Do you need a Russian visa for the FIFA World Cup?
Getting a visa to Russia isn’t the easiest task for US citizens. Though there are a few loopholes like taking a cruise to St. Petersburg from Finland that will allow you three days of visa-free travel, for the most part travel as a tourist through the Soviet nation requires booking through an agency with confirmed transportation and accommodation.
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup coming up in June, it’s no wonder many travelers and sports fans are coming to Travel Visa Pro with questions regarding these visas. The games will be held from June 14th to July 15th this year in cities across Russia. During this time, all foreign nationals are allowed to legally stay in Russia provided their passport is valid for at least six months from the date of entry and their intent is to watch the events in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, and Volgograd. To prove they are going to watch the games, all travelers must present a Fan ID along with their passport to immigration on arrival (and most likely at the airport before checking in).
What is a Fan ID, and how do you get one? The Russian embassy website (http://www.russianembassy.org/page/fifa-world-cup-2018-visa-information) offers a few links (https://www.fan-id.ru/get.html) with options for applying for one prior to your arrival in Russia, but all involve extensive applications equal to those for visas and passports.
When that happens and you don’t want any trouble getting to the games in time, Travel Visa Pro can help. We can help process your Fan ID application just as we would expedite a tourist visa to Russia, and get you ready to watch the World Cup. Fan ID and passport holders can enter Russia up to ten days prior to the official start (June 4th) and leave up to ten days afterwards (July 25th), meaning as long as you contact TVP or come into one of our offices before June, we can get you what you need to travel to Russia.
Enter the discount code FIFARUSSIA when you check out and we’ll throw in a $10 discount!