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In some countries, an international driving license is compulsory.
( Refer to  the Foreign Affairs Ministry web site)
 
In France you only can get it by mail, filling up a special form and joining the requested documents.
 
It is mailed to your home address, is valid for 3 years and is free of charge.
Passport : essential document to travel abroad
 
In France, you get the new biometric passport at the cityhall.
 
The requested  documents you need  to provide depend on the demand : first passport, renewal, lost, theft…
 
We’ll start our tour with our valid passport and surely will have to extend or replace them during our trip.
Bank charges can reach  large expenses when traveling abroad.
 
Seriously inquire and do not hesitate negotiating with you bank.
 
Essential points to look at :
-withdrawal  and payment  bank charges
- withdrawal  and payment  limits
-cost of the credit card
-insurance
-bank account management
 
A lot of comparative web site can help you find your way in this jungle.
 
We, personally will keep our respective banks with two different cards (Visa and Mastercard), just  in case…
We open two alternative bank accounts (CZAM) with a Mastercard for each one of us, in order to reduce the charges.
 
CZAM :
credit card : free
 
In the Euro zone :
Payment : free ( no commission)
Withdrawal : 1 € per withdrawal (+ potential commission for the bank owning the DAB)
 
Out of the euro zone:
Payment : free ( no commission)
Withdrawal : 1 € per withdrawal (+ potential commission for the bank owning the DAB)
-Standard Payment limit : 3000 € / 30  sliding days
-Standard withdrawal limit : 500 € / 7 sliding days
-bank account management : 1 € per month
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