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Advice for fans travelling to Spain for Swansea City's Europa League group match with Valencia CF on 19 September 2013.
- Date: 19 September 2013
- Kick-off: 1900 (local time)
- Venue: Mestalla Stadium, Valencia, Spain.
As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Spain.
Passports and visas
You don’t need a visa to travel to Spain, but your passport should be valid for the length of your journey.
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 in you get into difficulties.
It is necessary to carry ID with you at all times – you may want to take a photocopy of your passport and keep this separate from the original.
Always take care of your passport, as obtaining a replacement is costly and time-consuming.
Getting to the stadium
From the main Coach Station: The stadium is a 20 minute walk turning left along Avenida Menéndez Pidal, which follows the riverbed to Llano del Real, opposite Jardines de Viveros. From here take Calle Micer Mascó, which leads to the stadium.
Bus number 80 leaves from opposite the main Coach Station and leads to Avenida de Aragón, right by the Mestalla Stadium.
From the Norte Railway Station: Bus number 10 in Plaza del Ayuntamiento square – a 2-minute walk opposite the railway station and leads to the Avenida de Aragón, opposite the stadium.
By Metro: The closest metro station is Arágon, which is alongside the stadium. Please remember that the metro will be very busy around match time and access to and from stations may be restricted. Further details of advised routes to the stadium can be found , in English, on Valencia CF’s website
At the match
Swansea City fans are located in the north stand and should enter through gates N15 and N16.
Access to the stadium can be slow. There will be ticket checks and body searches at the entrance to the turnstiles.
There are over 160 steps between the turnstiles and the away fan area; entry takes time and to avoid a last minute bottleneck you should get to the stadium early - doors will open at 17:30.
Anyone who is obviously drunk or bearing racist insignia will not be allowed into the stadium. Also, any banners bearing political slogans will not be permitted inside the stadium.
No flares, fireworks, alcohol, cans, glass, bottle tops or containers over 500ml are allowed in the stadium.
Soft drinks are available and can be taken inside.
Visiting supporters will be kept behind for around 15 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to disperse
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, leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits
Fans should obey Spanish Police instructions and avoid physical contact of any type (including requests to take photos etc.)
Drinking in the streets in some areas of Spain is illegal, and you can be arrested for doing so.
In case of a consular emergency you should call the British Consulate on 965 216 022.
In case of the need to report a theft or other crime to the police call 902 102 112
The emergency services can be reached by calling 112.
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