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France is the largest west European Country and the leader among the European nations. France is bordered by Germany, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain and Andorra. It is also shares its border with the North Sea, the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. Mont Blanc has the highest elevation of 4,807 metres.
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France is the most visited destination country in Europe for the Indian traveller. Last year 7,00,000 Indians visited France and a large part of them have travelled to Paris. Given the beautiful tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Moulin Rouge, one can’t afford to add France (especially Paris). But apart from Paris, France also have many wonderful cities to soak up including Nice, Lyon, Cannes (famous for the Cannes Festival) and Marseille among them. A growing number of discerning Indian visitors are also keen to explore France’s beautiful and picturesque wine regions such as Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy. Wine tourism is one of our most dynamic industries for all world travellers, with 24 million (2.4 crore visitors) visitors a year. France is also recommended as one of the ultimate luxury shopping destinations, with globally renowned brands such as Chanel, Dior, Vuitton, Hermès or Louboutin showcasing their brands and products.

France is one of them 26 Schengen countries and hence it is mandatory to have French travel/health insurance in place prior to applying for a visa. The French authorities under the aegis of the Schengen council will not grant the traveller a visa if they are not sufficiently insured. The current requirement is that the traveller needs to have a minimum of Euros €30,000 Accident & Sickness coverage for the visa. With many of the Indian travellers visiting France mainly for tourism purposes, it is critical that they not only have a basic Sickness insurance cover in place for €30,000, but also have other comprehensive travel insurance France plan covering Non Medical benefits like Trip Cancellation/Interruption, Baggage Loss and Delay, Passport Loss, Bounced Hotel, Flight Delay etc. These benefits come in handy if there are any unforeseen exigencies of this nature that may arise during the trip. It is also important to note that having the 30,000Euro France travel medical insurance (approx. $50,000) mandatory coverage in place may not be sufficient coverage from a “Cost of Medical Treatment” perspective. France, which has significant support from the French Government in terms of subsidised public healthcare, has still much higher treatment costs than India. While the costs may not be as high as in USA or UK, when compared to cost of treatment in India, the relative costs are high.

Procedure
France ($) Approx
India ($) Approx
India ₹ INR
Open Heart Surgery /Bypass Surgery $12,000 - 15,000 $8,000 5,60,000
Facial Surgery and Skull base $7,000 - $8,000 $4,500 3,15,000
Complex spine surgery with implants $8,000 - $9,000 $4,600 3,22,000
Hip Replacement $9,000 - $10,000 $4,500 3,15,000
Simple Spine Surgery $4,000 - $5,000 $2,300 1,61,000
Brain Surgery $6,000 - $7,000 $4,600 3,22,000
So while it is mandatory to have India travel health insurance for French visa, it is advisable to buy a comprehensive French visitor insurance plan with Accident & Sickness cover of at least $250,000 and relevant Non Medical coverage.

About French

With the help of single Schengen Visa a travellers from India can visit France and the other 25 Schengen countries. The consulates of the Schengen countries have mandated that Indian travellers should have valid Europe Travel health insurance coverage during their period of stay in France.

  • France is considered to be one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
  • The popular cities of France include Paris, Nice, Cannes, Lyon and Marseille.
  • Euro Disneyland, The Eiffel Tower and Cathedral Notre Dame in Paris, Fontainebleau Forest and Castle, Monte - Carlo rock and Riquewihr village are among the attractive tourist places in the country.
  • Paris remains one of the most desired tourist destination for any city in the world and is well known as the fashion capital.
  • France has 3 major ethnic groups namely Celtic, Latin and Teutonic.
  • After Germany France is considered to be the second-largest trading nation in Western Europe.
  • France is the oldest producer of Wine in Europe and is also well known for its cheese and cuisine.
  • The best time to visit France is during the spring time in the months of May and June and beginning of autumn which is in September and October.

France - General information

Location
Europe
Capital
Paris
Area
643,801 km²
Currency
Euro and CFP franc
Best time to visit
April-mid-June, Sep-Oct
Country code
+33
Population
6.7 Crores
Language
French and Basque
Sports
Horse racing and Football
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Vacation spots
Provence, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Alsace Villages, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, Loire Valley Châteaux, Mont Saint-Michel.

