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Russia 2018 – Visitor Information for the World Cup 2018

Visitor Information

The Department of State provides U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Russia the following information related to the 2018 World Cup. The World Cup games will be held in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, and Saransk, Russia, from June 14 to July 15, 2018.

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Before you go...

The Department of State’s current Travel Advisory for Russia advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Russia.

Print out our Traveler’s Checklist card and be sure to:

  • GET INFORMATION: Visit the State Department’s country information page for Russia.  It provides up-to-date information about visas, safety and security, and other issues related to traveling in Russia.   

  • ENROLL IN STEP: Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  This will enable the U.S. Embassy to keep you up-to-date with important safety and security announcements, and help us reach you in an emergency. 

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Safety and Security

Major events are a prime opportunity for crime. Travelers should: 

  • Be aware that loss or theft of a passport and/or migration card may result in the inability to obtain lodging.  Hotels and hostels will not allow guests to check in without a passport, a migration card, and a Fan ID or Russian visa.   
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of money or other valuables.
  • Secure all purses, wallets, cell phones and electronics while traveling on buses, trains or other forms of public transportation. 
  • Protect yourself from credit card fraud. Be careful when choosing a form of payment for goods and services. 
  • Only use marked taxi services.
  • Prearrange transportation through hotel concierge or other reputable services.
  • Due to the possibility of random document checks, you should carry your passport and hotel registration with you at all times. 
  • Keep photocopies of passports, visas, credit cards, and other important documents in a secure location so proper notifications can be made if original documents are lost or stolen.
  • Violence in and around stadiums -- “hooliganism,” often directed at fans – is possible before, during, and after soccer games.  The combination of alcohol and competing fans during high-stakes games could lead to tensions that could spill over into confrontation and violence.  Fan unrest may be more likely during games that feature teams with a history of tension.

Remember -- you are subject to all Russian laws, which may differ from those in the United States.  If you violate these laws even unknowingly, you may be arrested, fined, expelled, and banned from re-entering Russia. Expect increased police presence and enhanced security measures in and around stadiums. 

If we receive information of a threat to private U.S. citizens, the U.S. Embassy will send a Security Alert to the public, which you can receive if you enroll your trip details in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP.state.gov).  

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Stay Informed

U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia Website: http://moscow.usembassy.gov/

Information about services to U.S. citizens, security, and fraud warnings, among other topics.

Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Website: travel.state.gov/destination

Latest Travel Advisory, international travel tips, information regarding the STEP enrollment process, etc.

Twitter and Facebook Accounts: Follow @TravelGov and @American.Citizen.Services.Moscow for up-to-date safety and security information about the World Cup. 

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Tickets to World Cup Matches AND FAN IDs

Russian Authorities have cracked down on more than 800 websites illegally offering World Cup tickets.  FIFA is the only official ticket reseller for the Russia 2018 World Cup. To purchase individual tickets or hospitality packages, visitFIFA’s website.  For more information on tickets, see the Russian Ministry of Sport’s Fan Guide page.

Venues and Match Schedule:

  • Moscow Luzhniki Stadium; Orkritie Arena Stadium             
  • Yekaterinburg Yekaterinburg Arena                                            
  • Sochi Fisht Stadium                                               
  • Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod Stadium      
  • Volgograd Volgograd Arena                                  
  • Samara Samara Arena                  
  • Saint Petersburg St. Petersburg Stadium
  • Kazan Kazan Arena Stadium
  • Kaliningrad Kaliningrad, Stadium
  • Sarank Mordovia Arena
  • Rostov-on-Don  Rostov Arena

Official FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Website: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/index.html

            Information on sporting venues, accommodations, accessibility, ticketing sales for foreigners living outside Russia, etc. 

Fan Guide Information: http://welcome2018.com/en/fan_guide/, hosted by the Russian Ministry of Sport. 

