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DFA Updates Travel Advice for Irish Citizens in France

DFA Updates Travel Advice for Irish Citizens in France

Folllowing the gun+knife attack in Strasbourg on Tuesday 11th December, which left three people dead, 12 others injured, and with the perpetrator still at large, the Department of Foreign Afffairs (DFA) has updated its travel advice for Irish citizens travelling to or living in France, advising them “to exercise a high degree of caution”.

The Travel Alert reads as follows:

The Embassy is monitoring the security incident in Strasbourg. Heightened security measures are in place in the area. French police advise those in the area to remain vigilant and follow the instructions of the local authorities. Local police have opened an information line at 0 811 000 667 (please note this is a French number).

Protests continuing throughout France may lead to travel disruptions in some areas due to road and motorway blockages. Recent demonstrations have led to outbreaks of violence and damage to property. We recommend you avoid any protests if possible, stay informed of what is happening around you by monitoring local media, and follow the advice of local authorities.

In 2015 and 2016, a number of terrorist incidents took place in Paris resulting in widespread casualties. Irish citizens in France are reminded to exercise a high degree of caution, to be vigilant in public places and to follow the instructions of local authorities at all times.

Intending travellers are encouraged to view our travel advice on the Department’s website www.dfa.ie, download our free Smartphone App, TravelWise, and follow us on social media at@dfaTravelWise and @irlembparis to make sure they have access to all relevant updates and alerts.

See the French government’s advice about what to do if a terrorist attack occurs.

Irish citizens in France are reminded that they should be in possession of a valid form of photographic identification such as a passport or passport card at all times.

The French authorities have recently introduced new regulations regarding unaccompanied minors travelling from France, which applies to citizens ordinarily resident in France.

See details at www.service-public.fr/particuliers/actualites/A11090

Emergency Assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency services in France by dialling 112.

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers all your intended activities.
  • Get a European Health Insurance Card.
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there is an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.

Entry Requirements (Visa/Passport)

You need a valid passport to visit France and we advise you to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.

Learn more about what to do if your passport is lost/stolen.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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