Comic-COn 2024

Convention Policies

We’re very excited to be able to gather in person once again. For all that to happen, Comic-Con has a few policies we must all follow that are necessary for the safety and comfort of everyone. We appreciate your cooperation in helping to make Comic-Con a place that everyone can enjoy.

Airspace (Balloons, Drones, etc.)

No devices may be flown or tethered within the confines of the Exhibit Hall or at any Comic-Con function in the San Diego Convention Center and on Convention Center grounds. This includes drones, helium balloons and helium-filled products, or any lighter-than-air objects either powered or unpowered.


To help prevent scalping and counterfeit badges, Comic-Con badges are once again enabled with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags. A complete Comic-Con badge is made up of two pieces only: the plastic badge holder with an RFID sticker attached and your daily or 4-Day paper name badge(s).

At various points of entry to the San Diego Convention Center, Hall H, and the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel, you will encounter gates with a “SCAN HERE” indicator near the top of the gate. All you need to do is tap your badge briefly to the indicator. When you do, you’ll get a green light that indicates you’ve been validated and are okay to enter. When you leave, you MUST tap your badge out so you may re-enter when you return.

It is extremely important to remember to tap your badge when you leave, or you could be denied re-entry! If you forget to tap out or if you experience an issue with your RFID sticker, please visit one of the RFID Badge Help Desks located in Lobby A, D, and G of the San Diego Convention Center or visit the Registration Area located upstairs in the Sails Pavilion and look for the Attendee Badge Solutions desk. If you are sent to an RFID Badge Help Desk to resolve a badging issue, you will need a photo ID to validate that you are the badge holder of record.

Always wear your badge and hang on to it! You will need your badge to attend any Comic-Con function, including all daytime and nighttime panels and events at the San Diego Convention Center and other program and event locations around downtown (including the Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and Omni hotels, and the San Diego Central Library) and, of course, browsing or shopping in the Exhibit Hall. Keep your badge visible so guards do not stop you. If you’re asked to show your badge and photo ID, please do so. 

Badges are non transferable. Please do not give your badge to a friend or to people outside the Convention Center when you leave Comic-Con. Security will perform random ID checks throughout the convention, so make sure the name on your badge matches your photo ID!

Access to the Convention Center area is restricted during the event. You will need to show your badge—or your badge confirmation email—to get onto Convention Center property, from Hall A through Plaza Park on the south end of Hall H.

Badge Privacy Notice

Your event badge is encoded with a number that allows exhibitors to obtain your full name, company name, address, phone number, and email address. If you allow an exhibitor to scan your badge using RFID or the barcode, they can get this information. If you do not want exhibitors to have your contact information, do not allow your badge to be scanned or give your badge to anyone else.

If an exhibitor scans your badge and obtains your contact information, they may contact you, send you information or share your information with others. Comic-Con does not rent, sell, lend, or give its mailing list to anyone other than parties that need the information to assist in producing our events (e.g., the registration and housing companies).

Code of Conduct

Attendees must respect commonsense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Comic-Con reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the membership and badge of any attendee not in compliance with this policy. Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate the nearest member of security or staff member so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner.

The Comic-Con Information Desks are located in the lobbies of Halls C and D of the San Diego Convention Center. During show hours you can always find a Comic-Con staff member or security guard at the Information Desks. Please stop by there if you have any questions or concerns.

Costume Props Policy

All costume props must be inspected daily at one of the Costume Props Desks. The Costume Props Policy is subject to change at any time and final approval on costume props will be at the sole discretion of our Prop Safety Officers.

There are two Costume Prop Desks: one near the outside door in the lobby of Hall E, and the second in Lobby C2, between the escalators. Prop Safety Officers will also be walking entry lines each morning.  

After your costume prop(s) have been checked, they will be tagged by security to designate that your costume prop(s) have been checked and approved. This tag must remain visible on your costume prop(s) while you are at the event. Security will escort you to the Costume Props Desk for inspection if your costume prop(s) is not tagged.

