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Stay safe and have a good time at San Fermin

Read our advice for visitors on how to stay safe during the celebrations and the Running of the Bulls, taking place 6-14 July 2014.

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The Running of the Bulls at San Fermin
Photo courtesy of Ayuntamiento de Pamplona.

Every July, Pamplona is host to the vibrant celebrations of the San Fermin Festival. One of the main events during this week is the Running of the Bulls. Whilst the vast majority of British tourists didn’t have any problems last year, we would like to provide you with some important information to keep you safe from harm, keep your passport intact, and to make sure you are informed about the local laws and customs to ensure that you enjoy the festival without any hiccups.

Please be aware that you must be 18 or over to take part in the Running of the Bulls.

Before you go

Before you set off to Pamplona, here are five simple things to do:

  • Get travel insurance and check what it covers
  • Apply for a European Health Insurance Card
  • Carry an extra photocopy of your passport and leave a copy at home
  • Tell family or friends in the UK where you’ll be staying
  • Fill in the last page of your passport with your emergency contacts

When you get there

  • Keep your valuables in a safe place e.g. locked in the hotel safe. It is prohibited to run with the bulls with bottles, glasses, cameras, video equipment, bags or backpacks. Recent changes in law mean you will be fined for doing so.
  • Remember to wear suitable footwear; flip flops, high heels and sandals are prohibited.
  • Make a note of the Emergency Services number in Spain: 112
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport with you and leave the original locked away
  • Have one of your cash cards and some cash separate from the rest of your valuables just in case
  • Be extra careful in large crowds, keep your cash and mobile in a zipped pocket
  • Follow the instructions of the event organisers and Spanish Police whenever necessary
  • Hot weather, alcohol or drug use can leave people in a vulnerable state. Do not run if you feel unwell. Find the nearest local health centre or hospital
  • Avoid walking home on your own; taxis are readily available in the city

If something goes wrong:

The Emergency Services number in Spain is 112.

The British Consulate-General in Madrid is available to offer help and support if you have been hospitalised, arrested or are a victim of crime:

  • If your passport has gone missing, we can issue you with an Emergency Travel Document (ETD). You will have to get a police report and come to our office in Madrid. There is also a fee for this of £95 only payable in local currency, by credit card or cash.
  • If you have been hospitalised let us know. We can contact the hospital and help to ensure you get the information you need. We can also help you to keep your family informed of what is going on.
  • If you have been arrested, whenever possible, we will contact you to make sure you are aware of local procedures, although we can’t interfere in them.
  • If you have been a victim of crime, call us. We can explain how to get a police report and you can make an emergency call from the Consulate. If the crime has caused you to be hospitalised, or you are a victim of a sexual assault, a consular officer can come to where you are to help and support you.

For more information please visit our website.

Contact numbers for the British Consulate are +34 902 109 356 or +34 91 334 2194.

The festival programme and other useful information can be found on the official San Fermin Festival website.

Published 4 July 2014