Everything you need to know

Gates open 11am. Play starts 1pm.

Admission to the match will be subject to providing evidence of your COVID-19 Status. This can be done by either:

  • A negative NHS Lateral Flow Test result conducted and recorded within 24 hours of arrival (all attendees 11 years old or older); or
  • Proof you have had both vaccinations (first and second dose), with the second dose administered more than 14 days prior to attending the fixture.

Full information will be available in this guide, so please read carefully. This fixture is part of the government’s Events Research Programme.

Click here to read our Spectator Code of Conduct.

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Entry Requirements

Attendees can show a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test on entry (via email or SMS) or proof of having both vaccinations.

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Tickets

Tickets will be available via the Edgbaston app or you can print tickets from home via your online account.

Before your visit

If you are feeling unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms, you must stay at home and not attend.

Lateral Flow Test

If you have not had both COVID vaccinations (first and second dose), all attendees 11 years old or older must show a negative Lateral Flow Test result on entry, completed within 24 hours of attending.

A home test kit can be ordered via the gov.uk website. For instructions and how to upload your result, click here.

Tickets

Make sure you have your tickets ready for when you arrive. Tickets are available via the Edgbaston app or can be downloaded from your online account.

Privacy Notice

To support the research study, spectators are asked to read the Events Research Programme Information Sheet and agree to take part. This is not required for entry, but it will aid the government’s research.

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Face Covering

You must wear a face covering when moving around the stadium. You may take it off when in your seat.

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Sanitiser Stations

Wash your hands and use the sanitiser stations located around the stadium for use throughout the day.

When you arrive

You must wear a face covering when moving outside and around the stadium.

Social distancing

You must do all you can to observe social distancing while traveling to the stadium, outside and queueing to enter Edgbaston.

Once inside Edgbaston, as part of the Events Research Programme social distancing is not required.

Entrance gates

Please try and enter via the gate displayed on your match ticket, but you will be able to gain entry via your nearest gate on the day.

Spectators are welcome to bring food and drink into the stadium, excluding any alcohol, cans or glass bottles. Bags will be searched on arrival.

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Cashless Stadium

Edgbaston is a cashless stadium. Please bring a payment card, we’re unable to accept cash payments.

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Stay In Stadium

Spectators are asked to stay in the stadium throughout the day and during breaks in play.

During your visit

When moving around, please wear a face covering. Food and drinks will be available at locations around the stadium.

Click & Collect Ordering

Spectators can order food and drink from their seat using the Edgbaston app from selected bars. Full details will be available via the app.

Contactless payment

We’ve installed protective screens and have payment technology to allow for contactless purchases at our bars and retail outlets. We are unable to accept cash payments.

Stay in the stadium

Spectators are asked to stay within the stadium grounds throughout the day and during breaks in play, but attendees will be able to leave and return if necessary.

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Click & Collect

Spectators can order food and drink from their seat using the Edgbaston app from selected bars.

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Exit

Please exit the stadium through the designated gates, which will be clearly signposted.

When you are leaving

Follow directions

When you are leaving the stadium, please follow staff directions. You will be asked to exit via specific exit points.

Once you have exited the stadium, please make sure you observe social distancing and all COVID restrictions.

FAQs: What you need to know

What is the Events Research Programme (ERP)?

The government’s publication of 22 February, ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’, describes plans to explore when and how events with larger crowd sizes, less social distancing, or in settings where transmission is more likely, will be able to return safely.

The government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) will oversee this work, bringing findings from across different settings and different sectors to determine a consistent approach to lifting restrictions on events to inform Step 4 of the roadmap from 19 July.

The Events Research Programme will use pilot events incorporating research studies in April, May, June and July 2021 to build evidence on the risks associated with coronavirus transmission, the characteristics of events and surrounding activities, and the extent to which mitigation measures can effectively address these risks. The evidence from these studies will be used to inform the government’s decision around Step 4 of the roadmap and will shape government policy to bring about the phased return of fuller audiences to venues and events up and down England.

