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Zorya Luhansk v Manchester United travel advice

Travel advice for Manchester United fans travelling to Odesa for the Zorya Luhansk v Manchester United match on Thursday 8 December.


Advice for fans travelling to Ukraine for Manchester United’s match with Zorya Luhansk on 8 December 2016

  • Date: Thursday 8 December 2016

  • Venue: Chernomorets Stadium, Odesa

  • Kick off time: 8pm (local time)

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Ukraine

Passports and visas

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

  • 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 for identification purposes

  • always take care of your passport, as getting a replacement is costly and time-consuming; make sure next of kin details are kept up to date and keep a photocopy separately from the original document, this will help speed up the replacement process if needed

  • if you lose your passport, you’ll need to get an Emergency Travel Document from the British Embassy in Kyiv; the service is available within the Embassy working hours

Getting to the stadium

  • it takes 20 minutes to get from the airport to the city centre; information on how to get from Odesa airport to the city is available here

  • the Chernomorets stadium is located on 1/20 Marazlievska street in the historical city centre, in the Taras Shevchenko Park zone; it can be approached via Marazlievska str or Lidersivsky Boulevard.

  • Manchester United FC have strongly advised Manchester United fans to use the special shuttle bus service from the city centre to the stadium as the safest means of transport on the evening of the match

At the match

  • the nearest entrance to the away fans’ blocks in the stadium is via Gate C

  • access to the stadium can be slow - there will be ticket checks and body searches; to avoid missing the start of the match get to the stadium early – doors will open 2 hours before kick-off

  • no fireworks, smoke bombs, poles for flags are allowed in the ground

  • alcohol is banned within the stadium; police and security staff have the authority to deny entry into the stadium to supporters under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  • don’t smoke at the stadium

  • food outlets and toilets will be available on the visitors’ concourse and are segregated from the home fans

  • items should be paid for by cash in the local currency UAH (hryvnya)

  • obey instructions from the stadium security; if you fail to do so, you may be removed from the stadium and detained by the police

  • visiting supporters will be kept behind for around 20-30 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to leave


  • most trips to Ukraine are trouble free, however there have been cases of violent attacks on foreign nationals, including visiting football fans in Odesa, so take extra care

  • be aware of the current political situation (in particular the tension between Ukraine and Russia) and avoid any action or chanting that could provoke a hostile reaction from home fans

  • 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 keep valuables and cash out of sight or in hotel safety deposits

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

  • drink bottled water; this is readily available from the local shops and hotels

  • smoking is prohibited in public places; this includes bars, bus stops, subways, the metro, playgrounds, parks and the stadium itself

  • drinking alcohol is prohibited in public places (except bars, restaurants)

  • don’t get involved with drugs - the penalties are severe. For more information on safety and security visit our travel advice page

Contact the British Embassy in Kyiv

British Embassy Kyiv
9, Desyatynna St.
01901 Kyiv

  • Telephone (+38 044) 490 36 60
  • Office hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
  • For more information please visit British Embassy Kyiv website.

Emergency services numbers

  • 101 – Fire
  • 102 – Police
  • 103 – Ambulance
  • 112 – Emergency

Further information

Manchester United FC website

Zorya Luhansk FC website

Chernomorets stadium in Odesa

British Embassy in Ukraine

International Airport Odesa

Official site of Odesa (tourist information)  

Published 29 November 2016