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11.05.2018

Information on foreign citizens’ migration regulations and registration at the place of sojourn during the 2018 FIFA World Cup™

Foreign citizens and stateless persons, arriving to the Russian Federation as the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ spectators, can enter the Russian Federation between 4 June and 15 July 2018 (in the period which starts 10 days before the first World Cup match date and ends on the date of the last World Cup match) and exit the Russian Federation between 4 June and 25 July 2018 (in the period which starts 10 days before the first World Cup match date and ends 10 days after the last World Cup match date) without visas, using identity documents recognised as such by the Russian Federation and a FAN ID (personalised spectator card) either in the paper (laminated) or electronic form.

The FAN ID entitles a foreign spectator to enter, sojourn in and exit the Russian Federation during the period specified above.

The FAN ID is a personalised spectator card, which is part of football fans’ identification system. It is issued in respect of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ spectators in order to guarantee their comfortable and secure stay at the stadiums in the Russian Federation where World Cup matches will be held. Each spectator, who has purchased tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches, must obtain this card.

The FAN ID is a personalised laminated card, which is issued free of charge and once for each spectator.

A migration card is handed out to each spectator upon entering the Russian Federation. It is to be retained during the whole period of stay in the Russian Federation.

In case of damage or loss of the migration card a foreign citizen must apply to the migration subdivision of the territorial office of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia (hereinafter referred to as the migration registration body) at the place of his/her sojourn in order to obtain a duplicate.

Foreign citizens visiting the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ venues in the cities of Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Saransk and Sochi between 25 May and 25 July 2018 must undergo registration at the place of sojourn within 24 hours after arrival to each city. If a foreign citizen intends to sojourn in a city less than 24 hours, he/she may not undergo registration at the place of sojourn, except in cases when he/she stays at a hotel.

Foreign citizens taking part in sporting events, including sports competitions’ participants, as well as representatives of the FIFA and FIFA subsidiaries, confederations and national football associations, included in the FIFA lists, shall not be subject to registration at the place of sojourn (According to Article 8 of the Federal Law dated June 7, 2013 No 108-FZ “On preparation and hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in the Russian Federation and amending certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation”).

The Host Party may be represented by citizens of the Russian Federation, foreign citizens and stateless person having permanent residence in the Russian Federation (holders of residence permit), as well as legal persons, their subsidiaries or branch offices where the foreign citizen actually resides (sojourns).

When a foreign citizen settles in a hotel, the Host Party is the hotel's administration.

In order to fill in the Notification of Arrival at the Place of Sojourn (hereinafter referred to as the Notification of Arrival) a foreign citizen presents to the Host Party his/her identification document and the migration card. In case a foreign citizen arrives to a new place of sojourn he/she must also present to the Host Party the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival issued at his/her previous place of sojourn in the Russian Federation.

The Host Party fills in the Notification of Arrival and submits it together with copies of all pages of a foreign citizen’s identification document as well as a copy of the migration card to a migration registration body, which immediately puts down a mark of reception in the Notification of Arrival and returns the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival to the Host Party.

The Host Party then gives to the foreign citizen the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival. The fact that the foreign citizen has the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival with the mark of reception confirms his/her migration registration.

There is no state due for registration at the place of sojourn.

The Host Party’s non-submission of a migration card to a migration registration body can not serve as grounds for a refusal to accept documents necessary for a foreign citizen’s registration at the place of sojourn.

Submission of the Notification of Arrival and necessary documents via the post, through multifunctional centers, the Unified Portal of State Services or by electronic means in the course of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ is not allowed.

A foreign citizen has the right to register his/her arrival at the place of sojourn with a migration registration body him/herself in case there are documented reasonable excuses (illness, physical impossibility, etc.) preventing the Host Party from submitting the Notification of Arrival to a migration registration body.

A foreign citizen permanently residing in the Russian Federation (foreign citizen holding a residence permit) has a right to notify the corresponding migration registration body of his/her arrival at the place of sojourn by him/herself directly with the written consent of the Host Party.

Foreign citizens, who have not undergone registration at the place of sojourn are not subject to responsibility for violation of the migration registration rules, except in cases when the duty to register lies with the said foreign citizen (According to Article 24 of the Federal Law dated July 18, 2006 No.109-FZ "On the Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons Migration Registration in the Russian Federation).

Additional information

Foreign citizens who in the course of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ plan to sojourn and travel in the territory of the Russian Federation exclusively by buses, camper vans, personal transport means, small vessels, etc. are not subject to registration at the place of sojourn.

For the purpose of timely registration of foreign spectators territorial offices of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia will be open on a daily basis, including on weekends and public holidays.




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