Travel Guide to France

Indian Embassy in France

Embassy of India
13-15 rue Alfred Dehodencq
75016 - Paris, France
Tel: 00 33 1 40 50 70 70

Visa Process for Indians

The following documents are required to get a France visa:

  • Original passport with 6 months validity from the date of arrival in France along with the old passports 
  • The passport should have 2 blank pages for stamping purpose
  • Visa application forms
  • Cover letter mentioning the details of the traveller, type of travel, and details of the visit
  • Confirmed hotel reservation for the complete stay
  • Confirmed air tickets
  • Day-to-day itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Income tax returns or Form 16 for last 3 years
  • Original and updated personal bank statements for last 6 months

About France

Located in northwestern Europe, France is an enchanting country adorned with picturesque villages, quaint towns, massive mountains and elegant cities. Every year, the country welcomes millions of travellers which makes it one of the most famous travel destinations across the globe.

Top Places to Visit in France

Here is the list of best cities and tourist places in France you must not miss:

  • Paris: The cosmopolitan capital of France, Paris must be on the top of your places to visit in France. It is the home of some of the world-famous tourist attractions such as the iconic Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris and many more.
  • Provence: One of the most charming places in France, Provence is blessed with sun-kissed beaches and bustling festivals. Some of the tourist attractions you cannot afford to miss here include, Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Avignon.
  • The Côte d'Azur: Also known as French Riviera, it is the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France. Saint-Tropez, Cannes and Monaco come under this region. If you are on a luxury travel budget, French Riviera must be on your list.
  • Brittany: If you are an explorer, Brittany is perfect for you. It has everything that can charm you the most – scintillating coastline, dense forests and medieval towns.
  • The Alsace Region: This region is a must visit as its look and culture are quite distinctive from the rest of France. The historic cities like Colmar and Strasbourg are famous for their intriguing architecture and scenic canals. Other than the cities and villages, there are mesmerising vine-covered foothills with Rhine River flowing along the stunning landscape.

Other places to visit in France include Lyon, Lourdes, Bordeaux, Rocamadour, French Alps and many more. Include them in your itinerary and have a wonderful holiday.

How to Reach

France has excellent connectivity through international airports located in various cities like Paris, Marseilles, Lyon and many others. People travelling from India can take various flights from cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai among others. Some of the airlines that operate between India and France include Air France, Air India, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Emirates to name a few. Bus and taxi services are also accessible outside the airport to travel across different locations in the country. 

Best Time to Visit

If you are planning a vacation to France, try selecting dates either in spring (April-June) or fall (Sept-Nov). However, try to avoid the trip during French holidays as almost all the cities close down. 

Things to Pack

When packing for the trip, it is important that you check the weather conditions and then decide which essential things you require to take on the vacation. Here is a short packing list for France:

  • Colourful and light clothes
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • First aid kit
  • Important documents including travel insurance policy
  • Umbrella and hats
  • Bathing suits
  • Essential toiletries

Top Delicacies of France

When on a trip to France, you cannot ignore the delicious French cuisine. Its aroma, rich taste and savoury texture are enough to entice you towards the best French restaurants in the country. Here are some of the top delicacies that you must try on your vacation in France:

  • Baguette: This is a famous French bread made from basic lean dough. Baguette is best enjoyed with butter, margarine, cream cheese spread on it. Not just this, but this crispy and tasty bread can also be turned into sumptuous sandwich or Chicken fillet baguette.
  • Croissant: One of the most famous dishes to try in France, Croissant is a buttery pastry which is made with layers yeast-leavened dough. These are best enjoyed during breakfast.
  • Salade Lyonnaise: A simple yet delightful dish, Salade Lyonnaise is prepared with bitter greens, bared cooked eggs, crisp bacon and warm vinaigrette. To have the best Salade Lyonnaise, you can head to any restaurant in Lyon.
  • Socca: Prepared from chickpea flour, it is a flatbread enjoyed with a glass of crisp rosé. Socca is also known as farinata and can be easily found in the city markets.
  • Ratatouille: Yes! You read it right. There is a dish in France named Ratatouille which is a vegetarian dish prepared with fresh vegetables and garlicky tomato sauce.

