Wednesday 26 April 2017

Travelling to France? Here are some safety tips

Life goes on in Nice after Thursdays Truck Disaster .
Life goes on in Nice after Thursdays Truck Disaster .

Rachel Lavin

A national state of emergency remains in place since the 2015 Paris Attacks, with the Department of Foreign Affairs advising Irish citizens traveling to France "to exercise a high degree of caution".

Travellers are advised to read the department's 'Know Before You Go' guide and also check out the French government's information campaign, including "reacting in the event of a terrorist attack" instructions based on the three keywords: "escape, hide, alert."

You can check out the www.dfa.ie/travel for more general travel advice.

Other tips for safe travel include:

  • Follow the department on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Department's special Travelwise App which you can download for free from the iTunes store.
  • You can contact the emergency services in France by dialling 112.
  • You can contact the Irish Embassy in Paris if you are in need of consular assistance at +33 1 44 17 67 00.
  • Register your details with the Department of Foreign Affairs so that they can contact you quickly if there's an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
  • Get a European Health Insurance Card
  • Keep a valid form of photographic identification such as a passport or passport card in your possession at all times.

Sunday Independent

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