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Travel insurance for France: immerse yourself in culture, nature and cuisine
So, during your stay in Europe, you’ve decided to discover France and all of its riches. Between the capital, Paris, and the various regions with their very diverse landscapes, France is a perfect destination for travellers from all over the world. With a visa for the Schengen Area, you will be able to move in complete freedom around France itself, as well as the other countries in the area.
Travel to France and throughout Europe with your Schengen visa
If you are from a country outside the Schengen Area, you will be required to obtain a visa, known as the Schengen visa, which will allow you to visit not only France but also the other 24 countries of the Schengen Area, including Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Portugal and Austria.
Your visa request must be carried out with the first country you will be visiting; so France, if that is your first destination. Find out which documents you will need to provide here: https://www.axa-schengen.com/fr/pays-schengen/assurance-visa-schengen-france (in French).
Enjoy travel insurance adapted to your needs during your stay in France
Upon issuance of your Schengen visa, you will be required to provide evidence of insurance. This travel insurance must protect you throughout your stay, both in France and in any other country you will be visiting. There are two mandatory coverage options: repatriation in the event of serious accident or death, and coverage of medical costs up to a minimum of 30,000 Euros.
To make your stay as peaceful as possible, your travel insurance policy for France can also include other options: care for children under the age of 18, daily compensation in the event of hospitalisation, and more.
How to get to France
By plane: France has multiple international airports; most notably in Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly), but also in Nice, Bordeaux, Lyon and Marseille, among others. Both regular and low-cost airlines guarantee daily connections between France and most countries around the world, direct or otherwise.
By bus: companies such as Eurolines offer a wide range of regular connections between France and other European countries. It’s a cheap means of transport if you want to travel across Europe.
Advice on health and vaccinations
In France, vaccinations against diphtheria, polio and tetanus are compulsory. It is also recommended that you be vaccinated against hepatitis B, tuberculosis, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps and – for children – measles.
France enjoys a temperate climate, with more pleasant temperatures in the south, whereas the west coast is subject to the influence of oceanic conditions. The seasons in France are relatively well-defined, though it is possible to visit the country at any time of the year while still enjoying its scenic and architectural riches.
If you are looking for sun, the best place to go is the South East; for winter snow, on the other hand, you can choose between the Massif Central, the Alps and the Pyrenees.
France has so much to offer that you will need a very long stay or multiple visits to fully explore its regions and their cultural wealth. Among the most unmissable attractions are:
-The capital, Paris, bursting with monuments, parks, traditional districts and restaurant terraces. Visit the Eiffel Tower and the neighbourhood of Montmartre; take a trip down the Seine in a tourist river boat in order to admire the Hausmannian façades; and don’t miss the Louvre and Orsay museums. Head to the roof of Montparnasse Tower to admire the City of Light from above.
-The South West of France: between Bordeaux and Toulouse, you will have the chance to see kilometres of vineyards and to enjoy the great stretches of sand on the Atlantic coast. A favourite destination not only in summer but also in autumn, the South West will also delight you with its cuisine.
-The South East: whether in Nice or Cannes, enjoy the radiant summer sun and the Mediterranean Sea. Hire a car to visit the inland regions and admire the lavender fields stretching as far as the eye can see in Provence.
-Whether in summer or winter, the mountainous French massifs offer plenty of sporting opportunities, as well a chance to just relax and take a walk. The ski resorts of the Alps and the Pyrenees are just as busy under the August sun as they are during the winter sports season. Ideal for a breath of fresh air and landscapes that will take your breath away.
-With its traditional architecture and flavourful cuisine, Alsace is a favourite French destination at any time of year. Nevertheless, it is in winter that the atmosphere there is at its most magical; especially in Strasbourg, where Christmas markets abound.
-If walks along the seafront and discovering traditional towns and villages appeal to you, head to Brittany. With its own distinct culture, this fascinating region will make you want to settle down on the coast for good. Don’t miss out on trying the famous Breton galettes (buckwheat pancakes).
The risk of attack is taken very seriously by the French authorities, who advise an attitude of prudence, especially in big towns and cities. Nevertheless, France is still a safe country.
It is recommended that you remain vigilant with regards to pickpockets when you are in tourist areas, as well as in heavily-visited districts and around the stations.
Don’t leave any objects of value or luggage in your car when parked.
The French currency is the Euro.
Most businesses are open from 9am to 7pm in the big towns and cities, as well as in tourist areas, and more generally in the capital, where many shops are also open on Sundays.
In Paris, the Eiffel Tower and Montparnasse Tower are open 365 days a year. Museums are generally closed on either Mondays or Tuesdays.
Lunch often takes place between 12 and 1.30pm, while the evening meal begins at 8pm. Continuous service throughout the day is quite rare in France; it is mostly in the capital that you will find establishments offering this.
Standard time corresponds to GMT+1, while daylight saving time is GMT+2. The clocks change during the last weekend of October and the last weekend of March.