Practical information

Refund of French VAT

An event organiser or a foreign company who schedules a meeting, exhibition or conference in France and invoices third parties (registration fees, exhibition fees) is, in most cases, subject to French VAT on the event.


 If the organiser wishes to recover VAT, he is legally obliged to

  • Make a VAT declaration to register in France before invoicing his clients (you can also do this through a fiscal representative – compulsory outside the EEC).
  • Charge VAT at the rate applicable in France on all invoices issued in connection with the event (clients, participants, sponsors, etc.).
  • Deduct VAT on invoices from French suppliers

Most participants/sponsors also have the possibility to recover VAT by applying through a fiscal representative.


If no fees are paid to the organiser by participants to attend the meeting, conference or exhibition, VAT on suppliers’ invoices can usually be reclaimed without prior declaration. The organiser must produce original invoices from suppliers (in the name and address of the organiser). These invoices must be submitted to the local VAT authorities:

Nice, la Plaine 1 – Building C2
Avenue Emmanuel Pontremoli
06200 Nice
Tel: + 33 (0)493 72 69 90

 Useful information

  • Public holidays

1st January, Easter Monday, 1st May, 8th May, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, 14th July, 15th August, 1st November, 11th November, 25th December.

  • Money and currency

Credit cards are accepted in almost all shops, hotels and restaurants, generally for a minimum amount of 10 euros. To withdraw money: ATMs (24 hours a day) throughout the city. Whatever the location, prices are net. However, tipping is customary, especially in restaurants and taxis.

  • In case of emergency

Numbers to call free of charge :

SAMU (medical emergencies): 15 

Police rescue: 17 

Fire brigade: 18 

European emergency call: 112

  • Calling from abroad

To call from abroad: 00 + country code + phone number.
To call France from abroad: 00 + 33 + phone number.

  • Electrical standards

220 Volts – 380 Volts/50 Hertz

  • Safety: a priority

Choosing Nice means ensuring the safety of an event and its participants: a legal and political framework for a “worry-free” organisation, compliance with safety and hygiene standards by the various establishments in the destination, a feeling of well-being and conviviality in the city reinforced by the presence of state-of-the-art equipment. To ensure the safety of people and property, the city has equipped itself with a video park of 3,865 cameras located in particular in the city’s tourist centre.


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