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Advice for fans travelling to the Ukraine vs England world cup qualifying match on 10 September 2013 at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv

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Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kyiv

Date: Tuesday 10th September 2013

Venue: Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kyiv

Kick off time: 21:45 (local time)

Passports and Visas

  • You don’t need a visa to enter Ukraine for less than 3 months but you should ensure your passport is valid for the duration of your stay

  • Take out travel insurance even if you’re only going for one night, if you get into difficulties it could save you a lot of money

  • You should carry your original passport with you for identification purposes. Ensure your passport is kept safely and keep a photocopy separately from the original document, as this will help speed up the replacement process if needed. Ensure that next of kin details are kept up to date

  • If you lose your passport you will need to obtain a police report and apply for Emergency Travel Document (ETD) to return home at the Consular Section of the British Embassy in Kyiv. The fee for an ETD is £ 95 (1330 UAH) payable in cash in local currency

Getting to the stadium

At the match

  • The Olimpiyskiy stadium is located in central Kiev, about 2 km from Maydan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), 3 km from the central railway station, 7 km from the International airport Kyiv (Zhulyany) and 30 km from the International airport Boryspil

  • We recommend that you arrive early for the match. The nearest entrance to the away fans’ sector in the stadium is West Gate 4-5 (zone A on the stadium map)

  • You will be subject to a body search before entering the ground

  • Fireworks, alcohol, poles for flags and any item that can be used as a weapon or thrown onto the pitch will not be allowed into the ground (see Rules of conduct at the stadium )

  • Drinking alcohol at football matches is banned - police and security staff have the authority to deny entry into the stadium to spectators under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  • Do not smoke at the stadium

  • Food outlets and toilets will be available at the rear of the seating area and segregated from home fans

  • Stadium is cashless

  • Obey instructions from stadium security to avoid being removed from the stadium and detained by the police

  • It is usual practice for the visiting fans to be held back for approximately 15 minutes after the match


  • Most trips are trouble free, however there have been cases of violent attacks on foreign nationals in major cities and towns

  • You should be aware of pickpockets and bag snatchers, keep valuables and cash out of sight particularly in crowded areas and tourist spots

  • Don’t get scammed. A common scam is to drop a wallet or bundle of money in front of a tourist. The criminal then ‘finds’ the money and asks if it is the tourist’s or offers to share the money with them. If you are approached in this way, walk away without engaging in conversation

  • Be wary of accepting drinks in bars from strangers or people you’ve just met in case they have been spiked

  • Don’t smoke and drink alcohol in public places

  • Don’t get involved with drugs - the penalties are severe

  • Drink or use only boiled or bottled water

  • For the latest information on safety and security, visit our travel advice page for Ukraine

  • See attached document for basic phrases in Ukrainian and Russian. You are more likely to find people who speak Ukrainian

British Embassy contact details

9, Desyatynna St.

Telephone: +380 44 490 3660


Emergency Services Numbers

101 - Fire

102 - Police

103 - Ambulance

112 - Emergency


Football Supporters’ Federation

Football Federation of Ukraine

British Embassy in Ukraine

Published 6 September 2013