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FC Dynamo Kyiv v Chelsea travel advice

Travel advice for Chelsea fans travelling to Kyiv for the Dynamo Kyiv v Chelsea match on Tuesday 20 October

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Advice for fans travelling to Ukraine for Chelsea’s match with Dynamo Kyiv on 20 October 2015

Date: Tuesday 20 October

Venue: Olimpiyskiy Stadium

Kick off time: 9.45pm (local time)

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

Passports and visas

  • you don’t need a visa to enter Ukraine for less than 3 months but your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay

  • 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

  • you should carry your original passport with you for identification purposes

  • always take care of your passport, as getting a replacement is costly and time-consuming. Make sure next of kin details are kept up to date and keep a photocopy separately from the original document, this will help speed up the replacement process if needed

  • if your passport is lost or stolen you’ll need to get an Emergency Travel Document from the British Embassy in Kyiv. You’ll need to supply a police report, flight reservation and one passport size photo. The fee is £ 95 to be paid in cash in local currency. The service is available within the Embassy working hours

Getting to the stadium

  • the Olimpiyskiy stadium is located on 55 Velyka Vasylkivska street in central Kyiv, about 2 km from Maydan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), 3 km from the central railway station, 7 km from Kyiv (Zhulyany) airport and 30 km from Boryspil airport

  • it can take around 20 minutes to walk to the stadium from the city centre or you may take a metro. The metro could be overcrowded during peak hours.

  • Olimpiiska and Palats Sportu metro stations will be closed on 20 October before and after the match. It’s possible to use other nearby stations: Ploshcha Lva Tolstogo, Klovska, Palats Ukrayina

  • you can find more information on how to get to the stadium on the stadium website

  • information on how to get from Boryspil airport to the city and from Kyiv (Zhulyany) airport to the city centre

At the match

  • the nearest entrance to the away fans’ sector in the stadium is West Gate 4-5 (zone A on the stadium map)

  • access to the stadium can be slow - there will be ticket checks and body searches; to avoid missing the start of the match, get to the stadium early – doors will open at 7.45pm

  • no alcohol, fireworks, smoke bombs, poles for flags and any item that can be used as a weapon or thrown onto the pitch are allowed into the stadium (see Rules of conduct at the stadium)

  • alcohol is banned within the stadium, police and security staff have the authority to deny entry into the stadium to supporters under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  • don’t smoke at the stadium

  • food outlets and toilets will be available at the rear of the seating area and segregated from the home fans

  • items should be paid for by cash in the local currency UAH (hryvnya)

  • obey instructions from the stadium security to avoid being removed from the stadium and detained by the police

  • visiting supporters will be kept behind for around 15-20 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to leave

Tips

  • most trips are trouble free, however there have been cases of violent attacks on foreign nationals in Kyiv, so take extra care

  • be aware of the current political tension between Russia and Ukraine and avoid any action that could provoke a hostile reaction from home fans; there are reports that some people may be planning to provoke tension or violence through political slogans and/or banners; if you become aware of any such behaviour near you, move away from the area

  • 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 and keep valuables and cash out of sight or in hotel safety deposits

  • be wary of accepting drinks in bars from strangers or people you’ve just met in case they have been spiked

  • drink bottled water; this is readily available from the local shops, hotels etc

  • smoking is prohibited in public places; this includes bars, bus stops, subways, the metro, playgrounds, parks and the stadium itself

  • drinking alcohol is prohibited in public places (except bars, restaurants etc)

  • don’t get involved with drugs - the penalties are severe

  • for more information on safety and security visit our travel advice page

Contact the British Embassy in Kyiv

British Embassy Kyiv

9 Desyatynna str

01901 Kyiv

Ukraine

Telephone (+38 044) 490 36 60 (also for out of hours emergencies)

Office hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

For more information please visit British Embassy Kyiv website.

Emergency services numbers

101 – Fire

102 – Police

103 – Ambulance

112 – Emergency

Further information

Chelsea FC

FC Dynamo Kyiv

British Embassy in Ukraine

International airport Boryspil

International airport Kyiv (Zhulyany)

Kyiv city administration (tourist information)

Published 12 October 2015