Finland v Northern Ireland travel advice
Travel advice for fans travelling to Helsinki for the Finland v Northern Ireland UEFA 2016 qualifying match on Sunday 11 October 2015
Advice for fans travelling to Finland v Northern Ireland UEFA 2016 qualifying match on 11 October 2015
Date: 11 October 2015
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Paavo Nurmenkuja 1, 00250 Helsinki
Kick off time: 7pm (local time)
As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Finland.
Passports and visas
- you don’t need a visa to travel to Finland, but your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay in Finland; make sure next of kin details are kept up to date
- 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. No medical services are provided free of charge in Finland
- if you lose your passport you’ll need to get an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) from the British Embassy in Helsinki. You’ll need to supply a police report, one photo (in colour) and a printed flight reservation (or emailed copy to email@example.com). The fee is EUR 135 payable by cash in Euros or Visa/MasterCard Credit Cards. Note: fee may be affected by exchange rates.
Getting to the stadium
- from airport : Local bus: 615 to main railway station ( +2km walk to Olympic Stadium) – tickets from driver at €5
- from airport: Shuttle bus to local train taking you to main railway station (+2km walk to Olympic Stadium)
- taxi from airport to stadium €50-60 (30-40mins)
At the match
- access to the stadium can be slow - there will be ticket checks and body searches at the entrance to the turnstiles; to avoid a last minute rush, get to the stadium early
- items banned in UK are likely to be banned at the Olympic Stadium as well
- 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
- drinking in the street, in non designated pub or restaurant areas is prohibited in Finland
- don’t get involved with drugs - the penalties are severe. Drugs and drink driving laws are stricter in Finland than in the UK. Possession of even small quantities of narcotics can lead to heavy fines and/or imprisonment
- for the latest information on safety and security, visit Foreign and Commonwealth Office page for Travel Advice - Finland.
Contact the British Embassy in Helsinki
British Embassy Helsinki Itäinen Puistotie 17 00140 Helsinki
Tel: +358 (0)9 2286 5100 (also for out of hours emergencies) Office hours: Mon-Fri 9am – 4pm (visits by appointment only) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information please visit British Embassy in Finland.
Emergency services numbers
- 112 for all rescue services
- local tourist info - office open Sat-Sun from 10am to 4pm at Pohjoisesplanadi 19