Japan Expo Marseille - March 8-10, 2024
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Security measures

Japan Expo Sud has set up a stricter security control system this year: read what follows to go through security checks easily and avoid problems.

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Information about the festival security rules may be modified at any time and until the event. On site, only the security agents will be allowed to tell which items are allowed in or not.

On top of the security measures below, please read the list of forbidden items on this page to make your visit at Japan Expo Sud easier.

Controls at the entrance

France is currently under a strict security plan (Vigipirate) and thus the security measures at the festival have been strengthened. All the attendees will undergo security checks as soon as they arrive at Marseille Chanot, before being led to the lines. All the attendees, their bags, and belongings will be checked. Metal detectors and palpations may be used if necessary.

The only security check spot is set in Hall 8: all attendees must go there before going to the entrance corresponding to their ticket or situation.
Attention: is now set in allée Ray Grassi, next to hall 8.

This plan of action is set up for the attendees’ security and it may cause delay at the entrance. Yet we’re doing our best to make the delay as short as possible. To make things easier and faster, please read this page and the list of forbidden objects carefully before coming to the event, and open your coat and bag(s) when your turn is coming for security checks. We remind you that your face has to be uncovered at for security check.  

Anyone refusing to be checked at the entrance by our security agents will be denied any access to Japan Expo Sud, even if they have an entrance ticket. 

Forbidden objects

The security level having been raised, some items are forbidden at the entrance. THE LIST OF FORBIDDEN ITEMS IS AVAILABLE ON THIS PAGE. Generally speaking, all the items made of metal, fully or partly, as well as weapons and weapon replicas are forbidden.

We remind you that only the security agentson site can tell which items are allowed in or not.

Weapon replicas

The festival rules remain strict about weapons, according to the French law: BEARING ANY WEAPON OR WEAPON REPLICA IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN IN THE FESTIVAL, whatever it is made of. As a reminder, this is valid for all public areas, including public transportation.

ONLY HARMLESS REPLICAS OF FANTASY WEAPONS ARE ALLOWED, ON THE CONDITION THAT THEY BEAR STRICTLY NO RESEMBLANCE WITH ANY REAL WEAPON. The latter and all the accessories that may be brought in the festival must abide by the following rules, valid for cosplayers as well as all attendees:

  • It can absolutely not be mistaken for a real weapon
  • It must be made of harmless material only, such as foam, cardboard, light wood, or worbla
  • It mustn’t have any part made of metal, metal items being strictly forbidden


We remind you that those rules apply to all the attendees, with no exception and including cosplayers. Concerning cosplayers entering the contests, more information is available from the Cosplayforum and questions can be addressed to the cosplay team on www.facebook.com/epicassociation

More information about the French government’s security instructions on www.gouvernement.fr/reagir-attaque-terroriste


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