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Advice for fans travelling to Moscow for Chelsea's UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final match with Rubin Kazan on 11 April.
Date: 11 April 2013
Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia
Kick off: 20:00 (local time)
Passports and visas
- You need a visa to travel to Russia, and your passport should be valid for a further three months after your Russian visa expiration date
- Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Russia, so travel/health insurance is essential, even if you’re only going for one night - it could save you a lot of money if you find yourself in difficulty.
- It is essential you carry your passport with your Russian visa and migration/registration card with you at all times – in particular, you’ll need to carry your passport to the match to gain entry to the stadium. The police conduct ID checks, and want to see original documentation.
- If you lose your passport or have it stolen, you should report the loss to the local police as soon as possible and obtain a police report or confirmation of loss from the police. The British Embassy can then provide you with an emergency travel document (ETD) and advise on how to obtain an exit visa so that you can return home.
Getting to the game
- Luzhniki Stadium – nearest Metro is SPORTIVNAYA/СПОРТИВНАЯ (Red Line)
- Stadium website with map and contacts (in Russian)
At the match
- Access to the stadium can be slow. There will be ticket checks and body searches at the entrance to the turnstiles. To avoid a last minute bottleneck please try to get to the stadium early.
- No bottles and cans are allowed to be brought into the ground and alcohol is banned within the stadium.
- Flags and banners without poles are allowed subject to message, language and content.
- Smoking is allowed.
- Standing during the game is allowed.
- Don’t turn up drunk at the stadium – you will be refused entry.
- Tap water has to be boiled before drinking.
- As in any other country beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at on the Metro and in tourist areas such as Red Square. Only carry what you need, leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits and never leave valuables or anything on show in cars.
- Don’t smoke or drink in Red Square - it’s illegal and you will be arrested.
- Don’t leave drinks unattended – drink spiking is common.
- Russia operates a zero tolerance policy on the possession and use of drugs, whether hard or soft. Penalties are severe and can result in long jail sentences.
Smolenskaya Naberezhnaya, 10
Telephone: +7 495 956 7200
Emergency services telephone numbers
International emergency number (from your mobile): 112
Police: 02 (from Russian public phones only)
Ambulance: 03 (from Russian public phones only)
International SOS (Private, English-speaking ambulance): +7 495 937 5760
As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Russia.