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So the 2018 World Cup draw has been made – what do travelling England fans need to know?

With the recent group draw for the 2018 World Cup having pitched England against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in the cities of Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod and Kaliningrad respectively, we are already starting to receive enquiries here at Documents and Visas as to what will be required to enter and travel through Russia during next June’s tournament.

The good news is that if you have purchased valid match tickets in advance of your trip, you will not need to make formal use of our Russian visa service. Otherwise, we will be here to assist you in ensuring that you obtain the relevant visas for yourself and everyone in your party in good time.

Introducing the ‘Fan-ID’

With the sale of tickets for specific matches set to commence from Tuesday 5th December, and even an entry-level ticket costing £80, it is vital for fans hoping to travel to Russia to appreciate the importance of the ‘Fan-ID’, which is the official identity document for the tournament.

The ‘Fan-ID’ is electronically linked to the tickets that you purchase, and will also be tied to your passport. You will need to have all three documents in your possession to gain entrance to a stadium. However, in the event that your Fan-ID is lost or stolen, the UK Foreign Office has advised that it will be possible to obtain a duplicate from one of the Fan-ID distribution centres.

However, one of the biggest perks of the Fan-ID is the visa-free travel that it provides to Russia for the tournament. Local travel by bus, tram and Metro is also free with the Fan-ID.

What if I don’t have an official ticket?

If you haven’t purchased an official ticket for the tournament ahead of your trip – and it should be noted that tickets bought through unofficial means may not be valid – you will be unable to enter Russia without a visa.

This is where we can assist here at Documents and Visas, with our acclaimed Russian visa service. We can help to ensure that you apply for the correct type of visa, and that it lasts for as long as you are in the country. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after your visa or Fan-ID’s expiry date.

Turn to Documents and Visas when you require the complete Russian visa service that will guide you through all of the complexities of securing a visa for the 2018 World Cup. With single-entry visas of various validity periods able to be obtained through us for as little as £108.40 in consulate fees and £50 in charges from Documents and Visas, we will help to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for what promises to be an enthralling summer of football.