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TRAVEL ADVISORY
As of December 3, 2018

Filipinos travelling to Paris are advised to be extra vigilant and careful, in view of the recent Yellow Vest protests, which have been affecting the peace and security in Paris as well as in some areas of France. These protests have been organized every Saturday since mid November 2018. In addition, Filipinos are reminded to be alert to avoid being victims of break-ins, robberies, and pickpocketing in Paris.

Here is a list of safety guidelines that Filipinos are requested to follow when travelling in France:
Avoid the following areas every Saturday -- Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Tuileries, Place Vendôme, Avenue Friedland, Avenue Kléber and surrounding areas, as these are the usual venues of the Yellow vest protests in Paris. This is to prevent being injured or harmed when violence ensues during protests.
• Some of the protest participants have been reported to join the demonstrations with the intention of sowing violence, creating chaos, and stealing. Do not go into areas where protests are ongoing to avoid being a victim of violence or looting.
Be wary of pickpockets. They are rampant at metro stations, trains and even in shopping areas. Always secure your personal belongings such as your bags, wallets, phones and other personal items when visiting tourist spots, walking around, and riding public transportations.
• Theft may also occur in hotels and apartments. Make sure that your briefcases, bags and other valuables are secure.
• Some thefts were reported even in airports. Make sure to keep an eye on your belongings, to avoid losing your passport and other valuables. This is also to avoid inconvenience prior to your flight.
Do not carry a lot of cash. Most stores accept cards. Should you use your card, cover your hand discretely when typing the pin.
Keep your bags out of sight when inside the vehicles. Robberies may sometimes occur during traffic jams.
Be alert and vigilant when visiting different areas in France. Make sure to follow the instructions of police and military personnel in case of any incident.

If urgent assistance is needed, you may call the Embassy’s 24/7 Emergency hotline at +33 6 20 59 25 15.

You may also visit/ call /send a message to the Embassy of the Philippines in France:
Embassy of the Philippines in Paris
45 rue de Ranelagh, 4 hameau de Boulainvilliers
75016 Paris, France
Tel. No.: +33 1 44 14 57 00
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.parispe.dfa.gov.ph
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