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Information on Stay Requirements and Registration at the Place of Stay for Foreign Citizens during the 2018 FIFA World Cup™

[HIDE] Foreign citizens and stateless persons (hereinafter referred to as “foreign citizens”) arriving in the Russian Federation as spectators of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ (hereinafter referred to as “the 2018 FWC”) may enter the Russian Federation during the period starting ten days prior to the first match of the 2018 FWC and ending on the day of the last match of the 2018 FWC (from June 4 to July 15, 2018) and leave the Russian Federation during the period starting ten days prior to the date of the first match of the 2018 FWC and ending ten days after the date of the last match of the 2018 FWC (from June 4 to July 25, 2018) visa-free using valid ID recognized as such by the Russian Federation and a FAN ID in print format (a laminated form) or in electronic form (Federal Law dated 7 June 2013 №108-FZ “On preparing for and staging the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in the Russian Federation and amending certain items of the legislation of the Russian Federation”, hereinafter referred to as “the Federal Law”).

A FAN ID confirms the right of a foreign citizen to enter the Russian Federation, stay in the Russian Federation and leave the Russian Federation within the specified period of time.

A FAN ID is a personalized spectator’s card which is part of the football fan identification system and is issued to ensure a comfortable and safe stay for 2018 FWC spectators at the 2018 FWC match stadiums in the Russian Federation. Each spectator who has purchased a ticket/tickets to the 2018 FWC matches must obtain such a card.

A FAN ID is personal, issued free of charge once for each spectator and is a laminated form.

Upon entry into the Russian Federation, each foreign citizen is issued a migration card which he or she must keep during the whole period of his or her stay in the Russian Federation.

If the migration card is damaged or lost, the foreign citizen must contact the migration department of the territorial office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia at the place of his or her stay (hereinafter referred to as the migration department) to obtain a duplicate of the migration card.

During the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in the cities of Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Saransk, and Sochi in the period from May 25 to July 25, 2018, a foreign citizen must register at the place of his or her stay within 72 hours from his or her arrival at the place of stay in any city where he or she will attend the sporting events. If a foreign citizen plans to stay in the host city of the sporting events for less than 72 hours, registration at the place of stay is not required except for institutions providing hotel services.

Foreign citizens who take part in the sporting events, including participants in the sporting events as well as representatives of FIFA, FIFA affiliates, confederations and national football associations included in the FIFA lists (Article 8 of the Federal Law) are not subject to registration at the place of stay.

Citizens of Russia along with foreign citizens and stateless persons (having permanent residency) as well as legal entities, their subsidiaries or representative offices with which the foreign citizen will reside (stay) can act as a host party.

If a foreign citizen is staying at a hotel, the host party for him or her is the administration of the hotel.

A foreign citizen presents an ID and a migration card to the host party for the purpose of filling out a notification form about his/her arrival at the place of stay (hereinafter referred to as “the arrival notification”). In case of arrival at a new place of stay, the detachable section of the arrival notification at the former place of stay in the Russian Federation is additionally presented.

The host party fills out the arrival notification which together with a copy of all the pages of the foreign citizen’s ID and a copy of the migration card is presented directly to the migration registration authority where a corresponding notation about the acceptance of the arrival notification is immediately made after which the detachable section of the arrival notification is returned to the host party.

The host party then gives the foreign citizen the detachable section of the arrival notification which serves as confirmation of his/her migration registration.

The national registration fee at the place of stay is not levied.

If the host party does not present a migration card to the migration registration authority, this does not constitute a basis for refusing to accept the documents required for the foreign citizen’s registration at the place of stay.

During the 2018 FWC, it is not allowed to forward the notification and other required documents by mail, or through a multifunctional center for providing state and municipal services, or through the Public Services Portal of the Russian Federation, or by using telecommunication networks.

A foreign citizen has the right to notify the corresponding migration department of the territorial office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia about his or her arrival at the place of stay individually in the case of documented legitimate excuses (for example, a disease, physical impossibility, etc.) that prevent the host party from forwarding the notification to the migration registration authority.

A foreign citizen permanently residing in the Russian Federation (a foreign citizen having permanent residency) has the right to notify the corresponding migration department of the territorial office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia individually with the written consent of the host party.

Foreign citizens who have not been registered at the place of stay are not subject to responsibility for violating the migration registration rules unless the duty to report the information about the place of stay is imposed on the corresponding foreign citizen (in accordance with Article 24 of the Federal Law dated 18 July 2006 №109-FZ “On migration registration of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Russian Federation”).

In addition, we inform you of the following:

Foreign citizens who plan to stay in and travel around the territory of the Russian Federation solely on buses, in motorhomes, private vehicles, small vessels, etc., are not subject to registration at the place of stay.

For the purposes of the timely migration registration of foreign spectators, the territorial offices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia will accept applicants on a daily basis including weekends and public holidays.