The official currency of Nice is the Euro (€). Coins range from 1 to 50 cents and to 1 to 2 Euro coins and the paper bills range from 5 to 500 Euro. Most of the top restaurants, shopping centers, boutiques, guided tour companies, hotels, etc. accept credit cards. Only US Dollars and Euros will be accepted as cash payment for any onsite registrations at the International Congress registration desk.
The official language of the MDS International Congress is English. While French is the language spoken in Nice, English is also widely spoken.
Passports and Visas
For attendees requiring additional entry documentation, advance travel planning and early visa application are important as visa applications are subject to a great degree of scrutiny. It is strongly suggested that all attendees review the websites below and/or contact their local embassy to determine what, if any, travel documents they will need to travel to France.
MDS is able to provide you with an Invitation Letter and any International Congress related documentation needed to assist in this process. Please note that MDS is unable to contact the Embassy on your behalf. It is the responsibility of each delegate to make the necessary arrangements related to this process. However, if the official handling your application needs further clarification, please have them contact Sarah Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is recommended that all attendees take out a personal travel and health insurance policy for their trip to the International Congress in Nice.
In order to make a call to a landline phone in Nice from abroad, first enter the country code (0033) and then the area code for Nice (04). The rest of the dialed number consists of 8 digits.
Useful phone numbers:
- Fire Department Telephone: 18
- Medical Emergencies Telephone: 15
- Police Department Telephone: 17
- European emergency call: 112
The end of September is autumn in Nice. During the shoulder season there are fewer crowds and although it’s cooler, you can still spend time outdoors. The average temperatures around this time range from 16º Celsius (61º Fahrenheit) to 23º Celsius (74º Fahrenheit).
Tipping in France isn’t required and there is no set rule for how much to tip. It is solely up to you what you leave on top of the final bill, but do try and leave a cash tip versus on a credit card. Here is a handy list regarding tipping guidelines in France:
At the airport or train station: You should tip anyone who helps you with your bags. Giving €1 to €2 per bag is sufficient. The same guidelines apply when taking a shuttle bus around the airport.
At hotels: The bellhop who carries your luggage to your room should get €1 to €2 for each bag. You should give your maid €1 to €2 every morning and room service waiters should get €1 to €3 despite service charges. You don’t need to tip the concierge for simple questions/requests (like directions to restaurants or sights) but you should give €5 to €15 for more involved requests like securing hard-to-get restaurant reservations or sold-out show tickets. Doormen should be given €1 to €2 if they hail you a taxi.
Taxi drivers: Tips are not expected, but you can round up or offer 10% of the fare if the driver helped you with your luggage and/or provided an easy and safe ride.
At restaurants: The tip is included in the final bill (service compris) but if the service met your expectations, consider tipping. You should tip the wait staff €1 to €3 at a casual eatery or 5% of the bill for a fancier spot. Bartenders should receive €1 to €4 per round, depending on the amount of drinks ordered.
Tour guides: All tour guides should receive 10% of the tour price.
The sales tax on goods and services in France is known as the Value Added Tax (VAT). The standard VAT rate in France is 20%. Restaurants and fast-food outlets will charge 10% VAT.
Nice Acropolis Convention Centre
1 Esplanade Kennedy 06364
Nice Cedex 4
In France, the standard electrical voltage is 230 volts and the frequency is 50Hz. You can use your electric appliances in France if the standard voltage in your country is between 220 – 240V.