Travel insurance for France

Brits have only to hop across the channel to enjoy the cultural delights of France in the nation’s spectacular cities, or just head to a beach or rural destination and enjoy a relaxing break. Delicious cuisine, numerous museums and monuments, and reputation for romance have long made the historic country the favourite destination of many holidaymakers. When arranging a trip to France, you and your family must ensure that you are covered by holiday insurance.

Although travel insurance is not always top of the list when organising a holiday, making doubly sure you are covered gives you peace of mind and is invaluable should something go wrong. To find out more information or to get a quote feel free to call our travel insurance specialists on 0844 692 8444^ who will be more than happy to help. Alternatively you can get an online quote in just minutes by clicking below.

Cover for medical conditions

You should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel, the card covers you for any emergency treatment you receive at a public healthcare hospital during your trip.

Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance in place to cover such things as repatriation and any medical treatment not covered by the EHIC. Without a travel insurance policy, you could find yourself having to cover the cost of things like: repatriation; transport delays and cancellations; loss or theft of cash or personal belongings; having to curtail your trip due to an emergency at home; sourcing replacement medications quickly if they get lost or stolen.

France Travel information

Health

The FCO Travel Advice pages recommend that you visit your health professional at least four to six weeks before your trip to check whether you need to take care of any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

Should you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 for an ambulance.

Visas

If your passport describes you as a British Citizen you don’t need a visa to enter France. If you have another type of British nationality, you should check the entry requirements on the French Foreign Ministry website and confirm with the French Embassy.

Driving in France

Driving laws in France differ from the UK. You must be over 18 years old, have a valid driving licence as well as insurance and vehicle documents.

It’s important to note that speeding offence carry heavy on the pot fines and that radar detectors and sat-navs that warn of the presence of speed cameras are illegal whether in use or not.

You are also legally obliged to carry:

  • Reflective jackets for each person in the car – these must be kept inside the vehicle within easy reach
  • Warning triangle
  • Headlamp beam deflectors
  • Breathalysers/alcohol test
  • A GB sticker

Local laws

It is worth carrying a form of identity with you at all times – this can be your passport, driving license or other government-issue documents. You must be able to prove your identity either by providing documents when asked or within 4 hours at a police station.

Since 2011 it has been illegal in France to concealing your face in public places. This includes a ban on balaclavas, helmets, veils or any other garment or mask that conceals the face.

FCO advice

While the majority of visits to France are trouble-free you should be on the alert for petty street crime.

There have been several terrorist attacks in recent years with a national state of emergency extended to July 2017. The French government has launched a free app, called SAIP (Système d’alerte et d’information des populations), which is available in English and alerts users about all major security incidents.

Get all the latest travel advice from the FCO here.

Currency

  • The currency in France is the Euro which can be easily obtained through currency exchange providers, banks or bureaus de change. It’s a good idea to buy your Euros well in advance as exchange rates in airports and stations can often be poor.
  • Credit and debit cards are widely accepted throughout France. When buying goods, you may need to show ID (driving licence or passport).
  • Standard banking hours are Monday to Friday from 9am – 4pm. Some banks also extend hours on one day a week, while small branches may close for the day 2pm. Some branches open on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm but if so they are usually closed on Monday.

Looking for Travel Insurance?

At Staysure, we want to give you the peace of mind to explore France worry-free.

With so many different adventures to be had, we tailor policies to the individual’s specific plans, ensuring the best deal for all our customers. For further information on how Staysure could cover your holiday please call our travel insurance team on 0844 692 8444^ or get a quote online.

All travel insurance provided by Staysure is subject to agreement from our underwriter. Terms and conditions apply, details of which can be found within the Policy Document.

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*Price is correct at the time of publishing, based on one person aged 18–65 on a Basic policy travelling within 30 days of purchase, excluding medical conditions
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