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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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The general safety score for France is

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Exploring the Olympics

Competitions will be held across 21 venues in nine cities:

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

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10 Fun Facts About the Paris Olympics 2024

First Carbon-Neutral Olympics
Paris 2024 aims to be the first-ever carbon-neutral Olympics, with measures including renewable energy sources and sustainable transportation options.
Iconic Venues
Many events will be held at iconic Parisian landmarks, such as beach volleyball at the Eiffel Tower and archery at Les Invalides. 
Gender Equality
Paris 2024 will be the first Olympics with an equal number of male and female athletes competing.
Open Water Swim in the Seine
For the first time in over a century, athletes will swim in the Seine River, which has undergone a massive clean-up effort. 
Breaking Debut
Breaking (breakdancing) will make its Olympic debut in Paris 2024, adding a modern twist to the games. 
Tech-Driven Experience
Spectators will enjoy an enhanced experience with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies. 
Sustainable Medals
The medals will be made from recycled electronics, promoting sustainability and reducing waste. 
Marathon for the Public
In a first, there will be a marathon open to the public, allowing amateur runners to compete on the same course as the Olympic
Mixed-Gender Events
Paris 2024 will feature more mixed-gender events than any previous Olympics, promoting inclusivity and equality. 
Historic Return
Paris will host the Summer Olympics for the third time, having previously hosted in 1900 and 1924. It marks exactly 100 years since the last time. 
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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

Health & Wellness

In Paris, women have access to comprehensive healthcare services, including gynecological and reproductive health care, rape kits, specialized clinics, abortion services, emergency contraceptives, prescription contraceptives, and feminine hygiene products. Abortions are legal within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and, in special circumstances, later, with commission approval. English-speaking facilities are accessible. High-quality prescription drugs are readily available, and infectious diseases pose minimal risk to travelers.

Safety

France is generally safe for female travelers, though some incidents of gender-based violence and harassment have occurred in crowded public spaces such as transportation hubs, tourist attractions, and event venues in Paris. Foreign female travelers face no greater risk than locals.

Reports of sexual assaults or harassment have been noted on public transport, particularly the Metro at night. The Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower has seen some recent cases of nighttime sexual assaults. Female travelers are advised to avoid walking alone at night in areas like Pigalle, Barbès-Rochechouart, Rue de Rivoli, Stalingrad, Montmartre, and Rue Saint-Denis.

France has robust laws to prosecute sexual violence and provide support to survivors. Visitors can reduce risks by staying aware of their surroundings, sticking to well-lit areas, avoiding walking alone at night, trusting their instincts, and being cautious when socializing or consuming alcohol. Familiarize yourself with local emergency numbers and support resources. Police and emergency services in France are professional, and female travelers should have no issues reporting crimes. Incidents should be reported to the nearest police station as soon as possible.

 

Local Customs & Laws

Paris has no special rules specifically for women to consider. Women can familiarize themselves with their destination and be mindful of potential political and cultural sensitivities.