Self-controlled case series study

The self-controlled case series study aims to measure the risk of COVID-19 infection associated with attendance at an Events Research Programme event, with each person acting as their own control. Inclusion in the study is conditional on an individual having both attended an ERP event and subsequently testing positive for COVID-19.

Only this group of people will be included in the analysis. The rate of positive testing for COVID-19 will be compared between the 7 day high risk period following attendance at an event with the subsequent 7 day period when infection risk is assumed to be unaffected by attendance at the event.

The study is based on analysing the records of attendees who subsequently request a test from Test and Trace. The PCR test request form asks if you have participated in an ERP event, therefore attendees requesting a test will be flagged. The ERP is a programme designed to better understand and evidence how to safely reopen events. The self-controlled case series study is conducted alongside other research studies to support the objectives of the ERP.

How is this match exempt from current COVID-19 restrictions?

The Secretary of State has the power to designate an event as being permitted for research purposes and therefore not subject to the legal restrictions which would apply to other events under Step 3 of the government’s roadmap.

The Royal London International between England and Pakistan, being held at Edgbaston Stadium, is going ahead as a Pilot Event as part of the Events Research Programme.

Will spectators require any form of testing or COVID verification in order to enter the venue?

As this fixture is part of the government’s Events Research Programme (ERP), admission to the match will be subject to providing evidence of your COVID-19 Status. This can be done by either:

  • A negative NHS Lateral Flow Test result conducted and recorded within 24 hours of arrival (applies to all spectators aged 11 and over) via a text message or email from NHS Test and Trace or via the NHS App; or
  • Proof you have had both vaccinations (first and second dose), with the second dose administered more than 14 days prior to attending the fixture.

The NHS COVID Pass is available within the NHS App and is the government’s preferred method for demonstrating your Covid status at ERP events as it is helping them to test their processes for the return of large crowds.

To get information on the NHS COVID Pass and how you can have it ready in time for your visit, please follow the link here.

If for any reason you can’t show proof via the NHS App, you can show a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test result.

 

How do I demonstrate that I have had both vaccinations?

The NHS App will allow individuals to demonstrate their COVID-19 status.

You can do this by downloading the NHS App to your smartphone. Please note that this is different from the NHS COVID-19 App which is used for Test and Trace.

The NHS COVID Pass is available within the NHS App and is the UK’s Government’s preferred method for demonstrating your COVID status at Events Research Programme events as it is helping them to test their processes for the return of large crowds.

It will allow you to provide evidence of your status quickly by showing your phone to stewards as you enter the stadium.

The NHS App is available to those registered with a GP in England (aged 16 and over). If you are resident in Scotland or Wales, you can also access your vaccination status. Visitors from Northern Ireland or another country can show a negative Lateral Flow Test to gain entry.

To get information on the NHS COVID Pass and how you can have it ready in time for your visit, please follow the link here.

Can I use the NHS App to demonstrate I have been vaccinated if I have had only one dose?

No. You will need to have both vaccination doses (first and second dose), with the second dose administered more than 14 days prior to attending the fixture.

If you have had only one dose or yet to have your first dose, you will need to show a negative Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours of your attendance.

All spectators must log their negative result via the gov.uk website. You will then receive a text message, email or notification on the NHS app which you will need to present to the stewards on entry.

How do I download the NHS App?

You can do this by downloading the NHS App to your smartphone. Please note that this is different from the NHS COVID-19 App which is used for Test and Trace.

The NHS COVID Pass is available within the NHS App and is the UK’s Government’s preferred method for demonstrating your COVID status at Events Research Programme events as it is helping them to test their processes for the return of large crowds.

It will allow you to provide evidence of your status quickly by showing your phone to stewards as you enter the stadium.

The NHS App is available to those registered with a GP in England (aged 16 and over). If you are resident in Scotland or Wales, you can also access your vaccination status. Visitors from Northern Ireland or another country can show a negative Lateral Flow Test to gain entry.

To get information on the NHS COVID Pass and how you can have it ready in time for your visit, please follow the link here.