Official ticket reseller: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/organisation/ticketing/index.html 

General Information from the Russian Ministry of Sport:  http://welcome2018.com/en/    

A few important things to remember when looking for tickets… 

  • Be aware of scams, fake ticket websites, and unlicensed ticket resellers.
  • You may not gift, donate, or auction tickets without preliminary agreement from FIFA. See Transfer and Resale of Tickets for more information at the Russia Ministry of Sport’s webpage: http://welcome2018.com/en/guide/302817/
  • You must buy tickets from an authorized retailer. If you buy tickets from an unauthorized retailer, you will be refused entry. It is illegal to resell World Cup tickets. 

In addition to a valid ticket, fans attending all games at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia need to obtain a “FAN ID.” See www.fan-id.ru

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Transportation and Accommodations

There will be free train travel between host cities for spectators holding match tickets or documents granting access to the match and a FAN ID.

See ANO ‘Transport Directorate of FIFA World Cup Russia – 2018, specifically:

  • Transport – Information on public transportation, taxis, car rental, etc.
  • Traveling in Russia – information on free travel, rules of entry, getting to host cities, driving across Russia, etc.

Traffic in and around the stadiums will be extremely heavy during the events, and traffic jams are likely. Pedestrians should be careful crossing streets or intersections, crossing parking lots, and walking on sidewalks, as drivers in Russia often do not yield to pedestrians. Use marked walkways, overpasses, or crosswalks, and do not attempt to cross traffic in driving zones.

You must have a valid passport, Fan ID or Russian visa, and a migration card to check into any hotel or hostel. If any of these documents is missing, lost, or stolen, you may not be able to find accommodations.

There are likely to be extreme shortages of hotel rooms during the World Cup. Book rooms now and expect to pay high prices due to increased demand. See Accommodations in Russia, published by the Russian Ministry of Sport.

  • If staying in a hotel or hostel, staff will register you with local authorities. This must be done within 24 hours of your arrival in Russia. If you travel around Russia, you must register within 24 hours of arriving at each new location.
  • A valid passport, Fan ID or Russian visa, and migration card are required to check into any hotel or hostel. If any of these documents is missing, lost, or stolen, you may not find lodging.
  • Be careful when booking informal lodging from private individuals and be aware that they may not be able to help you with registration required by local authorities.

For more information about host cities, venues, and Russia, see Host Cities, published by the Russian Ministry of Sport.

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LGBTI Travelers

Russian law bans providing "the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors. Foreign citizens face fines, up to 15 days in jail, and deportation for violating this law. However, what Russia considers propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations is vague. Russian citizens found guilty of violating the law could face a fine of up to 100,000 rubles ($3,100).

There has been an increase in discrimination and violence against the LGBTI community across Russia. For more information, see the Local Laws and Special Circumstances section on Russia country page and review our LGBTI Travel Information page before you go.

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Staying Connected While In Russia

For information on mobile and internet service in Russia, see How to Stay Connected.

Helpful Websites

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American Citizens Services

American Citizens Services (ACS) units at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and Consulates will provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in need, throughout the World Cup. U.S. Citizens in St. Petersburg should contact U.S. Embassy Moscow for all American Citizen Services. 

Contact:

U.S. Embassy Moscow:

  • Address: 8 Bolshoy Deviatinsky, Pereulok, Moscow, Russia121099
  • E-mail for American Citizens Services Unit: moscowacs@state.gov
  • Telephone number during business hours: +7 (495) 728-5577
  • Telephone number for emergency assistance after hours: +7 (495) 728-5000

U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg:

  • Address: 15 Gogol Street, Yekaterinburg, Russia 620151
  • E-mail for American Citizens Services Unit: ACSYekat@state.gov
  • Telephone number during business hours: +7 (343) 379-3001
  • Telephone number for emergency assistance after-hours: +7 (917)569-3549

U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok:

  • Address: 32 Pushkinskaya Street, Vladivostok, Russia 690001
  • E-mail for American Citizens Services Unit: vladcons@state.gov
  • Telephone number during business hours: +7 (423) 230-0070
  • Telephone number for emergency assistance after-hours: +7 (914) 791-0067