Be on the Ball World Cup 2018

Be on the Ball World Cup 2018

New sections added on host cities where the England team will play

Let your credit/debit card provider know where youre going to avoid your card being blocked for anti-fraud reasons.

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Includes travel advice and how to get married abroad.

Holders of an official match ticket and Fan-ID can apply for free train travel on selected trains between host cities.Transport 2018provides details of how to register for selected trains. Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Consular assistance: Contact theBritish Embassy in Moscowon +7 495 956 7200. If youre in the UK and are concerned about someone in Russia, call theFCOin London on 020 7008 1500.

During the tournament, there will be official English speaking volunteers in each one of the host cities available to help visitors.

flags or banners larger than 2 by 1.5m, unless prior permission has been obtained from thelocal authorities.

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After the game, fans will exit the stadium on a phased release. You may be kept behind for up to an hour.

Emergency services: Call 112 from any phone.

Few of the host cities have experience of hosting international events like the World Cup, and all are in the process of building new stadiums and transport infrastructure. You should note that the distance between each of them is considerable and will involve long journeys.

Most major high street banks and currency exchange providers in the UK can pre-order roubles (Russian currency). If you plan to buy roubles in Russia, you should take US dollars or Euros to exchange. Only change money at banks, hotels and airport exchange bureaus. It is an offence to change money from street traders.

The governments priority is the safety and security of British fans travelling to Russia for the World Cup. The overwhelming majority of visits to Russia are trouble-free. Since 2016, 5 British teams have played European matches in Russia, with no significant issues reported. However, we encourage British nationals to be good guests wherever they travel in the world, and to do their research before they travel to understand the issues and risks, so they can have a safe and enjoyable trip.

Check with your mobile phone provider to make sure your phone will work, and store useful numbers in your phone, such as the British Embassy and the local emergency service numbers. To obtain a local SIM card, you may be required to provide your passport.

What is your Wi-Fi password? kakoy u vas parol ot vay-fai?

Make sure you know the latesttravel advicefor Russia before you go. You can sign up foremail alertsto be notified of any updates before and during your trip.

All railway stations have airport style security. All bags will be scanned, and passengers will need to go through detector arches.

Kick It Outpublished ablogon their experience of Russia during last years Confederations Cup.

Disabled facilities in Russia vary. FIFA requires host countries to make the games accessible to all and offers a dedicated allocation of tickets for purchase by disabled people and people with limited mobility. You may wish to contactLevel Playing Fieldto make contact with other disabled fans planning to travel to Russia for the World Cup, or – if you are a regular follower of the England national team abroad – sign up to theFA England Supporters Travel Club.

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Public attitudes towards LGBT+ people are less tolerant than in the UK.The Football Supporters Federationhas published ablogoffering advice to LGBT+ fans planning to travel to Russia for the World Cup. You may wish to contactPride in Footballto make contact with other LGBT+ fans. APride Houseis planned but not confirmed.

Most hotels, restaurants and larger shops accept credit cards. There are ATMs in most major cities. Travellers cheques are not widely accepted.

Supporters of all nationalities like to display their flags in public places. If doing so, please take the advice of the local authorities to help you to decide where you display your flag. You should always be sensitive to the feelings of others and you should be prepared to remove your flag if asked.

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Dont include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.

Kaliningrad is a Russian enclave located on the Baltic coast between Lithuania and Poland, with a population of around 460,000 people. Until 1945 it was part of Germany, and known as Königsberg. It is a significant military site and the headquarters for the Baltic Fleet. Accommodation options will be limited.

The distance between Moscow and Kaliningrad is 1,235km, with an approximate travel time of 2 hours by plane or up to 20 hours by train (which passes through Belarus and Lithuania). Border controls can result in delays of up to 6 hours for those travelling by road. The Kaliningrad Stadium is not within easy walking distance of the city.

The UKs National Cyber Security Centre has issued advice for fans travelling to Russia which you can findhere.

Russia Day (12 June) is a public holiday, and some service providers may be closed. You should ensure you have adequate stocks of prescription medicines or any other items you may need.

There will be an increased demand on flights, trains and hotels, so you should book early to avoid disappointment. For more information, visit theofficial tournament website.

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Driving is on the right hand side. Travel between cities can take a long time given the distance, heavy traffic in big cities, and poor road conditions. Road safety is poor. It is common practice for traffic police to stop motorists for spot checks. There is a zero tolerance policy towards drink-driving.

Guidance refreshed and information on host cities updated.

Ambulance: Call 103 from any mobile phone or 03 from any landline.

You should use public transport to get to the stadium. Free public transport will be available to FAN ID holders. The exact routes and times will be determined by the local authorities.

Your Fan ID, will act as a multi-entry and exit visa to and from Russia. You may enter Russia using your FAN ID from 4 June until 15 July and you must leave by 25 July. Your FAN ID will only allow you to enter Russia to attend the World Cup. If you intend to carry out any other activities (e.g. work or study), then you should apply for the appropriate visa through theRussian Embassy in London.

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The England team will be based in Repino, near St Petersburg. They will play Tunisia in Volgograd on 18 June, Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on 24 June, and Belgium in Kaliningrad on 28 June.

TheAAand theRACoffer information and advice on driving in Russia, including information on compulsory documentation and equipment.

