Outbound Travel Alert  

Country OTA currently in force Supplementary Information


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. 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 11 December 2018, a gun attack occurred near a Christmas market in Strasbourg, resulting in casualties.

  • Since 17 November 2018, mass protests across France had led to widespread violence, extensive damage to property, blockage of roads and disruption to public services. Causalities had been reported and large number of protestors had been arrested.

  • On 12 May 2018, a knife attack occurred in Paris, resulting in casualties. The attacker was shot dead by the police.

  • On 23 March 2018, shooting and hostage taking occurred in the town of Trèbes, resulting in casualties. The attacker was shot dead by the Police.

  • On 1 October 2017, a knife attack occurred in the southern city of Marseille, resulting in casualties. The attacker was shot dead by the French soldiers.

  • The French authorities have extended the national state of emergency a few times since it was first imposed in November 2015. In July 2017, the French authorities further extended the state of emergency until 1 November 2017.

  • On 19 June 2017, a car rammed into a police vehicle on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The driver was killed in the crash.

  • On 20 April 2017, gun attack occurred on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, resulting in casualties.

  • On 14 July 2016, a truck plowed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern city of Nice, resulting in serious casualties.

  • 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.

  • 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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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

Relevant Press Releases