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The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018.

There are 11 host cities and the geographical distance between some of them is vast, so travel and accommodation plans must be made well in advance.

As many avid England fan will know, England has been drawn in Group G and will play Tunisia in Volgograd on 18 June, Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on 24 June, and Belgium in Kaliningrad on 28 June. See

If you are planning to travel to Russia to watch the World Cup then it is vital that you know the what preparation you need to take place prior to travel. Russia is a Country to which Special Security Regulations (CSSRA) apply. Service Personnel and Defence employees must ensure that they do not make the nature of their employment known to ensure that they do not open themselves up to targeting from criminal gangs, both face to face and online.

All BFG based Service Personnel and Defence employees intending to travel to Russia for the World Cup must complete a CSSRA notification. These need to be completed by individual travellers under the guidance of their Establishment Security Officer.

FCO Top Tips

The FCO has put together some top travel and safety tips to help fans travelling to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Go to ‘Be on the ball’ to inform yourself of the process of gaining Fan-ID, travel visas, registering and how to acquire match tickets. The Top Tip checklist is a must before travel: 

  • FAN ID. To attend Matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia you need to obtain a FAN ID. Please visit for more information. You can apply for your FAN ID after paying for your Tickets and receiving your Ticket confirmation email. Please also inform your Guests and Companions about the requirement of obtaining a FAN ID.
  • Passports and VISAs. If you haven’t bought an official ticket in advance of your trip, you’ll need to apply for a visa to enter Russia. Make sure you apply for the correct type of visa, and that it lasts for the length of your stay.
  • Healthcare. The European Health Insurance card (EHIC) isn’t valid in Russia, so travel insurance is essential – even if you’re only coming for one match. Insurance can save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties.
  • Traveling Around Russia. Russia is a huge country; all of the 11 host cities are located in the west of the country, the distances between some cities are vast. Make sure you plan your journeys between cities carefully as they’ll be spread apart.
  • Registration and Accommodation. You’ll need to register in every host city you visit within 24 hours of arrival. The registration is normally done by your hotel or guest house, but it’s your responsibility to make sure that this has been done.
  • Match tickets Tickets bought through any unofficial means may not be valid. Tickets in themselves aren’t sufficient to enter a stadium. A Fan-ID will be linked to the each tickets.

A poster summarising the main considerations for fans visiting Russia during the World Cup FCO Top Tips Poster

For travel advice on visiting Russia including a list of places that UK national are advised not to travel visit: