Nice attacks: Travel advice and updates

The Foreign Office has issued a “high threat from terrorism” alert warning

Nice Attacks

by Francesca Battson |
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Yesterday (14 July), the city of Nice, France, was attacked by a truck loaded with weapons, which drove through the crowd celebrating Bastille Day.

President Hollande of France said the attacks were of a “terrorist nature”.

In the wake of the latest shocking terror threat in France, the British government has instructed Brits in France to follow the French authorities instructions.

Nice Attacks

The Foreign Office said in a statement: “We are in touch with the local authorities and seeking more information following an apparent attack on Bastille Day celebration in Nice.

“If you are in the area follow the instructions of the French authorities who are at present advising people to stay indoors at this time.”

READ: How to talk to your child about terrorism and terror attacks

Since the Paris attacks on November 13, there has been a national state of emergency, which will now continue until at least 26 July.

They continued: “There is a high threat from terrorism. Due to ongoing threats to France by Islamist terrorist groups, and recent French military intervention against Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL), the French government has warned the public to be especially vigilant and has reinforced its security measures.”

Nice hospitals have launched an appeal for blood donations, so if you are in the area or travelling to Nice, please do what you can to help.

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Emergency assistance

  • If you have any problems you should try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management first.

  • The emergency services phone number in France is 112.

Tips for safe travelling

  • Please make sure you apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel, or make sure it hasn’t expired if you already have one.

  • Some medical costs are not covered by the EHIC, so you should also take out travel and medical insurance before your journey, including cover for all intended activities.

  • You can also use the check in feature on Facebook to let friends and family know that you’re safe.

  • The French government has also launched a free smartphone app to alert users of possible security incidents. this includes all major natural, technological and terrorist-related risks. The app called SAIP (Système d’alerte et d’information des populations) is available in English and French, and can be downloaded from the Apple App store and Google Play.

We will bring you more as this story develops.

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