Chelsea fans in wild celebrations outside Stamford Bridge as they hope for end to travel ban - in pictures

Manchester City and Chelsea supporters currently unable to travel to Champions League final in Istanbul without quarantine restrictions

Chelsea and Manchester City fans will be hoping a ban on international travel ends in time for them to get to Turkey in three weeks to see the Champions League final without facing restrictions.

In a further easing of coronavirus laws in England, the government is set to allow overseas travel again from May 17 but it's unclear which destinations will still require forms of quarantine on return.

Hundreds of fans celebrated outside Stamford Bridge after Chelsea's 2-0 victory against Real Madrid secured their spot in the final, and will now be keen for the situation to change.

Up to 4,000 fans from both Chelsea and City could be allowed into the 76,000-seat Ataturk Olympic Stadium, which was originally due to host last season’s final.

High infection rates saw Turkey last week enter its first national lockdown. That is due to end on May 17, creating the possibility of that country not being on the green list to allow fans to return from the final on May 29 without having to self-isolate at home for 10 days.

This will be the third time the Champions League final has involved a meeting of English clubs. Chelsea lost to Manchester United in 2008 at Moscow, and in 2019 at Atletico Madrid's stadium for Liverpool's victory over Tottenham.

Published: May 6, 2021 11:17 AM

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