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The Canadian or US Embassy in Paris is there to help in case of emergency. It's never likely to happen in a city like Paris, but if you find you need help with a lost passport, or if you have trouble with local authorities, it's nice to know where your flag flies.
The only time you're ever likely to need an embassy is if your passport has been lost or stolen, or if you have become stranded. In case of emergencies like these help is at hand in Paris for US and Canadian citizens at their respective embassies.
Both embassies recommend that you have at least one copy of your passport with you in a separate place, other than your purse or wallet. Keep it in your hotel or luggage.
We like to make photocopies and tuck them into our suitcases before we leave home. We also scan our passports and keep the scans in our computers, cell phones, and on a cloud somewhere.
Scan your passport or take a photo of it and then load the photo onto your cell phone as secondary backup. You should also save it to the Cloud if you can.
Although the Embassy is there to help, line-ups can be long, in fact, no one is allowed in without an appointment. Your best bet is to first email or call the embassy with your questions. Here's the official website: france.usembassy.gov
4, avenue Gabriel
If you find yourself stranded or without resources you can call the US Embassy Paris for immediate assistance. Here's the after hours emergency number:
01-43-12-22-22, then dial 0 when you hear the automated greeting. You will be then be connected to live help.
To find out how to replace a lost or stolen passport, go to the US Embassy Paris website lost passport page at http://france.usembassy.gov/pass-lost.html or call 01-43-12-22-10 for recorded information on how to proceed.
The US Embassy Paris can't help with airlines, train companies, or hotels.
Even it there's no need to go inside it's worth taking a stroll past the US Embassy Paris.
The four-story neo-classical building sits majestically on the northwest corner of the Place de la Concorde. The building looks toward Avenue Gabriel and the beautiful gardens of the Champs Elysees.
The Hotel de Crillon is its next door neighbor.
The Canadian Embassy provides many services to Canadians. It's preferable to contact the Canadian embassy by telephone or email. The Canadian embassy is located close to the US Embassy.
35, avenue Montaigne
Visit the Assistance to Canadians website at
or, in France, call 01.44.43.29.00.
If you find yourself without resources or stranded in Paris, you can call the emergency phone contact: 01.44.43.29.00. The Candian Embassy urges travelers to keep a photocopy of their passports in a safe place in their travel documents. In case of loss or theft this helps to speed the replacement process.
Download the Guide for Canadian Citizen in France.
American and Canadian citizens do not require a visa to travel to France. Just be sure to have a current passport with you. Check to make sure your passport is up to date and won't expire during your travels!
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