everything you need to know about the QR code, the precious Holy Grail for getting around during the event

The 2024 Olympic Games in Paris are fast approaching, and with them, their share of security measures. Among them, the introduction of a QR code to access certain areas during the Olympics period. But what is this QR code for, and how to obtain it? Don’t panic, we’ll explain everything to you.

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To enjoy the Olympic festivities in Paris in 2024, you will need more than just an entry ticket: a QR code will be necessary to cross certain security perimeters. This system will be in force from July 18, 2024particularly around the Seine, where the celebrations will be held.

How to obtain this precious sesame?

Just register on the dedicated platform, the Games Pass, and to prove a “good reason” to go to the areas concerned. Pedestrians will be able to circulate without a QR code in the red perimeters (see below), but motorized vehicles must be equipped with one.

How do the zones work in Paris?

Traffic zones during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games are divided into three categories: the gray zone, the red zone and the blue zone. Each of these zones has specific restrictions and requirements to ensure the safety of local residents and visitors.

Source: Ministry of the Interior
The zones during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 26, 2024 // Source: Ministry of the Interior

In the gray zone, the Silt security perimeter (Internal security and fight against terrorism) which corresponds to the banks of the Seine, pedestrians and cyclists must have a QR code to circulate, while motorized vehicles will be prohibited , except for exceptions.

The red zone is a reinforced security zone around the Olympic sites, where pedestrians and cyclists can move freely without a QR code, but motorized vehicles require proof. Finally, the blue zone generally represents more remote areas with lower traffic restrictions.

Understanding these areas and their implications is essential to traveling safely and in compliance with applicable regulations during the event. Visitors and local residents should stay informed of instructions and updates regarding traffic zones and QR code requirements to fully enjoy the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

How does the QR code work?

The QR code, contraction of “Quick Response Code”, is a two-dimensional barcode that can be read quickly by a smartphone or other digital camera. It allows information to be stored and transmitted, such as a link to a website or, in the case of the 2024 Olympics, a travel authorization.


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