Can I use my vaccine card to prove my COVID Status?

No. We are not able to accept vaccine cards as proof of vaccination.

The NHS App will allow individuals to demonstrate their COVID-19 status.

You can do this by downloading the NHS App to your smartphone. Please note that this is different from the NHS COVID-19 App which is used for Test and Trace.

The NHS App is available to those registered with a GP in England (aged 16 and over). If you are resident in Scotland or Wales, you can also access your vaccination status. Visitors from Northern Ireland or another country can show a negative Lateral Flow Test to gain entry.

To get information on the NHS COVID Pass and how you can have it ready in time for your visit, please follow the link here.

Can I give my ticket to someone else if someone in my party can’t attend?

Yes. You can give your ticket to someone else if someone in your party can no longer attend.

The new attendee will need to follow the same entry requirements and either show a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test (SMS or email) on arrival or proof of receiving both vaccinations (first and second dose).

The NHS COVID Pass is available within the NHS App and is the UK’s Government’s preferred method for demonstrating your COVID status at Events Research Programme events as it is helping them to test their processes for the return of large crowds.

It will allow you to provide evidence of your status quickly by showing your phone to stewards as you enter the stadium.

The NHS App is available to those registered with a GP in England (aged 16 and over). If you are resident in Scotland or Wales, you can also access your vaccination status. Visitors from Northern Ireland or another country can show a negative Lateral Flow Test to gain entry.

To get information on the NHS COVID Pass and how you can have it ready in time for your visit, please follow the link here.

How do I sell tickets on the Ticket Exchange re-sale platform?

Edgbaston has launched an official Ticket Exchange re-sale platform to allow ticket buyers who can no longer attend a Major Match in 2021 to sell their tickets, at no charge, to other supporters.

It’s easy to sell tickets via the platform. Follow the step-by-step guide below:

  1. Log-in to your online ticket account at tickets.edgbaston.com
  2. On My Homepage, scroll down and click on View Tickets
  3. Find the tickets you want to re-sell and follow the instructions on screen

Please note, tickets can only be sold at face value or less.

Once tickets have been sold on the re-sale platform, you can no longer access these tickets and you will automatically receive a refund back to your original payment method (please allow 3-5 working days). If your card is no longer valid, your refund will appear as credit on your account and you can contact us to organise alternative payment back to you.

If you have listed tickets on to the Ticket Exchange and change your mind, you can re-claim your tickets if they haven’t already been sold via your account.

If you have any questions, please email tickets@edgbaston.com.

Can under-16s attend this fixture?

Yes. As part of the Events Research Programme regulations for this fixture, under-16s will be able to attend the Royal London International (ODI) between England and Pakistan on Tuesday 13 July.

Please note that proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test result only applies to spectators aged 11 and over.

Why have my seats been moved from my original booking?

Due to COVID restrictions, we have had to move a small number of seats and some ticket holders will have been allocated new seats.

Spectators who had purchased tickets in Block 14, Block 15 or the two front rows (A or B) in Blocks 4-13 will have been allocated new seats for this match.

Seats have been moved to ensure sufficient social distancing is in place from the players and the away team dressing room, which will be allocated in the RES Wyatt Stand.

We apologise to all ticket holders who have been affected, but the good news is that we’ve been able to secure you another seat for this match and you will be able to attend.

I have paid for postage, when will I receive my tickets in the post?

Unfortunately, no tickets will be sent in the post for this match due to COVID restrictions. All tickets will be available via the Edgbaston app or from the lead booker’s online account.

If you have paid for postage, you will receive an automatic refund back to the original payment method around the date of the fixture. Please allow up to 10 working days to receive this.

 

How do participants prove they have had a Lateral Flow test?

Once completing a NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours before the day you are attending, all spectators must log their negative result via the gov.uk website.

You will then receive a text or email from NHS Test & Trace which you will need to present to the stewards at Edgbaston prior to entry.

Will spectators have to pay for NHS Lateral Flow Tests?

No. NHS Lateral Flow Tests are free to order online via the gov.uk website.

