EURO 2021

Visiting St Petersburg for EURO 2021 - all you need to know


1. First of all, you need to apply for a FAN ID (fan passport). It is necessary for everyone who is going to attend matches in St. Petersburg, both Russian citizens and foreigners. The good news is that you can enter Russia multiple times with it from may 30 to July 3, 2020. Leave – from may 30 to July 13.

2. If you don't have a ticket for the match, make a tourist visa for 30 days. Submit your documents at least a month before your trip, or better yet earlier. For official information, contact the Russian Embassy in your country. In most cases, you will need an invitation from the hotel where you will be staying.

3. Depending on the operator's tariffs, roaming in Russia can be expensive. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas (restaurants, cafes, shopping centers). It makes sense to buy a local SIM card. Then you can navigate the city and follow the news in the EURO 2020 app. In case of emergency, call the toll-free number 112 from any city of EURO 2020.

4. Local time-UTC +3:
Great Britain, Ireland and Portugal: -3 hours
Amsterdam, Rome, Munich: -2 hours
Bucharest: -1 hour
Baku: + 1 hour

5. The local currency is the ruble. There are enough ATMs, almost everywhere they accept credit cards. But it's better to have a little cash in your wallet.

6. Most supermarkets and stores are open seven days a week. The operating time is different. They are often open until 22: 00.

7. Make sure that your international travel insurance is valid in Russia.

8. Learning Russian is not an easy task, but don't be afraid! In St. Petersburg, many people speak English. If you learn a couple of key phrases and know the basics of the Russian alphabet, it will be very easy.

9. If you plan to rent a car outside of Russia and go to St. Petersburg, keep in mind that most car rental companies do not allow you to cross the Russian border.

10. FAN ID – identification document required by the Russian authorities to attend EURO 2020 matches. A fan passport is a registered and free document that provides quick access to the stadium, as well as a comfortable and safe stay at the stadium. All fans who want to attend matches in St. Petersburg must have a ticket to the game and a fan passport, otherwise they will not get to the stadium. The fan passport is a laminated card with a photo and personal data of the owner. Together with a valid ID, a fan's passport serves as a visa to Russia. Apply for a fan passport on the website to apply, you will need an ID card, as well as a ticket number or a ticket order number for the match, which can be viewed on the EURO 2020 ticket portal. Check out the questions and answers to find out how to find the information you need. UEFA is not responsible if the Russian authorities refuse to obtain a fan's passport.

11. Watch the UEFA Festival program. EURO 2020 is much more than 51 matches of 90 minutes. You can already get your first glimpse of the festival in St. Petersburg and plan your trip.

12. You can't bring bags larger than A4 to the stadium. Just compare the bag to a piece of paper.

13. What will you take with you first? Hopefully, a ticket. Otherwise, you will not be able to get to the stadium. If you are under 16, you must be accompanied by an adult. If you have a paper ticket, keep it in a safe place and don't forget to take it to the stadium. If the ticket is mobile, make sure that the phone battery is fully charged.

14. Prepare yourself! Discover the artist in yourself, draw banners and posters, get flags. Flags can be 2 by 1.5 meters in size. The shaft must be flexible, no longer than 1 meter and no thicker than 1 centimeter.

15. Dress up. That stupid hat you're ashamed to wear? Take it! A bright dress that still had nowhere to put on? The hour has struck! If you are more "classic" - do not forget the t-shirt and scarf of your favorite team. Only the suit should not cover the face and interfere with identification.

16. It is forbidden to bring professional photo and video cameras to the stadium without a press card. Therefore, you should not put the camera in an A4 bag. This also applies to mirrors and everything that looks like them. If you doubt it, don't take it.

17. Million dollar tip: buy a poncho. I put it in my back pocket, and it doesn't rain. Moreover, you can't bring umbrellas to the stadium. Ponchos are the perfect solution.

18. It is useful to have a small power Bank with you. Especially if you have a mobile ticket. On match days, you will receive notifications from the EURO 2020 app. And how much battery instagram will eat, it's better not to say.

19. Food and drinks are not allowed in the stadium. But they can be purchased inside, choosing from a variety of options.

20. There are no problems with public transport in Saint Petersburg. Buses, trams, subways, and commuter trains run here. The metro is one of the most beautiful in the world. It would be a crime not to ride it! This is the fastest way to move around the city. Each of the five branches has its own color to make it easier to navigate. Additional shuttles will run between the airport and the stadium on match days. More information will appear here closer to the beginning of the tournament.

21. St. Petersburg is an amazing city in all respects. Housing prices here are comparable to other European cities, such as Rome or Munich.

22. The distance between public transport stops can be long. Therefore, housing should be chosen wisely. Try to find a place near the subway.

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