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San Marino vs. England: Travel Advice

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Advice for fans travelling to Serravalle for England's World Cup Qualifier match with San Marino on 22 March.

Date: 22 March 2013

Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino

Kick off time: 21:00 (local time)

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for the Republic of San Marino and for Italy

Passports and visas

  • You do not need a visa to travel to San Marino or Italy but you must have a valid passport.
  • Remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which will be essential for your stay or your transiting through Italy, but the card is not valid in San Marino, so please ensure you take out good travel insurance - it could save you a lot of money in you get into difficulties.
  • In San Marino and in Italy and it is obligatory to carry ID with you at all times – you will also need your England supporter’s card to obtain your match ticket at the collection point, opposite the San Marino stadium, on the day of the match. The collection office will be open from 1200 – 1900 hours, when the Stadium then opens.
  • If you lose your passport, or have it stolen, you will need to obtain an Emergency Travel Document from either the British Consulate in Milan (3/4 hours by train) or the British Embassy Rome (4/5 hours by train) from Rimini/San Marino. You will need to supply a police report, flight reservation and one photo. Fee: 115 euro
  • Train information.
  • Local info for Rimini including public transport.

Getting to the stadium

  • Special buses will be organised departing from various points in Rimini. Details of these can be found on the England supporters’ website. Alternatively there are regular buses that travel from Rimini to San Marino or taxis. The journey time by bus is around 45 minutes.

At the match

  • Access to the stadium might be slow. There will be ticket checks and you should have your passport with you. Body searches may take place at the entrance to the turnstiles. To avoid a last minute bottleneck you should aim to arrive at the stadium early.
  • No bottles or cans are allowed into the ground and alcohol is banned within the stadium. Supporters should consult the England supporters’ website for a full list of items that are not permitted inside the stadium.
  • England supporters will use five of the stadium entrances, and will be issued with coloured tickets indicating the position of their seats in the stadium.
  • Keep in mind that most of the seats in the San Marino stadium are not under cover, so dress appropriately.
  • Many supporters will be staying in Rimini. Coaches/buses will be organised to transfer supporters back to Rimini after the match, but this will take some time. Supporters should allow 1 -2 hours for this.


  • 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, leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits and never leave valuables or anything on show in cars.

British Consulate

British Consulate General,
Via San Paolo 7,

Telephone (24 hrs) : 06-4220 2431

UK in Italy website

Emergency Services Numbers

San Marino

  • Emergency service, gendarmerie: 112
  • Public safety, fire department, local police: 115
  • Emergency ambulance and medical services: 118


  • Emergency services numbers in Italy:
  • Police (Carabinieri): 112
  • Ambulance: 118
  • Fire Brigade: 115

Further information

The FA website

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