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Schalke vs Chelsea 22 Oct 2013

Advice for fans travelling to Germany for Chelsea’s match with Schalke 04 on 22 October 2013

Date: 22 October 2013

Venue: Veltins Arena, 45891 Gelsenkirchen

Kick off time: 20:45

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

Passports and visas

  • you don’t need a visa to travel to Germany, but your passport should be valid for the period of the outward and return journeys
  • 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 passport with you at all times. It is a requirement under law in Germany to show ID if requested by the police or judicial authorities
  • if you lose your passport you will have to apply for an Emergency Travel Document at the British Consulate Düsseldorf the following day

Getting to the stadium

  • the best way to get to the stadium is by tram number 302 from the Gelsenkirchen main station (Hauptbahnhof)
  • it takes approximately fifteen minutes to Veltins Arena Station
  • the stadium is about five minutes walk from the station. Car parking space is free at the Gelsenwasser car park near to the stadium
  • there is also a coach park which costs €20
  • your match ticket covers the cost of travel to and from the stadium from anywhere in the surrounding district by tram, bus or train

At the match

  • 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
  • Chelsea fans have been allocated blocks V and W should enter the stadium at the gate specifically allocated to visiting supporters which is well signposted
  • the gates open at 18:45
  • there will be ticket checks and body searches at the entrance so to avoid bottlenecks you should arrive at the ground early
  • visiting supporters are not usually kept behind at the end of the match
  • there are plenty of beer and food stands in and around the stadium. No alcoholic drinks are sold in the stadium
  • food and drink can be paid for by prepaid voucher in the stadium
  • any balance on the vouchers can either be redeemed at the end of the match or used at a future game
  • soft drinks up to 0.5 litres may be brought into the stadium
  • match-day officials are entitled to refuse entry to people who have had too much to drink
  • smoking is allowed in the stadium
  • flags and banners are allowed providing they are not too big and have no political references
  • small drums and musical instruments are allowed
  • the stadium is an all-seater and fans are requested not to stand up during the match
  • large crowds are the favoured hunting grounds for petty criminals
  • take care of your valuables and only exchange money from authorised currency exchanges

Relevant British Consulate address and telephone numbers

British Consulate General
Yorckstrasse 19
40476 Düsseldorf

Tel: + 0049 211 9448 0

Emergency services numbers

  • Police 110
  • Ambulance 112

Further information

Websites:

British Consulate General Dusseldorf

Chelsea FC

Schalke 04

City of Gelsenkirchen