Russia visa-free for World Cup

This item appears on page 60 of the May 2018 issue.

Travelers who already hold tickets for 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer matches, being held in cities throughout Russia, will be able to enter the country visa-free with a FAN ID pass.

To receive the pass, a traveler must fill out the application at and have the pass mailed to him before his departure. The pass is free.

A FAN ID allows visa-free entry to Russia between June 4 and July 15, 2018, and the pass holder can remain in Russia until July 25. Along with an event ticket, a FAN ID is required for admission to a game. On match days, the FAN ID allows for free public transportation to/from the stadium.

Last-minute match tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until July 15. Visit