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Working Visa Medical Certificates for the Paris Olympics: Do You Need One?

May 22, 2024
Working Visa Medical Certificates for the Paris Olympics: Do You Need One?
May 22, 2024

We’re heading into an amazing summer of sport.

Things kick off with EURO 24, UEFA’s European football tournament, which takes place in Germany on 14th June-14th July. Then, shortly after the Euros are the Olympic Games, taking place in Paris on 26th July -11 August.

Luckily for us Brits, the Olympics are just a short Eurostar train journey away, which means they’re pretty easy to get to. If you’re popping over for a short stay in Paris as a spectator, you’ll just need to make sure you have a valid passport, an EHIC card and travel insurance.

Double check the travel documents you’ll need.

However, if you’re planning to head over to Paris to soak up the atmosphere and earn money while you’re there – or already have a job secured – you’ll need another document as well, a work visa that’s specific to France.

Since the UK left the EU in 2020, it’s not as easy to work abroad as it once was, even if it is just across the Channel.

Post-Brexit UK workers are now considered as Third Country Nationals, which means they now need a work permit and working visa even to work in nearby European countries, such as France.

So if you are heading to the Paris Olympics this summer for work purposes, here’s what you need to know and do. Plus, how we can help make the process a little bit smoother.

Get your French Olympic Games working VISA today.

Do I need a VISA to work at the Paris Olympics?


In order to hire a foreign national, an employer has to prove that they were unable to recruit an employee with the required skills in France.


If you’re a non-EU employee planning on working in France this summer, you’ll need either a short-term or long-term visa depending on whether you’re planning to be there to cover the Olympics (less than 90 days) or are there for longer than 90 days.

For more information on working in France read Gov.uk’s guidance.

As part of the French Labour Code, you’ll also be required to provide supporting documents, such as a Fit-To Work certificate confirming you are healthy, able to work and won’t require access to medical services (other than in an emergency).

‘They may be our neighbours geographically but if you’re working in France you’ll need paperwork and evidence to show you are fit and well. Sometimes this can be stressful to get hold of, but it doesn’t need to be thanks to ZoomDoc,’ says Chief Medical Officer and GP, Dr Kenny Livingstone.

‘To be able to work across the Channel all non-EU employees require a specific ‘fit to work’ certificate (Certificat d’aptitude au travail) as well as something called a Republique Francaise Medical Certificate. 

‘We can provide a quick and easy France-specific Medical Certificate, so individuals can secure their role at the Games without any hold ups,’ he says.

How to Get a Visa Medical Certificate for Paris 2024 Olympic Games


All non EU employees looking to work in France must abide by the French labour code (OFII).


It couldn’t be easier. 

To support your work visa, order your France Work Medical Certificate for just £79.

You won’t need to make a doctor’s appointment and will receive your certificate the same-day with a separate OFII (Office Française De L’Immigration et De L’Intégration) certificate sent by post, the next working day.

Your certificate will confirm:

  • Your name and date of birth.
  • A statement confirming you do not suffer from any disease that could cause serious repercussions to public health, according to the specifications of the International Health Regulations (IHR) of 2005.
  • Confirmation that you are fit to work.
  • Signature and authorisation by one of our GMC and FCDO-registered UK doctors.
  • Contact details of ZoomDoc Health with a QR code enabling a verification check.


Working abroad? More ways ZoomDoc can help

Find out which other Medical Letters could help make your transition easier.

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