Who needs QR Codes for getting around during Paris Olympics?

A special pass will be needed to circulate in some areas of Paris during the Olympics this summer. As online applications for the necessary QR code opened Monday, we look at who needs them, when, and the areas affected.

From 18 July and throughout the period of the Olympic Games (26 July to 11 August) some areas of the capital will be sectioned off into zones and you’ll need a “Pass Jeux” (Games Pass) to move around within them.

The pass takes the form of a QR code which can either be downloaded onto a smartphone or printed out.

The ministry of the interior platform went live on Monday, and passes will be issued following administrative checks by the Paris police prefecture.

For the moment applications concern only the Olympic opening ceremony on the river Seine on 26 July, but will be extended to the whole Olympic period shortly.

Who needs a QR code?

The QR codes apply mainly to people wanting to circulate in restricted areas in motorised vehicles (cars, motorbikes), such as taxi and delivery drivers, as well as people living near the opening ceremony and competition venues.

Pedestrians, cyclists, and riders of non-motorised scooters do not need a QR code to enter restricted areas.

Which areas are affected?

Four, coloured-codes perimeters will be set up around the sites – grey, black, red, blue.

They are laid out in the video below (in French) and maps can be found here.

Read more on RFI English

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