Paris Attacks; What to do if you are a Tourist in Paris Right Now

As you might know France is under national state of emergency and it has closed its borders after 128 people were killed in series of attack last night in Paris

Gunmen entered Bataclan Concert hall during a heavy metal concert and took hostages, it is said that they executed around 80 hostages inside the Bataclan. Later on security forces stormed the hall and rescued the hostages..

There are 5 other sites including restaurants and cars where people were shot, till now at least 180 people are said to be injured in the gruesome attacks.

These attacks are said to be most deadliest attacks in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombing.

Attack sites:

  • La Belle Equipe, 92 rue de Charonne, 11th district – at least 19 dead in gun attacks
  • Le Carillon bar and Le Petit Cambodge restaurant at rue Alibert, 10th district – at least 12 dead in gun attacks
  • La Casa Nostra restaurant, 92 rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 11th district – at least 5 dead in gun attacks
  • Stade de France, St Denis, just north of Paris – explosions heard outside venue, three attackers dead
  • Bataclan concert venue, 50 boulevard Voltaire, 11th district – stormed by several gunmen, at least 80 dead

The world is watching the horrifying images after a series of attacks Friday night in the French capital of Paris.

Situations like this  can create panic and terrifying the citizens in any country, but the people who are visiting Paris right now, whose number reach to about tens of thousands, This situation must be tough for them, Not having knowledge about the city streets or the language, and having no one to turn to is any situation of panic adds another layer of fright to an already scary situation.

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Paris Attacks; What to do if you are a Tourist in Paris:

If you are in Paris, Following are some precautionary measure you should take subsequent to Paris Attacks:

Find shelter:

Showing love to the humanity, Citizens of Paris are offering up their empty rooms, and business places using the hashtag #porteouverte or “open door” for the people who don’t have anyplace to lay low. You can also tweet with hashtag #porteouverte location to find a safe place to stay.

You can also head to the nearest Local hotels, they are also offering help to get you safely where to intend to go. You can use maps  to find the closest one.(Google Maps)

Get cash.

It is recommended that you should have atleast couple of hundred dollars along with you in the local currency, Try to get to the nearest ATM and transcat some money in order to avoid a situation of crises without local currency.

Account for everyone in your group:

Keep a check on everyone in your group, If you are travelling in a group, Confirm their whereabouts. If you are unable to get in contact with any of the group members, first check with the hotel or the place you were staying, if still they are missing then inform the local embassy or consulate for your country. The State Department (U.S.), Foreign Office (U.K.), or other local diplomatic authority maintains a list of their nationals who have been missing, are killed or injured, or have been accounted for.

Check in back home:

Call your family and friends and inform then that you are safe, also tell them your location and the situation of city, to avoid any chaos or panic back home. Keeping in context the devastation following an attack, it can be complicated for people to get word out to loved ones via phone. Consider alternative forms of communication, such as social media accounts or email. You can also use Facebook’s mark safe feature to inform your friends and family that you are safe.

Follow @TravelGov on social media. This will give you real-time updates and instructions.

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Avoid crowds:

Considering the panic and chaos, Avoid using public transportation during rush hour. Instead, travel at off-peak times or use a licensed taxi. It is recommended to stay away from crowds and congested areas.

“People are on edge, so if they think something is happening and panic, there could be a stampede or other dangerous situation,” advises Ross.

Be extra alert:

“Very often people on holiday let down their guards and are not as aware of what’s going on around,” explains the State Department’s Michelle Bernier Toth, Managing Director for Overseas Citizen Services. “Look for things like unattended packages, weird behavior, and people overdressed for the environment,” says George Taylor, VP of Global Operations at integrated risk management company iJet.

If you are in france and in any case of emergency dial 01.43.12.22.22 [then dial 9 (nine) when you hear the automated greeting].

Here is also a reminder of some of the embassy numbers in Paris for people who may have concerns about friends or relatives. If you want to report missing persons to French government, you can use this site, they have setup this website after the paris attacks to collect intelligence and report missing persons.

  • British embassy: +33 1 44 51 31 00
  • US embassy: +33 1 43 12 22 22
  • Irish embassy:+33 1 44 17 67 00
  • Australia embassy: +33140593300
  • Canada embassy: +33144432900
  • Irish embassy: +33144176700