Published on : Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Fans across the world are fascinated by the 21st World Cup kick starting from June 14 and continuing till July 15, 2018, in the cosmopolitan Russian nation. The country is known for its draconian visa rules but following the huge fanfare the bureaucrats have eased the laws.
Fans can now see the game without undergoing much hassle which will be held in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kalingrad, Nizhny Novgrod, Rostov-onDon, Saransk and Russia.
The Russia’s Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications has issued a Fan–ID which will act as a personal spector card and a multi-entry and exit visa to and from Russia.
Must do –
• A migration card produced electronically at the passport control, should be signed on reaching Russia. The card will be available in two identical parts, one of which will be kept by the immigration officer on arrival while the other should be retained with the passport as it will be needed during departure from Russia.
• Within 24 hours of arrival registration in the host city is a must.
• Carry passport all the time.
• Public transportation and metro are not accessible for people with disabilities.
• Travel insurance is essential as the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Russia.
Don’t carry medicines containing barbiturate, codeine, sibutramine, anabolic steroids, androgens, analgesic, psychostimulants or other restricted substances. A doctor’s letter confirming these medications to the authorities might be needed.
Antiques are a strict no-no. One can be put behind the bars if caught leaving the country with antiques. Obtaining certificates from the Russian Ministry of Culture will be a safe option.
Visitors should remain careful as traffic in and around the stadium will be extremely heavy due to events. Choose marked walkways, overpasses or crosswalks and avoid crossing traffic in driving zones. It is also expected that there will be shortage of hotel rooms, so book your rooms now else expect to pay high due to increased demand.
A designated free train with free Wi-Fi and dining car on the train will be available. To avoid last minute delays plan your trip before time as you will have time to figure out the shuttle routes and shuttle stopping closest to your gate.
There will be dedicated info channels on the Welcome2018 mobile app and on Viber which will be active on match days. It provides live updates, stadium changes, traffic situation in the stadium neighbourhood, public transit and free shuttle operating schedules and stadium. There will also be live streaming on the messenger apps in Russian and English.