With Covid certification now required for supporters attending games at Fratton Park, Portsmouth Football Club have provided the answers to some key questions.
Why are supporters being asked to show Covid certification?
As part of the government’s ‘Plan B’ measures for tackling Covid-19, for any event with 10,000 or more attendees, Covid certification must be used a condition of entry.
What is classed as Covid certification?
The club will accept proof of double vaccination or a negative lateral flow test that was taken within 48 hours of kick-off (ie, not before 3pm on Thursday, January 13 for the MK Dons game).
You can also show proof that you are, for medical reasons, unable to be vaccinated. Click here for more details.
How can I prove my Covid certification?
You can show that you have received both vaccinations through your NHS Covid Pass, which is available through the NHS app.
You should have this ready to show and we recommend downloading it to the wallet of your smartphone and to have a printed copy available in case of any phone or network failures.
Those supporters who don’t have a smartphone can obtain a certificate by ringing 119 between the hours of 7am and 11pm.
Please note that the card stamped when you received your vaccinations would not be accepted as proof.
What should I do if I have not been vaccinated?
Supporters can take a lateral flow test and show us proof of a negative result. The test must have been taken no earlier than 48 hours before kick-off.
The result needs to be registered with the NHS and you will need to show us the text message/email that you will have been sent. Alternatively, negative test results can be registered through your NHS Covid pass.
Please note that the club will not accept the physical lateral flow test as proof and you should not bring this with you to the game.
How do I obtain a lateral flow test?
Lateral flow tests can be obtained for free through the government website or, subject to availability, from your local pharmacy.
There will also be a NHS testing facility in the Tesco car park, but we advise that there might be a delay and we cannot guarantee that you will receive your result ahead of kick-off.
What happens if I cannot show any Covid certification?
Unfortunately, you will not be allowed entry to the stadium if you do not have Covid certification.
Will children need to show Covid certification?
No, only supporters aged 18 and over will be required to show Covid certification.
There is a dedicated under-18 lane, which can be used by junior supporters or families with children under the age of 18.
What time should I arrive at the stadium?
Supporters should allow more time to enter Fratton Park, as the checks are likely to slow down access. Turnstiles will open at the earlier time of 1.15pm on Saturday.
Where will my Covid certification be checked?
Please watch the below video for more information about Covid certification checks, including where they will take place.
Please familiarise yourself with the map to ensure you enter the stadium via the quickest and easiest route.
Will catering facilities be open?
Yes, all the usual kiosks will be open and the Victory Bar will be open for home supporters from 12pm. Please note that you will be asked to show Covid certification before entering the Victory Bar.
Do I need to complete a self-declaration form?
Pompey are kindly asking supporters to complete a self-declaration form, with seprate forms available for season ticket holders and non-season ticket holders.
Are any other rules in place?
All supporters are kindly asked to:
– Follow the Supporter Code of Conduct
– Wear a face covering in all internal areas (including concourses and toilet facilities)
– Wash your hands or sanitise them regularly
If you have any enquiries on the day or require accessible access, please speak to a steward and head towards the enquiries lane.
Please be considerate of other supporters and follow any instructions issued by stewards or stadium staff to help keep everyone safe.