Why we consider France for medical tourism
French medical professionals are often fluent in other languages, particularly English. With an outstanding healthcare system, advanced medical technologies and some of the most skilled surgeons in the world, France is difficult to beat as a medical tourism destination. You can expect top class treatment.
France is also rich in culture and heritage – with world class museums, art galleries, renowned landmarks & spectacular entertainment & leisure options. As a medical tourist, there will be plenty for you to see and do as you recover from treatment.
Information for Travelers to France
Cities In France
Capital and largest city:
Other large cities:
International Dialling Code:
Lyon; Marseille-Aix-en-Provence; Lille; Nice-Cannes; Toulouse
USD 1 = Euro 0.87
French (official) 100%
Routine – Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine,
Vaccines – diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Hepatitis A – Hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A. You can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in France, so talk to your doctor to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is right for you.
Hepatitis A – You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so this vaccine is recommended if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
Rabies – Rabies is present in bats in France. However, it is not a major risk to most travellers. Rabies vaccine is recommended for only these groups:
- Travellers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for bat bites (such as adventure travel and caving).
- People who will be working with or around bats (such as wildlife professionals and researchers).
France Visa for Medical Purposes
France Visa for Medical Purposes is destined for foreigners who need to enter and stay in a French territory temporarily to get a medical treatment in a medical institution located in a French territory. Typically, this visa type is issued to foreigners who cannot get the appropriate health care in their home country.
Apart from the general requirements, the following are the specific additional documents to apply for this French visa type:
- A Letter of invitation from the medical institution, or, A Formal Agreement of the French Hospital for Patient’s Admission – Both documents must include information such as the aim of the foreign patient’s consult, his/her current diagnosis, information about the therapy to take, the length of it, the appointment date, medical costs involved, the main doctor in charge, and so on. For critical or emergent cases, the invitation letter must be enclosed together with a formal confirmation from the medical institution – stating the readiness to treat the patient on a specific date of arrival.
- Evidence of a Prepaid or Covered Medical Treatment
- Payment receipt of medical fees from the French Hospital – A letter affirming the costs of the patient’s treatment are already covered.
- Detailed information on medical treatment fee – issued by the medical institution’s financial department (for uncovered medical treatment)
- A bank transfer slip confirming the payment of a medical treatment fee (for prepaid medical treatment of the applicant)
- A guarantee letter from the applicant – An affirmation certificate to assure the patient’s capacity to cope with the extra medical costs (when expecting unforeseen costs of medical treatment to happen)
- Verbal note from the Embassy of the home country of the applicant in France, or, Verbal Note from the Ministry of Health of the home country The formal document must declare the readiness of the relevant government of the applicant’s home country to cover his medical treatment costs (for covered medical treatment by the Government of the home country of the applicant)
- A Letter of Confirmation from the Employer – i.e. A Bank Statement of the Employer – A letter confirming the employer’s financial capability to cover his employee’s medical treatment in a French territory (for covered medical treatment by the Employer of the applicant) – if applicable
- Birth Certificate (for a minor applicant) – The certificate must be provided in original accompanied with a copy
- Letter of Consent from the Other Parent (for a minor applicant travelling with one parent) – A formal document from a parent, translated in a French language and notarized, stating he/she has no objection about his child travelling
- Letter of Consent from the Both Parents (for a minor applicant travelling with a third person) – A formal document from both parents, translated in a French language and notarized, stating they have no objection about his child travelling.
- Copies of Valid Schengen Visas (of accompanying parent, parents or third person of a minor).
- Medical Report from A Doctor In Charge Of Treatment in the Country of Residence of The Applicant.
- Confirmed Hotel Reservation or Confirmed Accommodation in the Medical Clinic (for accompanying persons of the applicant).
- A certificate from the national medical authority for the incapacity of the country to offer the appropriate medical treatment for the applicant’s condition.
- Registration Certificate of the patient in the national list for organs and cornea transplant issued by the medical and surgical team performing the transplant (In case of transplant).
Service Providers In France
Bichat Claude-Bernard Hospital (Paris)
The Bichat Claude Bernard Hospital is located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. It is recognized as one of France’s elite medical facilities, with expertise in the treatment of various diseases – including cardiovascular, neurovascular, renal, respiratory. The hospital performs a high number of organ transplants & treatments of rare diseases.
Croix-Rousse Hospital (Lyon)
In March 1852, the annexation of the Commons of the Croix-Rousse, the Guillotière, and Vaise to the city of Lyon forced the prefect of the Rhône Claude Marius Vaïsse to consider the construction of a new hospital facility to meet the needs of a population growth and “relieve” the two hospitals of the Peninsula: charity and the Hôtel-Dieu. He chooses to locate it in the neighborhood of the Croix-Rousse, strongly marked by a social history sometimes violent (revolt of the “canuts”), in order to meet the poverty and misery of a population in addition often struck by epidemics of typhoid, smallpox and tuberculosis. Hospital of the Croix-Rousse was thus inaugurated December 7, 1861.
Private Hospital Toulon Hyères (Marseille)
The private hospital Toulon Hyères – Sainte Marguerite is certified without reservation by the high authority of health (HAS) since 2005.
National quality indicators rank her among the first private clinics over 100 beds in France since 2004. These scores or indicators are displayed in the institution (in accordance with the Decree of March 05, 2013) and available on the site http://www.scopesante.fr.
The hospital supports, on average each year, 6,000 patients in hospital, about 7000 patients in ambulatory surgery, near 7500 chemotherapy sessions and approximately 24000 dialysis sessions.
