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.
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.
Major events are a prime opportunity for crime. Travelers should:
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).
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.
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.
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…
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.
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:
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.
For more information about host cities, venues, and Russia, see Host Cities, published by the Russian Ministry of Sport.
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.
For information on mobile and internet service in Russia, see How to Stay Connected.
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.