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Club Brugge v Manchester United: travel advice

Advice for fans travelling to Belgium for Manchester United's Champions League match against Club Brugge.

European Football
  • Date: 26 August 2015
  • Time: 8.45pm (local time)
  • Venue: Jan Breydel Stadium, Olympialaan 74, 8200 Brugge

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

Passports and visas

  • you don’t need a visa to travel to the Belgium, but your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay
  • you must carry your passport with you (in a safe place) at all times for identification purposes
  • remember to bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you and take out Travel Insurance; even if you’re only going for the day, it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties
  • if your passport gets lost or stolen while in Belgium, you’ll need to report it to the Belgian police as soon as possible; to be able to return to the UK you’ll need to get an Emergency Travel Document from the British Consulate General in Brussels, Belgium; call 00 32 2 287 62 11 - 24/7 - for more information

Getting to the stadium

  • Belgian police will prevent supporters without a ticket from going to the stadium and any person found in the vicinity of the stadium during the match day without a valid ticket could be arrested
  • local police are willing to guide (walk) supporters in groups to the stadium from a “rendez vous” point in the city centre; the stadium is a 45 minute walk
  • if you take a taxi you’ll need to tell the driver to take you to Doornstraat
  • there’s no public parking for any supporters; if you’re travelling by car you’ll need to park in the streets around the stadium; make sure you park in a valid parking place and pay for a parking ticket if necessary

At the match

  • there will be no match tickets on sale in Brugge
  • away supporters will be located in a segregated area of the south stand of the stadium
  • when entering the visitor’s zone supporters will be asked to show their ticket; hold it up on demand as proof that you’re a ticket holder
  • You’ll be body searched when entering the stadium
  • illegal objects will be turned over to the police (eg knives, glass bottles, darts, laser pens, drugs); if you’re found carrying on of these items you may be detained
  • expect to be held back in the stadium for 15-30 minutes after the end of the match

Tips

  • as in any other city, beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport
  • carrying your passport is mandatory in Belgium; you can be arrested and detained for up to 12 hours if you fail to show it when ask to by a Belgian police officer
  • keep a copy of your passport and a list of important phone numbers that you can access if needed
  • public disorder (due to alcohol intake or any other reason) won’t be tolerated


British Consulate General
Avenue d'Auderghem/Oudergemlaan 10,
1040 Brussels,
Belgium
(closest train station/Metro – Schuman)

Tel. 00 32 (0)2 287 62 11 – lines are open 24/7

Emergency service numbers

  • emergencies 112
  • police 101
  • fire brigade 100
  • other Emergency Numbers
  • to block Bank cards: 070 344 344

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Published 21 August 2015