Traveling to Watch UK Soccer During the Pandemic

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Traveling to Watch UK Soccer During the Pandemic

With England’s Premier League season starting in August, here is the latest information for fans who want to make travel plans to watch soccer games.

Updated as of June 13, 2022

What are the current restrictions regarding travel to the UK?

There are no Covid-related restrictions for travel to the UK. Effective March 18, you no longer need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in the UK. Here is more information about the UK customs and border control process.

Do I have to be tested for Covid-19 prior to traveling to the UK?

Effective March 18, 2022, both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people can travel to England without having to take any Covid tests or quarantine on arrival.

Where can I travel within the UK?

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On the bus for Prenton Park.

There are no restrictions on travel within England and there is no requirement to quarantine if you test positive for Covid. There may be different requirements in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.

Public transportation is operating as normal. Here are the links for commonly used services:

Can I go to soccer games in the UK?

Yes, restrictions at sporting events have been lifted. Games are being played with stadiums at full capacity. All Premier League clubs are accepting the U.S.-issued CDC card as proof of vaccination for entering stadiums. If you are not fully vaccinated you may have to show proof of a recent negative test result. Note that most clubs are not checking Covid-related documents at the turnstiles.

Find out more about matchday protocols on the Premier League website. Clubs are no longer requiring self-declaration forms. If you purchased your tickets from Groundhopper Guides, then we will submit any other required information for you.

For more up-to-date information about going to games, be sure to read our Coronavirus FAQ post.

What else can I do while I’m on vacation in the UK?

This FAQ page from the UK government has a comprehensive list of what activities are allowed. Tourist sights are open as normal; we recommend you check the official websites for the latest information.

What happens if I purchase tickets to a game and then it is cancelled or postponed or capacity is restricted due to coronavirus?

If you purchased your tickets from the club or from a third party, contact them directly. If you bought from Groundhopper Guides, you’ll get a full refund as a credit toward future purchases through us if the game is cancelled and not rescheduled, or if capacity restrictions are implemented causing your ticket to be cancelled, or the game is played without spectators. If the game is postponed, your tickets will be good for the new date. Check out our FAQ, and read our refund policy for more details.

We also recommend you read our related post about travel insurance.

What happens when I return home from my trip?

Effective June 12, 2022, air passengers will no longer be required to show a negative Covid-19 test to travel to the United States per the CDC.

So, in summary, yes, you can travel to the UK and Europe and the 2022-23 football season will have plenty of exciting games with stadiums at full capacity. Fill out the form at the bottom of this page so we can help you plan your groundhopping adventures today!

Besides the specific topics covered above, Groundhopper Guides recommends that you stay up to date with the latest news via the following sites:

U.S. Embassy in the UK – Information for U.S. citizens in the UK
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs – Country Information for the UK

In addition, here are the current travel advisories for each of the EU’s Member States: Re-open EU. Select a country and then click on the various icons within the pop-up window to get more detailed information.

Finally, here’s where you can find more information about the coronavirus:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization

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