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Advice if Travelling to Cricket World Cup, India

05 Oct 2023

The ICC Mens Cricket World Cup 2023 will take place between 5 October and 19 November 2023 in India.

Matches are being played in 10 venues in host cities located across the country. Ten teams, including England will be participating in the tournament. Fixtures can be seen on the match schedule.

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

Advice for Travellers

Before Travel

Before travelling to India you should:

  • be aware that international travel guidance and event guidance may change at short notice
  • review the latest FCDO foreign travel advice for India including entry requirements, quarantine restrictions and any challenges related to the climate (such as unusually high temperatures) 
  • plan ahead due to the increased demand on transport and accommodation
  • ensure you have valid travel insurance in place

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

During Travel

Mosquitoes can spread disease that include malariadenguechikungunya and zika virus: know how to protect yourself against mosquito bites.

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

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 India can exceed 30’C.

  • 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 India 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.