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Another day, another travel security alert from a U.S. Embassy.

This time, it's for the most popular country in the world.

Yesterday, the U.S. Embassy of France issued an alert for the entire country of France.

As the host of the Summer Olympics, it's not entirely shocking there is a travel alert ahead of time.

traditional homes along canal of colbar france

Especially since this isn't the first red flag raised for France, as another security alert was issued back in October 2023.

Already a powerhouse for tourism, France will surely see even more tourists this year for one of the biggest events in the world.

Here is what travelers should know about visiting France amidst the latest travel security alert:

Triggered By Heinous Acts Elsewhere In The World

As you have surely heard, a heinous attack took place, resulting in at least 130 lives lost in Moscow, Russia, according to the latest reports.

eiffel tower on nice day

As this act of terror took over global headlines, many were searching for answers as to who and why someone would do something like this.

The U.S. Embassy in Russia had actually issued a warning over a week in advance as their intel picked up on unspecified acts of terror threats in Moscow.

Now, the U.S. Embassy of France is following suit and acting accordingly in tandem with France's Vigipirate national security alert system to make travelers more aware.

The megapopular country elevated its warning system to the highest level, although no specific threat is mentioned at this time.

historic village of Riquewihr in wine country of france

Par For The Course

There was a fatal act of terror in France back in October 2023, which obviously justified a travel alert.

However, as horrible as the senseless massacre in Russia may have been, there is no real threat to be currently worried about for your travels in France.

Believe what you choose; it is worth noting that France's President Macron claims the same group tried to pull off the same horrific acts in his country, but thankfully, to no avail.

Releasing these types of travel security alerts and advisories is simply par for the course to inform travelers to heighten their senses until further information is released, but hopefully, this is the worst to come.

Rue Cremieux street in Paris

When both the Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Hamas wars began, the whole world seemed to be on edge.

The United States State Department actually issued a travel advisory for the entire world for these instances, so this is simply standard procedure.

France Remains Safe

According to yesterday's alert, the U.S. Embassy highlights travelers across France should expect an increase in security presence in commonly visited areas, such as:

crowds at beach in nice france
  • Airports
  • Museums
  • Tourist attractions
  • Public transportations
  • Places of worship
  • Schools
  • Large sports venues
  • Large commercial centers

That being said, more security across the country can't be a bad thing, right?

France is already widely considered a safe destination, or there probably wouldn't be millions upon millions of visitors pouring in each year.

In fact, it would be a tough sell to convince travelers to alter their plans based on past actions on the opposite side of the continent.

Arc de Triomphe in paris aerial view

With France actively monitoring security threats, travelers should feel safe visiting whether it's the iconic city of Paris, the beautiful French Riviera, or all the stunning cultural cities and charming towns spanning within this vast country's borders.

For what it's worth, the U.S. State Department currently designates France as Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

The Summer Olympics

Paris is playing host to the world as the Summer Olympics kick off on July 26th.

As of today, this massive event was not mentioned in the travel alert but is surely on travelers' minds.

olympics logo in front of eiffel tower

These types of events require an insane number of security personnel, and France will be ready to tackle any and all situations related to public safety.

While Paris will surely take on a new identity during the Olympic games, those paying a visit can do so worry-free.

It's just highly recommended by both France and the U.S. to remain vigilant of your surroundings and to keep a low profile, especially when in popular areas.

Tourists can call 17 or 112 the same way you would dial 911 back home should any safety concerns arise.

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Francis Williams

Wednesday 27th of March 2024

A good friend of mine recently had his pocket picked in the subway system in Paris and with all his cash and credit cards while on vacation there! They were ascribing that to the numerous immigrants there.