Important Information: If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a Withdrawal Agreement in place, and in the absence of a specific agreement to the contrary, you will need to ensure you carry a physical Green Card while driving your vehicle in the European Economic Area.
Green Cards are an international certificate of insurance issued by insurance providers in the UK, guaranteeing that the motorist has the necessary minimum motor insurance cover for driving in the country being travelled to.
Please contact your insurer as far in advance of your trip as possible to ensure you receive the Green Card in time for your trip.
To ensure a smooth and safe journey when driving to Disneyland® Paris please take note of the following tips for driving in France.
What to bring:
A full, valid UK driving licence is required. Due to new updates from the DVLA the paper counterpart is no longer required and this includes when travelling on the Continent. You must be be 18 years or over to drive in France.
A GB sticker to display in the rear windscreen and your motor insurance certificate. GB stickers are compulsory within the EU unless your UK registration plates display the GB Euro-symbol (Europlates) which became a legal option from 21 March 2001. The Europlate must comply with the new British Standard (BS AU 145d). The Europlate is only legally recognised in the EU; it is still a requirement to display a GB sticker when travelling outside the EU.
A breathalyser - you are required to carry a self-test breathalyser when driving in France but there is no current legislation demanding a fine for non-compliance. The official text states that one unused breathalyser must be produced. We recommend that 2 single-use breathalysers are carried, so that if one is used or damaged, you will still have a replacement to produce.
A warning triangle and reflective jacket for use in a breakdown. Without these you risk being fined around €90. Minimum of one reflective jacket. The jacket must be within reach of the driver without having to exit the vehicle.
Headlamp converters (for driving on the right) are compulsory to prevent dazzling drivers coming the other way. The legal requirement is to 'not dazzle oncoming drivers' rather than specifically to adjust/convert the headlamp beam pattern. Without adjustment the dipped beam will dazzle oncoming drivers and this could result in a fine.
What NOT to bring:
Radar detectors are illegal in France. If you are caught with one you risk fines of up to €1,500. Satnav and GPS systems which show where speed cameras are located are also illegal so make sure this function is disabled or removed completely from your device.
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As in the UK, wearing front and rear seatbelts is compulsory when fitted. It's illegal for children under 10 to ride in the front of the vehicle. Children under 10 must be in the back seat and in a child seat if they weigh less than 15kg. Over this weight they can use a seat belt with a booster seat.
The main thing to remember is that people drive on the right-hand side of the road in France.
For anyone travelling to Disneyland® Paris by road from Calais, please see below our summarised driving instructions to help you to plan your route.
Approx 180 miles - 3 hr Travel Time
|1||Head Southeast Go through roundabout 1||0.6 miles|
|2||At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the N216 ramp to A16/A26/Paris/Reims/Saint-Omer/Dunkerque||0.3 miles|
|3||Merge onto N216||2.3 miles|
|4||Continue onto A216||1.0 miles|
|5||Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Saint-Omer/Arras/Reims/Paris and merge onto A26 (Partial toll road)||65.1 miles|
|6||Take the exit toward A1 (Toll Road)||0.4 miles|
|7||Keep left at the fork, follow signs for A1/E15/Arras-Est/Paris and merge onto strong Partial toll road||96.3 miles|
|8||Slight right onto A3||1.0 miles|
|9||Take the exit onto A104 toward Lyon/Marne-la-Vallée||5.5 miles|
|10||Slight right to stay on A104||9.5 Miles|
|11||Take the N34 exit toward Marne-la-Vallée/Lagny-sur-Marne/Coulommiers/Val-de-Lagny||0.4 miles|
|12||Merge onto D934||5.2 miles|
|13||Turn right onto D344||0.1 miles|
|14||At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Bd de l'Europe/D344||1.2 miles|
|15||At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Av. Robert Schuman||0.3 miles|
This recommended route is designed as a guide. We recommend checking route planners online such as Google Maps for specific directions with maps. We consider this to be the quickest and easiest (but not necessarily the shortest) route, based on average off-peak driving conditions. If you find an error or omission, please let us know so we can correct it for future users. No representation is made or guarantee given as to the content or usability of these directions, and we assume no responsibility for any loss or delay resulting from use of these directions.
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