Freshly-baked croissants, worn historic chateaus, bubbling champagne and the romantic air of a country filled with huge diversity, France is a must for any intrepid traveller.*
France is one of the most visited countries in the world and rightfully so. With such a diverse landscape - ranging from the lush green woodland of the Dordogne to the rumbling canyons of the Pyrenees and the quaint coastal towns of Brittany - it's no wonder that thousands of tourists flock here each year.
As with any trip abroad, taking a great travel insurance policy can give you peace of mind for an affordable premium. At Alpha Travel Insurance, we offer a variety of low-cost policies to fit your travel insurance needs and your pocket.
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*Please note, Alpha Travel Insurance does not provide cover for any trip which goes against the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Please check the FCO advice on your chosen destination before booking your trip or purchasing our insurance.
We all hope our holiday will go smoothly, but sometimes, accidents happen. Knowing which number(s) you need for the emergency services is therefore vital. Learning a few important phrases is bound to help too!
If you are unfortunate enough to get mugged or witness a crime when you are in France, call 17 to phone the police.
Alternatively, 112 is the universal European emergency number and can be called to request any emergency service. You can also ask to speak to an English-speaking operator if your French is not great.
I have been mugged – J’ai été agressér
I want to report a crime – Je voudrais signaler un crime
The fire brigade is not only capable of dealing with fires, it can also be called to help with traffic/domestic accidents and medical emergencies. The number you require is 18.
My apartment is on fire– Mon appartement est en feu
I need the fire brigade – J’ai besoin les pompiers
If you or someone you know has an accident and requires medical assistance, you can call the Service d’Aide Médicale Urgente (SAMU) by dialling 15.
I need an ambulance – J’ai besoin d’une ambulance
I have had an accident – J’ai eu un accident
Where is the nearest hospital? – Où se trouve l’hôpital le plus proche?
Before travelling anywhere abroad it’s a good idea to check that your important vaccinations are up to date. It’s recommended you book an appointment with your GP four – six weeks before your trip to do this.
If you do not have one already, you should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). They are free and will come in handy should you require emergency medical treatment in France. While they aren’t a replacement for travel insurance and should never be seen as such, they do allow you to be treated abroad for free or at a reduced rate. This means you aren’t suddenly faced with sky-high medical bills on holiday. You will need to claim back any additional costs using your travel insurance when you arrive home. Some costs may not be covered by your EHIC, such as repatriation.
Don’t worry if you misplace your EHIC or do not have it on you when you arrive at the hospital. Simply call the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team on +44 191 218 1999 and you will be issued a Provisional Replacement Certificate.
France is a big country, so the regions vary hugely in terms of climate. Paris tends to enjoy temperate weather all year round. If you want to avoid the crowds though, the best time to visit is either between April and June or September and November. In July and August, the volume of tourists is so great, that even the locals try to escape the city. Plus, unsurprisingly, it’s also the most expensive time to visit the capital.
Brittany is the wettest part of the country and Brest experiences heavy downfall between October and December. No matter where in France you’re visiting, it’s best not to go between November and February as this is when the weather is at its worst across the country – pretty much as in is in the UK.
If it’s sun you’re seeking, then head to the Mediterranean coast in the south of France, but avoid the spring and autumn as this is when rainfall is at its heaviest.
You do not need a visa to visit France if you have a British passport.
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