Travelling to London
International travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic
⚠️To help ticket holders with the key decisions that come next, we have summarised the key entry requirements when travelling to London for UEFA EURO 2020. This information is constantly evolving and changing and is based on the latest information received by UEFA from the local authorities. UEFA cannot guarantee that it will be accurate or reflect the latest position, although we will do our best to keep this up to date. It is your responsibility to check the Government websites to verify the latest information before your date of travel.
Border restrictions - England
- The UK government has issued a travel guidance for EURO 2020 match ticket holders from abroad.
- Only travel to London if you have a match ticket and you’re arriving from a green list country.
- Quarantine requirements or entry bans apply for countries that are not on the green list. Please see below for details.
If you enter England from outside the UK or Ireland (or other parts of the Common Travel Area), you need to:
- Have a negative test in the three days (72 hours) prior to arrival.
- Complete a Passenger Locator Form before travelling. Border Force are currently checking all arrivals to ensure completion of the Passenger Locator Form and proof of required test bookings.
- Comply with other restrictions, such as quarantine for a minimum of five days, depending on the country you are coming from (or have been in within the previous 10 days):
🔴 Entering from a Red List country:
British or Irish national or UK residents:
- Enter a managed quarantine hotel for ten days at your own expense.
- Take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2, and on or after day 8 at your own expense.
Foreign Nationals without residence rights in the UK:
- Will be refused entry to the UK ⚠️
- If it is suspected that an individual intends to do so, they may be denied entry on arrival at the border.
🟡 Entering from an Amber List country:
- Bring proof of a negative test result from within the last 72 hours (pre-departure test).
- Complete a Passenger Locator Form before travelling to the UK.
- Quarantine at home or the place where you are staying (e.g. a hotel) for 10 days.
- Before you travel, book a COVID-19 test on or before day 2, and on or after day 8 at your own expense.
- Quarantine for ten days before attending a match. There are no exemptions for EURO 2020 ticket holders. You have the option of atest to release after five days. A negative test will still needs to be booked and taken for day 8.
- If you do travel to England, the UK Government has stated that if it is suspected that an individual intends to attend the game without first quarantining, they may be denied entry on arrival at the border. There is a fine of up to £10,000 for failing to quarantine in England on arrival, and you may have your ticket cancelled.
- Individuals will be called by the Isolation Assurance and Compliance Service throughout their self-isolation period, to check that they are complying with their duty to self-isolate.
🟢 Entering from a Green list country:
- Bring proof of a negative test result from within the last 72 hours (pre-departure test)
- Complete a Passenger Locator Form
- Book and pay for in advance a day 2 COVID-19 test, to be taken after arrival
❗These rules apply even if you have been vaccinated.
Domestic restrictions - England
At present, England remains in Step 3 of Roadmap Out of Lockdown until at least 19 July. This means there are also domestic restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to, the requirement to wear a face covering in many indoor settings, including on entry to the stadium, the stadium concourse and on public transport. Individuals are also not allowed to gather indoors in groups of more than six people or two households.
Please find the full list of restrictions on the Government website.
These rules are critical to preventing the transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus. They will allow fans to safely attend matches and help to save lives.
- Airport: Heathrow Airport (LHR), Distance to city centre: 27km
- Airport: Gatwick Airport (LGW), Distance to city centre: 45km
- Airport: Stansted Airport (STN), Distance to city centre: 63km
- Airport: Luton Airport (LTN), Distance to city centre: 55km
- Airport: London City Airport (LCY), Distance to city centre: 14km
London’s five major airport have direct flights to and from most locations across Europe. Before you travel, be sure to check the COVID-19 guidelines provided on the respective airport websites:
London has frequent services to all corners of the country from the city's mainline railway stations, run by a set of private train operating companies. With a multitude of stations to choose from, you can travel across the country without a hitch.
If you're coming from Europe and aren’t a fan of flying, the Eurostar train is a great option. Its terminal, St Pancras International, is also perfectly located in central London. Just keep in mind services may be impacted by the current travel restrictions. Check the Eurostar website for more information.
Football is unpredictable which means that matches can go to extra time and penalties. If you are planning to return on the same day, you may want to consider staying overnight to avoid missing the last trains out of London.
Let me give you a top tip:
Travelling by train may have changed since your last trip. Long-distance trains now require reservations. We recommend you reserve your seat as soon as possible or you may not be able to travel.
Check your operators’ websites for the latest updates.
Travelling to and from London by coach is simple and cheap, and services will run across the country after the final whistle. There are several direct options to major cities across the country, and you can even travel to and from other locations in Europe.
Regardless of whether you’re travelling domestically or from abroad, if coach travel is your preferred option, please follow the safety measures put in place by the transport operator of your choice on their website.
Driving to London? If you’re coming from mainland Europe, make sure you’re comfortable with doing things the other way around, as in England they drive on the left-hand side of the road.
Take into consideration that charges may apply when driving in the city and that Wembley Stadium will not provide parking for private vehicles during EURO.
Let me give you a top tip:
If you are a disabled passenger, please inform your airline or travel agent and let them know about the kind of assistance you need. You can do this either when booking your flight or closer to your travels, but make sure it's at least 48 hours before you start your journey.
City centre to Stadium:
- 12 minutes by tube from Baker Street
- 15 minutes from London Marylebone by train
Transport from the airport
🚆 By public transport
All London airports have dedicated transport links to central London. Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports also have dedicated express trains to central London.
Check out their websites for more information:
- Heathrow Airport (LHR)
- Gatwick Airport (LGW)
- Stansted Airport (STN)
- Luton Airport (LTN)
- London City Airport (LCY)
🚖 By taxi
Fully licensed black cabs run from all of London’s airports; rates may vary. If using taxi and private hire services, please respect the health and hygiene measures in place such as wearing a face covering or disinfecting your hands before and after you travel.
🚗 By rental car
Keep in mind that there will be road closures around UEFA Festival sites, the stadium and major attractions. Parking options are limited - we recommend sticking to public transport to get around in the city. If you do rent a car, make sure you’re familiar with the local traffic laws and circulation regulations.
Transport in the city
🚇 By public transport
London has one of the best public transport systems in the world, including great walking and cycling routes as well as the London Underground and the iconic red buses.
Bicycles can be rented from the various cycle stands around the city or via private dockless alternatives.
Travel during quieter times makes social distancing easier. The quieter times to travel are:
• Between 08:15 and 16:00 and after 17:30 on weekdays
• Before noon and after 18:00 on weekends
You can check how busy any tube station is at any time of the day on this website.
💡 Check the Transport for London website for 'Safer travel guidance'.
Let me give you a top tip:
Public transport stops can be far apart, so try to plan ahead if you are a disabled spectator. Check out Transport for London’s accessibility guide to plan your journey ahead of time.
🚗 By car
Avoid using the car in the city – driving will take you significantly longer than any other mode of transport in London. There will be road closures around UEFA Festival sites, the stadium and major attractions. Parking for private vehicles will not be available at the stadium. You’ll also be subject to congestion charges if you drive within certain, central zones.
🚖 By taxi
In London it’s easy to flag down a black cab, and there are also several private hire services to request a ride. Note that it’s probably not the most economical way to get around and traffic can delay your journey considerably.
Let me give you a tip:
The UEFA EURO 2020 app will be your trusted companion on your tournament journey, whether you’re a ticket holder or simply want to join the UEFA Festival action. You will receive all the updates on matchdays and what’s on in the city, plus personalised daily tips, a journey planner, walking routes and much more.