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Slovakia v Scotland Travel Advice

Travel advice for supporters travelling to Trnava, Slovakia for Scotland’s match with Slovakia on 11 October 2016.

City Arena, Trnava, Slovakia

As well as this advice, please check out our travel advice for Slovakia

Passports and visas

You don’t need a visa to travel to Slovakia but your passport should be valid for the whole duration of your trip. 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 must carry ID with you at all times – you’ll need to carry your passport to the match to gain entry to the stadium.

If you lose your passport, you’ll need to get an emergency travel document from the British Embassy in Bratislava.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in Bratislava

Getting to the stadium

The match will take place is Trnava, a small town about 60km away from Slovakia’s capital Bratislava. The stadium is within walking distance from both the coach and train stations in Trnava. Traffic restrictions are expected during the match. You can find a map of the stadium and the surrounding area in Slovak and in English at the following link:

Stadion Antona Malatinskeho / City Arena Stadium

On match day, there’s the normal Tuesday service of coaches and trains between Bratislava and Trnava. With some exceptions, there are no specific coaches or trains being organised for travelling fans. You can find details of train and coach services providing transport between Bratislava and Trnava at the following links:

Cestovne poriadky

Slovak railways

If you’re planning to return to Bratislava directly after the match make sure you know the time of your trains or coach and ideally have your transport pre-arranged as demand will be higher than usual on these routes. Transport won’t run very late in to the evening, and there won’t be capacity for all returning fans to get on the same train or coach.

At the match

Scotland supporters will be located in sectors “C” and “D” of the stadium. There are turnstiles with ticket reading facilities. Access to the stadium may be slow – there will be ticket checks and body searches at the entrance to the turnstiles; get to the stadium early – doors will open 2 hours before the kick-off. No bottles or glasses will be allowed in the stadium and no alcohol served at the stadium. Any sharp or other potentially dangerous items may be confiscated and are unlikely to be returned. Non alcoholic refreshments will be available in stands and will be served in plastic cups. Flags and banners of UEFA standard sizes without poles are allowed. Musical instruments are normally permitted.

Visiting supporters may be kept behind for around 20 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to leave. If this is the case, an announcement in Slovak and in English will be made near the end of the game.


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, and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits.

Unruly or rowdy behaviour at night between 10pm and 6am is illegal in Slovakia and could attract the attention of the police. Depending on the nature of their offences, tourists could be fined up to €100 or more or imprisoned for causing a public nuisance.

Contact the British Embassy in Bratislava

British Embassy Bratislava, Panska 16, 81101 Bratislava

Telephone: +421 2 5998 2000 (also for out of hours emergencies)

Our Consular Section opens as follows:

Monday to Friday: 9am to 12:30pm

Emergency services numbers

112 Combined emergency line (English speaking)

158 Police

155 Ambulance

150 Fire

Further information

Slovak Football Association

Scottish Football Association

Official site of the city of Bratislava

Public transport in Bratislava

Official site of the city of Trnava

Public transport in Trnava

Medical facilities in Slovakia

Published 3 October 2016