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Rugby World Cup 2023

Top tips for a safe and enjoyable holiday

France will host the Rugby World Cup this year, with matches taking place in cities across the country.

If you will be following the adventures of the Irish team this autumn, follow these steps to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable holiday:

Download our consular advice leaflet for your trip
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Check your passport

Ensure your passport is valid, and apply for a passport card.

Your passport must be valid for the entirety of your visit in France. We recommend you obtain a passport card before travelling. A passport card fits into your wallet, and means you can leave your passport book in a safe place to use as back-up.

According to French law you must have some form of photo identification with you at all times. If you can, avoid bringing your passport book out and about with you; keep it somewhere safe for the return journey.

Apply for your EHIC

You can get a free European Health Insurance Card at The application is straightforward and the card will be posted out to you within ten working days. However, you should apply as soon as possible to ensure you can bring the card to France. It will grant you easier access to healthcare, should you need it.

Purchase travel insurance

Whether or not you have an EHIC, we strongly recommend you purchase comprehensive travel insurance. Travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money, and ensures that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it.

Follow the rules

Be aware that there may be increased security around stadia, train stations, and airports. Always follow the instructions of officials and police, and remember to keep photo identification on you at all times. You should be aware that there are strict laws around drones in France, and all drone activity during the Rugby World Cup will be illegal, and will lead to prosecution.

Stay in touch

When in France, be sure to keep in contact with your friends and family at home in Ireland. Keep checking in, and make sure your loved ones know your itinerary and travel plans. Don’t hesitate to contact our Embassy in Paris either before or during your trip to France. We can be reached at 00 33 1 44 17 67 00 and you can see the latest information, news, and events @irlembparis.

Have fun!

Irish fans have a great reputation in France – even winning an award from the City of Paris during Euro 2016 for lifting the mood of the city. Enjoy these great sporting occasions knowing that when it comes to the craic, you’ll never beat the Irish!

The Irish in France group will be organising meet-ups throughout the Rugby World Cup and membership will bring you discounts in the match cities.

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Find practical advice and helpful information about the French cities where the Ireland team will play

View of Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux, France


Ireland will play Romania on Saturday 9 September.

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View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France


Ireland play two group stage matches in the Stade de France.

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View of the Erdre River in Nantes, France


Ireland will play Tonga on Saturday 16 September.

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View of City Hall at Jean Jaures Square in Tours, France


Tours will be the Ireland team’s base camp during the pool stages.

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