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Can England fans travel to Rome for the Euro 2020 quarter-final?


England are into the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 (Picture: Getty)

Millions tuned in to witness Gareth Southgate’s team defeat rivals Germany 2-0 in their UEFA Euro 2020 round of 16 fixture.

England are now through to the quarter-finals, where they will face Ukraine, who progressed after their 2-1 over Sweden on Tuesday night.

Wembley Stadium has been the venue for all of England’s Euro 2020 games so far, but they will have to travel to Italy for their game against Ukraine.

The two teams will be playing at Rome’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday, July 3 at 8pm (BST), and many England fans are wondering if they can travel to support the Three Lions abroad.

But with travel restrictions currently in place, is such a trip even possible?

Can England fans travel to Rome for the Euro 2020 quarter-final?

England’s quarter-final game will be held at Rome’s Sadio Olimpico (Picture: Getty)

While travelling to Italy is technically legal, it is not advisable for England fans to travel for the game.

Italy is currently on the government’s amber travel list, meaning that travellers will have to isolate for 10 days upon their return to the UK.

However, there are also a number of restrictions in place for travellers entering Italy from England and the UK.

Anybody who arrives in Italy from the UK must have proof of a negative coronavirus test taken in the 48 hours before they travel, and then they must complete a five day isolation period.

That means even if you flew to Rome in the next five minutes, you would not be out of the required self-isolation period until after the game on Saturday.

Downing Street has asked fans to respect the travel restrictions that are in place: ‘People should not be travelling to amber list countries,’ the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said.

‘Obviously, we appreciate how fans will want to do everything possible to support the England team but we do need to balance that against the need to protect public health.

We would urge everyone to comply with the guidelines and rules that we have in place.’

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It is likely that any England expats in Italy will be offered tickets instead, but that is yet to be confirmed by the FA.

Should England be victorious in Rome, then their semi-final game will be taking place back at Wembley Stadium, with the final of the competition also set to be held there on July 11.

How can I watch England v Ukraine in the UK?

Ukraine defeated Sweden in extra-time to secure their place in the quarter-finals (Picture: Getty)

You can watch all the action from Rome live at home on BBC One from 8pm on July 3.

The game can also be streamed live via the BBC iPlayer app.


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