Here are a few tips and little things to know about the Eurostar trip from Gare du Nord to London.
When you get to Gare du Nord “grande lignes” platform, go streight upstairs to the “London Hall” it is here that you will go through French and British customs. There is a waiting area, a cafe, bathrooms everything you need up there so go directly up because if not you could risk missing your check-in for your train. Taking the Eurostar is like taking an airplane you go through security and border control…the whole 9 yards.
Fill out your landing card BEFORE you present your ticket for check in. Have all your passport and Ids on hand. If you have multiple stops after England or if you are returning to France after a short stay be ready to present this
( like a euro rail pass) to British customs.
Example: I was in line next to an American student who was going to England for 5 days and then going onto Germany and other countries until he went back to the states . He had to tell his entire trip and where he was staying for each leg of the trip. He was very frustrated because the English agent insisted on knowing everything about who he was visiting, why, where and for how long. This could have been cut short with a simple word document by typing out every city, address he was staying at, why, what train/plane he would be arriving with, and for what dates.
For your viewing pleasure here is what I had typed up for my current trip:
Us citizen passport #*********** expires:——
Schengen zone visa #************ expires:——
England 09/02/2013- 11/02/2013
Reason for visit: spending the night at the Natural history museum
Train 9013 arrival London 15:35
Length of stay 2 days
Address:Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942
France 11/02/2013- indefinitely
Reason for visit: entrepreneur visa
Train 4385 arrival Gare du Nord 18:30
Length of stay: 3 years
Address: 142 Rue St.Maur Paris France
Another BIG thing is be prepared to give actual addresses where you are staying either at people’s houses, universities, hotels, hostels. I have actually had a border agent pull out their cell phone and google the place that I said I was staying and I would have been in deep shit if I made up and address.
Coming back to France is easy as pie. The agents are probably happier to see you go but they run a tight ship when you are trying to come into their country even if you are an American.