Euros 2020: Hundreds of fans still to fly to Wales' games

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Hundreds of Welsh fans are expected in Azerbaijan for Wales' opening Euro 2020 match, despite travel guidance

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Thousands were due to fly to the capital Baku this week for the start of the tournament, which has been delayed by a year because of the pandemic.

Wales play Switzerland in Baku on Saturday, Turkey on Wednesday, and the Italians in Rome the following Sunday.

Azerbaijan and Italy are on the UK and Welsh governments' amber lists, meaning you should not travel there.

First Minister Mark Drakeford and the Football Association of Wales have called on fans not to go to the matches.

Before returning to Wales, they will need to take a PCR test, and then quarantine at home for 10 days.

Fan James Robinson, 44, is planning to fly directly to Baku from Cardiff on Friday.

He has tickets for all three of Wales' group matches but said he was likely to only attend the games against Switzerland and Turkey in Baku due to quarantine rules in Italy.

Italy requires travellers to self-isolate for 10 days if they do not have proof of a negative test, and inform the region they are travelling to of their visit.

"I had plenty of doubts. I wasn't really sure it was going to happen until last week. I think my friend and I talked our way into it and thought, 'let's go and do it'," he said.

"We've got to get a private PCR test and get the result before we arrive in Baku. They also need proof of the tickets for the Euros and that's how you get the visa for entry."

According to the Foreign Office, all passengers travelling to Azerbaijan will require a negative Covid-19 test.

Ticketholders for matches scheduled in Baku will qualify for a quarantine exemption if they present proof of a recent negative result.

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Other visitors will still need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Most businesses including restaurants and cafes are open in Azerbaijan and mask wearing is only mandatory indoors.

Mr Robinson said: "It's obviously going to be a lot smaller scale than 2016. We're expecting maybe around 500 fans out there. But I'm sure we'll all stick together and make plenty of noise in the stadium."

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Richard Collier, 37, from Aberdare, is flying to Baku via Kiev in Ukraine with two friends.

"There have been a few times when we thought we might not go due to different restrictions, or it gets cancelled again," he said.

"But now we've got to this point we're adamant we're getting out there no matter what happens."

Despite the advice not to travel, Mr Collier said he hoped the players appreciated the efforts of those who will be in the stadium on Saturday.

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Rhys Hartley, 27, lives in the Serbian capital Belgrade and is travelling to Baku via Istanbul in Turkey.

He hopes to be able to return to Belgrade following the match against Turkey in preparation for a trip to Italy the following Sunday.

"Hopefully, we can make it to Rome as well and then hopefully see Wales in the knock-out stages. If that game is in the UK then it might be more difficult to make it due to the restrictions, so perhaps a last-16 match in somewhere like the Netherlands will be better for us," he said.

 

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What I don’t get is why they’re advising not to travel but allowing travel to take place :nope:
 

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I wonder if these travelling supporters will be able to work up a bit of atmosphere for our lads?

Hopefully they're practicing their Mae Hen Wlad FY Nhadau as we speak.

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I see on the news earlier fans travelling from Cardiff airport to Baku to watch the two welsh games being played there. Only last week the airport were turning people away who had booked to fly to Spain so why is this irresponsible behaviour by this couple of hundred welsh fans being allowed to happen by the welsh government.
Baku based on population figures have had a harder time with covid than the uk and are on our Amber list so why are they allowed to travel. to me if they are selfish enough to travel when advised not to then they are selfish enough not to self isolate when they get home. We are seeing how quickly the indian variant is spreading so whos to say they wont fetch a Baku variant back to Wales with them.
the only way to put this right is to collect them in coaches when the flight arrives back and take them to that horrible camp where the migrants were being housed and feed them gruel and spam for a fortnight the selfish feckers.
oh and @Arfur Ap Llewellyn Europe when your visiting that four eyed shoulderless cretin drakeford in his garden shed over the weekend do us all a favour and have a word in his ear will you :thumbup: thanks in advance mike
 

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I see on the news earlier fans travelling from Cardiff airport to Baku to watch the two welsh games being played there. Only last week the airport were turning people away who had booked to fly to Spain so why is this irresponsible behaviour by this couple of hundred welsh fans being allowed to happen by the welsh government.
Baku based on population figures have had a harder time with covid than the uk and are on our Amber list so why are they allowed to travel. to me if they are selfish enough to travel when advised not to then they are selfish enough not to self isolate when they get home. We are seeing how quickly the indian variant is spreading so whos to say they wont fetch a Baku variant back to Wales with them.
the only way to put this right is to collect them in coaches when the flight arrives back and take them to that horrible camp where the migrants were being housed and feed them gruel and spam for a fortnight the selfish feckers.
oh and @Arfur Ap Llewellyn Europe when your visiting that four eyed shoulderless cretin drakeford in his garden shed over the weekend do us all a favour and have a word in his ear will you :thumbup: thanks in advance mike
Merged this with the other thread :thumbup:
 
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