- On 16 Jul 2018
The Visa-free entry for the FIFA FAN-ID holders will be valid till the end of the year
The foreign guests and holders of the FIFA FAN-ID will be granted the opportunity to cross the border with Russia Visa-free till the end of the year, as many times as they wish. It has been announced to the journalists by Vladimir Putin. He has mentioned that this subject has been negotiated with his colleagues, during the congratulation of the Franch and Croatian sides, and expressed his hope that most of the Fans would use such an opportunity and will come to Russia again with their friends and families.
Putin has mentioned that he would not like to remember how things were said prior to the World Cup. He expressed his wish to start anew with a positive attitude. He has highlighted that this wonderful event became possible with the efforts of thousands of people.
"Of course, we must also express gratitude to our guests – foreign tourists and fans," he continued, mentioning that before the championship, the Russian side was also intimidated with possible hooliganism. "But everyone behaved wonderfully, demonstrating the best qualities of sports enthusiasts and football fans. They have shown that sports and football do not disunite people or lead to quarrels and fights, but that it can bring people together on the basis of shared principles and values – cultural and humanitarian values.", - said
He added that many foreigners got acquainted with the culture and cities of Russia, "they have met our open-hearted people." "And millions of people – not thousands but millions – have changed their views on Russia. It is an achievement, a big achievement." the Russian leader concluded.