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Benfica vs. Newcastle United: Travel advice

Advice for fans travelling to Lisbon for Newcastle's Europa League Quarter-Final match with Benfica on 4 April.

Date: 4 April 2013

Venue: The Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal

Kick off time: 20:05 (local time)

Before you go

  • As a British national you don’t need a visa to travel to Portugal, but your passport should be valid for the proposed period of your stay.

  • You should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. This entitles visitors to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Portuguese nationals. It does not cover medical repatriation, on-going medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature – you will need travel insurance for this.

  • There is a legal requirement for foreign nationals to be able to show some form of identification if requested by the police or judicial authorities. For UK nationals this means a passport. This requirement is rigorously enforced if you are driving in Portugal. In other cases, it should be sufficient to carry a photocopy of the data page of the passport, but you should be prepared to produce the original document, if necessary. Keep a photocopy of the data page separate from the original.

  • If you lose your passport, the Consulate can issue an emergency travel document, subject to background checks and confirmation of ID. This is only valid for travel back to the United Kingdom and costs €115 (approx £95).

Getting to the game

  • The nearest airport to the stadium is Lisbon.

  • You can reach the city centre by underground (Metro) or bus (Carris).

  • To get into the city from the airport on the underground, take the red line to Alameda and then change on to the green line heading in the direction of Cais de Sodré. The city centre stations are Rossio and Baixa Chiado. See Lisbon Metro’s website for more information.

  • The airport bus (nº 91) stops outside the arrivals terminal. See the Lisbon bus company’s website for more details.

  • Taxis are beige-coloured or black and green. There are taxi ranks at both arrivals and departures. Pre-paid taxi vouchers are available from the tourist information desk in the arrivals hall at Lisbon airport. They can also be bought on-line from Lisbon Tourist Information Centre.

  • If you are arriving at another airport, there are trains and buses to Lisbon. The main railway station in Lisbon is Gare do Oriente and the bus station is at Sete Rios (both of these stations have Metro links).

  • The best way of moving around the city is by underground (Metro). The recommended route to the stadium is by Metro. From the centre of town take the blue Line to Colégio Militar/Luz and take the exit from the station marked Estrada da Luz. Tickets are bought from ticket vending machines before entry to the metro. Tickets are swiped to gain access. Remember to keep your ticket until the end of your journey so that you can exit the station through automated gates.

  • If hiring a car, you should carry your passport, valid UK driving licence and rental contract. The police can fine you on-the-stop if you don’t have these documents.

  • There are tolls on Portuguese motorways. Heavy fines are imposed on those who do not (or cannot) pay toll fees so remember to carry sufficient cash with you. Don’t use the green lanes (Via Verde) at toll pay points. These are for motorists who subscribe to the automatic pay system. Some roads in the north of Portugal and in the Algarve have unmanned tolls (SCUTs). Check what arrangements the car hire company has to enable you to use these.

  • No drinking and driving and no drugs. It’s illegal. The traffic accident rate is very high. Traffic police carry out random spot checks and will test for both alcohol and drug consumption.

At the match

  • No alcohol, sharp objects (including umbrellas), fireworks or flares, bottles or cans, drums or video cameras in the stadium. Flags are allowed but must not be on poles over a metre long. Coins are permitted.

  • You should arrive early as there will be ticket checks and searches carried out by stewards and/or police on entry to the stadium.

  • The authorities have the right to breathalyse on entry to the stadium and test against limits laid down in Portuguese law. Anyone testing over the limit can be refused entry.

  • You should be prepared for delays leaving the stadium. You will normally be asked to stay in the stadium for up to 20 minutes after the game has finished.

  • Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted to the stadium.

Tips

  • Beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers, especially on public transport, in tourist areas and in the immediate vicinity of the stadium.

  • If you intend to use the Lisbon Metro, remember to buy a ticket on entry and keep it until the end of your journey as you will need it to exit the station through electronic barriers.

  • No urinating in public. It’s illegal. If you need to use the toilet, walk in to one of the many cafés or fast-food restaurants. This is acceptable practice given that public toilets are few and far between.

  • Portuguese beer is stronger (and cheaper) than the beer at home so make allowance for this.

  • There is no time difference between the UK and Portugal.

Emergency contacts

The British Consulate is located in the Estrela district of Lisbon at:

Rua de São Bernardo 33
1249-082 Lisbon

The Consulate is open to the public from 0930-1400 Monday-Friday

  • Tel: 808 203 537 (local calls) +351 213 954 082 (from abroad or from UK mobiles).

  • Fax: (+351) 213 924 153.

  • Portuguese Emergency Services – 112

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