The visitors who attended the FIFA World Cup 2018 with the Foreign Fan ID will be entitled to multiple visa-free entry to Russia till the end of the year 2018. The visa-free entry to the foreign football fans is extended by Russian president Vladimir Putin. “I think we will do the following: fans who have Foreign Fan IDs will be granted visa-free entry to Russia till the end of this year, multiple, and I repeat, visa-free entry,” Putin said and added that he hoped foreign fans will use this possibility, reports Russia’s national news agency TASS.
Putin further added that he had spoken about it with his foreign counterparts when congratulating the French and Croatian sides. The Russian president asserted that he would not like to recall “what was said ahead of the championship and how it was said. Let us turn over this page, let us speak and think about the good”.
“Naturally, I cannot but thank our guests – foreign tourists, foreign fans,” he went on to say, adding that the Russian side has also been warned about possible hooliganism from, for instance, English fans. “But all behaved perfectly well, demonstrating the best qualities of sports fans. They demonstrated that sport and football can unite people on the basis of common principles and cultural and humanitarian values rather than disunite them,” Putin stressed.
Putin noted that foreign fans have had an opportunity to learn more about Russia and its people. “Millions have changed their opinion about our country and it is a great result too,” he added.
Russia hosted its first-ever edition of the FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15. Eleven host cities – Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara – played host to the World Cup 2018 matches.
The national football team of hosts Russia managed to make it to the quarter-finals stage of this world championship, where finalists Croatia edged them out in a 4-2 penalty shootout on July 7 at the Fisht Arena in Sochi.