In a pioneering move, France has become the first European Union member to introduce fully digital Schengen visas for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris. Commencing on January 1, 2024, the newly launched “Olympic Consulate” system operates through the France-Visas portal, streamlining the application process for 15,000 international athletes, 9,000 journalists, and foreign delegations.
Online Processing via “Olympic Consulate”
Applications for the 70,000 visas will be exclusively processed online, preventing them from being inundated among other visa requests. This groundbreaking initiative aligns with the EU’s digitalization plans for Schengen visas, marking a significant shift in visa application procedures.
Integration with Accreditation Cards
In an innovative approach, approved visas will not be affixed to passports. Instead, they will be seamlessly integrated into accreditation cards, a move aimed at enhancing efficiency and convenience for participants.
Strategic Measures for Security and Efficiency
France’s proactive approach aims to ensure timely visa issuance, crucial for the smooth organization of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With the country hosting these events for the first time in a century, France is making strategic investments in security measures to safeguard the Games, showcasing its commitment to a successful and secure international sporting spectacle.