Russia offers “visa-free” travel all year round to foreign visitors

Published on : Monday, July 16, 2018

Russian cities and airports FIFA World CupRussian government announced “visa-free entry” to all  foreign visitors holding “fan ID” cards for the World Cup 2018.



The “fan ID card” which permitted ticket-holders to enter Russia during the World Cup had initially been due to expire on July 25, 2018.  Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that the foreign supporters who currently have ID cards will be able to benefit from multiple entries into Russian Federation without a visa until the end of the year.



Despite high diplomatic tension between Moscow and the Western countries, world football officials and personalities as well as world leaders have lined up to praise Russia’s hosting of the tournament.



The Russian leaders revelled in Sunday night’s dramatic match after French players lifted the trophy for 2018. The final game was watched by Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wrote on social media “A marvellous final! France are champions. Russia has organised the best World Cup.”



The Russian foreign ministry congratulated France for its victory in an official tweet.



Putin also said Russia could be “proud” of its hosting of the football World Cup, judging it a success “in every respect” after Sunday’s final.


The chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Russia-2018 Arkady Dvorkovich said that 2018 FIFA World Cup is a huge driver for tourism development in Russia.  World Cup allows to enters millions of fans  to Russia. He also said that the government can delve into infrastructure in other areas of this big country. The main thing is that all that has been build drives growth.



Russia staged its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a remarkable opening show at Luzhniki Stadium on the evening of June 14.




Russian government selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup. The matches were played at 12 stadiums. A total of 64 training grounds had been constructed prior to the World Cup championship.



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