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France is universally held as one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Millions of couples head to Paris each year to get engaged or fall in love all over again beneath the Eiffel Tower. However, France has so much more to offer; from fashion and art to historic castles and epic winter sports resorts, France is a truly diverse destination which can be enjoyed by all.
If you’re planning a trip to France, we have a holiday insurance policy to suit your trip and budget.*
If you need travel insurance for France, Holidaysafe offers an award-winning range of European travel insurance policies to protect you against unexpected disasters. When you buy a travel insurance policy from Holidaysafe, you will enjoy the following benefits:
Simply click ‘Get a Quote’ and remember to select ‘Europe’ to be covered for your trip.
Current Status & FCDO Guidance:
The FCDO currently advise against all but essential travel to France due to the current risk of COVID.
If travelling to France by sea or air, you will need to complete a sworn statement form which you can find on the French Embassy London website.
Do I need to wear a mask?
Airlines may have varying sanitizing procedures and boarding protocols, but one thing remains a constant: as with travelling to anywhere at the moment, masks are expected to be worn whilst at the airport and on the plane.
We would always recommend checking the specific onboard and boarding regulations with your airline before you make your way to the airport.
In France, it is currently mandatory to wear a mask in enclosed public spaces and this is for anyone aged 11 and over. It is also compulsory to wear one on public transport, including taxis.
This has also been extended to outdoor public spaces in many cities including Paris. Failure to comply will result in a fine.
Please check their government website to confirm before travelling.
Do I need to take a COVID test before travelling to France?
Currently, if you are travelling from the UK, you will not need a test to enter France.
Are France taking details for Track and Trace?
To our knowledge they are not currently using track and trace in the same way that we are here in the UK. However, we would always advise to check the FCDO website as well as the French government website to confirm prior to travelling.
Is everything open?
Most facilities are now open including restaurants, pubs, bars and shops.
If possible, we would always suggest that you check online and book tickets, for any tourist attractions as just because they can open for business, it doesn’t always mean that they have.
In the event that you are denied boarding on your return journey because you have coronavirus, or have had symptoms of COVID 19, Holidaysafe’s Premier Plus and Platinum policies will cover you for denied boarding on your return trip home.
Before returning, please fill in this form on the FCDO website. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation along with a QR code which you will need to show to the Border force officers.
As you will be returning from France, on arriving in the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
If you don’t provide contact information, you may be fined up to £100.
Am I covered for coronavirus under my travel insurance?
Holidaysafe will currently cover you under our Premier Plus and Platinum policies if you need to cancel your holiday if you or anyone named on your policy tests positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days prior to travelling.
We will also cover you if your airline goes into administration due to the pandemic as well as reimburse you for any pre booked excursions or events which you cannot recover from any other source. For more information please click here.
What do I need to do if I experience COVID symptoms in France?
If you experience symptoms whilst in France, the government advises to call 112 and to not go directly to the doctor or emergency services.
Holidaysafe have also teamed up with Medical Solutions UK Ltd to bring you free 24/7 GP telephone consultations whilst abroad, allowing you to access GP advice from your phone.
Is flight cancellation covered under travel insurance, if it’s related to coronavirus?
Under package travel regulations, if your airline cancels your flight for any reason, including cancelling flights as a result of coronavirus effecting your destination country, they are obligated to rebook you onto another flight or to refund you in full. For more information on what you are entitled to, please click here.
In regards to cancellation costs, the only time your travel insurance would kick in, is if your airline goes into administration due to the pandemic.
Don’t forget to order or take your free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when travelling in Europe, just in case you need to seek medical treatment during your trip. The World Health Organisation lists the French health system as No 1 in the world! In most cases, your EHIC covers 80% of the cost of treatment in a public hospital and we can pick up the remaining 20% as part of your claim, so don’t forget to take your EHIC with you.
Choosing when to visit France completely depends on the type of holiday you’re planning. If you’re heading for fresh powder in the mountains then winter is best, however, if you’re planning a city break then spring and autumn will be best for you. The most popular time to visit France is during the summer months, which offers a better chance of sunshine but much bigger crowds.
Ski in the Alps, climb to the top of the Eiffel tower, take the kids to Disneyland Paris, live like a celebrity in the glamorous Cote d’Azur – the list of things to see and do are endless.
France is famous for its amazing food and wine, so make sure you eat in an authentic French restaurant and try such classics as snails, croissants, macaroons and frog’s legs.
Click here to view all countries Holidaysafe can provide cover for.*
*Please note Holidaysafe does not provide cover for any trip which goes against the advice of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). Please check the FCDO advice on your chosen destination before booking your trip or purchasing our insurance.
Please note, Holidaysafe’s online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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