Specific travel advice for rugby fans ahead of the match at the Stade de France on 19th March, 2015
Given the specific security considerations in France after the terrorist attacks last November, please read and follow this specific travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Kick off time: 9pm (local); you are advised to be in place for 8PM (local)
Along with this advice, please read the FCO travel advice for France.
A national state of emergency remains ongoing since last November. The French government has warned the public to be especially vigilant and has reinforced security measures. These measures will have an impact on the time it takes for you to get to and in the stadium.
Please see the French government’s advice about what to do if a terrorist attack occurs.
Getting to the stadium
  • From Paris Gare Du Nord Eurostar Terminal, take RER B to La Plaine – Stade de France or RER D to Stade de France – Saint Denis
  • From Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris Orly airport, take RER B to La Plaine Stade de France
  • By car, take motorway A1 exit 2 (Stade de France) or A86 exit 9 (Saint Denis La Plaine – Stade de France) – you must book your car park space in advance on the stadium’s website 
At the match
  • Security will be enforced by French police and stewards, the process will be thorough and time consuming: you should expect to go through several check points before entering the stadium (security measures include patting down, bag searches and ticket checks)
  • Doors open at 7PM local time, 2 hours before kick-off – you should arrive well before the start of match as ticket and security checks will take a long time to complete before admittance – The FCO has been informed that at no point will security checks be relaxed (i.e. if you are late you will not be in place for kick-off)
  • Supporters with disabilities are advised to arrive at the stadium no later than 2 hours before kick-off time
  • Avoid carrying large bags, motorcycle helmets and other luggage, as these will have to be left in a locker
  • Alcohol, fireworks, flares, bangers, rigid flagpoles, knives, weapons and so on are banned inside the stadium and will be confiscated
  • If you appear drunk you may be refused entry to the stadium
Passports and visas
  • UK passport holders do not a visa to enter France, but make sure that your passport is valid until you return to the United Kingdom
  • Remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), but also take out travel insurance, even if you’re only going for one night – it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties
  • You should carry your ID with you at all times
  • Smoking is not permitted in the stands
  • Possession and use of recreational drugs is illegal in France and any infringement may result in arrest and imprisonment
  • The Europe-wide number to call in an emergency is 112
Consulate address
British Embassy
Consular Services
16 rue d’Anjou
75008 Paris
Tel: +33 1 44 51 31 00