Travel advice for West Ham fans travelling to Giurgiu, Romania, for the match AFC Astra Giurgiu v West Ham United FC on Thursday 6 August 2015
6 August 2015
Marin Anastasovici Stadium, Giurgiu
Kick off time
2100hrs (local + 2hrs GMT)
As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Romania
Passports and visas
you don’t need a visa to travel to Romania, but your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay
remember to bring 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
we advise football fans to leave their passports in the hotel safe and use another form of ID, for example a driving licence or a photocopy of your passport as identification.
Getting to the stadium
Giurgiu is approximately an hour and a half by coach south of Bucharest (approx 64km). Traffic can be problematic, particularly when leaving Bucharest and you should leave sufficient time for the journey. You can travel from Bucharest to Giurgiu by train or coach. Trains leave from Bucharest North Station (București Gara de Nord) while coaches/mini-buses to Giurgiu can be taken mostly from the southern part of the city. You can find train timetables here (only in Romanian).
It is an approximately 2 km from the train station in Giurgiu to the Stadionul Marin Anastasovici, home of AFC Astra. Check the map of the stadium’s location
There are usually taxis available at the train station.
West Ham fans should arrive early to access the stadium and take extra time when entering and leaving the seating deck area.
At the match
West Ham FC supporters are located in Sectors 7 & 8 which are dedicated to visiting fans. Please note the following information:
do not travel to the stadium unless you have an official ticket for this fixture, there will be no match day sales for visiting fans
West Ham FC supporters purchasing tickets within the home supporters’ area may be asked to leave the stadium
West Ham FC fans should arrive early to access the stadium and take extra time when entering and leaving the seating deck area. The gates will open at 1900hrs
the first ticket check will be at the gate leading from the public road into the stadium area
visiting spectators should expect to be searched prior to entering the turnstiles
there are only two turnstiles for visiting supporters. The turnstiles are operated by a barcode reader. To ensure you do not miss the start of the game, arrive early
temporary toilet facilities and a food outlet will be provided on match day
at the end of the match visiting fans may be held back for up to 15 minutes
banners and flags are permitted
alcohol, professional cameras, guns, fire sources, fireworks, pyrotechnics, firecrackers, glass or plastic bottle, coins, umbrellas, are not allowed in the stadium.
No alcohol is allowed at the match. Fans who appear drunk will be refused entry. Drinking on the streets is not permitted and you could be fined 50 Euros.
Loud shouting or singing after 10 pm (outside the stadium) is considered disorderly conduct and you may be arrested
All drug-related and sex offences are treated seriously, the age of consent 18.
You should maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as in the UK. You should also be alert to the risk of petty theft in Bucharest or other Romanian cities and for pickpockets and bag snatchers in crowded areas, particularly near exchange shops, hotels, on public transport (especially to the airport), main railway stations and inside airport terminals.
Petty crime can occur, often involving groups including children. The most common method is distraction while several people attempt to steal watches, jewellery and other valuables.
Contact the British Embassy Bucharest
24 Jules Michelet 010463 Bucharest, Bucharest
Tel: (40) (21) 201 7200 (also for out of hours emergencies)
Office hours: Monday to Friday: 0800 - 1300 and 1400 - 1600
For more information please visit website at https://www.gov.uk/government/world/romania
Emergency services number: 112
Information about AFC Astra(in Romanian)
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