Football World Cup in Russia: Visas, Migration Control & Registration

This summary describes the main visa-free entry, migration control and registration requirements applied to the supporters travelling to Russia for the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup.

On the 11th May 2018, the Embassy of Russian in the UK published an official updateInformation on foreign citizens’ migration regulations and registration at the place of temporary residence during the 2018 FIFA World Cup™

According to this statement, foreign nationals and stateless persons, visiting the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ football matches, can enter and exit the Russian Federation between 4 June and 25 July 2018 without visas, using identity documents (passports, travel documents) and a FAN ID (personalised football supporter card) issued either in the paper (laminated) or electronic form.

FAN ID to Visit Russia for Football World Cup

The FAN ID entitles a foreign spectator to enter, temporary reside in and exit the Russian Federation during the football tournament.

The FAN ID is a personalised football supporter card, which is part of football fans’ identification system.

The FAN ID is issued to all football supporters to ensure their comfortable and secure stay at the stadiums in Russia during the football World Cup matches. All supporters, who have purchased tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches, must obtain this card.

The FAN ID is a personalised laminated card, which is issued free of charge and once for each spectator.

How does FAN ID work:

“Fan ID” holders are permitted to enter without a visa and stay on the territory of the Russian Federation from 4 June 4 to 25 July 2018.

  1. Buy a ticket for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™
  2. Register on the website and receive a confirmation
  3. You can get a FAN ID by mail or at one of the FAN ID Distribution centres
  4. Use your FAN ID for free travel in Russia
  5. Take your FAN ID with you for admission to the stadium 

Information on the procedure for obtaining a Fan ID can be found on the websites of the organizers of the above sports events at: www.fan-id.ru and www.welcome2018.com.

Fan ID Guide

Info for Travellers

Information for FIFA World Cup 2018 Travellers

The information on the migration legislation and foreign spectators registration

Entry to Russia: Migration Card & Registration

A migration card is handed out to each supporter by the Border Control officers on arrival to Russia. This card must be retained by a visitor during the whole period of stay in Russia.

In case of damage or loss of the migration card a visitor must apply to the migration subdivision of the territorial office of the Ministry of the Interior Affairs of Russia (the “Migration registration body”) at the place of temporary residence to obtain a duplicate.

Foreign nationals visiting Football World Cup venues in the cities of Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Saransk and Sochi between 25 May and 25 July 2018 must register at the place of their temporary residence within 24 hours after arrival to each city.

If a visitor intends to stay in one of the above cities less than 24 hours, he/she should not register, except in cases when he/she stays at a hotel.

Foreign nationals who are taking part in the sporting events, including Football World Cup participants, as well as representatives of the FIFA and FIFA subsidiaries, confederations and national football associations, and who are included in the FIFA lists, shall not be subject to registration at the place of their temporary residence (According to Article 8 of the Federal Law dated June 7, 2013 No 108-FZ “On preparation and hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in the Russian Federation”).

Who can host World Cup visitors in Russia?

The citizens of the Russian Federation, foreign citizens and stateless person having permanent residence in the Russian Federation (holders of residence permit), as well as legal entities and their subsidiaries or branch offices can act as the hosts (Hosting Parties) for the foreign nationals visiting Russian for the Football World Cup.

When a foreign national stays in a hotel, the hotel’s administration is the host (Hosting Party).

In order to fill in the Notification of Arrival at the Place of Temporary Residence (the Notification of Arrival) a foreign national must present to the Hosting Party identification document and migration card. In case a foreign national arrives to a new place of temporary residence he/she must also present to the Hosting Party a detachable part of the Notification of Arrival issued at his/her previous place of temporary residence in the Russian Federation.

The Hosting Party fills in the Notification of Arrival and submits it together with copies of all pages of the visitor’s identification document as well as the copy of migration card to a Migration registration body, which stamps the Notification of Arrival and returns the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival to the Hosting Party.

The Hosting Party then gives to a foreign national the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival. The fact that the visitor has the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival with the mark of reception confirms his/her migration registration.

There is no government fees or other charges for registration at the place of temporary residence.

The Hosting Party’s non-submission of the migration card to the Migration registration body can not serve as ground for a refusal to accept documents necessary for the foreign national’s registration at the place of temporary residence.

Submission of the Notification of Arrival and necessary documents via the post, through multifunctional centers, the Unified Portal of State Services or by electronic means in the course of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ is not allowed.

A foreign national has the right to register his/her arrival at the place of temporary residence with the Migration registration body by him/herself in case there are documented reasonable excuses (illness, physical impossibility, etc.) preventing the Hosting Party from submitting the Notification of Arrival to a migration registration body.

The foreign nationals permanently residing in the Russian Federation and holding a residence permit have a right to notify the relevant Migration registration body of his/her arrival at the place of temporary residence by him/herself directly with the written consent of the Hosting Party.

Foreign nationals, who have not undergone registration at the place of their temporary residence are not subject to responsibility for violation of the migration registration rules, except in cases when the duty to register lies with the said foreign citizen (According to Article 24 of the Federal Law dated July 18, 2006 No.109-FZ “On the Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons Migration Registration in the Russian Federation).

Additional Information

Foreign citizens who in the course of the Football World Cup plan to temporary reside and travel around Russia exclusively by buses, camper vans, personal transport means, small vessels, etc. are not subject to registration at the place of the temporary residence.

For the purpose of timely registration of the football supporters, the territorial offices of the Ministry of the Interior Affairs of Russia will be open on a daily basis, including weekends and public holidays.

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