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08.06.2018

Russia-Belarus border control rules for attendees of major sports competitions in Russia

On June 1, 2018 the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Belarus on certain issues related to the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons to international sports competitions came into force. The document in particular regulates the entry procedure for certain categories of foreign citizens into the territory of the Union State during the preparations and hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Agreement provides for visa-free entry into the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus for the holders of spectator identity cards (fan passports or FAN IDs) or information about them provided they have an authentic ID. The said citizens can also cross the Russia-Belarus border if they travel via the following motor roads: M-1, P-23, A-240 and following railway routes Vitebsk-Pskov, Minsk-Smolensk, Gomel-Bryansk.

A FAN ID is a spectator identity card that is part of the system for identifying football fans. The Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications is responsible for the project’s implementation.

A FAN ID is issued in the name of the applicant for free and once for all matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Every spectator that purchased a ticket for a tournament match should receive a FAN ID.

Car drivers servicing FAN ID holders also have the right to cross the Russia-Belarus border if they have valid Russian and Belarusian visas, or other permits to enter, exit and stay in Russia or Belarus, or without those if they are entitled to visa-free travel by international treaties of Russia and Belarus.

All other categories of foreign citizens and stateless persons can only enter Russia through checkpoints open for international traffic. There are no such checkpoints on Russia-Belarus border.

When travelling to Kaliningrad FAN ID does not give its owner the right to cross borders of Lithuania and Poland without a visa. If it is necessary, foreign citizens and stateless persons should obtain Schengen visas.




LATEST EVENTS

22.05.2020 - Entry into the territory of the Russian Federation is allowed for foreign citizens who are highly qualified specialists in the field of physical education and sports

In accordance with the Order of the Government of the Russian Federation of May 15, 2020 No. 1275-p, from May 15, 2020, entry into the territory of the Russian Federation is allowed for foreign citizens who are highly qualified specialists in the field of physical education and sports


06.05.2020 - About the extension of the ban on entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens.

In accordance with the order of the Government of the Russian Federation dated April 29, 2020 No. 1170-P, the ban on entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens and stateless persons has been extended for an indefinite period.


17.04.2020 - About the amendments to the restrictions on leaving the Russian Federation for Russian citizens.

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin signed an order expanding the list of persons entitled to cross the state border.


06.04.2020 - Regarding the requests on returning the paid consular fees for visas to Russia

Regarding the requests on returning the paid consular fees for visas to Russia, which they could not use or which they did not receive in connection with measures taken by the Government of the Russian Federation to temporarily restrict the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons in order to ensure state security.


20.03.2020 - Please note that the consular fee when applying for a Russian visa is not refunded

Please note that the consular fee when applying for a Russian visa is not refunded, since this is not a fee for the visa issued, it is a fee for the consideration of documents. Moreover, even if a visa is refused, the consular fee in accordance with Russian law is not refunded.


17.03.2020 - Entry into the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted for foreign citizens and stateless persons from March 18, 2020 to May 1, 2020.

In order to ensure state security, protect public health and prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation, from March 18, 2020 to May 1, 2020, entry into the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted for foreign citizens and stateless persons.


06.03.2020 - On the entry into force of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the State of Qatar on the waiver of visa requirements for citizens of the Russian Federation and citizens of the State of Qatar.

On February 23, 2020, the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the State of Qatar on the waiver of visa requirements for citizens of the Russian Federation and citizens of the State of Qatar entered into force.


04.03.2020 - Russian consular agencies temporarily suspend the receipt of documents, registration and issuance of visas to Iranian citizens

Russian consular agencies in the UK temporarily stop accepting documents and issuing visas for Iranian citizens.


03.03.2020 - On 9 March the Consular Section will be closed

Please be informed that the Consular Section of the Embassy of Russia will be closed on 9 March for a national holiday.


21.02.2020 - On temporary measures to suspend the entry into Russia of Chinese citizens with private, educational and tourist purposes, as well as to carry out labor activities.

In accordance with the order of the Government of the Russian Federation, on February 20, 2020, the entrance through the state border of the Russian Federation of citizens of the People’s Republic of China, entering the territory of our country for private, educational and tourist purposes, as well as for employment, is temporarily suspended.



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