A visa to go to the Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup. Do you need it?
The first thing you you have to know when traveling to Russia is that this is a country with some requirements for entry. These requirements relate to the need to have a visa. Especially we would like to mention a process of a visa to go to the Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup. A Russian visa – is a permit issued by Russia to foreign citizens for entry or temporary stay in the country. It is attached to the passport.
While there are about 40 nationalities who are not required to enter Russia (mainly the countries of the former USSR and South American countries), for the rest of the world’s citizens (including EU citizens) it is necessary to apply for a visa to go to the Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup, which implies the submission of documentation and the payment of consular fees.
In general, these are 4 groups of countries that do not require a visa:
-Commonwealth of Independent States
The majority of the former Soviet republics are part of the following countries. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Georgia, etc. Citizens of some countries can travel to Russia without a visa and a time limit. Although, for others there is a limit of 90 days staying in a coutry. The 3 Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), which are currently members of the EU, are not in this group.
-South American and Central American countries
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador. Fiji, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru. Uruguay and Venezuela, to which could be added Israel in the Middle East or the Republic of Vanuat in Oceania. All these countries also do not need a visa for up to 90 days (every 180 days). Also they will not be able to participate in any commercial or work-related activities during their staying in the country.
-Cuba, Montenegro and Serbia, Mongolia, Thailand, Seychelles, Hong Kong (up to 14 days) and Macao
Citizens of these countries can stay in the Russian Federation for up to 30 days without a visa. In this case they have no right to work during their stay in Russia. Please note that citizens of Turkey no longer have a visa exemption from January 1, 2016.
-Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia
Citizens of these Balkan countries can stay in Russia without a visa for up to 30 days, but they need an invitation letter.
It is true that the Russian authorities are going to be more flexible in this aspect. So that all tourists and football fans could easily come to Russia to discover this magnificent country and enjoy the sport they like the most.
The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has signed a law whereby foreigners who come to Russia to enjoy the 2018 Fifa World Cup, can do so without a visa. But it is not as it sounds. No visa required, but FAN ID is. The FAN ID is acquired with the purchase of World Cup tickets. Once the ticket is purchased, in a suitable web for this purpose, the FAN ID can be created.
This ID will be valid from 10 days before the first World Cup match until 10 days after the last World Cup match.
The procedure for obtaining this card and its shipping is free. To do this you have to register on the website designated by the Russian Government and fill in a form in which you have to fill in the information of your ticket, passport and other personal data. Also, you must specify your postal address so that they send the card to your address.
-How could I get my FAN ID?
At the end of the procedure you will get a request number through which you can track the status of your application. You can also register and pick up this card at the registration centers that are designated for those purposes. The card is valid throughout the World Cup period and children must also have their FAN ID.
Foreign citizens in order to enter the territory of the Russian Federation and the validity period of the FAN ID card must also present an identity document recognized by Russia, as well as tickets for a tournament match that they are going to attend.
According to the rules, foreigners who take part in the 2018 World Cup competitions and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as athletes who are on the FIFA list, will receive a visa in a simplified manner.
In addition, the law provides that members of official delegations, athletes, persons included in the FIFA list, fans with fan-ID cards and volunteers will use local and regional transport services for free, including short-distance trains and subways, for routes to sporting events.
More information here https://www.fan-id.ru/
These measures will make the participation of tourists in the World Cup more simple. It will help you to get a visa to go to the Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup and enjoy this great event.