Generally, Paris is safe for travel. Locals helped us put together this guide to safety in Paris. It covers everything from the coronavirus to tips for solo travelers.
Naturally, one of the most common questions about travel to Paris concerns COVID-19. You might be wondering, when will France be safe for travel? Is it even possible to go? The answer is: it depends.
France is using a color-coded system to determine entry requirements based on the circulation of COVID-19 in all countries. Green countries have the lowest circulation and minimal entry restrictions. Red countries have the highest circulation and strictest entry requirements. And orange countries fall in the middle.
Vaccinated travelers from orange countries (as of February 12, 2022, the US is designated as orange) are permitted to enter France with proof of full vaccination. Travelers will need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form and a passenger screening form. COVID-19 test results are not required for vaccinated travelers to enter France at this time.
Unvaccinated travelers from orange countries will need an essential reason to travel to France.
Because these rules change as the pandemic evolves, we recommend connecting with a local who can provide the most up-to-date information.
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in France. The French capital is full of world-class museums, cobblestone streets, and blocks packed with bistros. And yes—Paris is a safe place to visit.
That being said, locals note that Paris is a big city. Which means you should take certain precautions. These include:
Paris is a popular place to visit in France because it’s beautiful, romantic, and safe. As long as you use common sense, you should be ok.
Today, and because of the coronavirus, the State Department gives France a Level 4 Travel Advisory. This recommends that Americans reconsider travel.
France is safe—but locals say you should keep these common scams in mind:
Overall, locals recommend taking care when navigating large crowds and tourist sites, like the Eiffel Tower.
Locals tell us that one thing you should know about France is that protests are common. In the last few years, the country has seen strikes over transit, retirement policies, and inequality.
Travel agencies might tell you to skip Paris if a protest is likely. However, locals note that protests are usually planned in advance. If you work with a local to plan your trip, they’ll let you know how to navigate the latest strikes. After all, locals do it all the time!
Here’s what locals say solo travelers in Paris should know:
Work with a local to plan your trip if you’re looking for personalized advice on exploring Paris solo. It's like having a best friend in Paris—but still traveling alone.
No matter where you go in France—so many options!—it’s good to know a few phrases. Locals tell us that these are some basic ones to keep in mind:
Paris is a good place to stay in France if you speak no French. Most people you’ll encounter will speak English. Still, it’s easy to say hello or thank you in French—and it really goes a long way.
Although it’s unlikely, here are some good numbers to have on hand in case you run into trouble in France: