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Olympics in Paris | 2024

Safety in France

The upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place in venues throughout Paris and the broader Île-de-France region, including Seine-Saint-Denis, which will host the Olympic, Paralympic, and Media villages.

Besides these locations, various other cities across France and Teahupo’o in Tahiti will host events such as football, handball, and surfing.

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Olympics Paris, France 2024. Cities that will host events. Source: Riskline

Competitions will be held across 21 venues in nine cities:

Travel information

Visas

Most non-EU travelers will need a visa to enter France. It is recommended to check entry requirements through the official France Visa Portal. Non-Schengen travelers must have a passport issued within the last 10 years and valid for at least three months after their planned departure date.

Starting January 1, 2024, France introduced an online system to streamline visa applications for certain attendees of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Due to the anticipated influx of visitors, travelers should account for potential delays in visa appointments and processing times.

Travel Requirements

Necessary documents for visa application include:

– A passport valid for at least three months after the departure date, issued within the last 10 years, with two blank pages. Entry is also possible with passports indicating non-binary gender or marked as “Neutral” or “X”.
– Two passport-sized photos.
– Travel insurance with a minimum coverage of USD 33,000.
– Flight itinerary.
– Proof of accommodation and bank statements demonstrating sufficient financial means.

Visitors must ensure their travel documents align with their authorized stay in the EU/Schengen zone.

For the first time, the Games will extend to overseas territories, with the Teahupo’o site in Tahiti hosting the Olympic surfing competition on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Travelers should meet the latest entry requirements for these destinations.

LGBTQ+ Travelers

Homosexuality is legal in France, which offers extensive legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals. Same-sex marriage is legal and socially accepted, meaning LGBTQ+ travelers are unlikely to face legal issues or difficulties during their visit.

Safety concerns

Terrorism

While there have been no overt threats against the Paris 2024 Olympics, the event is a potential target for militant groups like Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, as well as radicalized lone individuals. Since 2014, militant attacks in France have resulted in 265 deaths and nearly 1,210 injuries, with the deadliest occurring on 13 November 2015, when IS-perpetrated shootings and suicide attacks in Paris killed 130 and injured 413.

During the Games, nearly 20,000 military personnel will be deployed, and CCTV surveillance, including algorithmic video monitoring, will be enhanced. Visitors should remain vigilant in crowded areas and near places of worship, and report any suspicious items or behavior to authorities.

Hooliganism

Despite claims that the Games will be free of hooliganism, clashes between fans of rival national teams remain a possibility, influenced by global political developments. A strong police presence aims to deter violence and respond quickly, but sudden confrontations could still occur, risking harm to bystanders.

To prevent alcohol-fueled crimes, authorities plan to ban liquor at competition venues. Security perimeters will be set up around these venues to ensure safety.

Exercise caution around large groups of fans and major transport hubs. Avoid unruly crowds, as police may use baton charges, tear gas, and arrests to manage hooliganism. Seek shelter if unrest arises.

Policing

The Paris Police Prefecture is highly professional, with reliable and courteous officers, minimizing corruption risks. They operate 24/7 reception points, including 20 central district stations. Officers’ English skills vary, but bilingual officers are identifiable by national flags on their badges. Complaints can be filed in 30 languages, including English, European languages, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Hebrew, and Turkish.

Fraud

Unlicensed taxis, ATM scams, credit card fraud, and identity theft are common in Paris. Criminals may impersonate police officers, impose false fines, or pose as petitioners collecting fake donations. These scams frequently occur at tourist sites, attractions, airports, and rail stations, with criminals working alone or in groups using various techniques.

Avoid engaging with street hawkers asking for money or personal information that can’t be verified as official. When using ATMs, choose banks with indoor facilities. Regularly check your bank statements and seek police or consular help if you become a fraud target.

Crime

Foreign travelers in Paris often encounter petty crimes such as pickpocketing, theft, and bag-snatching. High-traffic tourist spots like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Champs-Elysées, Saint-Michel, the Bastille, and the Centre Pompidou are particularly vulnerable. Organized gangs, including children, frequently target tourists at the Louvre. Public transportation hubs also experience frequent thefts. To minimize risk, avoid carrying large amounts of cash, keep credit cards in concealed pockets, avoid displaying wealth, and stay alert.

Violent crimes, though rarer, do occur. Reports include armed robberies and assaults at major attractions like the Champs-Elysées, the Louvre, Palais Royal, Les Halles, the Latin Quarter, and Gare du Nord, as well as on RER train lines to the suburbs late at night. The 19th arrondissement and certain suburbs like Saint-Denis, Aubervilliers, and Pigalle have higher crime rates. Avoid traveling alone in these areas after dark and remain vigilant.