Monday, November 16, 2015

The terrorist attacks in
Paris on November 13 have left France, and the world, stunned and in
mourning.
Needless to say, travel has been affected both within the city and
throughout Europe.
Here's what travelers who are in Paris right now, or
heading there soon, need to know: French President François Hollande
declared a national state of emergency, which means that there will be
increased police and military presence throughout the country. French
authorities also have the right to limit movement within cities, set curfews,
and forbid mass gatherings, among other measures.
It's possible that the
state of emergency could continue for up to three months.
Air travel is proceeding normally in and out of Paris, but travelers should
be prepared for extra safety precautions and longer waits.
SNCF national and international trains are running as scheduled.
The Paris metro is running, with the exception of the Oberkampf metro
station, which remains closed.
Several Paris museums and landmarks such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower
re-opened today.
To honor the victims of the attacks and support all those working in the
restaurant industry, esteemed restaurant guide Le Fooding is encouraging
everyone in France to head to their neighborhood café or brasserie the
evening of Tuesday, November 17.
Many French restaurants will observe a minute
of silence at 9 p.m.
that evening.
Disneyland Paris is closed through Tuesday, November 17.
Airbnb is offering anyone affected by the attacks a free place to
stay.
Many Parisians have opened their homes to victims' families through
the site, and the company is waiving service fees for these
arrangements.
Travelers have to check in to their temporary homes by November
17.
AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Skype, and Google have offered free calls and
texts to France.
Travelers moving within Europe should expect increased security measures at
every border.
French authorities will be meeting with other E.U.
ministers in
Brussels later this week, where they are expected to ask the European Union to
suspend the Schengen Agreement, which established open borders between the 26
European countries that make up the Schengen Area (the majority of
E.U.
countries, in addition to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and
Switzerland).
A suspension of the agreement would likely result in the
reinstatement of border identity checks.
Anya Hoffman is a contributing digital editor at Travel + Leisure.
You can
follow her on Twitter at @anya_hoffman.
In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, here's
what travelers who are in Paris right now or heading there soon need to know.

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