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Travel advice for both sets of fans travelling to Dublin for this friendly match due to take place in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday 1 August 2018.

International Champions Cup

International Champions Cup

Date: Wednesday 1 August 2018

Venue: Aviva Stadium Lansdowne Road Dublin 4

Kick off time: Local time 8.05 pm

Passports, visas and insurance

See the information and advice in our travel advice for Ireland and check with your airline or ferry operator about your passport/ID requirements well before you travel.

Please note that you can travel between the UK and Ireland on most airlines with a current in-date driver’s licence that has a photo of you and shows your place of birth as Ireland or the UK. If in doubt check with your carrier.

NB: Ryanair insists on passports only.

If you are a British National you don’t need a visa to travel to Ireland.

We recommend that you bring your European Health Insurance Card with you (EHIC). This doesn’t cover all medical treatment or repatriation, so we recommend that you also take out your own travel insurance before coming to Ireland. Even if you’re only going for one night - it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties.

Private health insurance can be as little as £9.99 for a one off trip. Although Ireland is only a 30-40 minute flight away, it is still a foreign country with a different currency to the UK.

There’s no local law that states you need to carry ID or your passport with you. Keep your passport safe at all times and keep a copy of your passport in a safe place separate from your other documents. Take a photo of it on your phone and save it.

If you lose your passport while in Ireland then you may need to get an Emergency Travel Document. It may not always be possible to issue you with an Emergency Travel document before you need to return home. There will be a fee of approx €118.00 for an emergency travel document.

Getting to the stadium

You can travel from the city centre to the stadium by bus or Dart. Irish Rail will give details of the Darts and where to get one. Lansdowne Road Dart station runs right under the stadium and is the station you need to get off at for the game.

Dublin Bus will give you the correct buses to use. It’s only about a 10 min bus or train journey to the stadium from Dublin city centre. You can walk from the city centre in about 35 minutes.

A taxi from the airport to the stadium will cost about €30.00/40.00. A City Centre Blue bus service runs into the city centre from the airport and is €10.00 for a single journey. The stop is right outside Dublin Airport arrivals and also serves Ballsbridge which is only a few minutes’ walk from the stadium. Ask the driver for directions.

At the match

The stadium is called the Aviva Stadium. It’s the national stadium for both rugby and football and is situated just outside Dublin city centre in the area of Ballsbridge Dublin 4. The stadium has a capacity of 50,000 and is expected to be full. Part of the stadium is uncovered.

You won’t be allowed near the stadium without a ticket. Please arrive well before kick-off. As in the UK you may be searched on the way into the stadium. Any dangerous or banned items will be removed.

Please co-operate fully with any Gardai (Irish police) instructions on the evening. You can drink in the stadium bars but you are not allowed to drink on the surrounding streets. This is a criminal offence. Visiting supporters might be kept behind for around 15 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to disperse

Further information

In the event of an emergency out of normal working hours or if you have lost your passport please contact the British Embassy Dublin on 00 353 1 205 3700.

You will be given another local number to call and this will put you in touch with our Global response team who will assist you and may well put you in touch with our staff on the ground.

The address of the British Embassy: British Embassy 29 Merrion Rd Ballsbridge Dublin 4 00353 1 205 3700 ( close to the Aviva Stadium )

Emergency services numbers

The police can be contacted on 999 and all other emergency services including ambulance and the fire brigade on 112.


As in any other major city, beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, city attractions, around the town centre and when using public transport - only carry what you need and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits.

Ireland is normally a very safe place to visit and you will be given the warmest of welcomes from the people of Ireland. If you take all the relevant precautions and plan your trip, then you have a better chance of having a stress free visit. Have a safe and enjoyable trip to Ireland and enjoy the match.

Published 26 July 2018