Travel to France – Overview

France has the distinction of being the most visited country in the world with almost 88 million (8.8 cr) international visitors from across the world. While France is amongst the top 10 countries visited by Indians with nearly 8,00,000 Indian traveller’s visiting, it is still small when compared to the overall number of visitors they receive every year.

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  • Top 10 Tourist Attractions
  • Things You Must Do
  • Food on the Plate
  • Travel Medical Insurance
Location / Language of France

France is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's area is spread over 6.43 lacs sq kms and they have a total population of around 67.3 million. Paris is the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre and its capital. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice.

French is the official language of France and is spoken by almost all its citizens.
Visa Requirements / Currency (please note these procedures / exchange rates can changed from time to time…please get an update from the embassy prior to travel)

As India is not part of the Schengen Area, if one is an Indian passport holder you will need to apply for the appropriate type of Schengen French Visa for travelling to the country. To be eligible for a Schengen Visa for France one will mainly need their current passport, along with certain documents, to be submitted with the Visa application form.

Currency : Euro (EUR)
Conversion: Rs.1 INR = 0.013 EUR
1 EUR = Rs. 78.04 INR
Top 10 Tourist Attractions in France

  1. Eiffel Tower - The symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most famous landmarks. It is a structure of 8,000 metallic parts, designed by Gustave Eiffel rising 320-meter-high and is nicknamed "Iron Lady." At the top level offers a sweeping outlook can go as far as 70 kms on a clear day.
  2. The Louvre Museum – The former royal palace of French Kings, the Louvre ranks among the top European collections of fine arts. Many of Western Civilization's most famous works are found here including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci, the Wedding Feast at Cana by Veronese, and the 1st-century-BC Venus de Milo sculpture.
  3. Palace of Versailles - Designed to show off the glory of the French monarchy, Louis XIV transformed his father's small hunting lodge into an opulent palace with a sumptuous Baroque interior with the famous Hall of Mirrors and its French gardens featuring decorative pools, perfectly trimmed shrubbery, and charming fountains.
  4. Côte d'Azur - The most fashionable stretch of coastline in France, "Coast of Blue," is synonymous with glamour due to fascinating blue color of the Mediterranean Sea. Also known as the French Riviera, he rich and famous are also found here in their lavish villas and luxury yachts. The town of Nice has panoramic sea views and stellar art museums. Cannes is famous for its celebrity film festival and legendary hotels.
  5. Mont Saint-Michel - This "Pyramid of the Seas" founded in 708, is a mystical sight, perched on a rocky islet and surrounded by walls and bastions. At high tide, Mont-Saint-Michel is an island and at low tide, it is possible to walk across the sand to the Mont.
  6. Loire Valley Chateaux – This lush area known as the "Garden of France," is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the Loire castles are medieval fortresses built on hilltops and surrounded by ramparts and Loire Châteaux is a Renaissance castles designed purely for enjoyment and entertaining.
  7. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres – The UNESCO-listed cathedral exemplifies the glory of medieval Gothic architecture. Covering 2,500 square meters, the brilliant stained-glass windows from the 13th century allow colourful light to filter into the vast nave, creating an ethereal effect and are known for their incredible size and details. Other highlights are the Passion window, one of the most original in its style and expression, and the Blue Virgin window that dates from the 12th century.
  8. Avenue des Champs-Élysées – It is an avenue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France, 1.9 kilometres long and 70 metres wide, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. It is known for its theatres, cafés, and luxury shops, for the annual Bastille Day military parade, and as the finish of the Tour de France cycle race.
  9. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - The highest mountain peak in Europe, Mont Blanc is the French Alps, forms part of the French border with Italy. The "White Mountain," soars to 4,810 meters, and is always blanketed in snow. Beneath its heavenly peak is the traditional alpine village of Chamonix, a town filled with historic churches, cozy chalet restaurants, and charming auberges.
  10. Rocamadour - Suspended on a limestone cliff, this is an unforgettable sacred site has seven ancient sanctuaries, but pilgrims flock to the Chapelle Notre-Dame (Chapelle Miraculeuse), which possesses the venerated Black Virgin (Notre-Dame de Rocamadour). This precious Virgin Mary figure was carved from walnut wood that naturally darkened over the centuries and is associated with miracles.
  11. Arc De Triomphe - It is the most popular triumphal arc in Paris city. The construction of this monument was ordered by French emperor Napoleon in 1806 to honour the warriors those who fought with him in number of wars.
Things You Must Do in France