Match tickets are sold throughFIFAor national football associations. Tickets bought through unofficial means may not be valid. Ticket touts or individuals caught with forged tickets are likely to receive heavy fines.

The distance between Moscow and Volgograd is 969 km with an approximate travel time of 2 hours by plane or up to 20 hours by train. The Volgograd Arena is 6 km from the train station.

The Football Supporters Federation have published aguideto the tournament and what you can expect while in Russia. This includes detailed sections on each of the host cities.

Should England progress beyond the group stages, they could play in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, or Samara.

All match venues and fan zones reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who is intoxicated and/or disorderly. Even being mildly intoxicated can lead to being refused entry.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months after the expiry date of your FAN ID or visa. If youre travelling on a British passport issued since January 2017, you should make sure youve signed your passport with a black biro pen before you travel. Some British nationals who havent signed their new passports have been denied entry into Russia.

FIFA takes a strong stance against racism and discrimination of any kind. Referees now have the power to call an end to a game if racist chanting is heard. Both FIFA and the Russian Football Union have been clear that racist abuse will not be tolerated during the tournament. If you hear any racist chanting, you should report it to the nearest steward.

If you lose your passport during the World Cup, this will affect your ability to use your match ticket and FAN ID as all 3 documents are linked. You will need to get anEmergency Travel Document. Once you obtain this, youll then need to apply for an exit visa to leave Russia.

The distance between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod is 421km, with an approximate travel time of 1 hour 30 minutes by plane or up to 5 hours by train. The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is close to the centre of the city on the banks of the River Volga.

There are regular scheduled flights from London to Moscow and St Petersburg. For other host cities you will need to either use internal flights or travel from a third country.

Tell a friend or relative about your travel plans. Give them some idea of your itinerary if possible and an emergency contact number.

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You will not be able to leave Russia if your FAN ID or visa has expired. In some cases, you may be required to pay a fine, be banned from returning to Russia, or have to attend a court hearing. If you need to extend your stay, you should enquire about this before your FAN ID or visa expires.

You should ensure you have appropriatetravel insurance, even if youre only coming for one match. Insurance can save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties. Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Russia.

Guidance refreshed, official links to host cities added and new sections added on race, disability rights and LGBT+

Sign up for travel advice email alertsand receive updates for Russia.

Youll need to register in every host city you visit within 72 hours of arrival. This is normally done by your hotel or guest house but its your responsibility to make sure that this happens.

We continue to work with the Russian authorities. Co-operation is in place between the UK and Russian police to help ensure the safety of British nationals, which includes visits by the UK police to Russia and visits by the Russian police to the UK. British police will be in Russia for the tournament.

You must sign a migration card on arrival, which is produced electronically at passport control. The card is in 2 identical parts. One part will be retained by the Immigration Officer. You should keep the other part safe as youll need to submit this at passport control when you leave Russia.

The2018 FIFA World Cupwill take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July.

Formerly known as Stalingrad and the site of one of the pivotal battles of the Second World War, Volgograd is located in the southwest of Russia. Its an industrial city with a population of over 1 million people, and is twinned with Coventry. There are many memorials to the Second World War (known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War), which must be treated with respect.

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Detailed information on air, rail and road travel in Russia can be found in ourtravel advice.

Stadiums will typically be open 3 hours before kick-off. Allow yourself plenty of time to get there and to pass through the security checks. You will need to show your match ticket, FAN ID and passport to gain entry. You should then expect to pass through security screening, which will include metal detectors. Dont bring bags into the stadium as these will be taken from you, and you will need to collect them when you leave.

During the tournament, the sale of alcohol at events associated with the tournament may be restricted. The sale and consumption of alcohol in glass containers will be banned on the evening and day of matches in certain locations in host cities. The sale of alcohol from shops is restricted, typically from 11pm to 8am (10pm to 11am in St Petersburg).

You should apply for aFan IDas soon as you have a match ticket. You will need to have your match ticket, FAN ID, and your passport to access the stadiums. You must enter the stadium using the nominated entry point on your ticket.

While Moscow and St Petersburg have ATMs and cash exchange points at major airports, other host cities may not. It is advisable to have the cash equivalent of some 200 in Russian roubles with you to meet any expenses. Taxi drivers are unlikely to accept bank cards.

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You should make sure youre aware of the terms and conditions attached to your FAN ID or visa before you travel to Russia. If youre travelling through another country to get to or from Russia, make sure youcheck the entry requirements for that countryand have any visas required.

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Guidance and tips for fans travelling to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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During the World Cup, stadiums and other venues will be protected by enhanced security measures. This will include limits on traffic as well as additional security checks.

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The British Embassy will have a presence on match days in all of the cities that England play a game in. British nationals needing help or advice will be able to contact consular officers by telephone 24/7 by calling +7 495 956 7200 (in Russia) or 020 7008 1500 (from the UK). You may want to save these numbers on your phone.

If your FAN ID is lost, stolen or has a technical error, you can get a replacement during the tournament from adistribution centre.

Nizhny Novgorod (formerly known as Gorky) is the fifth biggest city in Russia, with a population of over 1.25 million people, and is an important historic site. Despite its size, there are only limited accommodation options.

Your FAN ID also enables you to apply forfree train travelon selected trains during the tournament.

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