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Travel insurance for France

France is one of the most geographically diverse countries in Europe, with attractive medieval and port cities, relaxing villages, mountains and beaches spread out across the country. Known for its cheese and wine along with history, culture and fashion, France is one of the most visited countries in the world with more than 80 million arrivals every year.

France is a great place to visit all year round. However, if possible try and avoid the July to August period as this is when locals take school holidays and favourite tourist spots can be even busier-filled with both local and international tourists alike.

Sights

France is one destination that travellers can’t help but love with gusto. This Western European jewel effortlessly combines medieval buildings with high-fashion cities, and bustling Mediterranean beaches with peaceful villages. If you’re someone who is looking to keep ticking off their bucket list, indulge in France’s famous food and wine while overlooking one of the world’s most iconic monuments, the Eiffel Tower.

Paris - the “City of Lights” is the capital and one of the world’s most visited cities. It’s hard to go past iconic sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomph, the Champs Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and fabulous cafes. The beachside setting of Nice blends with the superb 19th century architecture, and the relaxed vibe makes it a popular setting for artists and musicians.

Bordeaux is world famous for wine and also has many fine restaurants, museums and public gardens. Toulouse is famous for its red-bricked old buildings and alternative culture driven by the large population of university students – plus it’s the final assembly point for many a commercial airliner.And Lyon is a combination of gourmet food and high culture, with a huge selection of Michelin-starred restaurants to visit in between the ballet and the opera.

Food

France is renowned for its cuisine—every region has its own flavour of delicious pastries, rich stews and hearty soups. For a sophisticated cuisine, French food is hard to beat (who can resist the croissants and sweets from the local patisserie!). You’ll leave France wanting to cook everything you’ve eaten at home!

Culture

The French take a lot of pride in their country and culture and, while some customs can be quite formal, if you attempt to engage yourself with the culture you will be warmly welcomed. Greetings are essential. Just saying standard pleasantries such as Bonjour madame/monsieur (Good day madam/sir) whenever you go into a store, restaurant, market or public place will take you a long way. The French take great pride in their language, so learning a few words will show respect and give you status as a polite and respectful person.

Getting Around

The public transport system across France is world-class. With some of the fastest trains around, it’s easy to travel across the country. In the cities, public transport methods like the metro, trams, trains and buses are commonly available. Rental cars are also plentiful, but driving in busy major cities like Paris can be an overwhelming experience – just have a look at the insane traffic circulating around the Arc de Triomph!

Health and Safety Information for France

In recent years, France has been the target of several large-scale terrorist attacks. Some areas, particularly Paris, are considered high risk for terrorist activity. Heightened security measures are likely to be in force for some time, with heavily-armed police and military units patrolling popular tourist areas, busy public transport hubs and airports. This can cause delays at checkpoints and you may even be stopped and questioned. Before you travel, make sure to check the latest terrorist threat alerts at official sources such as www.Smartraveller.gov.au.

Generally though, France is quite a safe destination for travellers. Even in big cities, there isn’t much risk of getting into serious trouble. With the exception of the 2015 terrorist attacks, violent crimes don’t happen very often and usually away from tourist areas. However, petty crimes like pickpocketing are commonplace, and travellers should take the same usual precautions that they would in any busy centre. Snatch-and-grab thieves and pickpockets are common throughout tourist areas, popular monuments, public transport networks and department stores.

Robbers sometimes operate in groups and will try to distract you or bump you about. You may also be approached by fake “charity workers” who will engage you in conversation, and sometimes even children are used to lower your guard. In busy places, it’s a good idea to carry backpacks and bags in front of your body, and to spread items across different pockets on your clothing.

If you are travelling to regional or coastal areas, there’s a risk of a natural disaster affecting your trip, depending on the season. Take care if you’re heading to the mountains for some outdoor adventuring. Avalanches and mudslides have hurt or killed tourists. If you’re skiing or hiking, make sure to check weather reports before venturing out and stick to marked slopes and trails. In the summer, forest fires can shut down roads and transport, particularly in coastal areas like the French Riviera. The southern region is also prone to violent storms with heavy rains that can cause flash flooding.

France has a very high standard of medical care, and it can be costly. When seeking treatment, tourists may also be forced to pay upfront or produce a guarantee from their travel insurer.

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While normally a safe destination, visitors to France and other parts of Europe are also advised to use common sense and caution while travelling to avoid the potential risks.

Being a smart traveller by getting vaccinated before you leave Australia and by taking precautions to minimise the risk of illness, accident or theft while overseas can help improve the chances of your trip to France being memorable for all the right reasons. However, some things are outside even the most cautious traveller's control; ensuring you have adequate travel insurance is an essential way to minimise the costs of an illness or misadventure in France.

Whether you have to change your travel plans for health reasons, have your new camera stolen or even suffer an injury that requires medical evacuation, Allianz Travel Insurance can help minimise the financial impact. Allianz offers Basic Travel Insurance, Comprehensive Travel Insurance and Multi Trip Travel Insurance for your trip overseas. Get a quote from Allianz today!

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