  1. Explore Prehistoric Cave Paintings in Lascaux - Visitors can delve into the fascinating world of prehistoric art in Lascaux, the finest example of Paleolithic art in the world. This UNESCO-listed site is in the Vézère Valley of the Dordogne region.
  2. Spend the day with the kids at Disneyland, Paris – The park covers an area of 4800 acres and includes two theme parks, resorts, shopping and entertainment sections. There are 57 rides, 62 shops, 5800 hotel rooms in 500 different sections.
  3. Enjoy the Fizz of Champagne - Champagne is the party drink par excellence. To find the best appellations, go to the region where it got its name, especially the Massif de Saint-Thierry to the Marne Valley, knock on the doors of local producers and they will be more than happy to give you a tour and a taste of those glorious golden bubbles.
  4. Get behind That Wheel - For many people touring France, driving around the country is pure pleasure as you weave your way through small villages, wooded river valleys and historic towns. Recommended is Short Trip around the Gorges du Verdon in Provence..Long Trip on the Route Napoleon.
  5. Grab a Play at Festival d’Avignon - This guarantees a serious dose of the creme de la creme of contemporary theatre and it transforms the Cité des Papes into one huge open-air theatre every July or catch a classic show performed in the Courtyard of the Palais des Papes.
Food on the Plate

French cuisine consists of the cooking traditions and practices from France. Cheese and wine are a major part of the cuisine. They play different roles regionally and nationally, with many variations and appellation d'origine contrôlée laws. French food is known globally for its finesse and flavour.

One must sample the following popular and tasty French dishes:
  • Soupe à l’oignon – This is a traditional French soup made of onions and beef stock, usually served with croutons and melted cheese on top.
  • Ratatouille - It is a stewed vegetable recipe that can be served as a side dish, meal or stuffing for other dishes, such as crepes and omelettes. The vegetables are generally first cooked in a shallow pan, and then oven-baked in a dish.
  • Coq au Vin - It is a dish of chicken braised with wine, mushrooms, salty pork or bacon (lardons), mushrooms, onions, often garlic and sometimes with a drop of brandy.
  • Chocolate Souffle - The crispy chocolate crust with an oozing, creamy chocolate centre gives this dessert a sweet surprise.
  • Hachis Parmentier - It is a dish once made with mashed baked potato that has been combined with diced meat and sauce lyonnaise and served in the potato skins ("shells"). In the modern world, however, a more copious version of the dish is the French equivalent of the British dish shepherd's pie.
Overseas Travel Medical Insurance France

Since France is a country which is part of the Schengen countries in Europe, the traveller needs to purchase India travel medical insurance for French visa

Travel health insurance India for travelling to France is relatively cheaper when compared to destinations in Americas, and most insurance companies offer a specific Schengen Insurance Plan. One must ensure that the minimum Accident & Sickness (A&S) sum insured for a Schengen plan must be €30,000 (around $50,000), and a visa to visit any Schengen country will not be provided without this minimum coverage.

The insured must purchase an “Excluding Americas” Plan, if they are travelling to other destinations that don’t include only Schengen countries.

Illustration for 15 days overseas travel health insurance for Indians to France.
Sum Insured($USD or €Euro) / Premium in Rs. INR Insured Age 33 Insured Age 63
Schengen - €30,000 Rs.733 Rs.1,561
Schengen - €50,000 Rs.830 Rs.1,694
Excluding - $50,000 Rs.1,028 Rs.1,714

You can also choose “Excluding Plans” with Sum Insureds as high as $500,000 as well. These premiums are across different plans and different benefits.. please log in to www.eindiainsurance.com to compare and buy the best travel insurance for Indians travelling to France.

Popular tourist destinations in France

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
Disneyland
Disneyland
Disneyland entertainment resort opened in central Paris in the year 1992. As of 2014 it has been visited more than 275 million time by the visitors, one of most popular attractions in Paris.
The Louvre
The Louvre
The impressive art collection of this museum make it as most visited museum in the world. There are 35000 prehistoric objects, includes Egyptian antiques, crown jewels, old paintings and ancient sculptures

Saint Michel
Saint Michel
It is one of most recognizable landmarks and popular religious site in Europe, located in island of Normandy. The island is best known for the abbey that occupies rocks in 1 km in diameter.

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