France becomes first to issue digital Schengen Visas for Paris Olympics

‘Olympic Consulate’ to process applications by athletes, journalists & official delegations
2024-01-04
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France becomes first to issue digital Schengen Visas for Paris Olympics

The country expects around 1.5 million spectators from all over the world

France will issue around 70,000 online French Schengen Visa to athletes, journalists, and delegations for the Olympic and Paralympic games.
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France is set to become the first European Union Member State to make the application procedures for a French Schengen Visa completely online. The country expects around 1.5 million spectators from all over the world to attend the games that are slated to be held starting from July.

According to a press statement, France will issue digital visas to around 70,000 applicants who will be participating in the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It says that since the New Year’s Day, France has started operating a new system called the “Olympic Consulate” which will be processing applications of 15,000 international athletes, 9,000 journalists and delegations of foreign countries participating in the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Game.

The statement adds that the system has been established in a bid by the French authorities to prevent the applications for the Olympics from getting mixed up with the flood of files currently being processed at French visa centres abroad.

“It [the system] is indeed necessary to guarantee the issuance of visas within timeframes compatible with the successful organisation of the Games,” says the French Ministry of the Interior.

Applications will be filed and processed via the France-Visas platform completely online, which makes France the first EU country to process visas online, in line with the EU Schengen visa digitalisation plans adopted by the Parliament last October.

At the same time, these 70,000 people will not have their visas affixed to their passports, but will have them integrated directly into their accreditation cards. The Olympic and Paralympic Games in France are set to be held from July 26 to August 11 and from August 28 to September 8, 2024, respectively.

“In 2024, France will host the summer Olympic Games for the first time in a century, and the Paralympic Games for the first time in its history. It will host 15,000 athletes, over 9,000 accredited journalists, and almost 1.5 million spectators from all over the world,” says the French Foreign Ministry in its statement.

Previously, the 2024 Paris Olympic Games services and relations manager, Alejandro Recalde, had announced that athletes and officials who hold a valid multiple-entry Schengen visa, will not be required to apply for a French Schengen visa to attend the event, as they will be able to use their existing visa. Yet, they will still require accreditation for the games.

France has been investing a lot of money and energy in order to avoid any security threats during these games, which will be held in the country for the first time in a century. It has also been one of the main reasons for the postponement of the launch of the Entry/Exit System, after pressuring the EU that the system could create chaos at its borders in the summer.

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