Schengen Visa Travel Insurance for France: All you need to know

What are the warranties included in AXA’s Schengen visa travel insurance?

Not only is our Schengen visa travel insurance France accepted by the consulates and embassies of all the countries part of the Schengen area, it also:

  • guarantees a coverage of minimum 30.000€ (approx.33.000$) and up to 100.000€ (approx. 111.000$) according to the chosen option
  • applies to all countries part of the Schengen area (26 countries in Europe including Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and others)
  • covers the possible expenses linked to emergency medical care, emergency hospital treatment, sanitary repatriation or in case of death
  • is valid for the entire duration of your stay
  • can be refunded if your visa application is denied (under certain conditions)

Will AXA’s Schengen visa insurance be accepted with my French visa application?

Yes! For over 10 years now AXA has been delivering certificates which meet France and other European countries’ requirements in order to obtain a Schengen visa

I don’t need a Schengen visa to visit France. Can I still purchase AXA insurance to cover my possible health expenses?

As the saying goes « Better safe than sorry ». If the Schengen travel insurance is not mandatory for some travelers, the troubles they might face are still very real! A broken wrist, consequence of an adventurous scooter ride on the Paris Grands Boulevards, an infected angina following a trek in the Alps, a diving accident in Corsica... It can happen to anyone! We thus strongly recommend that you subscribe to our insurance for foreign travelers visiting France to make sure your trip is as safe and peaceful as possible. In case of health issues, accidents or other unexpected events occurring during your stay, AXA’s health & travel insurance will assist you 24/7, guide you in your endeavors and cover your costs.

How much does the AXA Schengen visa insurance for France cost?

Great news! Our travel insurance which will help you fully enjoy your French stay is cheap. For a one week stay, our prices range from 20€ (the Low Cost option) to 30€ (the Europe Travel option).

What is a Schengen Visa travel insurance for France?

You are about to set off for France either for pleasure or business and have started to organize your stay and the procedures to obtain your French visa. In the list of necessary forms, you find that you need a travel insurance for your French visa . What can this be? Travel insurances cover you during the entire length of your stay and can be mandatory to obtain a Schengen visa and thus to enter France, if you come from a country in which this condition applies. Here is the list of the many Schengen countries concerned.

The travel insurance certificate must meet several criteria to be valid when you apply for your French visa and must be delivered by an insurance company certified by the embassies and consulates of the visited countries.

The ideal, fast and necessary solution to obtain your French visa without any hassle?

Subscribe to AXA’s Schengen travel insurance. Here is all the information you need.

How can I obtain the health & travel insurance certificate for my French visa?

It’s very simple and fast! The certificate is sent to you by email immediately after your online subscription to an AXA Schengen insurance.

Is the electronic form of the insurance certificate valid to file my visa application?

Yes. All you need to do is print it and enclose it with your visa application. Each AXA Schengen insurance is individualized and bears a number which is verifiable on our website.

What procedures must I undertake to apply for a French visa?

You will find all the necessary information on our French Visa application page.

My application for a French visa has been denied. Can I be refunded for the specially subscribed insurance?

In its warrantees, AXA’s Schengen travel insurance offers to refund your contract if your application for a French visa has been denied.

Important : only under certain conditions. You will need to ask the consular authorities for a written statement justifying the reasons for their refusal. You will have to enclose a copy of this document to your file for AXA Assistance to refund the total cost of the subscribed insurance.

The refund will then be made using the same method of payment as when the travel insurance for your French visa was initially purchased.

What should I do if I am injured or ill while in France?

Don’t worry AXA’s Schengen insurance is here to guide, help and protect you. In case of a medical emergency, you must contact the AXA Schengen call center at the number provided on your insurance policy. Medical assistance professionals will answer your questions and advise you 24/7 to help you find the medical centre best suited to your situation and the closest to your location.

The following information must be given to the call centre:

  • The number of your policy, which begins with “SCH”
  • The address and telephone number at which you can be reached and the details of the people that can be contacted locally
  • The dossier number, which is communicated at the time of the first call.

IMPORTANT Remember to always keep bills and invoices to enclose them with your file.

What should I know when preparing my trip to France?

With almost 90 million international visitors last year, France is still the first destination in the world for tourists. Now it is your turn to (re)-discover this beautiful country!

How to travel to France?

  • by plane: there are several international airports throughout the country (Paris, Nice, Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille…) and many regular and low cost airlines provide daily connections
  • by train: France enjoys a wide railway network which allows visitors to easily explore the country and sometimes reach it directly from its neighbouring countries.
  • by coach : many bus companies offer very competitive rates and connect many European countries to France
  • by boat : with its 3.427 km coastline, France is also accessible by sea
  • by car : with your own vehicle, a rental or even car sharing ! A cheap and borderless means of transportation! Many platforms now connect passengers and drivers wishing to travel to the same countries.

Health tips and vaccination In France compulsory vaccinations are: diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis (DTP) and for residents of French Guyana, yellow fever from age 1. Vaccinations against hepatitis B, tuberculosis, whooping cough, mumps and measles for children are also recommended.

Weather France enjoys a temperate climate. Seasons are relatively well defined and the country is pleasant to visit all year long. However one cannot ignore global climate change. France has not been spared and has suffered several heat waves in the last few years. During the summer of 2019, a record was broken with 46° Celsius in L’Hérault.

Safety As the terrorist threat remains important, French authorities recommend caution, particularly in big cities. However France remains a safe country. When it comes to crime rates, the number of pick-pocketing and snatching incidents have dramatically risen since the beginning of 2019 and mostly in Paris. Touristic and busy neighbourhoods are particularly targeted as well as train stations and department stores. Pickpockets are still very active in public transport, particularly subways. One must always remain vigilant and careful with their personal items and avoid using their mobile phone in public transport or on the street.

Did you know?

  • The French currency is the Euro (EUR et €)
  • DayLight Saving Time (DST) occurs twice a year. Once to switch to winter time during the last week-end of October and during the last week-end of March to switch to summer time. Winter DST is GMT + 1. Summer DST is GMT + 2.
  • You should always carry your passport or a copy of an i.d document with you. You could be asked to present it at some point during your stay.
  • Shops are usually open from Monday to Saturday, from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm in big cities and touristic neighbourhoods. Some open on Sundays but it is exceptional. Don’t forget to check opening hours before heading for your shopping spree!
  • Pharmacies are usually closed on Sundays and at night. However you can find emergency pharmacies (“pharmacie de garde”). Their phone numbers and addresses are available on the Internet, social networks of the city you are visiting or by calling the local police station.
  • Uninterrupted service is rare in French restaurants. Usually, lunch is served from noon to 3.00 pm at the latest and dinner from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm. Bear that in mind if you don’t want to skip a meal!
  • In France, there are 10 bank holidays a year. Administrative services, some shops and tourist sites can be closed. Make sure you double check before setting off
  • Most museums are closed Mondays or Tuesdays. Visit their websites to know their weekly closing day.
  • As for the Eiffel Tower, she is open 365 days a year !

Why subscribe to AXA’s Schengen Visa travel insurance when travelling to France?

Our 3 options of Schengen travel insurances for France offer warranties adapted to your trip. When you choose AXA Assistance, you are sure to benefit from renowned expertise and experience of the local medical structures and sanitary risks. To subscribe, click here.