Olympic Games: Get your QR code to visit Paris this summer

We are only a few weeks away from the start of the Olympic Games in Paris which will be inaugurated on the 26 July 2024.

Currently the Olympic flame is making its journey for almost 80 days across the whole of France and its territories, covering some 12,000 kilometres.

The relay began on 9 May in Marseille, a day after the torch arrived from Greece on a 19th century ship. It will reach Paris on July 26 for the opening ceremony after 68 stages, including six overseas territories.

Needless to say, an enormous influx of people is expected in the capital. With a view to tighten security and manage the flow of people and traffic, the city of Paris has put in place a digital pass via QR code which visitors and inhabitants will need to have in order to access and move freely within specific geographic zones. These zones will come into effect eight days before the opening ceremony.

Two different zones will be put in place: a grey zone and a red zone:

Access to the red zone:

Pedestrians and cyclists:

  • You can move freely within the red zone
  • this group includes visitors coming by cargo bike or scooter (including electric)

Motorized vehicles:

  • Access is prohibited between July 18 and 26 inclusive
  • with rare exceptions, provided that proof is presented at checkpoints manned by security forces (handicap or medical transport etc.)

Access to the grey zone:

Pedestrians and cyclists:

  • you must have obtained a digital pass, also called QR code (for persons over 13 years of age)
  • on July 26, the day of the ceremony, from 1 p.m., only spectators with a ticket or an access permit for the festivities, as well as local residents or professionals (pedestrians or cyclists) with a digital pass, will be authorized
  • this group includes visitors coming by cargo bike or scooter (including electric)

Motorized vehicles:

  • Access is prohibited between July 18 and 26 inclusive
  • This regards two-wheeler, personal car, taxi, VTC, utility vehicle, heavy goods vehicle, etc.

Other noteworthy points

  • Only residents, workers and visitors to the area (those who have a ticket for the Olympics, a cultural event in the area such as the Louvre Museum, a judicial summons, a medical appointment), can apply for a QR code
  • from 18 July, the metro stations located within the zones will be closed to the public. Bus lines crossing this space will be diverted. On the day of the ceremony, no buses will be able to circulate within the designated zones.
  • The bridges indicated in blue will be open to allow free movement between the right bank and the left bank of the Seine on 18 to 26 July
  • The grey and red zones will be extended on the 26 of July

How to get your digital pass?

The platform to obtain your QR code, necessary to cross the security perimeter, opened this Monday on 13 May.

In order to register and obtain your QR code, simply click on the link below and follow the instructions:

Only residents, workers and visitors to the area are eligible to apply for the QR code. They must be able to prove their eligibility, for example, via proof of address, an employment contract or a ticket for the opening ceremony. A photo and an identity card are also required.

And after the 26 July?

Certain restrictions will remain in place for pedestrians and vehicles in proximity to the competition sites. In Île-de-France, the Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place on 25 competition sites, of which 13 are located in Paris and 12 outside the capital The competitions will be carried out from 26 July to 11 August, and then from 28 August to 8 September 2024.

A security perimeter will be created around the various events, with restricted access according to colour codes:

Blue Zone

  • open to pedestrians or cyclists
  • regulated access to vehicles (residents and professionals)

Red Zone

  • QR code required
  • No access to vehicles

Gray and Black Zones

  • Access only for spectators with tickets

For more information about this topic please visit the sites below.

Olympic Flame Relay:

Map of zones for 18 – 26 July

Map of zones on 26 July

Map of zones after 26 of July

Interactive map of traffic restrictions during the Olympics

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