No Visa Required To Go To Russia During FIFA World Cup 2018
During the summer World Cup 2018 Football (soccer for the Americans) matches Russia is adopting a no visa required to go to Russia policy for travel between June 4 and July 17, 2018.
All you need is a valid ticket for any one of the football games. The matches themselves start on June 14 and run for two weeks. So you have plenty of time to get there before the matches and also to hang around after the matches. Once you buy the ticket you apply for a Fan ID and then you’re good to go all over the country.
There’s also free transportation using your Fan ID between events so that’s a good deal. There are 11 host cities so this will give you an opportunity to see quite a bit of the country.
The host cities are: Moscow (DME, SVO), St. Petersburg (LED), Ekaterinburg (SVX), Kaliningrad (KGD), Kazan (KZN), Samara (KUF), Saransk (SKX), Sochi (AER), Nizhny Novgorod (NVR), Rostov-on-Don (RVI) and Volgograd (VOG).
You should also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date. If you wish to arrive before June 4 or stay after July 25, 2018, then you must apply for a visa.
\Additional details about the process can be found here.
World Cup Matches are amazing and is a great place to hang with your friends and meet new people. The flights will be heavy, but you can get to Russia from many places around the globe so you won’t have too much of an issue.
Aeroflot (SU), a SkyTeam member, serves Los Angeles, CA (LAX), Miami, FL (MIA) and New York-JFK (JFK) with nonstop service from Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Russia (SVO). You can connect over Asia, Europe and the Middle East via the major airlines’ hubs.
Check out Moscow while you’re at it. I think you’ll be surprised as its not what its made out to be.
Have you been to Moscow? Are you going to the Football Matches?