The a, Jean-Yves Le Drian, minister of foreign Affairs, wants to toughen the regulatory classification of areas “at risk” in the “Advice to travellers” of the Quai d’orsay. The other, Brice Hortefeux, mep (LR), wants to impose projects of general interest to “put an end to the irresponsibility of some tourists, following the national tribute to the two members of special forces killed in the freeing of the hostages in Burkina Faso.

The dramatic experience of the two French parties, safari in the national park of Pendjari in northern Benin near the Burkina Faso, highlighted the “cards of vigilance” of the Ministry of European and foreign Affairs, and the randomness of their respect. So, what are those Tips? What do the colors of the areas at risk? How do I know if the color changes along the way? The versatility of the threat does not allow a signage on the ground. Le Figaro has worked on the site of the Quai d’orsay, reference, tourism professionals, and with 25 to 30 million pages are viewed every year.

1/ Who is developing the “Advice to travellers” of the Quai d’orsay?

Established in 1999, the crisis Centre, and support of the ministry of European and foreign Affairs (MEAE), consisting of thirty persons, receives proposals and information gathered by the embassies and French consulates abroad. The proposals are then analyzed and synthesized or supplemented, in consultation with other Branches of the MEAE, as well as with the ministries of Defence and Interior. There are 190 listings of destinations, are reviewed every month and based on the events.

2/ who are these Boards and why?

These Tips are intended for tourists, individuals or professionals, to business travelers and to anyone about to leave for a trip abroad. The “country fact sheets” to collect useful information on the situation in the country of destination, in order to facilitate the preparation and smooth running of the stay. There is accurate data on the health, sanitary conditions, security, administrative issues such as validity of passport, need a visa, as well as the usages and customs in force.

2/ What do the colors of the cards of vigilance?

originally, there were three colors, depending on the risk. Green: normal attentiveness. It does not exclude “to take account of the advice specified in the tabs Security and Last-minute sheet of the country.”, the precise site of the Quai d’orsay. Yellow: vigilance. “It is a question of natural hazards whose likelihood of occurrence is very random, the human risks from low-intensity such petty crime, the health risks are controlled, therefore, may be prevented by vaccination. These risks are considered to be compatible with tourism”. Red: formally deprecated. “The trips are to be avoided,” says the website of the ministry of foreign affairs. A few years ago has been introduced a fourth color. Orange: not recommended except for imperative reasons of any kind whatsoever. This discretion is left to the discretion of the traveller.

look on the world map interactive color. It is “in constant evolution” is specified. On 15 may, for example, it would appear as follows:

Screenshot website of the ministry of foreign affairs, may 15, at 18h24 screen Capture of the website of the Quai d’orsay 4/ What is the frequency of updates?

The guidance sheets are updated in real-time. However, they “are not intended to relay each new information as could a journal, or to establish the history of events occurring in a country.”, the precise site of the Quai d’orsay. According to the evolution of risks, terrorist, but also health with, for example, difficulties of access to health care due to shortage of drugs, hospital or away, It is possible to follow the evolution of the travel conditions in a given country, by going to the RSS feed “Advice to travellers”, a Twitter account and dedicated app for smartphone and tablet.

5/ what is the application thread that invites travellers to give their personal data?

The application Ariane allows the communication of data relating to a stay abroad, tourism, personal or professional with a duration of less than 6 months in the perspective to use them in the event of a crisis. If during the journey, the situation of the country warranted, these data will in fact be operated by the crisis Centre of the ministry (see question # 1) and by the embassies, in order to contact users and other persons by email or sms in order to organize relief efforts.

6/ The State can request reimbursement for the expenses of relief that he has incurred?

If the State comes in to help a traveller who is put at risk knowingly, then he may demand repayment of all or part of the expenses he has incurred or for which he would be liable towards third parties for the purposes of the relief operations (article 22 of the law n° 2010-873 of 27 July 2010 relating to the external action of the State).

7/ May I ask for a certificate at the Quai d’orsay whether the risks have changed and that the trip is cancelled?

The Ministry of European and foreign Affairs does not issue the certification. However, it can send the fact sheet that was online at the time the decision was taken to cancel the trip, if this file has been modified since. According to Dana Purcarescu, head of the support Center, interviewed by Peter Mark’s daily The Cross : “Our advice to be used for reference to the tourism professionals. We found that the assurances were refunds of cancelled trips when we change the color of the areas, as has been the case in Sri Lanka.”


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