Changes!

Drivers in France: As of July 1, you must have a bright yellow vest and red triangle (gilet de sécurité et triangle de pré-signalisation) in your car at all times to use during an accident or if your car breaks down. The police will be doing random checks and if they discover that you do not have these, they will fine you 90 €.

Cyclists in France: As of September 1, you must wear a bright yellow vest if you are riding at night and outside of the city limits. The fine for not wearing this vest will be 22 €.

Eastern EU Citizens: Also as of July 1, you will have the full right to work in France. Previously, only citizens of the the states admitted before 2004 (UK, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Finland, and Sweden, plus Cyprus and Malta); members of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and a few other states (Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City and Liechtenstein) could live and work in France without needing a residency or work permit, but Sarkozy recently announced that citizens of the Eastern states would be allowed as well (2004 entrants): the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. However, restrictions are still in place against citizens of Romania and Bulgaria (2007 entrants).

Tourists to the US: As of January 12, 2009, tourists from the 27 Visa Waiver countries will be required to enter basic ID/contact information online at least three days before their arrival in the US. Supposedly the registration will be good for two years unless the tourist’s passport expires before then. No word yet on what will happen to tourists who forget or don’t know they need to enter this information 3 days before their flight. The Visa Waiver Program countries are: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Citizens of Canada, Bermuda and Mexico do not need visas to enter the US as tourists either.

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  • Justin

    Oh, thanks for the info. I knew about the triangle and have one in my car but I did not know about the vest. Luckily where I work they are required when entering a work site so I will make sure to always leave my work back in my trunk and then I will always be safe.

  • Justin

    Oh, thanks for the info. I knew about the triangle and have one in my car but I did not know about the vest. Luckily where I work they are required when entering a work site so I will make sure to always leave my work back in my trunk and then I will always be safe.

  • Leesa

    Hey Jen,

    I actually knew that about the drivers.. Wasn’t that already a requirement?? I know my hubby has had those things for the past few years in his car… I remember the reason we didn’t go to Spain a few years ago was because he didn’t have those things in the car… so he bought them shortly after…

    Glad about the cyclist in France… What about a helmet law now?? There is one in Calif. and I really believe it saves lives!!!

    EU cits.. That’s great for them… Too bad for the Romans.. I’d LOVE to see them “work” and stay off the metros with their “speil..” Then they could no longer say they don’t have papers to work and start looking for a real job!!! Oh… what would Paris be without the gitains sur le metro…? I mean the ones that just ask for money… They ones that play music aren’t so bad!!!
    Take care and have a nice WE.. .
    Leese

  • Leesa

    Hey Jen,I actually knew that about the drivers.. Wasn’t that already a requirement?? I know my hubby has had those things for the past few years in his car… I remember the reason we didn’t go to Spain a few years ago was because he didn’t have those things in the car… so he bought them shortly after… Glad about the cyclist in France… What about a helmet law now?? There is one in Calif. and I really believe it saves lives!!! EU cits.. That’s great for them… Too bad for the Romans.. I’d LOVE to see them “work” and stay off the metros with their “speil..” Then they could no longer say they don’t have papers to work and start looking for a real job!!! Oh… what would Paris be without the gitains sur le metro…? I mean the ones that just ask for money… They ones that play music aren’t so bad!!!Take care and have a nice WE.. .Leese

  • La Niortaise

    Thanks for the info about the triangle and vest…I better check what I have in the coffe.

  • La Niortaise

    Thanks for the info about the triangle and vest…I better check what I have in the coffe.

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