The biggest football spectacle is just around the corner. One whole month of football starts on June 14th and will last until July 15th. Thirty-two nations will participate in matches with only one goal in mind: winning the World Cup trophy.
Are you one of the lucky people that will follow the football madness live in Russia? You must be wondering what should you as a spectator and a regular traveller keep in mind? We compiled for you a couple of tips.
Be a typical tourist
Take this unique opportunity to visit interesting Russian sights. Russia has a lot to offer tourist-wise thanks to its rich history. There are many beautiful churches, monasteries, museums and art galleries. If that is not your cup of tea, you can always opt for wandering through the city, visiting shopping malls and discover vintage stores or libraries.
Bring all travel documents
In case you already have your FAN ID and passport, you’re good to go. If you do not, you will have to apply for a regular tourist Russian visa. We suggest getting the visa if you wish to stay for a longer time period after the World Cup.
Viselio can help you obtain your visa from the comfort of your home or office. Less paperwork, no trip to the embassy and a lot of time saved.
If you are planning to rent a car while in Russia, you will need an additional document, that is an international driver’s licence or a certified translation of your national driver’s licence.
Try local food
Summer is fast approaching and you will need some refreshments. Why not try some local specialities? Traditional Russian food is mostly very full due to their everlasting winter, but there are few interesting options for summer. Every foodie needs to try ‘morozhenoe’ – a Russian ice cream. What makes this ice cream special is the larger amount of ice than milk.
In case you still have a sweet tooth after the ice cream, try ‘blini’. Blini is a Russian version of pancakes, and they can either be sweet or savoury. To top it all off, try ‘kvass’, a refreshing fizzy drink made of rye bread.
Learn a bit of language
Learn some local lingo to make your stay in Russia easier. Here are a couple of phrases to get by.
Thank you – Спасибо (Spasibo)
Hello (formal) – Здравствуйте (Zdrastvuyte)
Hello (informal) – Привет (Privet)
Good morning – Доброе утро (Dobroye utro)
Good afternoon – Добрый день (Dobriy den’)
I don’t speak Russian – Я не говорю по-Русски (Ya ne govoryu po Russki)
Do you speak English? – Ты говорите по-Английски? (Vi govorite po Angliyski?)
Avoid conflict zones
Since the political situation with Ukraine is still uncertain and it already took many violent turns, our recommendation is to avoid the border with Ukraine altogether.