2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics – France

Level 1 - Practise health precautions (more details)

Original publication date: May 27, 2024

Updated: June 6, 2024

Current situation

France is hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games from July 26 to August 11, and Paralympic Games from August 28 to September 8, 2024. People from around the world will make their way to Paris to compete, work or watch these events. The Olympic surfing events will be taking place in Tahiti, French Polynesia.

Large crowds (mass gatherings) can increase your risk of getting sick or injured. Attendees may be at higher risk of exposure to some infectious diseases, such as influenza (the flu), colds, and travellers’ diarrhea. 

Before travelling, review the travel health notices currently applied to France and French Polynesia.

Global Measles Notice
COVID-19 and International Travel
Zika virus: Advice for travellers 

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Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games
Mass gatherings (large-scale events)


Before your trip

Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

  • Make sure that your routine vaccinations and adult boosters are up-to-date.
    • Ensure you and your family have received your recommended measles vaccinations, as measles cases are increasing in many places around the world. 

Review the travel advice and advisories (TAA) page for France before you leave and during your stay for up-to-date information and advice. If travelling to Tahiti to watch the surfing events, review the TAA page for French Polynesia.

France travel advice and advisories
French Polynesia travel advice and advisories

Pack a travel health kit and consider purchasing travel insurance.

Travel health kit
Travel insurance

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Tips for healthy travel
Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games

During your trip

Be prepared for emergencies

  •  The risk of accidental injury increases in large crowds.
  • Know where the emergency exits are and where to access medical care if needed.
  • Avoid densely congested areas with limited emergency exits.
  • Carry medical identification for existing medical conditions.

Consider wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator

  • Wearing a mask can help protect you and others from getting or spreading infectious respiratory diseases, such as measles and COVID-19.
  • This is especially important when you’re in crowded indoor places. 

Respiratory infectious diseases: What personal protective measures to use

Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow, not your hand.
  • Throw away used tissues as soon as possible, preferably in a lined waste container.

Clean your hands regularly

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
    • Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer with you when you travel.
    • If your hands are visibly dirty, you should wash them with soap and water instead of using hand sanitizer.

Hand washing and staying healthy

Practise safe food and water precautions

  • The most common illnesses among travellers are caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites or viruses. 

Eat and drink safely abroad

Protect yourself from insect bites 

  • Insects can carry and spread diseases, such as dengue and Zika.

Insect bite and pest prevention

Follow sun and heat safety tips 

  • Plan activities to avoid peak heat times and seek shade where possible.
  • Make sure to stay hydrated and eat regularly.

Sun and heat safety tips for travellers

Drive with caution

  • Expect traffic congestion and road closures.
  • Avoid driving on unfamiliar and/or rural roads, especially at night.

Abide by local laws

Visit the Government of Canada's Travel Advice and Advisories page for the most up-to-date information on laws and culture in France and French Polynesia.

France – Laws and culture
French Polynesia – Laws and culture

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If you become sick or injured while travelling outside Canada or after your return
Tips for healthy travel
Travel outside Canada

Returning to Canada

If you begin to feel sick during your travel back to Canada, you should:

  • put on a well-fitting respirator or mask, if possible
  • limit contact with other people, if possible
  • inform the flight attendant, cruise staff and/or a border services officer as soon as possible. You may be referred to a quarantine officer for a health assessment and further direction.

If you begin to feel sick after you return to Canada:

  • limit contact with other people
  • call a health care provider and notify them about your symptoms before an in-person appointment, so they can take proper precautions, if necessary
  • tell the health care provider where you have travelled

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If you become sick or injured while travelling outside Canada or after your return

Registration of Canadians Abroad

Sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or an emergency at home.

Registration of Canadians Abroad

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