Is it safe to travel to Paris?

Is it safe to travel to Paris?
Is it safe to travel to Paris? Photo: Shutterstock

Is it safe to travel to Paris? Parisians are still grieving over the heinous terror attacks that took place in their city in November last year. The string of events, which resulted in 130 casualties, prompted French President François Hollande to declare an official state of emergency — marking the second time this has happened since World War II. The state of emergency is set to last until 26 May 2016.

Of course life goes on, but security has understandably been heightened since the Paris attacks. If you're planning on travelling in or out of France, here's what you need to know.

Travel safety warnings

The UK and  US Department of State both advise their citizens travelling to Paris to be vigilant. The UK foreign office has put together some top travel and safety tips (‘Be on the ball’) to help fans travelling to France for Euro 2016 (10 June 2016 – 10 July 2016).

The Daily Mail warns its readers travelling to the French capital for the Euro to expect 'airport-style security checks ... with French authorities ready to use metal detectors and passport inspections.' Also expect body searches. There are no plans to scrap open air fan-zones, including one at the foot of the Eiffel Tower which will have large screens and will be able to cater up to 120,000 supporters at a time.

Travel restrictions in Paris

Border controls and security checks at airports have been tightened.

Eurostar trains operate a normal schedule. In recent months, though, there has been occasional disruption to cross channel services due to strike action and migrant activity in and around Calais. Check the website of your chosen operator before you set off.

Tourist attractions in Paris

All tourist attractions operate as normal but police presence at the major attractions has been heightened. Don't be surprised to see armed army officers in the métro. 

The whole of Europe is on high terror alert and no one can predict when and where the next attacks will happen. So the best advice is to be vigilant at all times and give yourself plenty of time to get to and inside stadiums during the Euro tournament.