Security FAQs for tourism professionals
- General security measures
- Entering and travelling within French territory
- Hotels and restaurants
- Tourist atrractions and shopping
- Events, trade fairs and exhibitions
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Security is a priority for the public authorities and tourism professionals:
Police and gendarmerie reinforcements have been deployed throughout national territory.
Inspections and staff levels have been increased in public transport and around sites receiving the public, including tourist attractions.
Lastly, all representatives of the tourism sector have announced the recruitment of additional security staff to ensure the safety of visitors.
There are no specific measures concerning groups. Groups must nevertheless respect the general instructions given by the public authorities.
All foreign visitors, including European Union (EU) nationals, must carry identification (passport or national identity card). The police may require visitors to show identification at any time, including when entering or leaving national territory.
The increased security checks have little effect on waiting times in airports or stations with international lines (Thalys, Eurostar, etc.).
For non-EU nationals who require a visa in order to enter French territory, have the issuance conditions changed in recent months?
Visa issuance conditions have not changed. Waiting times have even been reduced in a certain number of countries. Visa validity periods also remain unchanged.
Checks prior to boarding have been stepped up for flights and international rail services. Thanks to the increase in staff numbers in recent months, waiting times remain more or less unchanged.
More generally, surveillance and control measures have been introduced on public transport. The police can carry out checks on people and baggage. They also reserve the right, as an exceptional measure, to prohibit people from carrying certain personal belongings that are considered dangerous.
Under French law, hotels are required to ask all foreign customers to complete an individual police form.
Moreover, each establishment has the right to carry out security checks.
Restaurants, bars and clubs are open and operating normally. However, to guarantee the security of their customers, each establishment has the right to carry out security checks (bag inspections, frisking, etc.).
Public cultural institutions in Paris, Île-de-France, and France more generally have stepped up their security measures (bag inspections, frisking, refusing entry to people with large suitcases, etc.). If they feel it is necessary, the authorities may take exceptional measures regarding the conditions of access to certain institutions to ensure public security.
As a general rule, security has been stepped up (bag inspections, frisking, refusing entry to people with suitcases, etc.).
Throughout France, events organized in public spaces are authorized, for specific security arrangements have been made to ensure that they run smoothly. Certain events may be cancelled on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the prefects.
For several months, event organizers and site managers have been working with representatives of the authorities to increase the security of exhibitions, trade fairs, congresses and other events that are organized and hosted. The calendar of these events has not been changed.
Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau: http://en.parisinfo.com/
firstname.lastname@example.org - +33 1 49 52 42 68
Paris airports: http://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/homepage
Paris City Hall http://next.paris.fr/english
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