World news story

Germany vs England: travel advice

Travel advice for fans travelling to Berlin for the friendly match between Germany and England on 26 March 2016

Be on the Ball logo

‘Be On The Ball’ when travelling abroad to watch the football. Our advice and guidance is designed to help you have an enjoyable and hassle-free time in Germany.

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

  • Date: Saturday 26 March 2016
  • Venue: Olympiastadion, Berlin
  • Kick off: 20:45 (local time)

Passports and visas

  • You don’t need a visa to travel to Germany, but your passport should be valid for the duration of your trip
  • 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
  • There’s no requirement to carry your passport with you, but the police are currently carrying out more frequent ID checks. If you’re asked to show your passport and you don’t have it with you, the police may escort you to wherever your passport is being kept so that you can show it to them
  • If you lose your passport, you will need to get an Emergency Travel Document from the British Embassy in Berlin. This is not likely to be issued until Tuesday 29 March 2016. The Embassy is closed on 27 and 28 March 2016

Getting to the stadium

  • The Olympiastadion can be quickly reached with the overground train S-Bahn. The station Pichelsberg leads directly to the entrance for England fans
  • S-Bahn number 5 direction Spandau, station Pichelsberg
  • 14 minutes from Zoologischer Garten, 21 minutes from Berlin Central Station, 22 minutes from Friedrichstrasse, 26 minutes from Alexanderplatz from the station Pichelsberg it is only a 5-10 minute walk
  • We advise not to take the underground train U-Bahn as it will take you to the wrong side of the stadium
  • The Olympiastadion is situated less than 30 minutes by vehicle from the Berlin Central Train Station
  • If travelling as part of an organised tour, please contact the club or the travel agency for more information

At the match

  • England supporters are seated in blocks 15, 16, 17, G and H. Entry is via the Glockenturm (Bell Tower) entrance on the West side of the stadium
  • The turnstiles open 120 minutes prior to kick off. All supporters must be inside the stadium no later than 30 minutes before kick-off
  • Only valid ticketholders will be admitted to the ground. People with damaged or forged tickets, or people who have lost or had their tickets stolen will be turned away. A valid photo membership card might be required for FA issued tickets
  • Access to the stadium can be slow. Fans enter by inserting the ticket into a reader and passing through the turnstile. Searches will be conducted by stewards before fans pass through the turnstiles. Drunk or disorderly fans will be turned away
  • In addition to items which would usually be prohibited in the UK, please note the following restrictions at the stadium: No bottles and cans are allowed to be brought into the ground. Flags and banners with metal poles are not allowed

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. Only carry what you need, and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits
  • Change money at a bank, hotel, or in exchange kiosks. Do not exchange currency on the street, as this is illegal. In Germany, if you are caught in possession of counterfeit money you could receive a prison sentence

Contact the British Embassy Berlin

British Embassy Berlin,
Wilhelmstr. 70,
10117 Berlin,
Germany

  • Telephone +49 (0)30 20457-0 (also for out of hours emergencies)
  • Consular opening hours: Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 12.00pm (closed Wednesdays)

For more information please visit British Embassy Berlin website

Emergency services numbers

  • Ambulance and Fire – 112
  • Police - 110

Travelling to France for Euro 2016? Check out our tournament travel tips

Further information

Published 3 March 2016