Travel advice for England fans travelling to Vilnius for the Lithuania v England football match on Monday 12 October
Advice for fans travelling to Lithuania for England’s match with Lithuania on 12 October 2015.
Date: 12 October 2015 Venue: Lithuanian Football Federation stadium, Stadiono gatve (street), 2, Vilnius Kick off time: 9.45pm (local time). We advise you aim to arrive at the stadium as early as possible as there’s only one entrance (see below).
As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Lithuania.
Passports and visas
Holders of British Citizen passports don’t need a visa to enter Lithuania, but your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
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.
If you lose your passport, you’ll need to get an Emergency Travel Document from the British Embassy in Vilnius. You’ll need to supply a police report, flight reservation confirmation and two photos and the fee of €135 in cash (please note: no change can be given). We cannot guarantee that we will be able to issue you an Emergency Travel Document in time for your flight.
The Lithuanian police advise that fans should carry some form of ID with them at all times, for example, a driving licence. Make sure your passport is secure.
Before the match
We are awaiting confirmation from the Football Association, but we expect ticket collection to be available on Monday 12th October from the Ramada Hotel, just off the Town Hall Square on Subačiaus street, 2.
We expect the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) to host their “Fans’ Embassy” just next door to the Town Hall Square at the end of Vokieciu street on Sunday 11 October and Monday 12 October.
While the weather may be similar to a chilly October night in the UK, please remember that in October it can also get very cold in Lithuania and could even snow – take suitable warm clothing with you for all weather types.
Please remember that drinking alcohol in public is illegal.
Getting to the stadium
The best way to get to the stadium is on foot, directly from the Old Town, approximately 15 to 20 minutes walk from the Town Hall Square. Proceed south from the Town Hall Square, straight through the Gates of Dawn on Ausros Vartos street. Keep straight, head under the railway bridge and the stadium is directly ahead of you. Maps are available in town from tourist offices – there’s an office at the airport open from 9am to 9pm – and all hotels should be able to provide you with a map.
If you decide to travel to the stadium by bus, bus numbers 12, 16, 19, 61 and 82 depart from the train station and take just 2 stops to the Stadium. The bus stop is called “Stadium” – and you can find details of bus routes here. Public transport requires either a pre-paid e-ticket - Vilniečio kortelė (Vilnius card) that can be brought from the newsagent kiosks found across town or a ticket can be purchased in cash directly to the driver (one-way is 1 euro). For more information on transport please check.
A taxi from the Old Town to the Stadium will cost approximately €5 to €7. Double tariffs are applied to a taxi without an advance call. There are many taxi firms to choose from and are listed here.
You will not need your passport to gain entrance to the match. Tickets are all that will be required, but we recommend carrying some form of ID e.g. a driving licence with you. Keep your valuables, especially your passport, secure. Remember to take photocopies of your passport for added security.
At the match
• England fans will be seated in blocks RA and RB in the East stand and should enter through the North gates (as you approach the stadium from the Old Town); wheel-chair access will be provided from the same gates, but please aim to arrive early should you require assistance
• access to the stadium can be slow as there’s only one gate for the East stand; there will be ticket checks and body searches at the entrance to the turnstiles; to avoid missing the start of the match, get to the stadium early - doors will open at 7pm and fans are advised to arrive at the stadium a minimum of 1 hour before the match due to the limited capacity at the entrance
• in addition to items which would usually be prohibited in the UK at football matches, the following restrictions will apply at the stadium: alcohol is banned within the stadium; large flags close to or over 2mx1m in size will not be allowed in the stadium (there’s very limited space to display them) and fans bringing them will be asked to leave them outside the stadium; musical instruments are usually permitted
• England fans will be kept behind for around 15 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to leave first
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. Stick to well lit streets and avoid drinking too much alcohol that can put you at increased risk. We recommend that you walk straight from the stadium into the Old Town following the match. And remember that Vilnius can get very cold in October, it’s not unheard of for snow to fall or temperatures to fall well-below zero. Equally it could be similar weather to the UK so come prepared for all weather types.
Contact the British Embassy Vilnius
Telephone: +370 5 2462900
Email (for non-urgent consular assistance): Consular.Vilnius@fco.gov.uk
Address: Antakalnio str. 2 Vilnius, LT-10308
• Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 4.45pm
• Friday 8.30am to 3.30pm
For more information please visit British Embassy Vilnius on our website
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Emergency services numbers
In case of emergency call 112. (No prefix necessary)
The Police Office in the Old Town can be found on Pylimo street 52, Vilnius