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Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland World Cup Qualifier:Travel Advice

Travel advice for Northern Ireland fans travelling to Baku for the Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland World Cup Qualifier match on 10 June 2017.

Football Travel Advice: Northern Ireland vs Azerbaijan

Date: Saturday 10 June 2017

Venue: Tofig Bahramov Stadium, Baku

Kick-off time: 8pm

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Azerbaijan.

Passports and visas

  • British nationals travelling to Azerbaijan need to get a visa in advance. Some specific exemptions may apply; see the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for further details
  • a new online visa system (ASAN Visa) was introduced in January 2017. You can make an application on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website; electronic visas are valid for 30 days and are single entry. You won’t be able to extend an electronic visa once you’ve arrived in Azerbaijan
  • you can still apply for a visa through the Azerbaijan Embassy- affiliated Visa Service Centre in the UK. You should apply for a visa at least one month ahead of your intended travel date. Please see the Visa Centre website for more information
  • your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry into Azerbaijan
  • take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance - your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) won’t be valid in Azerbaijan, so travel and medical insurance is essential even if you’re only staying for one night
  • if you’re visiting Azerbaijan for longer than 10 days you must register within 10 working days of arrival. Hotels may provide this service for their guests but visitors staying in apartments or private residences will have to register by themselves. Guidance on the process can be found on the State Migration Service’s website and in our travel advice for Azerbaijan
  • if you intend to transit Turkey travelling back from Azerbaijan to the UK, you should take note of the additional hand luggage restrictions on certain flights to the UK

Getting to and from the airport

By taxi

  • it takes 25 to 30 minutes to get from the airport to city centre - taxis are the most convenient way to get to central Baku. At the airport you’ll be able to hail a purple-coloured London taxi. Always insist the driver uses the meter. For a journey to one of the major hotels in central Baku expect to pay between 20-30 AZN (Azerbaijani New Manat)

  • private taxis also operate from the airport; it’s best to negotiate a price before leaving. For a journey to one of the major hotels in central Baku expect to pay 25-30 AZN and make sure any taxi you take has a yellow taxi sign or clear taxi branding on it

By bus

Baku Bus runs a 24/7 service from the airport to the centrally located 28 May Metro station. Details on departure times and route can be found on the Baku International Airport website

Getting to the Stadium: Tofig Bahramov National Stadium

Taxi

Tofig Bahramov Stadium is located in Ganjlik, a well known location just outside the city centre. For a journey from central Baku expect to pay 5-8 AZN in a purple coloured London taxi and slightly more for private taxi. Taxis are considered the easiest and most convenient way to get to the stadium.

Metro

The closest metro station is Ganjlik which is located 2 minutes north of the stadium. It’s on the Qirmizi (red ) and Yasil (green) metro lines. From central Baku use either the 28 May (red & green) Sahil (red) or Icherisheher (red) metro stations. Check the Baku metro official site.

Bus

Tofig Bahramov Stadium is served by several bus stops including: 6, 17, 25, 38, 69, 128 and 133. The nearest bus stop is known as Ganjlik M/S, and is located to the north of the ground Ataturk Prospect. While buses are a potential option the British Embassy advise you to use alternative methods of getting to the stadium.

The match

Northern Ireland supporters will be seated in sectors 27 and 28 – see stadium plan below:

Football Travel Advice: Northern Ireland vs Azerbaijan

Access to the stadium can be slow. Expect to be searched at least twice. To avoid last minute delays get to the stadium at least 2 hours before the kick-off

In addition to items which would usually be prohibited in the UK, the following items won’t be allowed to be taken into the stadium: flares, fireworks, alcohol, cans, glass, plastic bottles or containers, coins, lighters. If you do bring any of these items they’ll be confiscated by the Azerbaijani authorities.

The Azerbaijan authorities have advised that there will be a designated area at the stadium (sector 37) for supporters with disabilities.

Local information

  • the average temperature in June is around 25-30ºC during the day. You can find weather information here
  • crime levels in Baku are generally low, but muggings do occur from time to time after dark in the centre of town around the western bars and clubs and near dimly lit entrances of private apartments
  • take sensible precautions: be vigilant, avoid carrying large sums of money and try to avoid walking alone at night
  • look after your personal belongings, in particular your passport and your money. Carry a photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport and keep it in a safe place separate from your passport
  • pedestrians should be vigilant at all times when crossing roads; red traffic lights and zebra crossings don’t necessarily mean a car will stop, use the underpasses where available
  • when using a taxi make sure it has working seatbelts; many cars are poorly maintained and the standard of driving is erratic
  • accidents are common, mainly due to poor or reckless driving and inconsistent enforcement of traffic rules
  • if you’re in a vehicle that’s travelling at an unsafe speed you should instruct the driver to slow down
  • respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs

Telephones

  • the international dialling code for Azerbaijan in +994; before travelling check with your mobile phone provider that it will work in Baku
  • local sim cards are easily available with Azercell, Nar Mobile and Bakcell being the leading mobile operators; you can buy credit for Azerbaijani mobile numbers from many shops or top up online

Currency

  • all goods and services are paid in local currency (Manats - AZN); sterling, US dollars and Euros are easily exchanged; major hotels and international supermarkets and restaurants accept credit and debit cards
  • ATMs in Baku will almost always accept UK credit and debit cards; before leaving the UK, let your bank know you’re travelling to Azerbaijan

Consular assistance

If there’s a genuine emergency during your visit to Baku (e.g. one involving accident, injury or loss/theft of your passport) call +994 12 4377878 and follow the instructions to be put through to a consular officer.

Lost or stolen passports

If your passport is lost or stolen report the loss to the local police as soon as possible and get a copy of the police report. You can’t travel back to the UK without a valid travel document. You’ll need to apply to the Consular Section of the British Embassy Baku for an Emergency Travel Document (ETD). Please see our ETD web page for more information.

Lost or stolen credit/debit cards

If you lose your wallet or purse try to cancel your credit/debit cards as soon as possible. British consular officials can’t give you money to help you return home. You can transfer money from the UK using many of the commercial money transfer agencies in Baku, including Western Union. You can also use most major credit and debit cards to obtain money from ATMs.

For more information visit the British Embassy, Baku web page

Contact the British Embassy, Baku

Our address is: Khagani Street 45 A Baku Azerbaijan

Tel: +99412 4377878 (24 hrs)

Email: Baku.Consular@fco.gov.uk

The consular section of the British Embassy in Baku is open to the public from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

You can also check our Travel Advice for Azerbaijan.

Emergency services numbers

  • Fire - 101
  • Police - 102
  • Ambulance - 103
Published 19 May 2017