What do I need to know before I travel?
Public Health Scotland logo

Fit for Travel Logo

Information on how to stay safe and healthy abroad. About us.

Advice if travelling to the 2023 Rugby World Cup (France)

29 Aug 2023

The Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2023 will take place between 8 September to 28 October, 2023 in France.

There will be 48 matches played in nine venues located all across the country. Twenty teams, including Scotland, England Ireland and Wales will be participating in the tournament. Fixtures can be seen on the match schedule.

The potential risks to your health will vary depending on your pre-existing general health and what activities you are planning whilst abroad.

See the information below for ways to protect your health if you are planning to travel to the RWC.

Advice for Travellers

Before Travel

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) have prepared travel guidance specific to the Rugby World Cup,  which includes advice for fans to:

Check that you are up to date with vaccines for day to day life in the UK. In the past large gatherings of people in close contact, including at sporting events, have been responsible for the transmission of highly infectious diseases such as measles and flu.

Review the France country page for information on health risks and information on disease outbreaks in the alerts section.

During Travel

Crowds of people around stadiums and public transport increases the risk of infectious diseases which cause respiratory and/or gastrointestinal illnesses spreading.

Diseases spread by insects and ticks are a risk and there have been recent reports of locally-acquired tick-borne encephalitis and dengue fever in France. These are both potentially serious illnesses, and the risks need to be taken seriously.

Excessive use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs can lead to an increase in risk-taking behaviours which may lead to accidents or injuries occurring.

The temperatures in France can still be hot, even in the Autumn months.

  • Make sure you keep well hydrated and seek shade during the hottest hours of the day, and consider wearing a hat / head covering.
  • Practice sun safety to help reduce the risk of sunstroke and other heat disorders in warm weather, as well as skin cancer.

For further information on disease risks, other health risks and vaccination advice, see the France country page.

After Travel

If you become unwell in the weeks/months after travel, particularly with a high temperature (fever), flu-like symptoms, confusion, rash and/or diarrhoea, you should seek prompt medical advice, and ensure you mention your travel history to the health professional.