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Euro 2016 Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued advice to eager football fans, ahead of the 2016 UEFA European Championship.

The campaign, aptly named, ‘On the Ball’ has been created to keep fans of the beautiful game safe and protected during the championship – the 15th European Championship kicks off on 10th June until 10th July.

Be Prepared
It might seem like ‘only France’ but all travellers are urged to check out the very latest FCO advice on travel to France before travel. As with all Western countries, and high profile sporting events, security is paramount and terror threats can’t be ruled out.

Accommodation
Quite literally, hundreds of thousands of fans will be travelling to France before and during Euro 16, therefore it is vitally important that you book your accommodation before you travel. Demand for accommodation will far outstrip supply in certain regions.

Tickets
Do not risk travelling to France without tickets. Many fraudulent ticket sellers will be trying to con fans into buying expensive tickets, many of which will be fake and therefore won’t permit entry into stadiums. What’s more, it’s illegal to sell tickets outside of stadiums, so don’t be tempted!

EHIC / Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is essential when travelling, even to European countries. If you’re travelling to a country that’s a member of the EU then make sure you have a valid EHIC card. This entitles you to the same free emergency care that a national or resident would receive.

Driving
Driving in France is different to driving in the UK and different laws to adhere to. Make sure you are completely up to date on what you are and aren’t allowed to do behind the wheel.

If you're hiring a car, don't forget that last year's changes to UK driving licences require you to have a code to share your licence details with your rental company.

Timings
Arrive at the stadium in good time for the match – it will be very busy so queues and delays for entry will be inevitable.

Emergency Contacts
If the unthinkable happens, such as your passport is lost whilst you’re away, you can contact emergency help and assistance by dialling 112 or +33 (01) 44 51 31 00.

Why not stay in touch with the FCO whilst you’re away – follow them on Twitter @FCOtravel or on Facebook.com /FCOtravel

And lastly, don't forget to book your Gatwick meet and greet in advance.