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How Are the Protests in Paris Impacting Travel?

How Are the Protests in Paris Impacting Travel?

In March massive protests swept across Paris due to the 10th general strike called by union members. Somewhere between 750,000 and 2 million workers joined the demonstrations. More businesses closed their doors and transit systems were disrupted. Even popular tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower were closed. Amid this strife and tension, many travelers are wondering whether or not they should make travel plans to France. As of May 17, 2023, strikes are still in progress, though the number of protesters seems to be decreasing. The U.S. Embassy in Paris’s “demonstration alert,” warning is still in effect amid ongoing demonstrations.                                                                                                              

What’s more, another wave of massive strikes may be looming. According to a report by Le Monde, widespread protests are anticipated on June 6, just days before lawmakers vote on a potential repeal of the retirement reforms. These demonstrations have the potential to escalate and could adversely impact critical services, including public transportation and air travel, in the event of union workers opting for work stoppages. Here are some of the most common questions international travelers ask about the Paris strikes.

What Do the Paris Strikes and Protests Mean for Travel?

It’s important to be aware that recent protests in Paris have resulted in violent clashes with law enforcement, and thousands of people have taken to the streets. Despite these circumstances, there are currently no official travel warnings issued for France. However, visitors should exercise caution and closely monitor the situation for any updates prior to traveling. It is crucial to stay informed and take appropriate measures to ensure personal safety and avoid any potential risks.

Is It Safe to Travel to Paris during the Protests?

It should be noted that despite ongoing protests in Paris, travel to the city is still possible. However, it is important to keep in mind that current visits may be impacted by the protests, particularly in regards to transportation. While safety remains a top priority, visitors should stay informed and make necessary preparations to ensure a secure and enjoyable trip. Those planning to travel to Paris should closely monitor the situation and take appropriate measures to navigate any potential disruptions that may arise.

Can Trip Insurance Protect You Amid Political Unrest?  

Most trip insurance policies typically don’t cover trip cancellations due to civil unrest, government regulations or bans, or even declared or undeclared wars. However, with Cancel For Any Reason coverage, which you can add on to certain trip insurance policies, you may be able to cancel your trip and be reimbursed for certain prepaid nonrefundable travel expenses like hotel deposits and rental fees. However, most policies will require you to cancel no later than three days before your trip. Similarly, if you have Interruption For Any Reason coverage, you may be able to cut your trip short and be reimbursed for any unused non-refundable travel costs, like unused days at a hotel or unused event tickets. If protests and other forms of political unrest erupt while you are already on vacation, some policies may cover costs related to emergency evacuations.  

While flights to France are still taking off daily, it’s understandable that some travelers may be hesitant to visit the country right now. In the end, travelers need to prioritize their safety. Protests can dwindle or escalate in a moment’s notice. Amid all the uncertainty brought on by the Paris protests, it’s best to keep an eye on the news, watch for security alerts, and know that if you do decide to stay home, the City of Lights will be there to welcome you when you’re ready.

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