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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.

⌛ Rules that are in place now may change closer to the tournament, so keep checking back.

Border restrictions - England

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. 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, 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:


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
  • Quarantine at home or the place where you are staying (e.g. a hotel) for 10 days
  • Take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2, and on or after day 8 at your own expense
  • Individuals will not be permitted to attend games that take place within the first 10 days of arriving in England, even if they hold a ticket. ⚠️ If it is suspected that an individual intends to do so, they may be denied entry on arrival at the border.
  • Arrivals can end this isolation period on day 5 with a negative test result through the ‘test to release’ scheme - you could attend a match after that point. A negative test will still need to be booked for day 8.
  • 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:

These rules apply even if you have been vaccinated.


Domestic restrictions - England

At present, England is at Step 3 of its Roadmap Out of Lockdown until at least 21 June. This means there are also domestic restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to, to the requirement to wear a face covering in public indoor premises. Individuals are also not allowed to gather indoors in groups of more than six people.

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.

Getting There

  • 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.

Getting Around

📍 Distances

City centre to Stadium:

Transport from the airport

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🚆 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:

🚖 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 mask 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

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🚇 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.


 

 

 

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