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Information on public transportation, taxis, car rental, etc.

Russian law bans providing the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors. Foreign citizens face fines, up to 15days in jail, and deportation for violating this law. However, what Russia considers propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations is vague. Russian citizens found guilty of violating the law could face a fine of up to 100,000 rubles ($3,100).

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Make two copies of all of your travel documents in case of emergency, and leave one with a trusted friend or relative.

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Address: 8 Bolshoy Deviatinsky, Pereulok, Moscow, Russia121099

Official FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Website:

American Citizens Services (ACS) units at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and Consulates will provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in need, throughout the World Cup. U.S. Citizens in St. Petersburg should contact U.S. Embassy Moscow for all American Citizen Services.

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Information about services to U.S. citizens, security, andfraud warnings, among other topics.

You may not gift, donate, or auction tickets without preliminary agreement from FIFA. See

For information on mobile and internet service in Russia, seeHow to Stay Connected.

The Department of State provides U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Russia the following information related to the 2018 World Cup. The World Cup games will be held in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, and Saransk, Russia, from June 14 to July 15, 2018.

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Address: 32 Pushkinskaya Street, Vladivostok, Russia 690001

Be careful when booking informal lodging from private individuals and be aware that they may not be able to help you with registration required by local authorities.

There are likely to be extreme shortages of hotel rooms during the World Cup. Book rooms now and expect to pay high prices due to increased demand.SeeAccommodations in Russia, published by the Russian Ministry of Sport.

Be aware of scams, fake ticket websites, and unlicensed ticket resellers.

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Information on sporting venues, accommodations, accessibility, ticketing sales for foreigners living outside Russia, etc.

SeeANO Transport Directorate of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, specifically:

Protect yourself from credit card fraud. Be careful when choosing a form of payment for goods and services.

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In addition to avalid ticket, fans attending all games at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia need to obtain a FAN ID.See

There has been an increase in discrimination and violence against the LGBTI community across Russia. For more information, see theLocal Laws and Special Circumstancessection onRussia country pageand review ourLGBTI Travel Information pagebefore you go.

Information on sporting venues, accommodations, accessibility, ticketing sales for foreigners living outside Russia, etc.

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You must have a valid passport, Fan ID or Russian visa, and a migration card to check into any hotel or hostel. If any of these documents is missing, lost, or stolen, you may not be able to find accommodations.

TwitterandFacebookAccounts:[email protected]@American.Citizen.Services.Moscowfor up-to-date safety and security information about the World Cup.

Be aware that loss or theft of a passport and/or migration card may result in the inability to obtain lodging. Hotels and hostels will not allow guests to check in without a passport, a migration card, and a Fan ID or Russian visa.

A few important things to remember when looking for tickets

Russia 2018 Visitor Information for the World Cup 2018

You must buy tickets from an authorized retailer. If you buy tickets from an unauthorized retailer, you will be refused entry.

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Remember — you are subject to all Russian laws, which may differ from those in the United States. If you violate these laws even unknowingly, you may be arrested, fined, expelled, and banned from re-entering Russia. Expect increased police presence and enhanced security measures in and around stadiums.

Fan Guide Information: hosted by the Russian Ministry of Sport.

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If we receive information of a threat to private U.S. citizens, the U.S. Embassy will send aSecurity Alertto the public, which you can receive if you enroll your trip details in ourSmart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP.state.gov).

Due to the possibility of random document checks, you should carry your passport and hotel registration with you at all times.

Prearrange transportation through hotel concierge or other reputable services.

Telephone number for emergency assistance after-hours: +7 (914) 791-0067

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information on free travel, rules of entry, getting to host cities, driving across Russia, etc.

Traffic in and around the stadiums will be extremely heavy during the events, and traffic jams are likely. Pedestrians should be careful crossing streets or intersections, crossing parking lots, and walking on sidewalks, as drivers in Russia often do not yield to pedestrians. Use marked walkways, overpasses, or crosswalks, and do not attempt to cross traffic in driving zones.

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Keep photocopies of passports, visas, credit cards, and other important documents in a secure location so proper notifications can be made if original documents are lost or stolen.

Official FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Website:

Our Consular Safety and Security Messaging

The Department of States currentTravel Advisoryfor Russia advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Russia.

Russian Authorities have cracked down on more than 800 websites illegally offering World Cup tickets.FIFA is the only official ticket reseller for the Russia 2018 World Cup.To purchase individual tickets or hospitality packages, visitFIFAs website. For more information on tickets, see the Russian Ministry of SportsFan Guide page.

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ENROLL IN STEP: Enroll in theDepartment of StatesSmart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This will enable the U.S. Embassy to keep you up-to-date with important safety and security announcements, and help us reach you in an emergency.

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Russia 2018 Visitor Information for the World Cup 2018

There will be free train travel between host cities for spectators holding match tickets or documents granting access to the match and a FAN ID.

Our Consular Safety and Security Messaging

For more information about host cities, venues, and Russia, seeHost Cities, published by the Russian Ministry of Sport.

Avoid carrying large amounts of money or other valuables.

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Telephone number during business hours: +7 (423) 230-0070

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Major events are a prime opportunity for crime. Travelers should:

If staying in a hotel or hostel, staff will register you with local authorities. This must be done within 24 hours of your arrival in Russia. If you travel around Russia, you must register within 24 hours of arriving at each new location.

Telephone number during business hours: +7 (495) 728-5577

Address: 15 Gogol Street, Yekaterinburg, Russia 620151

Russia 2018 Visitor Information for the World Cup 2018

A valid passport, Fan ID or Russian visa, and migration card are required to check into any hotel or hostel. If any of these documents is missing, lost, or stolen, you may not find lodging.

E-mail for American Citizens Services Unit:

Secure all purses, wallets, cell phones and electronics while traveling on buses, trains or other forms of public transportation.

GET INFORMATION: Visit the State Departmentscountry informationpagefor Russia. It provides up-to-date information about visas, safety and security, and other issues related to traveling in Russia.

General Information from the Russian Ministry of Sport:

Telephone number for emergency assistance after hours: +7 (495) 728-5000

Violence in and around stadiums — hooliganism, often directed at fans is possible before, during, and after soccer games. The combination of alcohol and competing fans during high-stakes games could lead to tensions that could spill over into confrontation and violence. Fan unrest may be more likely during games that feature teams with a history of tension.

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Telephone number for emergency assistance after-hours: +7 (917)569-3549

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It is illegal to resell World Cup tickets.

Print out ourcompact cardwith information for U.S. citizens traveling to the World Cup.

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