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Currency, purchases and customs

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Currency
Duty-free shopping
Useful telephone numbers

Currency

When leaving France, you may take with you an unlimited amount of foreign currency.
Cash, bonds or securities in excess of €10,000 must be declared to French customs.
Before your departure inquire about the applicable legislation in the destination country.


Duty-free shopping

Duty-free shopping – how it works

VAT refund is applicable for persons over 15 years of age resident outside the European Union. It only concerns non-commercial tourist purchases for amounts in excess of €175 in the same shop on the same day. You must tell the seller that you wish to make a duty-free purchase and will receive with your purchase an export sales slip. All your export sales slips must be approved by the airport customs office before you check in.
If the shop has a contract with Travelex, go to their counter, where you will receive your refund directly. If not, send your export sales slips to the shop and you will receive your money back.

Location of VAT refund offices:

  • At Paris-Orly
    South Terminal Departures level, gate G

      West Terminal: Arrivals level, gate E

  • At Paris-Charles de Gaulle
    Terminal 1: CDGVAL level, hall 6
    Terminal 2A: Departures level, gate 5
    Terminal 2C: Departures level, gate 4
    Terminal 2E: Departures level, gate 8
    Terminal 2F: Arrivals level
    Terminal 3: Departures level, airside

    PABLO

    Starting 1 January 2014, all downtown merchants must provide you with a duty-free slip featuring a barcode and the PABLO logo.Remember that in order to receive a tax reimbursement, purchases must be made the same day in the same store and exceed €175 in value.



    The procedure for tax reimbursement is as follows:

  • If you are not an EU resident and purchase a duty-free product from a store in France to take back to your country, the merchant will ask you how you would like to receive your VAT reimbursement, and then hand you a duty-free slip featuring a barcode and the PABLO logo.

  • When you are leaving the EU via France, you will find a PABLO terminal next to the customs counter. Choose your language using the touch screen.

  • Scan your barcode. An OK message should appear. It has the same effect as a customs stamp.For a hassle-free trip without the paperwork and tax reimbursement starting with the first euro spent, consider making your duty-free purchases in airport stores. For more information, visit the Paris-Lifestyle by Aéroports de Paris website.

  • Location of Pablo terminals:

  • At Paris-Orly
    South Terminal Departures level, gate G
  • At Paris-Charles de Gaulle
    Terminal 1: CDGVAL level, hall 6
    Terminal 2A: Departures level, gate 5
    Terminal 2C: Departures level, gate 4
    Terminal 2E: Departures level, gate 8
    Terminal 2F: Arrivals level
    Terminal 3: Departures level, airside




    Movement of goods

    Generally speaking, if you wish to take goods home with you from your travels, remember to check that they are not subject to restrictions or special regulations. Customs are very strict regarding the movement of goods (total value of goods brought back, quantity…). Below is a list of products subject to special regulations:

    • Cultural goods
    • Protected wild fauna and flora and products obtained from them
    • Living animals and animal products
    • Plants and plant products
    • Weapons and ammunition
    • Drugs and therapeutic products (except for the passenger's personal needs)
    • Wine, alcohol, tobacco or other regulated products.

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    Useful telephone numbers


    Customs information service 0 811 40 44 44
    Paris-CDG passenger customs 01 48 62 62 85
    Paris-Orly commercial transactions customs 01 49 75 78 51
    Paris-Orly passenger customs 01 49 75 09 10
    Paris-Orly police 01 49 75 43 04
    Paris-CDG police 01 48 62 31 22
    Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry 01 40 04 04 04

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