Attendees are required to order their own test kits. You can order them via the gov.uk website for free here or pick up your home test kit from your local pharmacy (England only).

Your pack will include seven tests and instructions on how to take the test and record it online.

For instructions on how to take your Lateral Flow Test, click here.

Reporting your LFT results: Once the Rapid LFT has been taken, you MUST report the test result online within 24 hours of completing the test online here.

Will I need to wear a face covering?

Yes. Spectators will be required to wear a face covering on arrival and when moving around the stadium. You may remove your face covering when in your seat or eating and drinking.

Please remember to pack a face covering before you leave.

If I’m feeling unwell, can I still attend this match?

No. If you are unwell, you must stay at home.

You are responsible for your own health. You should act in ways that protect your health and the health of others and avoid acting in a way that might risk the health of others at the stadium.

All spectators will be asked to agree to a Health Declaration before attending this match. This must be completed before entering the stadium and can be completed at edgbaston.com/declaration.

You should not attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Temperature of 37.8 degrees or above
  • New continuous cough
  • Loss of sense of taste/smell
  • Any other COVID-19 symptoms officially recognised

Click here to read our full Spectator Code of Conduct.

 

Will food and drink be available to purchase on the day?

Yes, food and drink, including alcoholic beverages, will be available from outlets located around the stadium for spectators providing a wide variety of options.

Spectators can order food and drink for Click & Collect from their seat using the Edgbaston app, available from selected bars. To order, simply download the Edgbaston app on iOS or Android and visit the Shop section.

Spectators are allowed and encouraged to bring their own Food & Drink into the stadium, but no alcohol, cans or glass vessels. Everyone in attendance is asked to stay within the stadium grounds during the breaks in play.

 

What happens if I am travelling from abroad?

International ticket holders are advised to follow existing international travel guidance here, and must abide by any quarantine requirements. 

International ticket holders must complete their Passenger Locator Form before travelling to the UK, this will help ensure queues are kept to a minimum.

International ticket holders will be required to produce a negative Lateral Flow Test in order to gain entry.

International ticket holders have the option to attend an ATS in order to take an LFT. In some areas there is limited availability of ATS and therefore this may not always be possible. The locations of ATS that offer on-site testing can be found using the NHS site finder tool.

International ticket holders can find a test site by clicking here and applying filters under the heading “test site for people without symptoms”. A range of test sites are available across Greater London offering bookable and walk in services.

International ticket holders may also choose to order their LFT test kits so that they can be used during the specific testing window. Tests will be self-administered and the results of the Lateral Flow Test are to be uploaded using the NHS self-report tool online here.

What happens if I am travelling from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?

UK resident ticket holders (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) may choose to order Lateral Flow Tests for home delivery online here. Tests will be self-administered and the results of the Lateral Flow Tests are to be uploaded using the NHS self-report tool online here.

UK resident ticket holders are also advised to follow existing domestic travel guidance here. They should plan ahead, check before they travel and follow the guidance to travel safely.

UK residents  will require a negative LFT result, or proof of full vaccination, as a condition of entry to Wembley. You can order via LFT home test pre-event, conduct a home test and register/record their result to obtain a text/email notification.

Residents of Scotland and Wales can obtain evidence of their full vaccination status by following the link here.

Residents of Wales can obtain evidence of their full vaccination status by following the instructions here.

If I have proof of natural immunity to COVID, can I attend?

Attendees who have proof of natural immunity will be able to attend this fixture. To demonstrate natural immunity, attendees will need to show proof of a positive PCR test within the last 180 days of the event (and not in the last 10 days) on entry.

The NHS App will allow individuals to demonstrate their COVID-19 status.

You can do this by downloading the NHS App to your smartphone. Please note that this is different from the NHS COVID-19 App which is used for Test and Trace.

The NHS App is available to those registered with a GP in England (aged 16 and over). If you are resident in Scotland or Wales, you can also access your vaccination status. Visitors from Northern Ireland or another country can show a negative Lateral Flow Test to gain entry.