Temporary Russian visa and Fan ID registration change for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Posted by Dominic Quiney on 22 May 2018 12:09 PM
Update: Registration rules revert to normal following 2018 FIFA World Cup
From 26th July 2018, the rules on registering your visa or Fan ID will revert to their normal, pre-World Cup status, meaning you will now have to register within seven working days of your arrival in each Russian city you visit.
Update: New information received from Russian authorities regarding registration rules for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
We have just been informed by our colleagues in the Russian immigration authorities that all visitors using a visa or Fan ID to enter Russia between 25th May 2018 to 25th July 2018 inclusive must register their visa or Fan ID within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of their arrival in any of the 11 World Cup host cities (see the original article below), not within 24 hours of arrival, which they were initially told, and which was stated in our original article.
What does this mean?
The process of registering your visa or Fan ID does not change; visitors still register in the same ways described in the original article below.
This simply means that visitors will have longer (72 hours, rather than 24 hours) to register their visa or Fan ID after their arrival in any of the 11 World Cup host cities. Registration rules in other cities in Russia remain unchanged (see the original article below).
If you are not registering at your hotel or hostel, and are visiting Moscow or St. Petersburg, Real Russia can still register your visa or Fan ID for you, although our Moscow office will no longer be open on weekends as we initially stated below, since those arriving in a World Cup host city on a Friday will be able to register on a Monday without any problems. Our partners in St. Petersburg will still be able to register your visa or Fan ID seven days a week.
If you have any questions, or you would like to order our registration service, please contact our visa specialists.
From 25th May 2018 until 25th July 2018 inclusive, the Russian immigration authorities are amending their Russian visa and Fan ID registration rules due to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
What is the rule change?
Like the Confederations Cup in 2017, all visitors using a visa or Fan ID to enter Russia during the World Cup must register their visa or Fan ID within 24 hours of arrival in any of the 11 World Cup host cities. The process for registering a Fan ID, and the documents required, are the same as for registering a Russian visa.
What is registration?
Within Russia, if you stay in one place for more than a few days (typically seven), you must register your visa with the local authorities. This is done to help track the movement of people within the Russian Federation. Registration is a simple process, and can be done in a matter of minutes; you can find more information about this here.
Which cities does this rule change affect?
This change applies only in the 11 World Cup host cities:
Visa and Fan ID registration rules remain unchanged in all other cities; this usually means registering a visa or Fan ID within seven days for any stay in a city of more than seven days. Further information is available here.
What happens if I don’t register my visa or Fan ID in time?
If you fail to register your visa or Fan ID within the necessary timescale, you face being heavily fined, being denied exit from Russia, or being deported from Russia. If you are deported, you may be banned from re-entering Russia for five years.
What if I’m travelling to Russia for the 2018 World Cup using a Fan ID?
Even if you have World Cup tickets, and a Fan ID, you still need to register. For more information on everything about the 2018 World Cup, Real Russia have created the World Cup 2018 Information Hub.
What should I do if I need to register my visa or Fan ID within this time period?
If you are staying at a hotel in any of the 11 World Cup host cities between 25th May 2018 and 25th July 2018, there is generally no need to worry, as almost all hotels register their customers’ visas and Fan IDs during check-in. Some (but not all) hostels will also register their customers’ visas and Fan IDs. If you want to find out more about this, see our online registration guide.
Real Russia can Register your Russian Visa in Moscow and St. Petersburg
If you have purchased visa services from Real Russia, or if you are travelling to Russia using a Fan ID, we can also register your visa or Fan ID if you are visiting Moscow or St Petersburg.
Our Moscow office will be open seven days a week (including from 9am through to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays) for the duration of this rule change to ensure that all Real Russia customers can successfully register their visa within 24 hours of arrival.
Our partners in St Petersburg will also be open seven days a week during this period. They can also register visas and Fan IDs. Click here for more information.
If you have any questions, or you would like to order our registration service, please do not hesitate to contact our visa specialists.
If you want to know more about the 2018 FIFA World Cup, we have created a World Cup 2018 Information Hub for you. There you will find all you need to know about getting to the World Cup, as well as some useful ideas on sights to see and activities to do in the host cities!