There is a high threat from terrorism. Due to ongoing threats to France by Islamist terrorist groups, and recent French military intervention against Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL), the French government has warned the public to be especially vigilant and has reinforced its security measures.
During Euro 2016, stadiums, fan zones, venues broadcasting the tournament and transport hubs and links represent potential targets for terrorist attacks. You should be vigilant at all times, especially in areas hosting Euro 2016 events, and follow the advice of local French authorities.
A national state of emergency will remain in place until 26 July, in order to cover the tournament period and other significant events like the Tour de France cycling race. Check the French government’s advice about what to do if a terrorist attack occurs.
Flooding is affecting road and rail travel, particularly in the Île-de-France area including Paris. The A10 motorway has been closed to all traffic in certain areas. For information on current motorway closures and suggested alternative routes, visit the Vinci Autoroutes website
Some areas have been, or will be temporarily evacuated. If you’re in an affected area, follow the instructions of the local authorities. For up-to-date information on the rivers that may flood, visit the Vigicrues website
Transport strikes across France have affected rail and air travel across France and Paris metro and bus services. These strikes are ongoing. Check with your travel provider or airline for the latest updates. You can find real time information on rail traffic on the SNCF website and on Paris metro and bus systems on the RATP website.
While there continue to be large numbers of illegal migrants in and around Calais, who may seek to enter the UK illegally, the security situation has improved significantly since the summer of 2015.
Although the risk of incidents has decreased, you should keep vehicle doors locked in slow moving traffic in and around Calais, and secure your vehicle when it’s left unattended.
There’s occasional disruption to cross channel services due to strike action and migrant activity in and around Calais. Check the website of your chosen operator before you set off. In the event of any disruption, information about alternative routes and operators is available via this interactive map.
Around 17 million British nationals visit France every year. Most visits are trouble-free. The most common problem reported is pick-pocketing. See Safety and security
The Emergency phone number in France is 112.
You should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel. If you already have an EHIC, make sure it hasn’t expired. Some medical costs aren’t covered by the EHIC so you should also take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. See Health
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
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