Paris Saint-Germain vs Arsenal Travel Advice
Travel advice for Arsenal fans travelling to Paris for the Paris-Saint-Germain vs Arsenal match on Tuesday 13 September 2016.
Date: Tuesday 13 September 2016
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris
Kick off time: 8.45pm (French time)
Following the attacks in Paris in November 2015, a national state of emergency has been declared. The French government has warned the public to be especially vigilant and has reinforced its security measures. These measures may have an impact on the time it takes for you to get to and into the stadium.Please see the French government’s advice about what to do if a terrorist attack occurs.
Passports and visas
- you don’t need a visa to enter France. Make sure that your passport is valid until you return to the United Kingdom (you don’t need any extra period of validity on your passport beyond this)
- 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
- you should carry ID with you at all times
Getting to the stadium
- from Paris Gare Du Nord Eurostar Terminal, take Metro line 4 to Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, then Metro line 9 to Porte de Saint Cloud
- from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, take RER B to Gare du Nord, then Metro line 4 to Strasbourg-Saint-Denis and Metro line 9 to Porte de Saint Cloud
- from Paris Beauvais airport, take the coach to Porte Maillot, then Metro line 1 to Franklin-Roosevelt and Metro line 9 to Porte de Saint Cloud
At the match
- details and specific instructions on how to access the stadium will be given by Arsenal to tickets holders
- all official Arsenal supporters (except VIPs and sponsors) will enter the stadium via Avenue de la Porte de Saint-Cloud, Porte V, and will be seated in stands 101-102 and 301-302
- full body searches will be carried out by French police; the process will be thorough and time consuming; please expect to go through different check points before entering the stadium
- the stadium opens 4 hours before kick-off; you should arrive well before the start of match as ticket and security checks can take up to a good hour to complete
- supporters with disabilities should arrive at the stadium no later than 2 hours before kick-off time
- no left-luggage facilities are available; leave your luggage on the coaches or at your hotel
- alcohol is banned inside the stadium
- if you appear to be drunk you may be refused entry to the stadium
- Arsenal fans will be held back for around 30 minutes while the home supporters disperse
The following items are banned in the stadium and will be confiscated (and are unlikely to be returned):
- banners and flags displaying anything which can be construed as racist or homophobic
- flagpoles or sticks
- fireworks and flares
- alcoholic drinks, bottles, glasses, and cans
- megaphones and drums
- knives, belts, chains or any objects which can be thrown or used as a weapon
Smoking is not permitted in the stands.
Possession and use of recreational drugs is illegal in France and you could be arrested or put in prison if you’re found with drugs
Thieves and pickpockets operate on the Paris underground, RER lines and at mainline stations, for example at the Gare du Nord. Pickpockets can work in gangs: one to distract you while the other one goes into your bag. Keep your belongings close to you in restaurants and bars. Don’t be distracted around tourist attractions and cash points.
Beware of scams used to get money from tourists. For more information about typical scams used in Paris, visit the website of the Paris police.
16 rue d’Anjou
Tel: +33 1 44 51 31 00
Emergency number: 112