The European Championships have been moved to 2021 - so what now?
The final round of the European Football Championship has been postponed for a year, so that it will now take place in the summer of 2021. This of course changes the travel plans now and here, but so far we assume that the format - and thus also the challenges - are the same.
If you have to follow Danish national teams around to the matches that are played away from Copenhagen, then there are a lot of unknown factors: Where are we going to play, how do you get there, and how do you get on to the next match?
You can prepare for most things and take your precautions - here are some tips on what you should consider.
Book a flight ticket with several stops
As we do not know if Denmark will advance from the pool - or if so, whether the next match is in Bilbao, Amsterdam, Bucharest or Glasgow, it is close to impossible to book a trip in advance.
In this way, you cover two of Denmark's possible venues on the same ticket. If Denmark wins the pot, and the match is thus in Bilbao, then the ticket is perfect. If the match is instead in Amsterdam after a Danish second place in the pool, you can jump off there and not fly further south.
However, it is important to order the tickets in two rounds; from Denmark to Amsterdam round trip and from Amsterdam to Bilbao round trip. Otherwise you risk the airline canceling your return ticket from Amsterdam to Denmark if you do not take on to Bilbao from Amsterdam.
2. Read it in small print and have a good insurance
There is a big difference in the terms of changing airline tickets from airline to airline. That is why it is very important that you read it in small print when you book your European Championship trip.
If you need to change the name of the ticket or cancel, you will save a lot of hassle and money by being well prepared. You can always contact the airline or your travel agent and hear what the terms of change are.
Also check your own travel insurance to see if there is a possibility to cancel, change or hand over the ticket to others if the plans change at the last minute.
3. Take the train, bus or car to the European Championships
There are several Danish travel agencies that arrange bus trips to the European Championship matches, even though they do not yet know where the trip will go. When the program is known, the bus runs to where Denmark plays. By booking a European Championship trip in this way, you avoid having to spend time on anything other than football.
Most gaming cities can be reached by train, and traveling to football by train can be a party in itself. In many cases, you can grab a train ticket at the last minute and you can enjoy the journey both seated and lying down.
If you have your own car or someone to drive with, then this European Championship final round is perfect for a road trip. It gives great flexibility to be able to travel around on your own, and this time the flexibility is extra good to have.
4. Remember visa before the European Championships
If you have a Danish passport, you do not have to worry about visas to most European countries. However, there are a few exceptions, and Denmark can play both places.
If Denmark is to play the quarterfinals in St. Petersburg in Russia, then there are two ways to access. You can apply for a traditional tourist visa through it Russian Embassy, and it may well take a long time.
You can also get visa-free access to the country if you have one Fan ID. You can apply for this if you have a ticket for the match. Apply as early as possible, so you are on the safe side if Denmark's national team goes via St. Petersburg to the European Championships.
As of right now, you can only order Fan ID if you have a confirmed ticket for a match in St. Petersburg. If you only have a ticket in case Denmark qualifies, then you can not order Fan ID yet.
Check your passport
Azerbaijan also requires a visa from Danes, and Denmark may also play in the quarterfinals in Baku, Azerbaijan's capital. Therefore, it pays to apply for a visa well in advance via embassy, so that the paperwork is in order in advance, if it becomes relevant during your European Championship trip.
Azerbaijan has previously changed the rules for visas in connection with football matches, but currently. is there a visa requirement for Danes.
Also, remember that your passport must be valid for at least six months after you travel home again. If your passport expires before the turn of the year 2021-2022, make sure to get it renewed before departure.
5. Get help from like-minded people
Don't worry, it's not just you who's having a hard time getting the European Championship travel planning going up; it has many thousands of European football fans.
It therefore pays to seek out communities on, among other things, social media, where you can get help and updates from others in the same situation as you. A good Facebook group is'Danes Away', which brings together the Danish football fans who travel abroad.
If you have questions about travel planning and the cities you should visit, then 'Travel group'on Facebook instead of asking.
Good European Championship trip, good football fun and come on, Denmark!
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