The Olympic and Paralympic Games attracts spectators from all over
the world and is watched by billions of viewers worldwide. This
high profile means that the Games pose an attractive target for
protest groups wishing to publicise their particular causes to a
worldwide audience. The Olympic Games has also been targeted by
terrorists in the past while London suffered a major terrorist
attack in 2005.
To avoid any major disruption the authorities have implement a
range of special security measures that will remain in place until
the conclusion of the Games. The measures will be in force at entry
points into Britain, throughout London and at all Olympic and
Increased security at airports, particularly at Heathrow and
Gatwick, may result in some delays for Irish passengers travelling
to London for the Games. However the existence of the Common Travel
Area between Britain and Ireland should mean that any such delays
will be much shorter than for visitors from other countries,
especially those who require a visa to enter the UK.
Security at Olympic venues will be quite extensive, particularly at
entry points. - All ticket holders will be searched on entry
(person and body search, similar to at airports) so allow extra
time for this.
- No liquids can be brought into venues by
- Only a small amount of foodstuffs will be permitted
to be brought in
- There will be a size restriction on
- No sharp or potentially dangerous items will be
- There are no storage facilities at the Games venues,
so if have to surrender an item it won’t be returned.
Full details of security measures, including lists of prohibited
and restricted items at the various venues, can be viewed at
The following common sense precautions will help you to ensure that
you keep your personal possessions safe.
- Do not leave
your bags where you cannot see them and never leave
- Do not carry
large amounts of money
your Credit Cards and PIN number at all times
- Do not
leave your phone on tables in bars or restaurants
- Keep your
valuables (including your passport) in the hotel safe or
- Always hand
your hotel key in
- Remember that
hotel lobbies and reception rooms are public places and are
frequented by thieves and pick pockets.