The following contains information to assist Chelsea fans attending our away Europa League game in Belarus including details of where to collect match tickets that have been purchased for the game and of a shuttle bus service on offer. We also have some 'did you know?' facts about our opponents...
BATE Borisov v Chelsea
Thursday 8 November 2018
Kick-off: 8.55pm local time
City and Stadium
Borisov is an industrial town located 74km north-east of the capital city Minsk. The Arena is situated in the western part of Borisov and was built in 2014. It is close to the P53 highway and located in a quite remote forest setting.
Passports and Visas
Supporters travelling should possess a passport in date by at least three months and have full medical insurance.
All British national passport holders (except those entering on a diplomatic or official passport) can now enter Belarus for a maximum of 30 days without a visa (the day you arrive counts as day one, regardless of arrival time).
Visa-free entry and exit will only be allowed at Minsk International Airport and you will need to show documentary evidence of medical insurance to the value of 10,000 euros and funds equivalent to 25 euros per day. This can be in the form of cash, credit card or travellers cheques in any currency.
From Airport to Minsk
Minsk airport is located 40km from Minsk and 65km from Borisov. Taxis are the most convenient way to travel between the airport and Minsk. Fares are 30 to 40 BYN (Belarusian Roubles).
Always ask about the price of cab fares before you start the journey
Buses operate 24/7, every 20 to 30 minutes from the airport to Minsk central station. The price is 4 BYN.
From Minsk to the stadium and back
Please note, the club is running a special shuttle service from the ticket collection point in Minsk to and from the stadium. Details on this are in the Ticket Collection Point section below. Supporters do not have to use these buses and may make their own way if they wish, but please be warned that transport is difficult.
As the stadium is approximately 70km from the capital, it is important to pay careful attention to the transport routes available to ensure supporters arrive at the stadium on time.
Taxis – this is one of the most convenient methods of transport and should cost 70 to 80 BYN. However they may be in very short supply on match day with most home supporters making their way from Minsk to the game. After the match taxis will be in short supply.
Train – There are trains from Minsk to Borisov but the service is infrequent and signage may prove difficult to understand. We recommend supporters take the shuttle bus service or use taxis instead. If you do choose to travel by train, the timetables should be studied carefully.
Ticket Collection Point
The ticket collection point will be located at:
Ticket collection phone number: 0044 7515 797 084
Opening times 9am to 8pm (local time) on the day of the game.
In order to collect a ticket, each individual supporter is required to bring with them in person the voucher sent by post and their valid passport. Please note copies of the passport will NOT be accepted and each supporter will need to visit the collection point in person. Tickets cannot be collected on behalf of other supporters.
Club shuttle service from Minsk to and from the stadium
As the ticket collection point is one hour away from the stadium in Minsk, the club is providing a free shuttle service to and from the stadium.
Coaches are free of charge and supporters should report at the coach meeting point between 5.45pm and 6.15pm (local time) at the very latest. Supporters arriving after 6.15pm will not be able to board the shuttle coaches and will need to make alternative travel arrangements.
The shuttle meeting point is the Concert Hall, Lenina Street which is a 15-minute walk from the ticket collection point.
Personal items must not be left on the shuttle coaches.
Supporters wishing to use the shuttle coaches back to Minsk should report immediately to Car Park P5 which is located directly opposite the away turnstiles. The shuttle service will leave promptly after the Chelsea supporters are allowed by the authorities to leave the away section.
Supporters do not have to use the buses and may make their own way if they wish, but please be warned, transport is difficult.
Travel by car from the ticket collection point to the stadium
Travel on foot from the ticket collection point to the shuttle coach meeting point
15 minutes - 1.3km
- Click to download maps showing ticket collection point, stadium and coach meeting point journeys DOWNLOAD
Chelsea supporters will be located in sections G1 and G2 which are accessed via Gate 22, a short walk from the away coach parking area. Entry is via turnstiles with police conducting body checks.
Entry procedures can be slow and supporters should arrive at the stadium no later than 90 minutes before kick-off.
Prohibited items are similar to those in the UK with flares, alcohol, cans and lighters all prohibited.
Transparent plastic bottles less than one litre in capacity and without caps/tops will be allowed into the stadium.
Supporters will be required to remain after the match for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Toilets and catering facilities will be available throughout the time in the stadium.
- Click full details of forbidden items and behaviour at the Borisov Arena DOWNLOAD
Chelsea supporters are asked to cooperate with the authorities, especially in relation to the entry procedures. Anti-social, noisy behaviour fuelled by excessive drinking may result in admission to the stadium being refused.
Chelsea is a club that actively celebrates our diversity. As supporters, we ask that you share our vision of a club and a game free from discrimination that is open to all.
While the players and staff appreciate passionate and vocal support at our matches, there have been instances where supporters have used unacceptable, offensive and discriminatory language. This will not be tolerated. Please be respectful to our hosts and the local community.
Racism, homophobia, sexism, antisemitism or any language or actions viewed as discriminatory will result in the strongest possible actions which may include banning, arrest and prosecution.
This includes on public transport and in other public venues before and after the game.
Fans can report such behaviour to club stewards or by contacting the below reporting hotline.
If you hear it, report it.
You can CALL 020 7386 3355.
By purchasing a ticket, you are agreeing to the standards of behaviour outlined above.
Support Chelsea, Support Equality
General Security Advice
Minsk is generally a safe city with low crime levels, however the usual precautions should be made with care taken of personal belongings and cash. Pedestrians should be vigilant when crossing the road and red lights and pedestrian crossings do not necessarily mean a car will stop. Use underpasses where possible. ‘Jay-walking’ is prohibited and fines can be issued for crossing the road unless the ‘green man’ sign is showing.
Carry a photocopy of your passport details page and make sure you keep your passport safe at all times.
British Embassy Minsk
37 Karl Marx Street
Tel +375 17 2298200 (24hrs)
Club Emergency Contact Number
Police - call 101
BATE Borisov facts - Did you know?
BATE Borisov were founded in 1973 and were disbanded 11 years later before being re-established in 1996.
BATE is an acronym of Borisov Automobile and Tractor Electronics, and Borisov - or Barysaw - is the city in which they are based.
Having won 12 straight Belarusian titles and been the only team from the country to compete in the Champions League group stage, BATE Borisov have become Belarus’s pre-eminent club at home and abroad.
Among the teams they have beaten in European competition recently are Roma, in 2015, and Bayern Munich, in the season the Germans most recently won the Champions League, 2012/13.
Former Blue Mateja Kezman had a brief spell at the club in 2011.
At the weekend, BATE won to secure the Belarus Premier League title again.