France visa and travel health insurance guide
February 15, 2019
There’s a lot to get excited about when thinking of visiting France and with all the excitement, travel insurance will unlikely be your first priority. It’s important to organize your travel insurance policy ASAP so you can kick back and relax.
Aside from finding the right cover for you, here are some other important travel tips to be aware of before you set off on your adventure:
Visa Information for France
Do I Need to Get a Visa to Visit France?
If you are an American Citizen with a valid US passport visiting France for up to 90 days, then you don’t need a visa. If your stay exceeds 90 days, you will have to apply for a visa. Find out more about Schengen Visa.
Travel Documents You Will Need:
A valid U.S. passport.
All passports must have a minimum of 6 months before expiration. That is 6 months from that date of your travel departure, and your passport should also have at least one blank page for stamping.
Health and Medical Advice
Before jetting off on your transatlantic travels, you should check for any required vaccinations and any epidemic breakouts occurring in France. It’s also a good idea to find out where the nearest hospital is in case of an emergency.
Do I Need to be Vaccinated When Travelling to France?
You’re not obligated to get any vaccinations before going to France, but we recommend that your routine vaccinations are up to date as a precautionary measure. The standard vaccines are:
• MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
• Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
Book an appointment at your local practitioner or find your local Passport health clinic. You should book an appointment, at the latest, four to six weeks before your trip.
Emergency Contact Information
No one ever wants to have to call the emergency services whilst they’re on vacation, but unfortunately accidents happen and it’s important to be prepared for when they do.
• The European emergency number is: 112
French Local Laws and Customs
- If requested, you must be able to present prove of identity within 4 hours at a police station.
- It is illegal to conceal your face in public places in France, anyone seen doing this will be fined.
Safety and Security
This risks of a terror attack are high in France. It’s important to stay vigilant and be aware of any possible safety concerns.
Here are a few tips listed from the Travel State Government Website:
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings when traveling to popular tourist locations and large crowded public places.
- Follow the instructions of local authorities.
- Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for France.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
U.S. Embassy in France
Embassy of the United States, Paris
2 Avenue Gabriel
Phone +33 1 43 12 22 22
Useful Tips for France
Official Language: French
The official language in France is French but there are also a handful of regional languages spoken like German dialects and Celtic languages.
Before your trip make sure to exchange enough euros for your spending requirements. It’s always a good idea to take some traveler checks with you too.
France Plug Sockets: Type C and E
Plug sockets in France will typically be of type E. The standard voltage and frequency is 230 V and 50 Hz. You will need a power plug adapter for your appliances and devices.
You can determine if you need a converter or a transformer by looking at the appliance rating plate. A dual voltage rated appliance will display for example ‘INPUT: 110 - 240 V’ on the appliance body. In this case you wouldn’t need a converter or transformer.
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