Fans need more than a ticket to watch FIFA World Cup

All valid match ticket holders need to possess a Fan ID in order to enter the stadiums hosting the matches. A valid ticket without a Fan ID will be treated as null and void. Along with a stadium entry, a Fan ID can also be used as a valid entry/exit document along with a valid passport. A Fan ID also ensures a comfortable stay at the match venue and entitles its holder to free travel in the host cities on match days.

Ambassadors of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Liasan Utyasheva (centre) and Alexandr Kerzhakov show their Fan IDs during the opening of a Fan ID distribution center in Moscow. A Fan ID is a document that all the spectators of FIFA World Cup matches must have to get access to stadiums.   -  AP

The Russian authorities have introduced 'Fan ID', a mandatory identification document for fans for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. All valid match ticket holders need to possess a Fan ID in order to enter the stadiums hosting the matches. A valid ticket without a Fan ID will be treated as null and void.

Along with a stadium entry, a Fan ID can also be used as a valid entry/exit document along with the fan's valid passport. A separate visa isn't necessary for the fans. A Fan ID also ensures a comfortable stay at the match venue and entitles its holder to free travel in the host cities on match days.

A Fan ID holder can enter Russia from 00:00 hours on June 4 to 23:59 hours on July 15, 2018 (local time of arrival). Exit is possible from 00:00 on June 4 to 23:59 July 25, 2018 (local time of departure).

A Fan ID is only issued to ticket holders and the ticket number/ticket application number is required when filling the Fan ID form along with a valid passport number.

To submit an application for a Fan ID, the following data are required:
- Fan's family name, given name, second name or names;
- date of birth;
- gender;
- details of the identity document (document’s type, series, number, issuing authority, issuance date);
- nationality;
- ticket request number or a 2018 FIFA World Cup match ticket number;
- a photograph;
- mobile phone number;
- e-mail address;
- mail address for a Fan ID delivery.

For more details and how to apply for a Fan ID, please click here. Details on FIFA's responsibility and liability can be found here.

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