Roissy is considered a safe destination, although it is located next to a major city (Paris) where non-violent crimes, such as pickpocketing and pursesnatching, are common. Watch out for gangs of children who have one child distract you while another rips you off. You can reduce your chances of theft by being aware of your surroundings, leaving your valuables in the hotel, and carrying your money and important papers in a moneybelt. Exercise extra caution in airports and train stations, and stay on the safe side by not being out alone after dark, especially in secluded places. If you have a car, keep it locked at all times and never leave your baggage inside. While driving, keep windows and doors locked as there are thieves on motorcycles who will reach into an open window to steal a bag. If you do run into a problem, it helps to know a few phrases, such as au secours for help, urgence for emergency, and poste de station for police station.

In regard to health, Roissy should not be a problem. The water is drinkable, though there is plenty of bottled water available if you’re concerned. Should you get sick, there are English-speaking doctors at the hospitals, as well as English-speaking pharmacists who can help fill a prescription. The French word for doctor is medicin and hopital for hospital. Hospitals are indicated by a rectangular blue box with a white cross, and pharmacies are indicated by a green neon cross.