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France v Wales travel advice for international football match

Travel advice for Wales football fans travelling to Paris for the France v Wales match on Friday 10 November 2017.

France v Wales

Date: Friday 10 November 2017

Venue: Stade de France, Saint-Denis, Paris

Kick off time: 9pm (French time)

Along with this advice, read carefully our travel advice for France and follow the British Embassy on Twitter at @BritishinFrance.

Due to ongoing threats to France by Islamist terrorist groups, and recent French military intervention against Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL), the French government has warned the public to be especially vigilant and has reinforced its security measures.

Check the French government’s advice about what to do if a terrorist attack occurs. See Terrorism

Passports and visas

  • you don’t need a visa to enter France; 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
  • carry ID with you at all times

Getting to the stadium

  • from Paris Gare Du Nord Eurostar Terminal, take RER B from Gare du Nord to Stade de France – Saint-Denis
  • from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, take RER B from Gare du Nord to Stade de France – Saint-Denis
  • from Paris Beauvais airport, take the coach to Porte Maillot, then Metro line 1 to Chatelet and RER B to Stade de France – Saint-Denis
  • if you’re travelling by car, local authorities advise not to park near the stadium but to use public transport instead

At the match

  • details and specific instructions on how to access the stadium will be given by Wales FA to tickets holders
  • all official Wales supporters (except VIPs and sponsors) will enter the stadium via Gate B; full body searches will be carried out by French police; the process will be thorough and time consuming; expect to go through different check points before entering the stadium
  • the stadium opens 2 hours before kick-off; you should arrive well before the start of match as ticket and security checks can take up to an hour to complete before admittance to the visitors’ section
  • supporters with disabilities are advised to arrive at the stadium no later than 2 hours before kick-off time
  • no left-luggage facilities are available; leave your bags on the coaches or at your hotel
  • alcohol is banned inside the stadium
  • if you appear drunk you may be refused entry to the stadium
  • Wales fans will be held back for around 15 minutes while the home supporters disperse at the end of the match


The following items are banned in the stadium and will be confiscated (and are unlikely to be returned):

  • banners and flags displaying anything which can be construed as racist or homophobic
  • flagpoles, sticks
  • fireworks and flares
  • alcoholic drinks, bottles, glasses, and cans
  • megaphones
  • knives, belts, chains or any objects which can be thrown or used as a weapon

Smoking is not allowed in the stands.

Possession and use of recreational drugs is illegal in France and any infringement may result in arrest and imprisonment

Consulate address

British Embassy
Consular Services
16 rue d’Anjou
75008 Paris
Tel: +33 1 44 51 31 00

Emergency number: 112

Wales vs France international friendly website

Published 10 November 2017