Advice for fans travelling to Greece for the Arsenal match with Olympiacos on Thursday 20 February 2020.
Date: Thursday 20 February 2020
Venue: Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
Address: Karaoli Dimitriou & Sofianopoulou, Neo Faliro, Piraeus
Kick off time: 10pm (local time)
As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Greece
Passports and visas
- you don’t need a visa to travel to Greece but your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this
- remember 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
- you must carry ID with you at all times - you’ll need to carry your passport to the match to gain entry to the stadium
- please take care of your passport - if you lose it you’ll need to apply online to get an Emergency Travel Document and collect it from the British Embassy in Athens on the next working day. This could mean that you miss your flight home and need to pay for another flight in addition to paying for the ETD
Travel to the stadium
Coaches to the stadium are being organised for Arsenal fans. These coaches will leave from a central point in Athens. Arsenal fans who don’t take the coach are advised to travel to the stadium by taxi. Further information on transport to the stadium is available here.
At the match
The gates open at 7pm, three hours before kick-off.
Fans are encouraged to get to the stadium early as entry is by bar-coded ticket only and scanning takes some time.
A search by local police officers will be made before entering the stadium. All turnstiles are electronic and dedicated to away team fans.
Away supporters can enjoy dedicated refreshment and toilet facilities. The section is well sign-posted and supporters will have a great view of the pitch, albeit with a netting in front of the away section.
After the match it’s anticipated that away team fans will be kept back within the away section for up to 30 minutes. Please be patient with the authorities, announcements will be made to keep you updated.
Fans can expect to be security checked more than once on the approach to the stadium.
No alcohol is allowed at the match. Fans who are drunk will be refused entry.
Please note that rowdy and noisy behaviour, especially alcohol related, may not be tolerated by the Greek authorities.
Please note that the following items will NOT be allowed into the stadium (this list may not be exhaustive): weapons, potential weapons, fireworks, drinks, alcohol, drugs, flag poles over 1m, flags over 1.5 x 2m, large cameras, animals, promotional material, spray cans, luggage, toilet/ kitchen rolls and megaphones.
Watch out for pickpockets in busy tourist areas and on public transport especially in the central parts of Athens. Keep a photocopy of your passport with you. Only carry what you need, leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits.
Tel +30 210 7272600, option 2 for Consular (also for out of hours emergencies)
Telephone lines are open 24 hours.
Nearest metro station to the Embassy: Evangelismos
Public opening hours are by appointment only 9am to 1pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday (except in the case of an emergency when Consular staff will exceptionally see customers without an appointment).
Emergency Travel Document collection times are 10am to 1pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday (except in the case of an emergency when consular staff will exceptionally see collection customers on other working days).
For more information visit UK help and services in Greece.
Emergency services numbers
- police 100
- ambulance 166
- fire 199
- European emergency number 112
Dialling 999 from a UK mobile will automatically connect you to the Greek emergency services