Foreign Office issues new warning to UK tourists heading to France

Tourists enjoy the sun on a public beach during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival on July 09, 2021 in Cannes, France
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A travel advisory has been issued for Brits planning a trip to France, with potential disruption to flights and ferries due to looming industrial action. This advice is provided by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) who constantly monitor the risks of travel abroad to help British nationals make informed decisions.

As part of its role, the FCDO urges everyone planning a trip overseas to conduct their own research into the details of their destination beforehand. They should also ensure they have adequate travel insurance covering all planned activities and possible emergency costs.

The recently released warning comes at a time when ports and airports are facing the likelihood of industrial disruptions in the following month. The FCDO mentioned: "Throughout June, planned industrial action by port workers and air traffic control unions is expected to disrupt some ferry routes and flights across France, with some routes and flights diverted or cancelled. Check your operator's advice before travelling, including where you are taking connecting flights."

Furthermore, the FCDO added: "Until September, possible industrial action may cause disruption on the Paris public transport system (RATP). Check the RATP website for live service updates."

Brits intending to travel to any EU country (excluding Ireland), or to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, or Vatican City, must adhere to the Schengen area passport requirements. This stipulates that your passport should have been issued less than 10 years before your entry date into the country and remain valid for at least three months beyond your planned departure date, reports Birmingham Live.

It's crucial to ensure your passport meets these criteria prior to travelling. If your passport was issued before October 1, 2018, additional months may have been added to its expiry date.

If you're unsure whether your passport complies with these rules, it's advisable to contact the French Embassy in the UK.