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Thursday 23 Sep 2021
Away fans permitted at Switzerland-Northern Ireland World Cup qualifier

Travelling Northern Ireland supporters will be able to cheer on Ian Baraclough’s team when they face Switzerland in Geneva next month.

The Swiss FA has confirmed that 1000 tickets will be made available to Northern Ireland fans for the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier on 9 October, which is being staged at the Stade de Geneve.

It’s the first time since the Covid pandemic began that an away allocation has been granted to the Green and White Army.

Please note entry requirements across Europe are changing on a frequent basis and the information detailed below is taken from the most up to date information available via the Foreign Office website. Fans intending to travel to the game must ensure they meet the relevant entry requirements at the time of travel.

Presently in order to enter Switzerland each visiting supporter will be required to provide each of the following in their own name:

Vaccination or tests

  • UK passport: those with a UK passport must be fully vaccinated. It is not possible to enter the country with only a negative Covid-19 test.
  • EU passport: those with an EU passport must be fully vaccinated or alternatively can show a Covid-19 negative test. 

EU Digital Covid Certificate

EU Digital Covid Certificate or a certificate that is compatible with the EU Digital Covid Certificate, or and only until 10 October an official vaccination certificate. 

Entry form

All persons entering Switzerland (regardless of whether they enter by plane, car, train etc) must register their contact details on the FOPH website here and have a printout of the entry form.

The Swiss FA has confirmed a change to entry requirements into the Stade de Geneve. 
 
While entry requirements into Switzerland have not changed and supporters intending to travel are asked to continually monitor these requirements, stadium entry requirements have now been changed to the following:
 
Supporters must show, in their own name the following in order to enter the Stade de Geneve: 
 
EU Digital Covid Certificate or a certificate that is compatible with the EU Digital Covid Certificate, official vaccination certificate.
Important: the certificate must have a machine readable QR code to enable checks at the turnstiles.
 
OR 
 
PCR test: not older than Matchday minus 3 (to avoid confusion match day minus 3 is Wednesday 6 October)
or
Antigen test: not older than Matchday minus 2 (to avoid confusion match day minus 2 is Thursday 7 October)
 
Official identification document with photo (it is the recommendation of the Irish FA that this documentation should be a valid passport).
How to apply for a match ticket / tickets
 
Applications for tickets are open to current GAWA Official members.
 
Tickets will be priced at CHF 30.00 and a booking charge will apply. Applicants who are successful will receive confirmation and further information regarding purchase on Wednesday 29 September.
 
Tickets must only be applied for under the following circumstances:
 
  • The supporter applying for the ticket can meet all entry requirements into Switzerland.
  • The supporter applying for the ticket can meet all entry requirements to enter Stade de Geneve.
  • The supporter applying for the tickets will commit to purchasing the ticket if the application is successful. If you apply for tickets and don’t purchase tickets you may not be permitted to apply for future match tickets. 
 
To apply for ticket(s) lead bookers only must click here and complete their application no later than 5pm on Tuesday 28 September. At present only those supporters who are members of GAWA Official can apply for tickets.
 
The following website has been recommended by the Swiss FA for all supporters seeking further information on entry requirements into Switzerland: https://travelcheck.admin.ch/home.
 
The Irish FA would also recommend that fans regularly check the Foreign Office website. Follow the links to Switzerland to view entry requirements; albeit even they stress that circumstances can change and it requires constant monitoring.