France health and safety

Medical Services


France health care and hospitals are of a very high international standard.  Citizens of the US are covered for emergency medical treatment in France as long as you have purchased health insurance, and after you have worked 70 hours you will have health insurance and be covered by the French national health system. Full travel insurance is advised for all travelers.  Treatment in private hospitals or clinics is not covered.  In an emergency call 15 for assistance.


France vaccinations

No vaccinations are required for entering France.

Safety & security

Below are a few hints and tips to ensure you have a hassle-free vacation in France:

Take the usual precautions to protect yourself, your passport, and other valuables when out and about. Try to utilise hotel safe facilities and if driving, do not leave valuables in the vehicle.

Be especially wary while in Paris at Charles de Gaulle airport, at the Gare du Nord railway station or while on the metro and suburban trains as pickpockets and bag snatchers operate in these areas.

If traveling in a caravan or rental car be wary of stopping at isolated rest areas in case of mugging.  If you are planning to stop overnight to sleep, seek local advice on where to park to avoid burglary.  Try to avoid parking in isolated or dark areas of camping grounds or car parks, and consider installing an alarm if you are traveling in a caravan.

Keep vehicle doors locked and windows closed in the South of France.  It is common for passing motorbike riders to snatch handbags from the passenger seat while vehicles are stopped at traffic lights. 

France travel insurance

Don’t leave home without it!  Accidents happen – and they can happen in the strangest places at the strangest times, like on the side of a mountain in the French Alps or in an alley in Paris at 3 am.  Travel insurance can cover you for all sorts of mishaps during your travel, and even before you leave.  Did you know up to 25% of all insurance claims are due to cancellation of travel?

Check out the STA Travel insurance policies and get the one that is right for you.


*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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