France extends “State of Emergency” procedures thru May 26
In the wake of last November’s terrorist attacks in France, the mood has somewhat shifted in that people are more cautious as it pertains to security threats. But by and large it is still the charming, beautiful country with a progressive outlook that we know and love. You should still visit, go out and plan to travel, study and/or work there.
But you should also be aware that the French government is stepping up its security efforts around the country. It has recently extended its official “State of Emergency” to allow for its security apparatus to have extended ability to implement measures. You can read the notice from the US Embassy in Paris below.
This should not deter your travel or moving plans, but they may impact timing for planes and trains. An informed traveler is a smart traveler.
United States Embassy Paris, France
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Situation in France
March 1, 2016
The U.S. Embassy in France informs U.S. citizens that the government of France has extended the State of Emergency through May 26, 2016, which allows the government to prevent the circulation of individuals and to create zones of protection. Attacks in Europe by terror groups and from persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis are possible.
Local authorities have reinforced security measures throughout the communes in the Ile de France region. These allow for:
- house arrest of any person whose activities are deemed dangerous,
- the closure of theaters and meeting places,
- the surrender of weapons, and
- the possibility of administrative house searches.
The French Government has decided to re-establish border controls when needed and movement may be restricted in some areas. Travelers should:
- expect delays at airports and train stations due to heightened security measures.
- expect increased security at both border checkpoints and toll booths, due to strengthened border controls,
- contact transport companies for the latest information and to arrive at airports and train stations early.
The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of our Worldwide Caution. Travelers should exercise particular caution during festivals or events, including Easter and similar religious celebrations. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places. U.S. visitors or residents in France should be aware of their local security situation, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. Specific safety concerns should be addressed to French law enforcement authorities who have responsibility for the safety and security of all visitors to France.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and France Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Paris, located at 2 Avenue Gabriel 75008 Paris, at +(33)(1) 43-12-22-22 or by email at Citizeninfo@state.gov. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(33)(1) 43-12-22-22.
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