France Travel Information

France Travel Information

This information is only available as advice.

Ultimately, always check with the French consulate in your state.

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KEY CONTACTS

Paris Tourist Office: www.parisinfo.com

traveltrade@parisinfo.com - +33 1 49 52 42 68

Trains: www.voyages-sncf.com

Metro station: www.ratp.fr

Aéroports de Paris (Paris airports authority): www.aeroportsdeparis.fr

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr

Paris City Hall: www.paris.fr in case of emergency

Emergency ambulance: 15

Police emergencies: 17

Fire brigade: 18

General emergency services: 112

 

ENTERING FRENCH TERRITORY:

Are France's borders closed? 

 No, the borders
are not closed, but the President of the French Republic has decided to
establish systematic checks at entry points to the French territory (road,
rail, port and airport crossing points).


What are the implications of the restoration of
border controls (required documents)?

The documents
that must be presented during border controls are the same as those usually
required for nationals of your country. However, longer waiting times are to be
expected in airports and stations served by international services (Thalys,
Eurostar, etc.). Waiting time for controls in Paris airports remain reasonable,
at less than 45 minutes.

 

Do Europeans need their passports to enter France?

Citizens of European
Union Member States need a valid identity document (ID card or passport).
Generally, the documents required to enter France are the same as usual.

 

Is my visa still valid?

Yes, the visas
issued prior to the establishment of border controls remain valid to enter
France.

 

Are there delays in visa issuance?

Visa issuance
times remain unchanged compared to the period prior to 13 November.

 

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND SHOPPING

Are tourist attractions, museums and monuments open?

All public
cultural establishments in Paris, the Île-de-France and France more generally
are open.

Open
sites include, non-exhaustively: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Château de
Versailles, Disneyland Paris, Grand Palais, Centre Georges Pompidou, Notre Dame
de Paris, Paris Lido, Crazy Horse, Bateaux Parisiens, and the Moulin Rouge.

Security and
controls have been enhanced at the entrance to major monuments, but do not
result in additional waiting times of more than 15 minutes compared to
normal times.

 

Are foreign tourists visiting France?

More than 80% of
foreign tourists have decided to confirm visits already reserved prior to the
events. Reservations across France remain considerable. France remains the
world’s most visited country

 

Are concerts and shows cancelled?

In principle,
scheduled shows and concerts will go ahead and venues will be open, unless the
organizers or prefecture decide otherwise. The sector federations have
announced enhanced security measures. The
responsibility for the organization and safety of the event is incumbent upon
the operator and organizer.

Security
measures, including access controls and entry screenings, are being enhanced to
ensure the safety of audiences, performers and works.

 

Are shops open?

All shops are
open, including Grands Magasins and major shopping centres. Certain shopping
areas popular with tourists are now open on Sundays.

 

HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS

Are their special measures in French hotels?

As provided for
in French law, hotels are required to ask all foreign customers to complete an
individual police form (Article 6 of the Decree of
18 August 2015).

Moreover, each
establishment has the right to carry out security checks.

 

Are their restrictions on the opening of
restaurants, bars and clubs?

No. Restaurants, bars
and clubs are open and operating normally.

 

Under what circumstances can I postpone my visit?

It is best to
contact the supplier (hotel, tours, etc.), which will indicate the procedure to
follow. Flexibility has been allowed to give tourists greater leeway in
decision-making.

 

EVENTS, FAIRS AND TRADE SHOWS

Are public events going ahead?

Yes.

In particular,
Christmas markets will take place in Paris, Strasbourg, Colmar and many other
French cities.

The 31 December facilities will be organized so as to
allow them to be held in optimal security conditions. 

 

Will conferences and trade shows go ahead?

The United
Nations Climate Conference (COP21) received 150 Heads of State and
Government, as well as 40,000 visitors from 195 countries from
30 November to 12 December. Trade fairs and conferences will go
ahead, with enhanced security measures. Several major fairs, including
international ones, have taken place in Paris recently in perfect conditions,
including the Salon de l'énergie éolienne (Wind Energy Fair), theSalon du
Cheval (Horse Fair) and the Salon nautique international (International
Nautical Fair).

 

SECURITY

What steps have been taken to enhance the safety of
tourists?

The public
authorities and tourism professionals have made safety a national priority:

-         
A state of emergency has been declared by the
President of the French Republic, conferring upon civil authorities extended
policing powers in order to ensure the safety of the French population and of
tourists. It was initially valid for twelve days, and has been extended for
three months;

-         
The state of emergency does not mean that a curfew
has been declared. Generally, the measures implemented aim to strengthen
security and have no impact on the quality of the experience of foreign tourists
in France;

-         
Police and gendarmerie reinforcements have been
deployed across France. In the Paris region alone, about 3000 soldiers
have been deployed to reinforce those already in place. Eventually, more than
5000 additional police and gendarmes will ensure security;

-         
Inspections and staff levels will be increased in
public transport and around sites receiving the public, including tourist
attractions (three-fold increase in staffing at Parisian sites);

-         
Lastly, the representatives of the tourism sector
have announced the recruitment of additional security staff in order to ensure
the safety of visitors.

 

TRANSPORT

Are there travel restrictions within
France?

There
are no general travel restrictions on travel and journeys. Short-term
restrictive measures may however be taken by the prefects of individual
geographic Departments.

However,
law enforcement forces may carry out checks on people and luggage. They also
reserve the right to prohibit the carriage of certain personal effects
considered dangerous.

 

Are domestic transport services running?

Air and rail
connections are operating and running normally. National and international
train services are thus operating a normal service.

Boarding checks
have been stepped up for flights and the access to international rail services.
Additional delays are to be expected.

In Paris, the
metro, buses, trams and suburban rail services (RER) are operating normally,
and stations are open. Surveillance and control measures have been enhanced
generally in public transport.

 

Are flights to and from France cancelled?

We have not seen
any cancellation of flights since 13 November.

 

GROUPS 

 

Is there any specific advice for groups?

No specific
restrictions have been placed on groups of travellers, who must however comply
with the general instructions given by the public authorities.  School trips are authorized.

 

Can coaches and buses park normally?

There are no
specific instructions regarding bus and coach parks. In some rare cases,
certain tourist sites have moved their parking towards replacement areas
nearby, which are clearly indicated.