There are seven weeks to go until the Euro 2016 Football Championship in June – the Republic of Ireland’s campaign kicks off against Sweden on June 13th.
Speaking at the recent release of his department’s top tips for Irish supporters travelling to France this summer, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan urged fans to make the proper preparations. “It is vital that Irish citizens use the intervening time between now and travelling in June to prepare properly so that they can have an enjoyable and memorable time supporting the Boys in Green in what we hope will be a very successful tournament for them.”
DFA TOP TIPS FOR EURO 2016:
1. Passport and Passport Card
Check your passport now and make sure that it is valid for duration of your intended travel. Make a copy of it and email it to yourself and a family member at home, in case it gets lost or stolen and you need replacement travel documents.
Apply for the new Irish Passport Card. This is valid for travel within Europe and can fit in your wallet, allowing you to leave your passport in a safe place.
As France is in a State of Emergency, a valid form of photo ID should be carried at all times while in France.
2. European Health Insurance Card
Ensure you bring your European Health Insurance Card with you and if you don’t have one apply now.
3. Be Prepared
Check out and familiarise yourself with my Department’s latest Travel Advice for France and information on the different regions, laws and customs. Plan your travel itinerary and book accommodation well in advance.
Don’t go to France without comprehensive travel insurance.
Let us have your details through our Citizen Registration facility so that we can contact you in case of an emergency.
6. Follow the Rules
Local laws and customs – familiarise yourself with the local laws and customs. You can learn a lot from our comprehensive travel advice at www.dfa.ie/travel. There are likely to be long queues to access public transport and stadiums and fanzones, so arrive early and follow advice from the local authorities.
Win, lose or draw, let your family and friends know that you’re ok. Call, text or post on social media, and ensure your loved ones have information about your itinerary and travel plans.
8. Be responsible
Avoid unnecessary risks – steer clear of trouble, drink responsibly and behave respectfully when engaging with local authorities, including local law enforcement agencies.
9. If you need help
For an emergency in France dial 112. For consular assistance from the Irish Embassy in Paris, a dedicated phone line will go live on 10th June: +33 1441 767 80.
You can also send an email query through the Embassy’s website.
10. Stay Connected
11. Come on you Boys in Green!
These tips and more can be found at dfa.ie.