France travel insurance

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

What is covered with travel insurance to France?

France travel insurance covers over 100 sports and activities, so you can get up to more on your holiday. We also offer a range of benefits, some of which include:

If you have pre-existing medical conditions, we also have medical travel insurance.

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.

Most common languages spokenFrench
Top destinations






PopulationApprox. 67 million
Plug typePlug type E
Driving sideRight-hand side
SeasonsSpring – March to May
Summer – June to August
Autumn – September to November
Winter – December to February
LawsLocal laws and customs

Travel requirements to enter France

You don’t need a VISA to visit France. Ensure your passport is up to date and valid for at least three months after your exit date. 

You’ll need to either be fully vaccinated or provide a negative PCR test result, taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result, taken within 48 hours pre-departure.

When crossing the border, you may be required to provide proof of travel insurance, as well as proof of accommodation.

Travel insurance for skiing in France

If you plan to ski in France, you’ll need winter sports travel insurance. If you’re under 65, you can add this to any InsureandGo policy. You get extra cover for various activities, from skiing and snowboarding to bobsleighing and tobogganing.

Healthcare in France

British citizens should have a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) 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 or GHIC.

You can find more information about healthcare in France here.

Can I get assistance if I fall ill or injure myself while in France?

Yes – In the unfortunate event of needing emergency medical treatment while abroad, our 24-hour assistance team are always on hand to help you. All our travel insurance policyholders can contact our specialised team. 

France travel insurance FAQs

How long can you stay in France without a visa?

UK tourists with valid passports can visit France for up to 90 days without needing a visa.

Is healthcare free in France for tourists?

You can request a free EHIC or GHIC card, which covers any necessary treatments in public healthcare centres or hospitals in France. However, this does not cover all costs, so taking out travel insurance is essential.

Do you need an EHIC card for France?

While you do not need an EHIC card (or the newer GHIC) to enter France, they are worth getting. The card gives you access to free and reduced healthcare. However, it is no substitute for having comprehensive travel insurance for France.

Which travel insurance is best for France?

The insurance you need will depend on several factors. If you only plan on travelling once, you should consider single-trip travel insurance. 

Annual multi-trip travel insurance would be more cost-effective if you travel around Europe multiple times during the year. France is included in our Europe travel insurance.

We offer several levels of travel insurance for France, so you should ensure that the one you choose offers the right amount of cover for you.

If you’re taking a family trip to France, you can cover everyone under one family holiday insurance policy.

Interesting facts about France


  1. Unlimited emergency medical expenses available on Black level policies.
  2. Based on 2,050 responses, correct as of 22/01/2024