Hospital has a team of practitioners (doctors, surgeons and anaesthetists) and approximately 290 employees, a high level technical platform in order to minimize the period of hospitalization.
Hotel Napoleon (Paris )
The Napoleon Hotel provides luxury, world-class accommodation ideal for high-end medical or business travellers. Located in one of Paris’s most elegant neighborhoods – the renowned 8th arrondissement – the hotel is minutes away from the Champs-Elysees & the Arc de Triomphe – two of the most famous cultural & tourist attractions in the world.
Napoleon Hotel offers a range of luxurious rooms & suites, with décor, themes & artwork reflecting the motif of one of France’s most glorious periods – that of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, the renowned statesman & military leader.
Amenities at this high-end hotel – which include full-service spas, fine dining & entertainment – are of premium quality, aimed at travellers seeking the very best.
Cour des Loges
Cour des Loges offers convenient, affordable accommodation in Paris for the budget-conscious traveller. Located a 4-minute walk from the Saint Jean-Baptiste Cathedral, the hotel features a spa with an indoor swimming pool, sauna and a hot tub. Massage treatments are available upon request.
Cour des Loges also has a fitness center & rooftop garden, and provides valet parking & concierge services. Its convenient location makes it traveller’s favorite; Place Bellecour & the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere and both within a 15-minute walk of the premises, with the Lyon Part-Dieu Train Station 3 km away. Lyon Saint Exupery Airport is a 32-minute drive.
The InterContinental Marseille Hotel
The InterContinental Marseille Hotel is housed within an 18th century historical monument, in Marseille – one of the most famous districts of France. With landmark views & private terraces, the hotel allows travellers to stay in style during their visit.
The InterContinental Marseille boasts 194 rooms & suites, with 2 gourmet restaurants – the La Brasserie Les Fenêtres and Le Restaurant Gastronomique Alcyone. The hotel’s relaxation area contains a spa with saunas, sunbeds, a gym and an indoor pool. The spa is available to guests for an extra charge.
With theaters, museums & department stores within easy reach, the Intercontinental Marseille is convenient, affordable accommodation in the heart of one of Europe’s prized destinations.
This guide covers the following topics:
- Changes to health insurance in France
- Am I eligible for state French health insurance?
- Student health insurance France
- How to apply for French health insurance
- Rates of contributions to the state healthcare insurance scheme
- What is covered under state healthcare insurance in France
- Health insurance in France for low-income and unemployed residents
- Private health insurance in France
- Choosing a French health insurance company
- Healthcare vocabulary in France
France’s healthcare system provides some of the best public healthcare in the world, although private health insurance is necessary for certain circumstances.
All legal residents in France are obliged by law to have health insurance in France. Many expats are now eligible to apply for state French health insurance (l’assurance maladie) in order to access France’s world-renowned healthcare system now that the French government has instated a new universal healthcare insurance system known as the Protection Maladie Universelle (PUMA) in January 2016. Individuals who are not covered by the PUMA or might want to increase their health coverage must apply private health insurance while living in France.
International health insurance provider Bupa Global explains who is eligible for public medical insurance in France and whether they need to avail of private French health insurance for foreigners.
AXA PPP International
AXA PPP International is part of the AXA Group, a global insurance company with 107 million customers all over the world. For the last 40 years, we’ve looked after the health cover needs of people relocating overseas, giving them access to medical treatment – wherever they are in the world.
Offering all our members excellent benefits, guidance and support
We know that moving to a new country is an exciting opportunity – but we also understand that relocating overseas can bring worries about what would happen if anything goes wrong. That’s why we make sure our members get the guidance, support and benefits they need, reassuring them that they can have access to medical expertise wherever they need it.
- International business health insurance
- Cover for your employees when living and working abroad
In 1952 Air France moved its operations and engineering base to the new Paris Orly Airport South terminal. By then the network covered 250,000 km. Air France entered the jet age in 1953 with the original, short-lived de Havilland Comet series 1, the world’s first jetliner.
During the mid-1950s it also operated the Vickers Viscount turboprop, with twelve entering services between May 1953 and August 1954 on the European routes. On 26 September1953z the government instructed Air France to share long-distance routes with new private airlines. This was followed by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport’s imposition of an accord on Air France, Aigle Azur, TAI and UAT, under which some routes to Africa, Asia and the Pacific region were transferred to private carriers.
Corsair International is the second largest French airline after Air France and is based in Rungis, France. It operates international scheduled and charter services to 15 destinations in Africa, America and Europe.
The airline was established in the year 1981 and started operations on 17 May 1981 as Corse Air International. Corsair airline’s fleet is consist of 7 aircrafts namely Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300 and Boeing 747-400.
One can book Corsair International airline flight tickets online on our travel website Goibibo.com. Customers can easily get access to previous booking by simply entering booking reference code or PNR number along with their last name. Flight status of Corsair International airline will be displayed onscreen on Goibibo.com by entering flight number and the name of the destination of the flight.
ASL Airlines France
Subsidiary of ASL Aviation Holdings, ASL Airlines France, formerly known as Europe Airpost, is a French airline, certified ISO 9001:2015. For 30 years, it has a dual activity of passenger transportation (scheduled flights, leisure flights, incentive flight, VIP flights…) and cargo transportation. It is the heir to L’AÉROPOSTALE and it has built its reputation on a flawless quality of service in favour of its clients: carriers, postal and express freight operators and tour operators.
Based in the airports of the largest cities of France and in Manchester, our Boeing 737s allow us to perform passenger and cargo flights to destinations and at times requested by customers.
What are our strengths? A great responsiveness and flexibility, time control and a high quality of service.