Simulated or costume props may be allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following:

  • All cosplay must abide by Comic-Con’s Code of Conduct.
  • No functional or sharp-edged props or weapons are allowed at Comic-Con. 
  • All costume props must conform to state and federal law.
  • Replica projectile costume props must be rendered inoperable and covered with brightly-colored caps.
  • Functional (real) arrows must have their tips removed and be bundled and zip-tied to a quiver.
  • Certain props may need to be tied to your costume in such a way that they can’t be drawn. Our Prop Safety Officers will make these determinations.
  • Costumes featuring stilts must be approved at the Costume Props Desk.
  • Realistic cosplay of first responders and/or security is not permitted. 
  • At certain times, due to crowds and safety issues, oversized costumes may be asked to leave the Exhibit Hall and/or programming rooms.

If you do not want to have your costume prop(s) inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please do not bring your costume prop(s) to Comic-Con. 

The Costume Props Policy is subject to change at any time. Please be sure to continue to check this website closer to the event to ensure your costume prop(s) comply with the current Costume Props Policy.

COVID-19 Health and Safety

While San Diego Comic Convention, (“SDCC”) cannot guarantee that its participants will not become infected with COVID-19, SDCC will, at a minimum, comply with all state and local requirements, including, masking, social distancing, limiting attendance, postponing an event and/or canceling an event, if required.

Everyone attending Comic-Con may be required to wear an approved face covering regardless of vaccination status. In addition to wearing an approved face covering, you may be required to provide verification of full COVID-19 vaccination status or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. SDCC reserves the right to modify requirements or limits for attending or participating in activities.

By registering to attend these events you agree to abide by entry requirements in effect at the time of the event. Check the Comic-Con website COVID-19 Information leading up to the event for the latest protocols.

No Handouts

No distribution of any materials—including flyers, stickers, cards, or any promotional item—is allowed in any area inside or outside the San Diego Convention Center, except from within a booth in the Exhibit Hall or when preapproved for placement on the Freebie Tables in the Sails Pavilion.

No Bicycles, Scooters, Segways, or Hoverboards

Scooters, bicycles, and Segways are not allowed on the San Diego Convention Center grounds, including inside the building. By order of the fire marshal, hoverboards are not allowed at Comic-Con, including all inside or outside areas of the San Diego Convention Center, and additional venues featuring Comic-Con events.

No Handcarts, Trolleys, Rolling Luggage, or Oversized Strollers in the Exhibit Hall

Please be aware that, for safety reasons, no handcarts, trolleys, rolling luggage, or oversized strollers are allowed in the Exhibit Hall. Attendees found on the exhibit floor with these items will be asked to leave the Exhibit Hall.

No Live Streaming of Any Program or Event at Comic-Con

The usage of live streaming apps and software on any electronic device (smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) is not allowed in any official Comic-Con program and event rooms, both on-site at the San Diego Convention Center and in other Comic-Con venues.

No Market Research at Comic-Con

Comic-Con does not allow third-party market research, surveys, or information-gathering in any public area—indoors or outdoors—of the San Diego Convention Center, or any other venue featuring Comic-Con events.

No Paging

Please keep in mind that there will be no personal pages over the P.A. system. Set a time and place to meet with your family and friends and communicate with them via text or phone when necessary. There is also a message board available in Lobby C where you can post written messages.

No Pets Allowed

If you have pets, including iguanas, parrots, boa constrictors, or other nonhuman critters, please leave them at home. The San Diego Convention Center will not allow animals into the building except for service animals. If your service animal is not wearing any kind of ID identifying them as a service animal, you may be stopped by security. For your convenience, please stop by Disabled Services in the lobby of Hall A for Service Animal Stickers for your Comic-Con badge. 

No Retail Sales Unless Exhibit Space Has Been Purchased

Hall, common areas such as lobbies, hallways, and program rooms, or outside venues, such as the San Diego Convention Center grounds as well as any venue featuring official Comic-Con events. Retail sales are strictly limited to the exhibitors in the Comic-Con Exhibit Hall. In addition, there is no solicitation of tips, fees, or donations for any reason, unless you have a booth, table, or official space allocated by Comic-Con.

