Tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which are not included in our tour packages, are on sale now via the FIFA website (http://www.fifa.com/tickets ).
Russian VISAs and FAN IDs
Almost all nationalities, including Australian passport holders require a tourist visa for Russia but thankfully a Russian VISA isn’t necessary once you secure at least 1 FIFA match day ticket and once you’ve received your laminated FAN ID (read below).
You can apply for a FAN ID here: https://www.fan-id.ru/ . Once you have successfully applied for The FAN ID, upon approval it will be sent to your home/work address by the end of May 2018. If the FAN ID doesn’t arrive to your home/work address it’s likely an electronic copy will be emailed to you, which will allow you to enter Russia (which was the case for the Confederations Cup).
The “FAN ID” document will enable supporters to save hundreds of dollars and hours of paperwork as they will not need to organise and purchase a tourist visa. The document, which is issued free of charge to both international and Russian fans, is a great initiative which allows international fans visa-free entry to Russia 10 days before the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (4 June 2018) and until up to 10 days from the end of the tournament (25 July 2018). A FAN ID is mandatory for all supporters wishing to attend any FIFA World Cup games and only is valid if they have tickets for the tournament. You will not be able to enter the stadiums without a laminated FAN ID and of course, your match day tickets.
Green & Gold Army operated a tour to Russia for the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 where the FAN ID and associated processes were trialled very successfully.
If for some reason you do not receive your FAN ID 3 weeks before you are due to depart your home country you will need to apply for a standard Russian Tourist VISA as you will not be able to board the plane for Russia without a Russian VISA or FAN ID. Green & Gold Army can provide you with letters of invitation to enable you to apply for a Tourist VISA.
We are here to help you through the process of applying for your FAN ID and/or Tourist VISA if required.