Foreign Office travel warning issued 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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Travellers looking to get away to France have been warned by the UK Government about potential disruptions impacting flights and ferries due to industrial action.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) offers insights regarding travel risks to aid British nationals in making informed decisions. It advises individuals to familiarise themselves with their chosen destination and to ensure their insurance coverage is all-encompassing, including emergent expenditures.

This recent advice comes amidst possible industrial action which could affect airports and ports throughout the next month. The FCDO has warned: "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."

Additional advice was provided: "Until September, possible industrial action may cause disruption on the Paris public transport system (RATP). Check the RATP website for live service updates."

For those Brits with their sights set on an EU country (bar Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, or Vatican City, it's crucial to adhere to the Schengen area passport requirements. This stipulates that your passport must have been issued less than 10 years prior to your entry date and remain valid for a minimum of three months beyond your planned departure date, reports Birmingham Live.

It's essential to verify that your passport fulfils these criteria before setting off. If your passport was issued prior to October 1, 2018, additional months may have been added to its expiry date.

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