Will you need a visa to go to the Russia 2018 World Cup and how to get a Fan ID card?

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The 2018 World Cup is now just a few short months away and fans will be planning their trips to Russia to watch the drama unfold. Russia is not normally the easiest country to visit as you need to get hold of a visa whenever you are travelling there, but the authorities have helped football fans out.


Fans heading to Russia to see World Cup games will not need to get a visa for the country which will save people a lot of effort and a substantial fee.

Willyou need a visa for the Russia 2018 World Cup and how to get a Fan ID card?

The US Russian embassy set out the arrangements for travelling without a visa in this statement. ‘In accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, entry (exit) of foreign citizens and stateless persons arriving in Russia as spectators for sports events within the framework of the FIFA 2018 World Cup (will be held from June 14 to July 15, 2018 in the cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd), is carried out without issued Russian visas. ‘However, in order to be admitted to Russia foreign citizens/stateless persons must have a valid identity document (“tourist” passport) and a “Personalized card of the spectator” (also known as a “Fan ID”)’

What is a Fan ID?

The Fan ID card is needed by any spectator who is attending games at the World Cup in Russia, and anyone who wants to get into the country next summer without a visa. You can only apply for one when you have applied for match tickets and FIFA has approved the application. You can submit the application here – but it is not possible to yet as ticket approvals have not been sent out yet.