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Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea travel advice

Travel advice for Chelsea fans travelling to Paris for the Paris-Saint-Germain v Chelsea match on Tuesday 16 February 2016.

Parc des Princes
Parc des Princes
  • Date: Tuesday 16 February 2016
  • Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Kick off time: 8.45pm (French time)

Along with this advice, read carefully our travel advice for France and follow us on Twitter at @BritishinFrance.

Following the attacks in Paris in November 2015, a national state of emergency has been declared for 3 months. The French government has warned the public to be especially vigilant and has reinforced its security measures. These measures may have an impact on the time it takes for you to get to and in the stadium.

Please see the French government’s advice about what to do if a terrorist attack occurs.

Passports and visas

  • you don’t need a visa to enter France - make sure that your passport is valid until you return to the United Kingdom
  • 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
  • you should carry your ID with you at all times

Getting to the stadium

  • from Paris Gare Du Nord Eurostar Terminal, take Metro line 4 to Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, then Metro line 9 to Porte de Saint Cloud
  • from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, take RER B to Gare du Nord, then Metro line 4 to Strasbourg-Saint-Denis and Metro line 9 to Porte de Saint Cloud
  • from Paris Beauvais airport, take the coach to Porte Maillot, then Metro line 1 to Franklin-Roosevelt and Metro line 9 to Porte de Saint Cloud

At the match

  • tickets will be available at a collection point on presentation of your voucher and your passport. Details and specific instructions will be given by Chelsea Football Club to voucher holders.
  • all official Chelsea supporters (except VIPs and sponsors) will enter the stadium via Avenue de la Porte de Saint-Cloud, Porte V, and will be seated in stands 101-102 and 301-302
  • full body searches will be carried out by French police. The process will be thorough and time consuming. Please expect to go through 3 different check points before entering the stadium.
  • the stadium opens 3 hours before kick-off, you are advised to arrive well before the start of match as ticket and security checks can take up to a good hour to complete before admittance to the visitors’ section
  • supporters with disabilities are advised to arrive at the stadium no later than 2 hours before kick-off time.
  • no left-luggage facilities available. Leave your articles on the coaches or at your hotel.
  • alcohol is banned inside the stadium
  • if you appear drunk you may be refused entry to the stadium
  • please note that Chelsea fans will be held back for around 30 minutes while the home supporters disperse

Tips

The following items are banned in the stadium and will be confiscated (and are unlikely to be returned):

  • banners and flags displaying anything which can be construed as racist or homophobic
  • flagpoles, sticks
  • fireworks and flares
  • alcoholic drinks, bottles, glasses, and cans
  • megaphones and drums
  • knives, belts, chains or any objects which can be thrown or used as a weapon

Smoking is not permitted in the stands. Possession and use of recreational drugs is illegal in France and any infringement may result in arrest and imprisonment.

Consulate address

British Embassy
Consular Services
16 rue d’Anjou
75008 Paris
Tel: +33 1 44 51 31 00

Emergency number: 112

Published 21 January 2016