Specially after the recent events, Paris has been afraid of attacks at the most known attraction of the city. Because of that, there are a few rules about what you can/can’t take inside the Tower.
To avoid having problems on the entrance, let me tell you what these items are.
The official website of the Tower has a PDF avaliable where you can read all the regulations, but to make it simple for you, I’ll sumerize it.
“Article 17: The personnel of the Eiffel Tower operating company are authorised to forbid admission to or evict any visitor who does not comply with these provisions, without compensation.”
“Article 27 : Should a visitor refuse to comply with rules during security checks, cause disturbances or problems to other visitors or partake in actions capable of harming the monument or its facilities, he or she may be immediately evicted from the monument without reimbursement and may be forbidden further entry.”
You can’t have a cigarette anywhere inside the Eiffel Tower zone, which is after the security check.
WEAPONS AND MUNITIONS, EXPLOSIBLE, FLAMMABLE OR VOLATILE SUBSTANCES, BLADED WEAPONS LIKELY TO BE A DANGER TO THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC AND EMPLOYEES, TOOLS (CUTTERS, SCREW DRIVERS, PLIERS ETC)
For, what I believe, are obvious reasons!
ITEMS THAT ARE TOO HEAVY, BULKY OR REPULSIVE,
At minimun it can bother other people or be on the way. Since there’s not much of space to walk and the place is packed with people, it’s a good idea to avoid blocking areas.
OVERSIZED LUGGAGE OR BAGS,
It makes the security checking part much longer and it’s easier to take any prohibited items inside.
My suggestion’s to take a medium shoulder bag.
CLIMBING OR JUMPING GEAR (ESPECIALLY BUNGEE JUMPING AND PARACHUTES), AS WELL AS PUBLICITY MATERIALS OF ANY KIND,
You’re not allowed to do any kind of sports inside the Tower, so, to avoid issues, the equipment is not allowed either. Also, you’re not allowed to advise without permission.
CHILD BUGGIES/STROLLERS THAT ARE NOT FOLDABLE,
It’s not hard to hide something on a stroller (acording to security experts) and, again, it’s a huge thing that takes a lot of space.
ANIMALS, EXCLUDING THOSE REQUIRED BY DISABLED VISITORS,
Even though it would be amazing to take pets inside the Tower, they have their necessities and it can be a mess. Also, how to be sure this animals will not attack anyone? Trusting the owner?
GLASS BOTTLES, DRINK CANS
You’ll be asked to throw them away.
I read the entire document and didn’t see any restrictions to full plastic bottles. Something else I’ve noticed is that you, aparently, are allowed to take alcohol inside (even though it’s flammable)…
AN EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF FOOD OR DRINKS
You can’t have a picnic inside the Tower, if you have any plans on doing a picnic or something like it, please, do it on the Champs de Mars.
NO BARE FEET
In my opinion this one is the easiest not to do, since you don’t see a lot of people walking around Paris on bare feet…
NO CLOTHING THAT POSES A THREAT TO THE SMOOTH FUNCTIONING OF THE TOWER.
I don’t have a clue what that would be, so, if you know, please tell me in the comments bellow!! I’m lost…
One problem I have with this list is that all of the things are really subjective! It depends on the guards to allow or not and the tourist can’t discuss… So, just in case, don’t take anything that resembles the prohibited items.
That’s it for today’s post. If you have anything to add, please tell me in the comments. Thanks for reading.
See you in the next post.