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Fenerbahçe v Manchester United travel advice

Travel advice for Manchester United fans travelling to Istanbul for the Fenerbahçe v Manchester United match on Thursday 3 November 2016.

Fenerbahçe vs Manchester United travel advice
Fenerbahçe vs Manchester United travel advice

Date: Thursday 3 November 2016

Venue: Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium

Kick off time: 9pm (6pm GMT)

As well as this advice, read our travel advice for Turkey

Passports and visas

  • British passport holders need a visa to enter Turkey. You can get a visa online in advance from or on arrival for £20 in cash. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after entry

  • Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) isn’t valid in Turkey, so travel insurance is essential. Even if you’re only going for one night, it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties

  • It’s illegal not to carry some form of photographic ID in Turkey. You should carry your passport with you at all times

  • If you lose your passport, you’ll need get an emergency travel document from the British Consulate General in Istanbul. You’ll need to supply a police report, flight reservation and one photo. The fee is £100

Getting to the stadium

  • Istanbul police have advised Manchester United fans not to use public transport to reach the stadium

  • Buses have been organised by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to take Manchester United fans to the stadium from Dolmabahçe at 6pm (local time). They’ll depart from the car park next to the Dolmabahçe Mosque (Dolmabahçe Camii), which is around 5 to 10 minutes walk from Taksim Square. Follow this link for the location of the departure point. Buses will return fans to the same location after the match. This bus service will cost €5 or 20 TL and the return journey is included in the price

  • Taxis from Taksim Square to the stadium will cost around 60-80 Turkish Lira and take at least 60 minutes (depending on traffic). Make sure the taxi meter is switched on when you set off

At the match

  • Manchester United Fans are seated in block G in the north eastern stand and should enter through gates 35 and 36

  • Access to the stadium can be slow. There will be ticket checks and body searches at the entrance and turnstiles

  • In order to avoid last minute queues, get to the stadium early – doors will open at 6pm local time

  • In addition to items which would usually be prohibited in the UK, the following restrictions will apply at the stadium: lighters may be confiscated and are unlikely to be returned; no bottles or cans are allowed in the ground and alcohol is banned within the stadium and on the buses; flags and banners without poles are allowed subject to size and UEFA regulations

  • Visiting supporters will be kept behind for around 30-45 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to leave


  • Generally crime levels are low, but street robbery and pick pocketing are common in the major tourist areas of Istanbul. Only carry what you need and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits

  • It’s an offence to insult the Turkish Nation or the national flag, or to deface or tear up currency

  • Smoking is prohibited on public transport and in other public areas. You can be fined if you’re caught smoking in a designated smoke-free area

  • Try not to travel alone to the stadium and avoid displaying Manchester United flags or jerseys

  • Avoid Kadıköy and Bağdat Street which are the home suburbs for Fenerbahçe supporters

Contact the British Consulate-General in Istanbul

British Consulate General, Istanbul
Meşrutiyet Cad No:34

Telephone: +90 212 334 6400

For out-of-hours emergencies, phone the number above and follow the instructions given.

Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 12:30pm; 2pm - 4:45pm

For more information please visit British Consulate General, Istanbul website

Emergency telephone numbers

Police: 155

Ambulance: 112

Fire brigade: 110

Further information

Please be aware of the possibility of demonstrations in Istanbul.

Demonstrations regularly take place across Turkey, particularly in the area around Taksim Square in Istanbul. You should remain vigilant and avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place.

Published 19 October 2016