Residents who plan to visit the country or are already there should monitor the situation, exercise caution, attend to personal safety, avoid travelling to places of large gatherings of people and pay attention to announcements by local authorities. Hong Kong residents should avoid non-essential travel to Paris and the Ile de France area. Residents in France who need assistance may call the 24-hour hotline of the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit (AHU) of the Immigration Department at (852) 1868 or contact the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General in France (Embassy consular protection hotline: 0033-615742537; Consulate-General in Marseille hotline: 0033-671905835; Consulate-General in Strasbourg hotline: 0033-609994464; Consulate-General in Lyon hotline: 0033-785620931).
- On 20 April 2017, gun attack occurred on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, resulting in casualties.
- In December 2016, the French authorities further extended the state of emergency until 15 July 2017.
- On 14 July 2016, a truck plowed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern city of Nice, resulting in serious casualties. The state of emergency has been further extended for 6 months.
- The national state of emergency declared in France gives the French authorities additional powers, including restrictions on large public gatherings and controlling access to public areas. All local schools and public cultural institutions have been opened again since 16 November 2015 while tighter border controls continue. The French authorities warned of further attacks. The state of emergency has been extended till July 2016.
- On 13 November 2015, a series of shootings and explosions occurred in Paris (including the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade de France stadium in northern Paris and city centre), resulting in serious casualties. French authorities have declared a state of emergency and local police have advised the public in the Ile de France area to stay indoors. Systematic border control checks have been reinstated at all entry points into France while airports maintain normal operations. There will be increased security and identity checks at borders.
[ current OTA issued on 14 November 2015, 18:30 ]
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Before departing Hong Kong, residents may register via ROTI their travel itineraries and contact details to receive updates on OTA and related information. The Immigration Department may contact and assist the registrants in an emergency.
Hyperlinks to other travel advisories:
Outbound Travel Alert of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China (Chinese only)
Travel Advisories of Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (English only)
Travel Reports and Warnings of Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (English only)
Travelling and Living Overseas of British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (English only)
Travel Health News from Travel Health Service of the Department of Health