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France is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. In 2013 alone, 85.6 million people traveled there to see some of the most iconic landmarks in the world.
If you enjoy keeping things simple, you might decide to spend an afternoon tasting French delicacies from the local cafes. Or if you’re more artistically inclined, strolling through the amazing galleries of the Louvre.
You could set your sights on a daring trek through the French Alps. Or a few flights of stairs running up the Eiffel Tower may be all that stand in the way of you and a stunning photograph.
With nostalgic city streets, historic museums, stunning architecture and endless miles of lush, European countryside, the country offers something spectacular to every traveler who visits.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for France. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for France: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), and influenza.
France is a fully developed nation. Travelers should take the same precautions they would at home, with an understanding that the food may be different from what they are used to.
If you have any questions about travelling to France or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic. Call us at or book online now and protect yourself today.
American travelers do not need a visa to enter France. But, your passport should be valid for at least three months from the date of your trip. The passport booklet must also have at least one blank page for stamps.
A visa is not required for stays under 90 days. If you intend to stay for a longer period of time, you will need to get a visa before your trip.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
The weather in France varies depending on what region you plan to visit. Temperatures in Normandy, for example, will be very different from the Mediterranean coast. Here is what you can expect in some of France’s most popular destinations:
The U.S. government strongly urges citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance due to recent terrorist attacks. Many groups are still operating in Europe and could pose a threat to both French and U.S. citizens.
That being said, France has made great strides in improving internal security. Travelers should feel as safe in France as they would Canada or the United States.
France has a lower crime rate than the United States. But, precautions should still be taken to avoid pickpockets and other petty crime.
Any time that you are traveling abroad, it is important to be aware of possible safety concerns. But, it is also equally as important that you do not let these occurrences fuel your fear of travel.
When travelers think of France, they often imagine a romantic tourist destination with nostalgic city views and endless miles of green vineyards. But, France is also home to Europe’s highest mountains; the French Alps.
Located in the Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions, the Alps stand at a towering 4,810 meters. The mountain range takes an average of 10-12 hours to hike to the summit and boasts some of the most exquisite, scenic views in Europe.
Mont Blanc, the highest mountain peak in the Alps, has become a popular destination for travelers. If the duration of the hike seems too intense for your taste, there are other alternatives. Tourists can also enjoy a gorgeous view of Mont Blanc by taking a relaxing 20-minute ride up on Europe’s highest cable car on the nearby Aiguille du Midi.
If you’re planning a summer trip, the Alps provide an excellent opportunity for mountain biking and hiking.
If you’re planning a winter vacation, the mountain range serves as an attraction to skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Ski resorts such as Chamonix and Portes de Soleil offer charming housing facilities.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to France:
If you find yourself in need of help while traveling in France, there is a U.S. embassy in Paris.
U.S. Embassy Paris
2 Avenue Gabriel
Telephone: +(33)(1) 43-12-22-22
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(33) (1) 43-12-22-22, enter zero “0” after the automated greeting
Fax: +(33)(1) 42-66-97-83; +(33)(1) 42-61-61-40 (Special Consular Services)
Visit the Embassy to France website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
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