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Travel Insurance for France
France has anything a holiday-maker, restless adventurer, or hopeless romantic could ever want - from alpine mountain ranges and mediterranean coastlines to rustic wine regions and sophisticated cities. Whatever you're plans are (whether it's a short city break in Paris, or an extended stay) having reliable travel insurance in place will give you the peace of mind needed to fully enjoy your trip.
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Holiday Extras offer four levels of cover to choose from. Here's what you can expect from each level of cover:
Do I need travel insurance for France?
For many UK and European tourists travelling through Europe, it can be tempting to simply rely on the EHIC card for insurance. There are however a number of reasons why it's best to take out dedicated travel insurance, even to destinations like France.
- The EHIC card isn't infallible - What many travellers fail to realise is that the value of the EHIC card can vary greatly from country to country. In France for instance, the EHIC card only entitles you to emergency medical care at a reduced cost, meaning you could still find yourself having to foot a large bill.
- Travel insurance covers more than just medical care - A proper travel insurance policy should cover all the bases. What happens if you lose your luggage in transit to France? What about if you drop your phone in the English channel on the ferry crossing? How about if you lose your passport of misplace a large sum of cash? In all of these situations, having a reliable travel insurance policy can quite literally save the day.
Travelling with gadgets?
Most travel insurance policies will also offer the option of adding gadget cover, which will protect your tech against loss, theft and accidental damage. At Holiday Extras, our Platinum level policy comes with gadget cover already included.
Extra sports activities
France is a destination that also attracts many adventure sports tourists. If you have some higher risk activities planned for your trip to France, it's important to choose a policy that will cover you for these. Take a look at our extra sports activities travel insurance page, for more information on cover.
Ski insurance for France
The French Alps are a popular destination for winter sports with millions of tourists visiting each year. If your trip to France involves skiing or some other form of winter sport, then you'll need to take out adequate insurance for this, as the Ehic card won't cover you for things like mountain rescue or repatriation back to the UK. Check out the winter sports add-on for more information on how you can get covered for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports.
Travel insurance for Paris
With approximately 40,000 tourists visiting Paris in 2018, the city has enjoyed lasting popularity as 'romantic capital of the world'. Whether it's for a weekend get-away or longer stay, you'll want to be sure you have adequate travel insurance for Paris in place to cover for things like medical emergencies and personal possesions.
How to book travel insurance to France
Now that you know why travel insurance is so important, you're probably wondering how you might book travel insurance for France. Here are the basic steps for finding and booking an appropriate travel insurance policy for your trip to France.
Step 1: Decide whether it's an Annual or a Single trip policy you want
If you know you'll be back in France again and are planning to make more than two trips in the year, then it may be cost effective to take out an annual multi-trip policy. Make sure to specify whether you want European wide or international cover when you buy, for obvious reasons. If you're not likely to be making more than one trip in the year, then it may be better to simply take out a single trip policy, specifying the start and end date.
Step 2: Pre-existing medical conditions?
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you'll need to declare these before buying the policy. With Holiday Extras, this easily done through our online screening process which takes only a couple of minutes to complete.
Step 3: Choose your level of cover
Most insurers will offer different grades of cover to suit the needs of the traveller. At Holiday Extras these are defines as Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. All our levels of cover offer top level protection and assistance. The Platinum level policy also comes with some added features you may find useful such as free gadget and wedding cover. It's best to check out the benefits of each level of cover and decide exactly what you'll need.
Step 4: Make the payment and await your policy documentation
Once you've found a policy to your liking that meets your needs, follow the simple online payment process to purchase your cover. Please be sure to check over the policy documentation we send you, making sure that everything with your cover is in order before travelling. Then all that's left is to sit back, relax and look forward to your holiday.
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France travel information
Looking for some inspiration for your next trips to France? Check out our tips on getting the most out of your visit to this beautiful country.
Useful information about France
|Popular destinations||Nice, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Cannes|
|Plug type/voltage & Frequency||Type C & E widely used, 230V, 50Hz|
|Anglosphere?||No (approx 39% of population speak English)|
Things you'll love about France
The dining culture - Heralded as the culinary capital of the world, eating well is part of the French national identity. A typical day might look something like this: croissants and coffee in the morning, freshly baked baguettes and french cheese for brunch, a full 3-course meal from the menu du jour for lunch, and for diner another 3-course meal with cheese and wine.
The pastries - Croissants, eclairs, macaroons, Mille-feuille, Tarte tatin - the list of native french delights goes on. With an estimated near 2,000 bakeries in Paris alone, there's ample opportunity to sample the pastry culture that has the world raving.
Wandering in Paris - Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on the planet, so if you plan to visit France, make some time to explore this stunning place. By far the best way to experience the city is to go by foot, wandering the many back-alleys, side streets and secluded courtyards that give the city it's charm and character.
The shopping - From majestic department stores, to quirky pop-up boutiques, nowhere can quite match the french when it comes to a stylish and unique shopping experience. Historic department stores like the Bon Marche and the Bazaar de L'Hotel De Ville attract millions of visitors each year, not just for the chic designer brands available, but for the ambience and heritage of the buildings. Annual sales held during January and at the end of June offer unbelievable bargains, so if you plan to do some serious shopping in France, these are the best months to go.
Getting around - Especially in Paris, pubic transport is readily available and easy to use. By far the best mode of transport in the big cities is the metro service. It's clean, efficient, easy to use and very affordable. What's more, in Paris the metro lines spider-web the whole city, so you're never likely to be more than 600meters from a metro station.
The perfect start to a tour of Europe - Bordering Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain, France is the perfect place to start a grand tour of Europe. What's more, the country's extensive rail network which radiates out from Paris, makes rail travel a comfortable, efficient and sustainable way of seeing France and the rest of Europe. What's more, most of the country's rail network is run by the SNFC which is valid under the legendary interrail pass. If you're planning a tour of Europe using the interrail pass, check out our interrail travel insurance page for more tips on getting proper insurance.
The diversity - Where else can you find mediterranean beaches, alpine ski resorts, tranquil woodlands and sophisticated cities? It's small wonder that France is the no.1 most visited country on the planet!
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