Travel advise for Wales fans traveling to Baku for the Azerbaijan v Wales UEFA Euro Cup 2020 qualifier match on Saturday 16 November 2019. Venue is Bakcell Arena Stadium 8km Stadionu, Baku, Azerbaijan. Kick-off time is 9 pm local time.
Passports and visas to watch Euro 2020 qualifier:
You must get a visa before you travel. You can get an official e-visa online or apply for a visa through the Azerbaijan Embassy-affiliated Visa Service Centre in the UK. Some specific exemptions may apply. Football fans can book Wales Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months on the date you enter Azerbaijan. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance. Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) won’t be valid in Azerbaijan, so travel and medical insurance are essential even if you’re only staying for 1 night.
If you’re visiting Azerbaijan for longer than 15 days, you must register within 15 working days of arrival. Hotels may provide this service for their guests. Visitors staying in flats or private seats will have to register by themselves. Police from time to time carry out checks of identity documents. You should carry your passport at all times.
Entry to the stadium to watch Euro 2020 battle:
The main entrance will be open to welcome all fans. Wales supporters will be seated in sector 2B to see the stadium plan. In order to enter section 2B of the stadium, you should go through the Gate 2B. The stewards will guide you to your seats.
Access to the stadium can be slow. Expect to be searched at least twice. To avoid last-minute delays get to the stadium early. The stadium opens 2 hours before the kick-off.
In addition to items that would usually be illegal in the UK, the following items will also not be allowed to be taken into the stadium: burns, fireworks, alcohol, cans, glass, plastic bottles or containers, coins, lighters, and e-cigarettes. If you do bring any of these items they will be seized by the Azerbaijani authorities.
Alcohol and smoking
Alcohol is not sold in the stadium and cannot be brought in from outside. Smoking will not be allowed.
Food and drink
Food and drink outlets are available in the stadium. Items can be paid for by cash in local currency.
There is a designated area for wheelchair users referred to as VIP Lounge, which can be reached via lifts from the ground floor.The rest of Baku has limited facilities for the disabled traveler, the pavements, even on the main roads, can be difficult to negotiate for those with disabilities.
Climate and time
The average temperature in November is around 7-15ºC during the day. You can find information on the BBC weather website. The time in Baku is GMT+4.
The main language is Azerbaijani. Russian is also widely spoken.
Crime levels in Baku are generally low. Don’t get involved with drugs the penalties are severe.
Look after your personal kinds of stuff, in particular, your passport and your money. Keep a photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport and keep it in a safe place separate from your passport. Take sensible precautions: be vigilant, avoid carrying large sums of money and be aware of your personal security.
Pedestrians should be vigilant at all times when crossing roads; red traffic lights and zebra crossings don’t necessarily mean a car will stop, use the underpasses where available. When using a taxi make sure it has working seatbelts; many cars are poorly maintained and the standard of driving is erratic.
Accidents are common, mainly due to poor or wild driving and varying execution of traffic rules. If you’re in a vehicle that’s traveling at an unsafe speed you should instruct the driver to slow down.
Most of the residents of Azerbaijan are Muslim. In Azerbaijan faith is usually deliberated a private matter. Respect local mores, customs, laws, and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs.
The international dialing code for Azerbaijan in +994, before traveling check with your mobile phone provider that it will work in Baku. Local sim cards are easily available with Azercell, Nar Mobile and Bakcell being the leading mobile operators. You can buy credit for Azerbaijani mobile numbers from many shops or top-up online.
All goods and services are paid in local currency which is Manats AZN. Pounds sterling, US dollars, and euros are easily exchanged. Major hotels and international supermarkets and restaurants accept credit and debit cards.ATMs in Baku will almost always accept UK credit and debit cards. Before leaving the UK, let your bank know you’re traveling to Azerbaijan.
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