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Going to France?

Make sure you have the right travel insurance for your holiday to France. Some things you should take into account are:

  • The cost of your trip – No one wants to cancel their holiday but if you have to, you'll want to know that you can get your money back
  • The activities you're likely to be doing - If you're planning anything more extreme, we can offer you extra cover
  • Will you need additional snowboarding or ski travel insurance?
  • The cost of your baggage
  • Don't forget to check the latest travel advice for France from the FCO

We can cover your kids for free!

If you’re going away with your children, we can cover them on your policy at no extra charge, whether you buy an annual policy or single trip cover.

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What is covered with travel insurance to France?

As standard, our policies cover for over 50 sports and activities, so you can get up to more on your holiday. We also offer a range of benefits, some of which include:

  • Medical expenses and hospital benefit
  • Personal accident and liability
  • Cancelling and cutting short your holiday
  • Abandoning your trip
  • Delayed departure
  • Accommodation cover
  • Scheduled airline failure
  • Personal belongings and baggage
  • Personal money, passport and travel documents
  • Legal expenses

We want you to have the best possible experience on your holiday to France. That’s why we’ve put together some fun and interesting facts and other important information that you might want to know before you travel.

Currency

Euro

Most common languages spoken

French

Capital

Paris

Top destinations

Bordeaux

Lyon

Nice

Cannes

Chamonix

Continent

Europe

Population

Approx. 67 million

Plug type

Plug type E

Driving side

Right-hand side

Seasons

Spring - March to May

Summer - June to August

Autumn - September to November

Winter - December to February

Laws

Local laws and customs

Do I need a visa for France?

No. If you’re a British citizen with a valid passport, you don’t need a visa to travel to France.

Healthcare in France

British citizens would usually have a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to use abroad in France. This covers any necessary treatments that may be needed in public healthcare centres or hospitals while you're on holiday in France. This doesn't mean you shouldn't buy travel insurance, as it’s important to make sure you’re covered for anything unexpected that might not be covered by the EHIC.

You can find more information about healthcare in France here.

 Did you know that...?

  • The guillotine was used in France from 1789 to 1977 as a humane and "painless" way to execute people. Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin gave his name to it, but he didn't invent it - and nor was he even in favour of capital punishment.
  • Bastille Day is held on 14 July and celebrates the French nation. But when the Bastille, a medieval fortress and prison in Paris, was stormed on that day in 1789, it only had seven elderly inmates - four forgers, two "lunatics" and a "deviant"!
  • French was the language of the royal court in England for more than 300 years after the Norman Conquest. Meanwhile in France by 1880, four out of five French people couldn't speak, read or write French. They used regional languages instead.
  • Some visitors are overwhelmed by Paris - so much so that the city has its own syndrome. Sufferers from Paris syndrome get dizzy, panicky, delusional and feel persecuted. Japanese tourists get it the most and 20 a year have to be flown home!
  • George Orwell, author of Animal Farm, would have been in trouble with the French authorities for naming the book's lead character Napoleon. Napoleon is a pig - and in France it's illegal to name a pig Napoleon.
  • The oldest bridge across the River Seine in Paris is the Pont Neuf - whose name means "New Bridge". When it was finished in 1607 there were several older bridges, but none of them has survived - making the New Bridge the oldest!

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