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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

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


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


British Consulate General Dusseldorf

Chelsea FC

Schalke 04

City of Gelsenkirchen

Published 10 October 2013