Travel Advice: Haugesund v Cliftonville FC – July 2019
News16 July 2019
Passports, visas and travel insurance
Irish passport holders don’t need a visa to enter Norway. Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay.
Take out comprehensive travel insurance even if you’re only going for the day or a night, if you get into difficulties it could save you a lot of money.
You should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving Ireland. The EHIC isn’t a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state provided basic emergency medical treatment should it become necessary during your trip.
Download the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade TravelWise App, and set an alert for Norway to get security updates directly to your phone. The app is available free at the App Store or Google Play.
Register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before travelling to Norway, which will help us contact you or your family in an emergency. This can be done easily online or through the TravelWise app.
Keep a photocopy or a scan of your passport information page or passport card in case you lose them, and also give the details to family or friends.
Getting to the stadium
Haugesund Stadium is centrally located in the city and is a short walk from many of the central hotels and also accessibly by bus routes 245, 246 and 260.
At the match
There will be a police presence for the match. Follow all instructions from police and security officials on the day. There may be security checks at the stadium so plan to arrive early.
It is usual practice for the visiting fans to be held back for approximately 10-15 minutes after the match.
Fireworks, flares, alcohol, poles for flags and any item that can be used as a weapon or thrown onto the pitch will not be allowed into the ground. Drinking alcohol at football matches is generally prohibited in Norway. Police and security staff have the authority to deny entry into the stadium to spectators under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Currency: Norway uses the kroner (€1 is worth about 9.55 NOK). Debit and credit cards are widely accepted. Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world so ensure that you have sufficient funds before travelling.
• Language: English is widely spoken in Norway. Most adults will understand basic English
If your property is stolen…
Report the theft of your documents and/or property within 24 hours at a police station and obtain a police report. This may be needed for insurance purposes and must be presented to the Embassy if you need an emergency travel document (see below).
If your passport has been lost or stolen...
Report the loss or theft at a police station and obtain a police report.
The Embassy can issue an emergency travel certificate valid for one single journey back to Ireland.
Please call the Embassy for guidance.
You will require:
• Two passport photographs (there is a photo booths in most Norwegian airports and central train stations)
• Your police report (or lost property report if your passport was lost)
• Any other form of ID that you are carrying
• Fee of NOK 300
• Proof of travel e.g. flight bookings
If you are not travelling directly home, an emergency passport may be required for onward travel – please ask the Embassy for further details.
If you run out of money...
If you find yourself without funds or access to funds, ask a family member or friend to transfer funds through a money transfer agent such as Western Union. Photo ID is required to receive transferred funds. If you have lost your ID, have funds transferred to a friend.
Contact the Irish Embassy in Oslo
Embassy of Ireland, Oslo
Haakon VIIs gate 1
Tel: +47 2201 7200 (also for out of hours emergencies)
Office hours: 08.30 to 16.30, Monday to Friday
If you can’t get through to the Embassy directly, you can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin at +353 1 478 0822.
Emergency services numbers
All services are available in English.