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Benfica vs. Chelsea: Travel Advice

Advice for fans travelling to Amsterdam for Chelsea's Europa League match with Benfica on 15 May 2013.

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Amsterdam Arena by janericloebe. Creative Commons.
Amsterdam Arena

Date: 15 May 2013

Venue: Amsterdam Arena

Kick off time: 20:45 (local time)

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for the Netherlands

Passports and visas

  • You don’t need a visa to travel to the Netherlands, 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.
  • It is necessary to carry ID with you at all times.
  • If you lose your passport, or have it stolen, you will need to obtain an Emergency Travel Document from the British Consulate-General in Amsterdam. Here is the link to advice on what you will need to bring with you.

Getting to the stadium

  • Take a train from Central Station to Duivendrecht: change for train to the Arena
  • Thomas Cook are arranging travel for Chelsea supporters club
  • More information on transport in Amsterdam can be found on Iamsterdam

At the match

The North Side stand has been allocated to Chelsea fans who will be seated in:

  • Sectors 112 to 119 on the lower tier.
  • Part of 413 and all of 414 to 417 of the upper tier.
  • Stewards will conduct a full search before allowing supporters through turnstiles. Arrive by 19.30.

In addition to items which would usually be prohibited in the UK, please note the following restrictions at the stadium:

  • Large amounts of loose change and lighters may be confiscated and are unlikely to be returned.
  • No bottles and cans are allowed to be brought into the ground and alcohol is banned within the stadium.
  • Flags and banners without poles are allowed subject to size.
  • Musical instruments are permitted.

Visiting supporters will be kept behind for around 15 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to disperse.


  • As in any other city beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport. Only carry what you need, leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits.
  • Photo identity must be carried at all times in the Netherlands.
  • Urinating in the street is an offence and fines will be issued.

British Consulate-General

Koningslaan 44
1075 AE Amsterdam

During the day: 0031-20-6764343; Out of hours: 0031-70-4270262

British Consulate-General webpage

Emergency services numbers

Fire/Police/Ambulance Emergency: 112 Non-Emergency: 0900-8844

Further information

UEFA website

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Published 10 May 2013