of a tension of 230 V, with a frequency of 50 Hz
  • Tap water is drinkable
  • Wi-Fi is widespread and available, thanks to the City Council, in 260 places (museums, gardens, etc...)
  • Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday; automatic cash distributors function 24/24.
  • Shops are open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm (on average); they are closed on Sunday and public holidays, except in five districts of Paris.
  • Tips are appreciated, but not obligatory
  • Not all taxis accept payment by banker's card
  • In the event of a strike, the law of 2007 imposes a minimum service during busy times on public transport.
Full information on:
  • prices,
  • tipping,
  • banking,
  • currency exchange and
  • duty free shopping
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