FAN IDs are Mandatory for 2018 FIFA World Cup


The Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation decided to offer football fans the possibility of receiving their FAN IDs by mail, as well as in distribution centres in Russia.


“We are prepared to issue up to 2 million FAN IDs to spectators of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. FAN ID registration and issuance are now officially open. We call upon all international fans who have a match ticket or a ticket purchase request confirmed by FIFA to order a FAN ID and have it delivered by mail. FAN IDs are delivered to recipients abroad as a registered small parcel by the Russian Post,” stated Andrei Romankov, the Deputy Director of the Communications Ministry’s Strategic Projects Department, as MarketsInsider informs.


What is a FAN ID? FAN ID is a personalized laminated spectator’s card in the football fan identification system created in Russia. Without this card, you cannot enter stadiums during the FIFA tournament. You need to show it alongside your bought match ticket in order to watch the games.

FAN ID was used for the first time last year in the history of the FIFA during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Since it showed good results during this event, it is also being implemented for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. However, you are not allowed to use the FAN ID from the Confederations Cup; you need to apply for a new one.


With the FAN ID, football fans can travel for free on special trains between the host cities. They are also allowed to use the public transportation in the host cities on match days, free of charge as well. They only need to have their FAN IDs with them.


One person can have only one FAN ID in their name. In case you lose it, you can receive a new one, but you need to have the same ID document that you used during the application for the first FAN ID.