With 12 teams having secured their place at France 2023 after finishing in the top three of their respective pools at RWC 2019, the remaining eight places will be determined by a process of regional and cross-regional qualifiers.
Fiji, South Africa, England, New Zealand, Wales, Japan, France,Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Argentina are the teams that have qualified.
The process will conclude with a four-team round-robin Final Qualification Tournament in November 2022 to determine the final qualifier.
The dates for events in 2021 will be announced in due course and will be subject to an anticipated easing of the COVID-19 situation.
The Americas will deliver two direct places, while Oceania will deliver a direct qualifier with a further spot available following a play-off with Asia.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “With the global pandemic having halted most rugby activity, confirmation of the global qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2023 provides a beacon of excitement for all, including players and fans.
Rugby World Cup France 2023 CEO Claude Atcher added: “This qualification process gives emerging unions an opportunity to take part in our sport’s biggest competition.
The success of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan and performances by the host nation is a testimony of rugby’s expansion globally.
This is the start of the journey towards France 2023.