Government releases 'first eleven' tips for Irish fans heading to Euro 2016
There are just 55 days to go until Ireland embark on their Euro 2016 odyssey against Sweden at the Stade de France and the government have some advice for the thousands of Irish fans making the trip to France.
Foreign Affairs Minster Charlie Flanagan has released a number of guidelines for fans to follow and helpful tips to make sure that there only worries will be what is transpiring on the pitch.
Ireland take on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden on June 13, Belgium on June 18 in Bordeaux before their final Group E game against Antonio Conte's Italy in Lille on June 22.
“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," Flanagan said.
The Department’s tips are:
1. 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.
2. Bring your European Health Insurance Card with you.
3. Plan your itinerary and accommodation well in advance.
4. Get travel insurance.
5. Register with the Department of Foreign Affairs so you can be reached in an emergency.
6. Familiarise yourself with local laws and customs – then obey them.
7. Call, text or post on social media to let family and friends know you’re safe.
8. Steer clear of trouble, drink responsibly and behave respectfully when engaging with local authorities, including local law enforcement agencies.
9. 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.
11. Which is not really a tip: Come on you boys in green.