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Getting there and getting in

For the first time, the World Cup is being hosted by two countries - presenting some logistical problems and challenges for the avid football follower. The following offers some tips for aspiring travellers to Japan and Korea, with useful website links listed below.

TICKETS: Order tickets as soon as possible, since organizers allow fans to choose tickets by team or venue.

The World Cup draw is in South Korea's Busan on December 1. On that day, the 32 finalists will know which teams they will face and where they will play.

All first-round games of a team will be played in either South Korea or Japan, and qualifiers for the next rounds can switch countries.

Some 3 million tickets are on sale for the 64 games. Tickets are being sold independently and are not linked to travel agencies, after that system caused problems at the France 1998 World Cup.

GETTING THERE : Most major airlines have flights to Japan and Korea. Tokyo's international hub is Narita while Seoul has a new international airport in Incheon.

Flying between the two cities takes about two hours. Based on the preceding Confederations Cup, the real problem during the World Cup will be traveling between the two countries, especially between host cities far away from Tokyo and Seoul.

The problem is made more complicated by the dearth of connections linking regional cities of both countries. To avoid problems, contact embassies of both host nations to see what travel documents are necessary.

ACCOMMODATION: There likely will be few problems in major cities such as Tokyo or Seoul, but faraway locations might find it hard to cover the full range of accommodations.

Efforts are being made by the organizing committees to meet the challenge.

• Tickets from FIFA
• FIFA information
• FIFA accommodation
• Korea travel information
• Japan travel information

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