The average temperature in Nantes during the congress period is 11-19°C. However the climate can be humid and it is always good to go out with an umbrella during this period.
Click here to check weather conditions in Nantes prior to your departure.
Currency and credit cards
The currency used in France is euro (€), which is used throughout most of the EU. Most large shops, stores, hotels and restaurants will accept payment by credit and debit cards including MasterCard, Visa and Maestro. However, it is advisable to carry some cash in case of difficulty as smaller businesses, accommodations, bars, and shops may not support payment by any type of credit or debit card.
It is highly recommended that all participants carry proper health and travel insurance. The organisers will not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance on behalf of any of the congress participants.
Travel Information and Customs
To enter France you will need to show a valid passport, or national identity card if you are an EU/EEA citizen. If you are not an EU/EEA citizen, you will need to show further documentation, please consult your embassy to check the requirements applying to you.
Before you travel to France, it’s a good idea to check of the rules and restrictions on what you can bring into the country, and to check if tax applies.
Invitation letter for visa applications
Non-EU citizens may need a letter of invitation from the congress organisers in order to obtain a visa for entry into France. This procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the 39th EHP Congress and is not an official invitation covering fees and/or any other expenses or financial support from the congress. Please note that the organisers will not be able to contact or intervene with any embassy or consulate office abroad on your behalf.
We advise you to start the visa application process as early as possible and no later than six weeks prior to your departure. The organisers are not to be held responsible for the outcome of your visa application.
All participants must register and pay the required registration fees before requesting an official letter of invitation. The registration fees are refundable should the visa application be denied. All refund requests will have to be received before the congress, by e-mail, fax or letter. No refunds will be made for cancellations received during or after the congress.
As in all major cities and congress venues, participants should keep an eye on their personal belongings.
In France the power sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. If your electronical devices have another plug, please make sure to purchase an adaptor in advance as hotel rooms will not be equipped with them.
Opening hours vary, but in general shops are open between 10.00 and 19.30 on weekdays and Saturdays. However, on Sundays shops are usually closed in France. Supermarkets in France are a law unto themselves: some are open from 08.00 to 19.00 – 20.00 on working days, and from 08.00 to 21.00 on Saturdays, but this can vary.
Nantes is one of the most dynamic cities is France (the 6th biggest in the country). It is the city of Jules Verne and has inspired many surrealist artists over the time and has an extensive offer in terms of culture. If you follow Nantes’ green line you will be able to discover a lot! From the authentic heritage of the city to a contemporary public art space.
Nantes is also a green city with more than 100 parks and gardens and not least a good place to discover the culinary side as well.
The local standard time zone in Nantes is Central European Summer Time (CEST).
For detailed information please click here.
The Tramway is the easiest way to get around the city centre of Nantes. You can either buy a single tickets or, depending on your needs, you might want to get a 24 hours card or a 10 travel ticket which offers lower fares. For more information please click here.
Walk the city
Feel like walking? Get to know Nantes better by following the Green Line drawn in the city. It will bring you around and make you discover great peace of arts. More information here.