Russia 2018 World Cup Travel Rules For Fans Should Know

Russia 2018 World Cup Travel Rules

Russia is a friendly and fascinating nation, and also also the World Cup should establish a window. They do things differently there, and every enthusiast must arrive with a few cultural and legal consciousness.

Around individuals visited Russia rather than they all stayed out of trouble. With a lot more visitors anticipated during the soccer tournament from 14 June to 15 July, The Independent has gathered official authorities guidance in the official briefings of Australia, Canada, Ireland, the UK (like special World Cup information) along with also the US. Here is what you want to understand.

Red tape

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six weeks after the date of your Fan-ID or your visa. You have to signal a migration card, which can be produced in passport control on entering Russia. The card is in two parts. One part will be kept by the immigration officer on arrival. Another part should be kept by you because you’ll want this when you leave Russia. Ensure that you’ve signed your passport before you travel. Some nationals who have not signed their passports are denied entry into .

There are no legal reasons for thieves (including British nationals) to cross the land border between Russia and Belarus. If you are planning on entering Russia by road, you’ll need to take an alternative route through a nation that is different. (UK)

Take your passport with you constantly. Police have the authority to stop people and request identity and travel documents. (US)

Avoiding scams

“Turkey Drop” Scam: An individual “accidentally” drops money on the ground in front of an intended victim, while an accomplice either waits for the money to be picked up, or picks up the money him/herself and offers to split it with the pedestrian. Then the victim is accused of stealing the money. Do not pick up the money. Walk quickly away from the scene.

Airport Scam: A con artist asks you to watch his bag, then extorts money or other valuables to avoid hassle with the police. Never agree to watch a bag that belongs to a stranger. (US)

Exercise extreme caution in crowds and open markets. Criminals use various techniques to distract the victims, including by distracting their victims with requests for help. In such situations, walk away quickly. (UK)

Anything to declare?

But, Russian border officials can need to inspect any digital device (including installed applications) on passing.

If your medications contain barbiturate, codeine, sibutramine, anabolic steroids, androgens and other sexual hormones, analgesic (tramadol), psychostimulants or other restricted substances, you must present a doctor’s letter confirming the demand for each medication to authorities once you arrive in Russia. A notarised translation into Russian is required. (Australia)

You can be detained for trying to leave the country with antiques, even when they had been purchased from vendors. Things like art, icons, samovars, rugs decorations and antiques, have to have certificates indicating that they don’t have cultural or historical value. You will obtain certificates in the Russian Ministry of Culture. (US)

The law

Frequently, criminal gangs collude with the local police and operate with near impunity. Foreigners have become victims of harassment, mistreatment, and extortion by law-enforcement and other officials. Police do not need to show probable cause in order to stop, question, or detain individuals.

Do not pick up hitchhikers. You may be assaulted or arrested for unwittingly transporting narcotics. (US)

Traffic police may stop motorists to collect fraudulent cash fines on the spot. (Canada)

Drink aware

Alcohol won’t be available at stadium during matches. The sale and consumption of alcohol in glass containers will be banned on the evening and day of matches in certain locations in host cities. The sale of alcohol from shops is restricted, typically from 11pm to 8am. (UK)

You can be jailed immediately for driving under the influence of alcohol. (US)

Money matters

It is illegal to pay directly for general transactions with dollars or euros. (UK) Only change money at banks, hotels and recognised exchange kiosks. You will need to show your passport and visa to change money. It is an offence to change money from street traders. (Ireland)


The European Health Insurance card (EHIC) is not legal in Russia, therefore travel insurance is crucial. (UK) There is. The air quality in regions near fires influence travellers and may deteriorate as a result of heavy smoke. (Canada) Don’t see piercing solutions or parlours as a result of probability of hepatitis and HIV infection. (US) Bottled mineral water is accessible although tap water isn’t drinkable throughout the Russian Federation. (Ireland)

Accessibility advice

Getting around in Russia is often difficult for persons with mobility issues. Many sidewalks are narrow and uneven. Crossing streets in large cities can be difficult, since it usually requires the use of a pedestrian underpass which includes stairs, steep ramps, and no elevators. Mobility is usually easier in major cities such as Moscow and St Petersburg [but the] Metro is generally not accessible to persons with disabilities. Public transportation is not accommodating to people with disabilities. (US)

Gay news

Homosexuality is legal in Russia, but there is still intolerance among some sections of the population. Be careful about public displays of affection.

In June 2013 a law banning the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” entered into force, but the definition and scope of prohibited activity is vague. Foreign nationals convicted under this law could face arrest and detention, fines and deportation. (UK)

Violence against the LGBTI community has increased sharply since the law banning propaganda was passed, including entrapment and torture of young gay men by neo-Nazi gangs and the murder of multiple individuals due to their sexual orientation. (US)


Harassment and assaults are prevalent, particularly against foreigners of Asian and African descent. Some victims have died. (Canada)

Racially motivated assaults occur throughout Russia. Attacks are often perpetrated by skinhead groups or ultra-nationalists. There have been several large rallies by nationalists and neo-Nazis to protest against the presence of foreigners (particularly people from Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus region) in Russia. Take extra care if you or your travel partner(s) are of Asian or African descent. (Australia)

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”).

Information on the procedure for obtaining a Fan ID can be found on the websites of the organizers of the above sports events at: and