The draws for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League were recently held with a number of English Premier League teams drawn in the respective tournaments. Reigning Premier League Champions Leicester City are set to make their debut in the Champions League this season with a trip to face Club Brugge this month, Arsenal have a tough opening fixture against Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital, Tottenham Hotspur face a trip to CSKA Moscow at the end of the month and Pep Guardiola takes his new Manchester City team to face his former club Barcelona.
In the Europa League, Manchester United’s opening fixture is away to Feyenoord and Southampton travel to Israel to face Hapoel Be’er Sheva F.C (who narrowly missed out on a Champions League place to Celtic in the qualifying playoffs).
Thousands of combined fans of the six clubs are expected to travel across Europe to see their team play in these prestigious European tournaments. If you are one of them then we have some useful tips for travelling and staying in the continent.
The good thing is that you don’t need a visa to enter another European country. As things stand we are still a member of the EU and therefore your passport will be sufficient enough for you to gain entry to whichever European country you are visiting. Just make sure you double check it is still valid with at least six months to run before you go.
Even if you’re only staying for one night, make sure you are covered and you’ll save yourself some expensive bills if the worst happens. Also remember to apply for EHIC renewal which will entitle you to free or reduced cost healthcare if you require medical attention while abroad. It is important to note that a European Health Insurance Card does not act as a substitute for travel insurance.
Whether you’re staying just for one night or a few days, it is always a good idea to shop around online for the best priced accommodation. You’ll probably look for somewhere to stay closest to the football stadium but it may be worthwhile to read a number of online reviews for a number of local hotels and hostels before committing to a specific one.
Remember to research the local culture before you head out as every country has unique laws different from ours and you wouldn’t want to get caught out for a silly reason. There may also be additional regulations that are enforced on match days. Always check with local police or tourism authorities if you are ever in doubt.