The upcoming fixture between Wales and Switzerland is set to go ahead at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan but what are the travel restrictions to see the match in person from the UK?
Travelling to Baku?
The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office provided an update on the 2nd June 2021, still current as of 11th June 2021, that some restrictions to the COVID-19 pandemic have taken place. Azerbaijan has reintroduced e-visa and visa on arrival for those that evidence that they are a holder of a UEFA EURO 2020 ticket. It is recommended that you seek an Asan Visa (e-visa) online and this can take 72hrs to process.
This will usually be valid for 30 days and for a single entry into the country.
There remains a notice that it is advised against all but essential travel to the whole of Azerbaijan based on the current assessment of the COVID-19 risks. Azerbaijan is on the amber list and, therefore, it is possible to travel from England to Azerbaijan on usual commercial flights; however, these are still limited.
Returning you will also need to take a PCR test and the certificate must show a negative result within 48hrs of your flight’s arrival time in Baku. If you test positive before your flight, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and likely be relocated to quarantine accommodation.
What about returning to England?
If you return from Azerbaijan to England, as it is an amber list country, you will be required to organise a PCR test to board your flight and to pass through UK Border control, this test must be negative and taken in the 3-days before you leave for England.
You will then be required to evidence your passenger locator form and a booking of two PCR tests for days 2 and 8 of your return to the UK. You’ll need to self-isolate on return for a period of 10-days at home.
What about Azerbaijan itself and the in-country restrictions?
The majority of the country is operating as usual with bars and restaurants open to the public. There are no travel restrictions within the country and shopping malls and places of worship have re-opened on the 10th June, as well as gyms and hotels.
There is no requirement to wear a mask outdoors but there is indoors. The Baku Metro is open from the 31st May 2021 but closed in Baku on weekends and non-working days.