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Be On The Ball For Euro 2016 With The FCO’s Travel Advice

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‘Be on the Ball’ is a new Euro 2016 campaign which provides advice and information to British football fans travelling to the 2016 UEFA European Championship Finals in France next year.

Working with the British consulates in France, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) have produced a handy guide for travellers which can be download. Fans can also sign up to receive the latest country travel advice alerts for France for the most up to date information.

Travelling to France for Euro 2016?

Be On The Ball For Euro 2016 With The FCO’s Travel Advice

James Duddridge, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister, said:

“Euro 2016 next summer is set to be a landmark in British sport. Never before have we seen three home nations teams reach the finals of a European Championships. I am sure this will be reflected in the number of fans making the journey across the Channel.

We want to make sure that each and every supporter gets their tactics right and has the best time possible – regardless of their team’s results! It’s never too early to begin your preparations, so we’re encouraging fans to do their research and stay up to date with our travel advice.”

To help travelling fans ‘Be on the Ball’, the FCO has compiled 11 top tips:

  1. Check out the latest travel advice and information on the different regions, laws and customs
  2. Book accommodation before you arrive. Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to travel and the demand for beds will be high
  3. Get your tickets from a credible source. Selling tickets outside the stadiums is illegal in France
  4. Ensure that you have an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), check that it hasn’t expired and understand what it covers
  5. Take out comprehensive travel insurance, and ensure it covers you for all the activities you plan to do
  6. Get to know the laws of the road. France has different rules to the UK so do your research before hitting the road
  7. Look after your passport while travelling; keep it in a safe place and make two copies of it, taking one with you
  8. Be responsible. Fans deemed to have drunk too much alcohol may not be allowed into the stadiums and Fanzones
  9. There are likely to be long queues to access public transport, stadiums and Fanzones so arrive early. Follow advice and instructions from the local authorities
  10. For any emergency dial 112. For consular assistance, for example if you lose your passport, dial +33 (0)1 44 51 31 00
  11. Stay updated! Follow @FCOtravel on Twitter or follow the #BeOnTheBall hashtag, and find us on Facebook at

The FCO have also provided this information in a useful, Euro 2016 related image:

Be On The Ball For Euro 2016 With The FCO’s Travel Advice


Euro 2016 FCO Travel Advice for France

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