More Than 350,000 Fan-IDs Requested for FIFA World Cup


The Russian Ministry of Communications and Mass Media announced that the number of people who applied for the Fan-ID is higher than 350,000.


Half of these requests are from outside of Russia. The countries whose fans applied in a large number are, apart from Russia, the U.S., China, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Germany, and Brasil.


Most people that applied for the Fan-IDs are between 25 and 34 years of age (37% of the applicants). In order to attend the matches, everybody needs to have a Fan-ID, including children.


The Fan-ID is a necessary document alongside the match ticket.


The Fan-IDs allow entrance on stadiums. Fans can also use public transportation for free on match days just by showing the Fan-IDs. The Fan-IDs will also replace visas. They will allow the visa-free stay in Russia during the World Cup with a valid passport.


However, if you wish to stay in Russia after the World Cup, we suggest you apply for a regular tourist visa. Read our article about the differences between the Fan-ID and visa and decide what is the best option for you.


This year’s FIFA World Cup is organised in Russia and it will take place from 14th June to 15th July. Eleven selected cities will host the games (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara).