18 November 2015
The current state of emergency in France has meant that all school activities for French schoolchildren have been stopped until the weekend (Sunday 22 November 2015). The UK government has posted advice from the French Government on its website.
In summary, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends in their most recent update (19 November 2015) that British schools planning to take groups to France between now and 22 November follow the French Ministry of Education’s advice not to travel; the French Ministry of Education has advised that school trips already under way in France may continue as originally planned.
Schools with visits to France planned for this week should seek advice from their trip provider and insurers, and if appropriate with the link contacts in France. Under all circumstances, written Risk Assessments for each element of the visit should be revisited in the light of the current situation and any mitigating actions recorded.
Please note that the current advice falls well short of the “travel not advised” level at which most insurance policies would be triggered, meaning that the cost of any decision to cancel would be borne by the school. As ever, the school decisions should be in the best interests of the safety of their students and will depend on individual circumstances.
As events develop it is anticipated this advice will be subject to change and may include school trips to other countries. It is advised therefore to check the Foreign Office website regularly for updates.
If you have any further queries regarding travel advice to France email the Foreign Office at TravelAdvicePublicEnquiries@fco.gov.uk
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