Football fans coming to Russia to support their national teams in FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and FIFA World Cup 2018 competitions have been granted an opportunity to enter the country with just identification documents and their fan IDs issued by FIFA. No any visas are required from them for the period before, during and after the tournaments.
On May 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a federal law to soon come into effect that eliminates visa requirements for football tourists. All fans having tickets for any match within the competitions and an electronic identification card given by FIFA can enter Russia 72 hours before the date of the first match of the tournament and no later than the final match of the competition. It remains unclear when visa-free football tourists must leave the country, perhaps, there is no limit here for duration of the stay.
Also keep in mind that FIFA cards owners have a right for free ride on St. Petersburg public transport system on match days and free ride on long-haul trains between cities hosting the games.
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