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CONSULAR SECTION INFORMS

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

18.01.2019 - To the Attention of Foreign Nationals Visiting the Russian Federation

In accordance with the current Russian legislation, there is no provision for foreign nationals to enter the Russian Federation possessing a cancelled passport with a valid Russian visa together with a new passport without one. A foreign national should preliminarily transfer his/her Russian visa from cancelled passport to a new one, before he/she visits Russia.


19.12.2018 - Opening times of the Consular Section of the Embassy during the holidays

Dear visitors! Please be informed of the change in the opening hours of the Consular Section of the Embassy during the holidays.


28.11.2018 - On entry into force of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Jamaica on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for mutual visits of the nationals of the Russian Federation and the nationals of Jamaica

On 27 November 2018 the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Jamaica on conditions of the waiver of visa requirements for mutual visits of the nationals of the Russian Federation and the nationals of Jamaica entered into force.


16.11.2018 - Information on the Implementation of the Tax Free System in the Russian Federation

Since April 2018, the value-added tax refund system (Tax Free System) has been launched in the Russian Federation.


03.10.2018 - Crossing Russia-Belarus Border by Foreign Citizens and Persons without Citizenship

The Russian legislation provides that foreign citizens and stateless persons are eligible to enter the Russian Federation only through authorized checkpoints at the state border and must go through the border control.


08.06.2018 - Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Fan Guide for FIFA World Cup Russia-2018

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation has published guidelines for foreign nationals travelling to Russia for the FIFA World Cup 2018.


08.06.2018 - Opening times of the Consular Section of the Embassy in June

Dear visitors! 11-12 June, the Consular Section is closed for the National holiday.


27.04.2018 - Opening times of the Consular Section of the Embassy in May

Dear visitors! Please be informed of the changes in visiting hours of the Consular Section during the May national holidays.


20.03.2018 - Operational changes in the Consular Section of the Embassy

As a result of the irresponsible actions of the UK Government, which lead to an expulsion of 23 diplomats of the Russian Embassy, including a number of Consular Section staff, the Embassy is temporarily limiting the number of all visitors.


26.01.2018 - Contact number for Consul on duty in charge of visas

Contact number for Consul on duty in charge of visas



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