FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia
The FIFA World Cup will take place in the Russian Federation from 14th June to 15th July 2018.
We’ve put together this guide to inform those preparing to visit Russia during this period. Below, you’ll find information on Visas and other entry requirements, local arrangements for the World Cup, as well as information on healthcare. Also included are some useful contacts should you need assistance while in Russia.
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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s travel advice for the Russian Federation currently urges those travelling to exercise a high degree of caution. Fans should ensure they are well informed of the risks before departure, and we urge all to follow closely the advice and instructions of local authorities. You should be vigilant and take extra care planning your trip.
Visas and Fan ID
Those with a valid match ticket can obtain a Fan ID, which will act as a multi-entry visa from 4th June until 15th July. However, those with a Fan ID must leave Russia by 25th July. Fan IDs will also allow for free travel on selected trains for the duration of the tournament.
You will be given a migration card upon arrival in Russia, which you must sign. The card is in two identical parts, one of which will be retained by the Immigration Officer. You mustkeep your portion of the card for the duration of your stay, as it is necessary for identification purposes – including checking into hotels and with police and immigration authorities. You must submit your migration to passport control when leaving Russia. If you do not have it, you will be fined and your departed may be delayed by several hours. As a precaution, we recommend that you also retain a photo of your migration card.
If your passport is lost or stolen, you must report it at the nearest police station, and then apply for an Emergency Travel Document from the Embassy or Honorary Consulate. You can then apply for a new Fan ID. If you entered the country on a regular visa rather than with a FAN ID, you will need to apply for an exit visa to leave Russia.
If your Fan ID or visa expires before you leave Russia, you will be required to pay a fine; further, you may have to attend a court hearing, and could be banned from returning to Russia for a number of years.
For more information on entry/exit requirements and immigration information, please contact the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ireland.
You must keep your passport and migration card with you at all times while in Russia. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after the expiry date of your Visa or Fan ID.
Keep your passport safe. Ireland has an Embassy in Moscow, and an Honorary Consulate in St Petersburg who will be available to issue Emergency Travel Documents, if necessary. Processing times for the issuing of these documents can take 3-5 working days, and these must be applied for in person in Moscow or St. Petersburg.
In addition, those without a valid passport will not be able to travel on internal flights, intercity trains and some other forms of public transport in Russia. We recommend that you scan a copy of your passport and email it to yourself and a family member at home. This will be useful if you need to apply for an Emergency Travel Document.
All railway stations have airport-style security. All bags will be scanned, and passengers must go through detector arches.
Holders of an official match ticket and Fan ID can apply for free train travel on selected trains between host cities. Transport 2018 provides details of how to register for selected trains. Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
Fans travelling to matches will be required to register in each host city they visit within 72 hours of arrival. If staying in a hotel, the hotel should arrange this. If staying in a private property, you must be registered by the property owner at the nearest branch of the General Directorate of Migratory Affairs (GUVM). When you check out of a hotel you will be given a copy of your registration. Keep this with your passport, as you may be asked to show it when checking into another hotel.
Before all travelling, the Department strongly recommends that fans travelling should obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. Be aware of any exclusions and, in particular, that the policy covers all planned activities.
European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) are not valid in Russia. Fans should ensure they hold valid, comprehensive travel insurance cover for the duration of their stay.
EU Consular Support Teams
Irish citizens travelling in Russia may benefit from improved consular protection during the World Cup, as several EU member states will deploy consular support teams to host cities where their national teams are playing.
Irish citizens in need of urgent consular assistance in a location outside of Moscow or St Petersburg may avail of information, advice, or assistance from one of these EU consular support teams, if appropriate.
Need our help?
The Embassy of Ireland in Moscow and the Honorary Consulate in St Petersburg can:
- Issue Emergency Travel Documents (up to 3-5 working days processing time)
- Provide support if you are arrested or hospitalised
- Contact family and friends on your behalf
- Provide a list of English-speaking lawyers
We cannot interfere in legal processes or provide funds.
Embassy of Ireland, Grokholski Perulok 5, Moscow 129010, Russia.
Phone: +7 495 937 5911
The Embassy operates an out-of-hours service for Irish citizens requiring emergency assistance. If you are in need of emergency assistance, please call the Embassy Duty Officer at +7 985 928 7615.
Honorary Consul Anatoly Shashin, Kuznetsovskaya st. 30a, Office 35H, St Petersburg.
Phone: +7 921 936 5198
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 24/7 line: +353 1 408 2000
Useful Contacts and Resources:
Russian Emergency Services: Dial 112 from any phone.
Ambulance: Dial 103 from a mobile and 03 from a landline.
Fan Guide: FIFA has created a Fan Guide containing all necessary details and general information concerning entering and travelling around Russia, host cities, accommodation, tickets, and more.
Tickets: Tickets are available through FIFA and national football associations.
Fan ID Detailed information on Fan IDs, available to those with match tickets, and which act as multi-entry visas for fans.
Transport: Fans in possession of valid tickets and a Fan ID can apply for free train tickets.
Public Transport: A guide to general public transport offerings in Russia.
Host Cities: Useful guides to each of the eleven host cities, including detailed information on transport, attractions, activities, and restaurants.