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One-day visa processing for World Cup attendees
Posted by Dominic Quiney on 04 July 2018 04:26 PM

Following England's progression to the quarter finals of the World Cup, for one day only, Russian tourist visas are available with only one day processing time.

To take advantage of this you must complete for you must apply for your visa, and give your fingerprints, on Thursday 5th July.

How to apply

To qualify for one day processing, alongside the normal application documents you must have proof that you have a match ticket (a confirmation email from FIFA is enough), or a covering letter explaining your situation, something our dedicated visa specialists can assist with.

Is there anything else I need to know before I can head out to the World Cup?

To attend World Cup matches and enjoy a host of other benefits, you need to apply for, and obtain, a Fan ID. You can only apply for a Fan ID once you have purchased a match ticket and FIFA have e-mailed your “Ticket Request Number” to you. The Fan ID is free.

The Fan ID comes in 2 forms:

  1. An electronic version (usually a PDF file) which is e-mailed to you once your Fan ID application has been approved. You should print this onto A4 paper as soon as you receive it.
  2. A laminated version in a plastic lanyard.

While the electronic version of the Fan ID will work as a multi-entry visa to allow you to enter and leave Russia during the tournament, it will not give you access to the stadia where the matches are being played. For that, you will need (apart from your ticket and passport) the laminated version of the Fan ID. This can be posted to you or you can pick one of these up from an official Fan ID centre at the World Cup stadia in Russia.

For more information on Fan IDs, and how to get yours, see the Fan ID page of the Real Russia World Cup Information Hub. Other pages of the World Cup Information Hub will tell you everything else you need to know about getting to the World Cup, including how you can get your tickets.

How do the Russian tourist visa and the Fan ID relate to each other?

If you do not already have a Fan ID, you can apply for a Russian tourist visa to go to Russia and then obtain a ticket (if there are any remaining for the matches you want to attend) and Fan ID while you are out there.

If you have any questions or you have already started your visa application for the World Cup and would like to take advantage of the temporary one-day processing, please contact our dedicated visa specialists.


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