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FC Astra Giurgiu v West Ham - Travel Advice

Advice for fans travelling to Bucharest/Giurgiu for the football match on Thursday 18 August 2016.

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Fixture information

Date: Thursday, 18 August 2016

Venue: Marin Anastasovici Stadium, Giurgiu

Kick off time: 9:15 pm (local time); 7:15 pm (UK time)

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

Passport and Visas

Please check your passport and visa details:

  • you don’t need a visa to travel to Romania if you have a British Citizen passport; but your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay in the country
  • if you have a different type of British nationality (other than ‘British Citizen’), check entry requirements with the Romanian Embassy in London before you travel
  • remember to bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • make sure you take out good travel insurance even if you’re only going for one night – it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties
  • carry a copy of your passport personal details page at all times; you’ll need this (and your match ticket) to gain entry to the stadium if you lose your passport, or have it stolen, contact the British Embassy on +40212017200 and apply for an Emergency Travel Document (ETD)

Getting to Marin Anastasovici Stadium, Giurgiu

  • Giurgiu is about an hour and a half by coach south of Bucharest (around 64km); traffic can be problematic, particularly when leaving Bucharest and you should leave sufficient time for the journey
  • you can travel from Bucharest to Giurgiu by train or coach; trains leave from Bucharest North Station (București Gara de Nord) while coaches/mini-buses to Giurgiu can be taken mostly from the southern part of the city; you can find coach timetables here and train timetables here (only in Romanian)
  • it’s about 2 km from the train station in Giurgiu to Marin Anastasovici Stadium, home of AFC Astra; check the map of the stadium’s location
  • there are usually taxis available at the train station

At the match

  • West Ham FC supporters are seated in Sectors 7 & 8 which are dedicated to visiting fans
  • get to the stadium early to access the stadium and take extra time when entering and leaving the seating deck area; the gates will open at 7 pm
  • do not travel to the stadium unless you have an official ticket for this fixture, there will be no match day sales for visiting fans
  • West Ham FC supporters purchasing tickets within the home supporters’ area may be asked to leave the stadium
  • no alcohol is allowed at the match; fans who are obviously drunk will be refused entry
  • the first ticket check will be at the gate leading from the public road into the stadium area
  • visiting fans should expect to be searched prior to entering the turnstiles
  • there are only two turnstiles for visiting supporters; the turnstiles are operated by a barcode reader; to ensure you do not miss the start of the game, arrive early
  • at the end of the match visiting fans may be held back for up to 15 minutes
  • flags and banners are welcome; flags of an overtly political, sectarian or religious nature won’t be allowed and may be confiscated
  • alcohol, professional cameras, guns, fire sources, fireworks, pyrotechnics, firecrackers, glass or plastic bottle, coins, umbrellas are not allowed in the stadium

Helpful tips for the local area

Leave your passports in the hotel safe and carry with you another form of ID: e.g. driving licence or the passport photocopy.

Drinking on the streets isn’t allowed and the penalty is a 50 Euros fine.

Loud shouting or singing after 10 pm (outside the stadium) is considered disorderly conduct and you may be arrested.

All drug-related and sex offences are treated seriously; the age of consent is 18.

You should maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as in the UK. You should also be alert to the risk of petty theft in Bucharest or other Romanian cities and for pickpockets and bag snatchers in crowded areas, particularly near currency exchange shops, hotels, on public transport (especially to the airport), main railway stations and inside airport terminals.

Petty crime can often involve groups, including children. The most common method is distraction while several people attempt to steal watches, jewelry and other valuables.

Contact the British Embassy in Bucharest in case of a consular emergency:

24 Jules Michelet 010463 Bucharest, Bucharest Tel: (40) (21) 201 7200 (also for out of hours emergencies) Office hours: Monday to Friday: 8am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm For more information please visit the British Embassy website

Emergency services numbers

Fire/Police/Ambulance: 112

Further information

Follow the British Embassy on Twitter for up to the minute travel advice: @UKinRomania

Tourist information about Romania

Information about travel to Giurgiu

Information about AFC Astra (in Romanian)

Information about Stadium Marin Anastasovici

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Published 15 August 2016