Visas for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Do I Need a Visa?

You can enter and leave Russia for the 2018 World Cup without a visa only if you have all of the following items and present them at the Russia border:

  1. A Fan ID.
  2. A valid match ticket (or tickets), or, if you have purchased tickets during the last-minute ticket sales phase, a print-out of an official e-mail from FIFA confirming that a ticket has been allocated to you.
  3. A passport valid for at least 6 months after your departure from Russia. The passport must be signed by the passport holder and be undamaged.

Visa-free entry and exit: You may enter Russia from 4th June 2018 (10 days before the opening match will be played) to 15th July 2018 (the day the World Cup Final will be played) and then exit Russia from 4th June 2018 until 25th July 2018 (10 days after the Final). Any stays before or after this will require a visa.

During these dates, if you have all of the above documents, you can also use your Fan ID to transit to Russia via Belarus and leave Russia via Belarus to another country without a Belarus visa. However, if you do not have all of the documents above, or you are travelling to and from Russia via Belarus outside of these dates, you will need a Belarus Transit Visa.

What is a Fan ID?

A Fan ID is an identity document, issued by the Russian authorities, which contains a photograph of the spectator and their name. The Fan ID is a compulsory document which all spectators must obtain before going to Russia. It must be shown (along with match tickets and your passport):

  1. To enter and leave Russia during the visa-free period described in the previous paragraph.
  2. To get into the stadia where the World Cup matches indicated on your tickets are being played.
  3. To travel between World Cup host cities on free trains exclusively for spectators. See our dedicated World Cup transport page for more information.
  4. To take advantage of free public transport to and from 2018 World Cup matches. Go to our dedicated World Cup transport page for more details.

For more information on the Fan ID, including how and where you can obtain yours, go to our dedicated Fan ID page.

For more information on tickets and fixtures, including how and where to get your official match tickets, see our dedicated fixtures and tickets page.

What if I Don’t Have Match Tickets and/or a Fan ID?

Then you will need a visa to enter Russia, unless you are a national of a visa-exempt country. To find out if this applies to you, follow this link and select your nationality from the first drop-down list you see.

Russian tourist visas are generally suitable for people who want to visit Russia for the World Cup but do not have match tickets to obtain a Fan ID. Real Russia provides comprehensive, specialised visa services to thousands of travellers every year, so you can order your visas through us for complete peace of mind.

Important Visa Registration Information for the 2018 World Cup

Between 25th May 2018 and 25th July 2018, anybody arriving in any of the 11 host cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don and Volgograd) must register their visa within 72 hours of their arrival in the city. Failure to do so could result in being fined and/or deported from Russia.

If you have bought your visa or your visa support documents from Real Russia, we can provide a registration service in Moscow and St. Petersburg. If you are staying in a hotel, your hotel will register you. For more information on registration, see our webpage on registration, or contact our visa specialists who will be happy to assist you.