In 2018, Russia is to host the Soccer World Cup. So, before you pack up and get ready for the mega event here are a few things one should know. The FIFA World Cup 2018is the most watched sporting event in the world as well as most prestigious soccer tournament in the world surpassing even the Olympic Games.
The World Cup will take place in several cities of Western Russia – Kazan, Kaliningrad, Ekaterinburg, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd, and Sochi. The dates for World Cup Russia 2018 are June 14 to July 15. The first three English games are being held in the Volgograd Arena, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, and Kaliningrad Stadium on June 18, 24 and 28 sequentially.
This suggests that several football enthusiasts and the fans will be going around a fair bit to support their team, so if you are traveling to Russia for FIFA World Cup 2018 here are some facts that you should take noteof.
Visa and FIFA World Cup 2018 Tickets
Fortravellers with tickets in hand, attending soccer matches, they will be able to login to the FIFA website and obtain a Fan ID – which is equivalent to a standard Russian visa. During their prescribed validity dates the Fan ID will also permit visitors to use public transportation.
These visas will be valid ten days before the date of the first match and end ten days after the date of the last FIFA World Cup 2018. A blanket visa is automatically included in their program for travellers coming into St. Petersburg on a private shore excursion. A full Russian visa is required for travellers visiting Russia and flying in and out but not attending the tournament.
Thetickets to the Soccer World Cup can be booked through FIFA. If an individual wishes to visit a match, tickets are also done through FIFA supported vendors, such as CoSport in the US. These vendors sell tickets and also sell hospitality packages that incorporate hotel accommodations.
Reaching the Destination
Themost accessible way to get around Russia between all of the host cities is by train and air. A person can schedule mainline trains through the Russian Railway’s website,or one can opt for flights. One of the reliable domestic Russian airlines is Aeroflot S7 is. More rail and air details can be found in the FSF guide.
Hotel Accommodationand Perks
Allmajor hotels in St. Petersburg and Moscow have been blocked-out for the majority of the period of the World Cup. All of the hotels have either been booked by the official FIFA organizer, Match, or major sponsors in anticipation of high demand during these dates. There is some availability for specific dates in the request, but at rates that are significantly more than usual.
Keepin mind that over 500 free trains will be open during the World Cup – but an individual must have their corresponding FAN ID for the city where the game is being held and also have a ticket to the match where the train is going.