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Travel advice for British football fans travelling to Helsinki for the Arsenal/Manchester City “Super Match” on 10 Aug 2013

Arsenal FC vs. Manchester City FC are playing in Helsinki on 10 Aug 2013. If you are planning to come to Finland to watch the match, please see this travel advice first

Entry requirements and travel insurance

British citizens do not need visas to enter Finland. Your passport should be in good condition and remain valid for the duration of your stay. You should take out comprehensive travel insurance in addition to bringing your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC will give you access to Finnish health care if you have an accident or suddenly fall ill. You will receive the necessary emergency treatment and medical care at reduced cost. However, it does not cover costs such as medical repatriation, extra costs for accommodation or tickets in case you are not fit to travel, or cover stolen property.

Getting to the stadium

Detailed information on Helsinki Olympic Stadium


If your British passport is lost or stolen whilst in Finland, please contact the British Embassy for advice on how to get an Emergency Travel Document (ETD). The Consular Section telephone lines are open Monday-Friday 10-12:00. Visits to the Consular Section are by appointment only.

British Embassy Helsinki
Itäinen Puistotie 17
00140 Helsinki
Tel: +358 (0)9 2286 5100

When you come to your appointment, you must bring with you the following:

  • 1 passport photograph (colour)
  • Police report
  • Travel itinerary or flight tickets (print-out)
  • The fee (€114) in local currency (or Visa / MC credit card)

Local tourist info available through this link (Info desk at railway station open from Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm, Sat-Sun 9pm-5pm)

The number for the emergency services in Finland is: 112.

More information

Note that the tourist season attracts pickpockets and bag-snatchers in crowded areas. Keep your personal belongings, including passports, valuables, credit cards and cash, safe.

As well as this advice, please read the FCO Travel Advice for Finland