Travel advice for the Ryder Cup 2018 in France Photo by Sydney Rae on Unsplash

The 42nd Ryder Cup Matches in France from 28 to 30 September 2018

The following is advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for those travelling to the Ryder Cup Tournament being held on the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a suburb southwest of Paris.

Passports, visas and travel insurance

  • Please check your passport details and ensure that it is valid.
  • UK Passport holders will not need a visa to enter France
  • Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay
  • Remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Also take out comprehensive travel insurance before you travel
  • If you lose your passport, or it is stolen, you will need to obtain an Emergency Travel Document from the nearest British Consulate. Details of how to do that can be found here
  • UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from France

Getting to the venue

Information regarding travelling to the venue by car and public transport can be found here.

At the venue

Visitors should expect to be subject to bag searches before being allowed entry. Prohibited items generally include:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Glass bottles or breakable containers
  • Metal containers
  • Cans
  • Weapons
  • Musical instruments
  • Professional camera/video/audio equipment

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas and the venue reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone who is intoxicated and/or disorderly.


The level of crime in France is similar to that in the UK. Be careful with personal possessions and travel documents in cities and other popular tourist destinations.

Avoid carrying everything in one bag; only carry what you need; and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposit boxes. Don’t leave bags unattended in vehicles, internet cafes, pubs or clubs.

British Consulate Paris

If you need urgent help (for example, you have been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +33 (0)1 44 51 31 00. If you are in the UK and worried about a British national in France, call 020 7008 1500

The British Consulate Paris is located at: 16 rue d’Anjou, 75008 Paris

Emergency services numbers

In a life threatening or time critical emergency, call 112 and state whether you need Police, Fire or Ambulance.

Further information

official website for the Ryder Cup

official website for Le Golf National

As well as this advice, the FCO has general advice on travelling to France on its website and on its Twitter feed  @BritishinFrance.