The Foreign and Commonwealth office has issued the following advice for fans travelling to Alicante for the England match with Spain on Friday 13 November.
Passports and visas
- British Nationals don’t need a visa to travel to Spain, but your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required
- Remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid for Spain but you should still 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 provide ID (your passport) if requested by a police officer. The police have the right to hold you at a police station until your identity is confirmed
- Always take care of your passport, as getting a replacement is costly and time-consuming.
Getting to the stadium
The stadium is located on the Carrer Foguerer José Romeu Zarandieta, off the calle Gran Via, approx 20 minute walk from the centre. A taxi from the city centre should cost around 10€, ask to go to the “Rico Perez” stadium. There are also regular bus services from the city centre to the stadium area (8a and 11) and a special service (192) will also be operating on the day of the match.
At the match
- Gates will open 2 hours before the match starts, at 6:45pm. Arrive early to avoid missing the start of the match.
- England fans should enter the stadium through gates 6, 8 and 10
- Fans should follow Spanish police instructions and avoid physical contact of any type (including requests to take photos etc.)
- Anyone who is obviously drunk won’t be allowed into the stadium
- No flares, fireworks, alcohol, cans, glass, bottle tops, food or drink are allowed in the stadium. Snacks, soft drinks and water can be purchased inside the stadium. Flag and banner poles should be removed before entering.
- Large crowds are the favoured hunting grounds for petty criminals so be careful with your valuables. In Alicante, as in any other city, beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport. Only carry what you need, leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits
- Drinking in the streets in Spain is illegal, and you can be arrested for doing so.
Contact the British Consulate in Alicante
Edificio Espacio 6th floor
Rambla Méndez Núñez, 28-32
03002 Alicante (Spain)
Telephone 965 216 022 (also for out of hours emergencies) Office hours: Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 1:30pm
Emergency services numbers The local emergency services contact number is 112
As well as this advice, check out the FCO travel advice for Spain