Tuesday 27 September 2016

Travelling to France? Here are some safety tips

Rachel Lavin

Published 17/07/2016 | 02:30

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

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".

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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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