With less than 100 days to go before the start of Euro 2016, new figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)show that a third of home nations fans planning to travel to France for the football tournament still do not have accommodation booked and more than half do not have tickets.

 
The  survey of more than 1,600 England, Northern Ireland and Wales fans, and the FCO urges all supporters to make sure they prepare and plan ahead so they can enjoy a trouble-free trip.

 

To help travelling fans the FCO has compiled 11 Top Tournament Travel Tips as part of its ‘Be On The Ball’ campaign. These tips include advice on how to stay up to date by signing up to FCO travel alerts, and tips on keeping your passport safe.

 

  1. Be prepared – Check out the latest travel advice for France and information on the different regions, laws and customs
  2. Accommodation – Book somewhere to stay before you arrive. Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to travel and the demand for beds will be high
  3. Insurance – Take out appropriate travel insurance and ensure it covers you for all the activities you plan to do
  4. Passport – Look after your passport while travelling and keep it in a safe place. Make two copies of it and take one with you
  5. Tickets – Get your tickets from a credible source. Selling tickets outside the stadiums is illegal in France
  6. EHIC – Ensure that you have an EHIC. Check that it hasn’t expired and understand what it covers
  7. Driving – France has different rules to the UK so do your research before hitting the road
  8. Timing – 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
  9. If things don’t go to plan – For an emergency dial 112. For consular assistance, for example if you lose your passport, dial +33 (0)1 44 51 31 00
  10. Stay up-to-date – Sign up to travel advice alerts at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france Follow @FCOtravel on Twitter, and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FCOtravel
  11. Be responsible – Fans deemed to have drunk too much alcohol may not be allowed into the stadiums or Fanzones
The survey shows the 57% of fans plan to travel without a ticket.  Of those, 29% will try to purchase tickets at the ground, and 51% plan to go to designated fan zones to watch the games. The rest will head to bars and pubs (13%) or seek other alternative viewing options (7%).
It also indicates that the majority of fans have already been making proper preparations – almost three-quarters (73%) plan to take out comprehensive travel insurance, and 79% will research the local area before they depart. Two thirds (66%) have already booked their accommodation – but a fifth (22%) of those surveyed do not plan to book somewhere to stay until they arrive in France.
John Sykes, football liaison officer at the British embassy in Paris, said: “Tickets or not, we’re expecting thousands and thousands of British supporters to make the short trip across the channel and take in the competition, and we want all of them to have the best possible time – regardless of their team’s results!
“However, we expect the demand for accommodation to be high, and we encourage fans to think ahead, get their tactics right, and ensure they book all their accommodation and travel in advance.”