France v. England
If you are planning on driving over to see the France v England Six Nations match at the Stade de France which takes place on the 19th March 2016 (Saturday) then there are a few things you need to bear in mind.
As we all know rugby fans are normally no trouble whatsoever and need little in the way of police supervision but this year because of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris the level of security and police presence will be very high.
Following on from the France v Germany football match on the 13th November last year when the stadium was targeted the French authorities are right to be cautious. A national state of emergency was declared at that point and it still remains in place.
The match is an evening kick off (9pm local 8pm GMT) and you are advised to arrive in plenty of time to allow for the extra security that will be in place for you to get into the ground.
"There will be very strict controls for fans and everyone else entering the Stade de France," the French Rugby Federation (FFR) said. "The FFR therefore invites all supporters to get to the stadium early, gates will open two hours before kick-off."
Parking tickets cannot be bought on the day you have to pre-book via their website see here.
Best route by car is the A1 motorway (N°2 exit 'Stade de France' ) and A86 motorway (N°9 exit 'Saint Denis - La Plaine Stade de France)
You will not be allowed anywhere near the stadium in a car unless you are displaying a valid parking ticket. The official car parks open at eight in the morning and close at one am following the game.
If by any chance you are thinking of motorcycling over to see the game then you can pay to park in the car parks or leave it on the street in a few places reasonably close to the ground.
According to the Stade de France official website they recommend street parking at Esplanade de l'Ecluse which is north of the ground near the footbridge that takes you to the underground (line 13). Also near P4 parking (south of the Stadium, on Rue El Ouafi, facing P4) and finally Rue Henri Delaunay pavement is suitable for bikes, leading towards Place du Cornillon (behind Decathlon).
Beware though that motorcycle helmets and other large luggage are not allowed into the stadium and they will have to be left in a locker.
Documents and Required items
You don’t need a visa to enter France, but you will need a valid passport and see our checklist page here for all the items required if going in your own car. I would strongly advise that you take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in case you have too much lemonade and fall over. If you require medical assistance having the card with you makes it so much easier.
Travel insurance is also useful and you can take out European Breakdown cover for your car on a short term basis. (1 -31 days)
I would also advise you to check out the official Governments Travel website when it comes to security matters. See here.
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