Shopping List Essentials

Shopping is one of the most exciting things to do in France. Here are some of the most famous spots that shopping lovers never miss to explore on their trip to France:

  • Champs Elysees: Located in the Fashion capital of France, Champs Elysees in Paris is one of the most exclusive shopping destinations in France. Be it the high street shops, luxurious stores or quaint restaurants; Champs Elysees has it all.
  • Rue Sainte-Catherin: It is a bustling shopping street in Bordeaux and is home to some of the largest and most popular shopping stores such as Simons, Birks and Ogilvy. Not just this but there are also various shopping malls like Les Cours Mont-Royal, Place Montréal Trust, Le Centre Eaton, Complexe Les Ailes where you can buy amazing stuff.
  • Annecy Flea Market: It is not just the diversity but also the beautiful location of this market that make it a must-visit place. The market is open on the last Saturday of the month and offers antique local and rustic wares.
  • Porte de Vanves: The only flea market located in central Paris, Porte de Vanves is a perfect spot to buy eclectic wares, paintings, vintage clothing and many more.

Top Indian Restaurants

  • Indian Curry & Tandoori
    Location: 16 boulevard Gambetta, 06000 Nice, France
    Contact: +33 4 22 09 73 92
  • Le Namaste
    Contact: 11, rue du Faubourg-de-Pierre, 67000, Strasbourg, France
    Location: +33 3 88 23 00 58
  • New Jawad Longchamp
    Location: 30 rue de Longchamp, 75116 Paris, France
    Contact: +33 1 47 27 24 14

Healthcare Centres

Whenever you are travelling abroad, it is essential to have some information about the healthcare centres of the country to seek help in case of any medical emergency. Some of the hospitals that you can contact when you are on a trip to France include:

  • American Hospital of Paris
    Location: 63 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
    Contact: +33 1 46 41 25 25
  • Nice University Hospital
    Contact: 30 Voie Romaine, 06001 Nice, France
    Location: +33 4 92 03 77 77
  • Beaujon Hospital
    Contact: 100 Boulevard du Géneral Leclerc, 92110 Clichy, France
    Location: +33 1 40 87 50 00

To be on the much safer side, it is advised that you should also buy a travel insurance policy before going on a trip. With a travel insurance policy in hand, you will not face any trouble regarding medical aid and get the proper treatment on time.


The official currency of France is Euro. The bills come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.

Basics of Local Communication

The official language spoken here is French. However, you can also find people speaking English. Here are some of the French words and their meanings in English. A quick understanding of these words will ease the communication in France: 

English French
Hello Bonjure
Thank You Merci
Yes Oui
No Non
I am sorry! Je suis désolé
Do You Know This Address? Connaissez-vous cette adresse?
Help Aidez-moi
How much? Combein?
Goodbye Au revoir

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The following medical expenses are covered: 

  • Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.

What is a deductible?

“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
  • Suicide, attempted or wilfully self inflicted injury or illness, mental disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, venereal disease, alcoholism, drunkenness or the abuse of drugs, or any loss arising, directly or indirectly, from any injury, illness, death, loss, expense, or other liability attributable to HIV and/or any HIV related illness including AIDS and/or any mutant derivative or variation thereof however caused.
  • Treatment which could be reasonably delayed until the Insured’s return to India, which will be decided jointly by the treating Physician and the Emergency Assistance Service Provider and shall be in accordance with accepted standards of medical care.
  • The Insured taking part in naval, military or air force operations; war and nuclear perils.
  • Insured engaging in air travel unless he or she flies as a Fare Paying passenger in an aircraft licensed to carry passengers.
  • Participation of the Insured in winter sports, mountaineering and such other professional sports or any other hazardous or potentially dangerous sport for which the Insured members are adequately trained, physically fit and using proper equipment. and that too only if specifically agreed and mentioned in the policy schedule.
  • Hazardous occupation, or if engaged in any criminal or illegal act.
  • Medical Expenses in respect of Experimental, investigational or unproven treatments or treatments which are not consistent with or incidental to the diagnosis and treatment of the positive existence or presence of any Illness for which confinement is required at a Hospital. Any Illness or treatment which is a result or a consequence of undergoing such experimental or unproven treatment.
  • Naturopathy treatment.
  • Non Allopathic treatment e.g. - Ayurvedic, Yogic, Homeopathic, Unani treatment(s).
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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption

Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.

Trip Delay

 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.