No Running

For the safety of all, there is absolutely no running anywhere at Comic-Con. This includes the programming rooms, the hallways and lobbies, in our outside spaces, and in the Exhibit Hall at all times, especially in the morning when we first open the hall. We understand the urgency to get to a favorite booth (or program or anime screening or event) right away, but running is a safety hazard for EVERYONE, not just the person running. People caught running may have their badges taken away from them and be ejected from the convention. Don’t run … it’s not worth it!

No Selfie Sticks or Similar Devices at Comic-Con

Selfie sticks, GoPro poles, stilts, or any device that extends your camera or phone away from your hand or body are not allowed at Comic-Con. If you’re seen with one of these devices, you will be asked by security to put it away and not use it at Comic-Con. This includes all of the San Diego Convention Center: Exhibit Hall, programming and event rooms, etc., and on Convention Center grounds outside, and any official Comic-Con events outside the Center, including the hotels, theaters, and the Library.

No Sitting in Exhibit Hall Aisles

By order of the fire marshal, sitting in the Exhibit Hall aisles is not allowed. Lounges are located throughout the Comic-Con Exhibit Hall and near food concessions for your convenience.

No Smoking, Including E-cigarettes and Vaping Products and Devices

Smoking is not allowed at any Comic-Con function or space at any time and in any location. No smoking at Comic-Con includes traditional cigarettes, any vaping products or devices (e.g., “vape pens”), E-cigarettes, pipes, and cigars. This policy includes all function, exhibit, and event spaces at the San Diego Convention Center or any other additional Comic-Con venues.

The Convention Center is a non-smoking facility. You are welcome to use the designated areas outside the building where smoking and vaping are permitted, but please be considerate of others when you do. This policy is in place not only for the comfort of attendees but also to comply with state and local ordinances prohibiting smoking at public buildings near any doorway, entrance, exit, or operable window. Please comply with this policy; noncompliance may result in ejection from the convention.

No Strollers Allowed in the Programming Rooms

By order of the fire marshal, strollers are not allowed in any of the programming rooms. Stroller parking is located in various areas in the San Diego Convention Center; see the maps in the Comic-Con Events Guide for exact locations. Stroller parking will be free of charge and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: Comic-Con will not provide security or check-in/check-out for the strollers.

No Video or Audio Recording of Panels for Public Display

Cameras and recording devices are permitted in program and panel rooms but cannot be used to reproduce the presentation and must not interfere with other fans’ enjoyment of the presentation. Any recording of panels or programs is allowed only for personal use and not for broadcast in any form. No video or audio recording is allowed of the footage on the screens during movie and television panels. The footage shown in these panels is exclusive, brought to us by the studios and networks. Please respect their rights and allow us to continue to show this type of material to our attendees.

Prohibited Items

Alcohol or alcoholic beverages are not allowed inside the San Diego Convention Center or at any of our official offsite events. Bag searches may be performed at various entry locations. Wanding and metal detectors may be used at some locations as well. Make sure to leave your drones, helium balloons, helium-filled products, fireworks, handcarts, trolleys, rolling luggage, and pets (excluding service animals) at home. Absolutely no functioning props or weapons are allowed. Only active on-duty police officers may carry firearms within the Convention Center. All other persons are strictly prohibited regardless of license or status.

Wearable Cameras/Video Recorders/Camera Phones

Remember that recording of footage on the screens during panels is prohibited (see above: No Video or Audio Recording of Panels for Public Display)This includes any recording device, whether digital, analog, or otherwise, including Google Glass, Snapchat Specs, or any wearable cameras. You cannot wear these devices during footage viewing in any program room. If your Google Glass is prescription, please bring a different pair of glasses to use during these times.

Please turn off your devices (phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) and put them away during the screening of panel footage. Not doing so interferes with everyone’s viewing quality and causes security to think you’re recording the clip.

Comic-Con reserves the right to change or modify any policy or rule at any time and without notice.