Can Wales fans travel to Baku and Rome for Euro 2020?

WALES will be represented in the second European Championship running as they take on Switzerland, Turkey and Italy.

But unlike England and Scotland, they will not be playing in the UK in the Euro 2020 group stage.

Instead, the Welsh will be heading off to Azerbaijan and Italy for the competition.

And that begs the question, are their fans allowed to join them?

Are Wales fans allowed to travel to Baku and Rome?

As far as UK rules are concerned, Wales fans are legally allowed to travel wherever they like.

That's because the ban on international travel expired on May 17.

However, both Azerbaijan and Italy are currently on the UK's Amber list, meaning travel is not advised.

And under the current rules, should Wales fans choose to travel to either country, they will have to quarantine at home for ten days on their return.

They will also have to take a rapid Covid test before departure, plus PCR tests on Day 2 and Day 8 after arrival.

And an FAW statement urged supporters not to make the trips to support the Dragons at Euro 2020.

It read: "Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the FCDO (the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) has issued advice warning Cymru fans not to travel to Baku or Rome as Azerbaijan and Italy are on the UK Government's Amber list.

"For those fans who remain determined to travel despite the warnings, the FAW strongly advises that fans check that their travel insurance is still valid and fit for purpose."

Entry to Italy and Azerbaijan depends on the criteria set out by the two countries, which are set out below.

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Can I enter Italy for Euro 2020?

Italy has reopened to foreign travel and is now allowing passengers from the UK to enter with proof of a negative pre-departure PCR or rapid test.

However, Italy has not announced any plans to sell match tickets to non-Italian residents.

That means you may well end up watching in a bar if you choose to travel.

Can I enter Azerbaijan for Euro 2020?

Unlike Italy, Azerbaijan IS allowing supporters of participating teams from abroad to attend Euro 2020 matches.

And any fans of participating teams will be EXEMPT from local quarantine rules if they hold a valid match ticket.

Moreover, the country will be holding matches at 50 per cent capacity – up from the 25 per cent under which matches will take place in Rome.

All that is needed for Wales fans to enter Azerbaijan and watch their team is a pre-departure negative PCR test.

However, this offer only applies to citizens and residents of the participating countries. and not neutral supporters from Azerbaijan.

As of June 1, fans should NOT travel back from Azerbaijan via Turkey as the country is on the red list.

That means doing so will land you in hotel quarantine on your arrival back in the UK, leaving you £1750 out of pocket.

Can I get travel insurance for Italy and Azerbaijan?

As of June 1, the Foreign and Commonwealth advises against all but essential travel to both Italy and Azerbaijan.

That means if you buy regular travel insurance, it will be void in both countries.

However, some more expensive insurers, such as Battleface, do provide cover for visits to FCO 'avoid all but essential travel' destinations.

If you are travelling to Italy and still have a valid EHIC card, you will be entitled to free medical care under most circumstances. But remember to check local regulations.

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