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AEK Athens v Celtic FC travel advice

Advice for Celtic fans travelling to Athens for the AEK v Celtic Champions League match on Tuesday 14 August 2018.

AEK Athens v Celtic FC travel advice

Date: Tuesday 14 August 2018

Venue: Athens Olympic Stadium OAKA 37 Kifisias Avenue, 151 23 Marousi, Athens

Kick off time: 9pm [local time]

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Greece

Passports and visas

  • you don’t need a visa to travel to Greece but your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this
  • remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) but also take out travel insurance, even if you’re only going for one night - it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties
  • you must carry ID with you at all times - you’ll need to carry your passport to the match to gain entry to the stadium
  • do make sure that your passport is valid and in good condition. Keep your passport safe and keep separate copies of it when travelling. It’s advisable to leave a photocopy of your passport and itinerary with a friend or a relative at home.
  • please take care of your passport – if you lose it you will need to get an Emergency Travel Document from the British Embassy in Athens on the next working day (Wednesday 15 August is a public holiday in Greece and the Embassy will be closed). This could mean that you miss your flight home and need to pay for another flight in addition to paying for the ETD

Travel to the stadium

Coaches to the stadium are being organised for Celtic fans. These coaches will leave from a central point in Athens. Celtic fans who do not take the coach are advised to travel to the stadium by taxi. Further information on transport to the stadium is available on Athens Olympic Stadium OAKA access.

At the match

The gates open at 6pm, three hours before kick-off. Fans are encouraged to get to the stadium early as entry is by bar-coded ticket only and scanning takes some time.

A search by local police officers will be made before entering the stadium. All turnstiles are electronic and dedicated to Celtic fans.

Away supporters can enjoy dedicated refreshment and toilet facilities. The section is well sign-posted and supporters will have a great view of the pitch, albeit with a netting in front of the away section.

After the match it is anticipated that Celtic fans will be kept back within the away section for up to 30 minutes. Please be patient with the authorities, announcements will be made to keep you updated.Fans can expect to be security checked more than once on the approach to the stadium.

No alcohol is allowed at the match. Fans who are drunk will be refused entry.

Please note that rowdy and noisy behaviour, especially alcohol related, may not be tolerated by the Greek authorities.

Please note that the following items will NOT be allowed into the stadium (this list may not be exhaustive): weapons, potential weapons, fireworks, drinks, alcohol, drugs, flag poles over 1m, flags over 1.5 x 2m, large cameras, animals, promotional material, spray cans, luggage, toilet / kitchen rolls and megaphones.


Watch out for pickpockets in busy tourist areas and on public transport. Keep a photocopy of your passport with you. Only carry what you need, leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits.

Contact the British Embassy in Athens

British Embassy
1 Ploutarchou

Tel +30 210 7272600, option 2 for Consular (also for out of hours emergencies).

Public opening hours are by appointment only (except in the case of an emergency when Consular staff will exceptionally see customers without an appointment) 9am to 1pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Telephone lines are open: 8.30am – 3pm Monday to Friday

Nearest metro to the Embassy: Evangelismos

For more information visit UK help and services in Greece.

Emergency services numbers

  • Police 100
  • Ambulance 166
  • Fire 199
  • European emergency number 112

Dialling 999 from a UK mobile will automatically connect you to the Greek emergency services.

Further Information

Celtic FC website

Published 8 August 2018