FIFA World Cup 2018: Vladimir Putin allows Football fans visa-free entry to Russia till end of year

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MOSCOW: Foreign Soccer fans will be allowed to travel to Russia without visas until the end of 2018. The announcement was made by President Vladimir Putin after the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday. “I think we will do the following: for foreign fans who currently have fan IDs, we will give them multi-entry visa-free travel until the end of the year,” Putin said.

Russia had allowed soccer fans to travel to Russia without visas to attend the World Cup once they obtained fan IDs that were issued to supporters with match tickets. The fan IDs which permitted ticket-holders to enter Russia had initially been due to expire on July 25.

Putin said Russia was “proud” of its hosting of the football World Cup and called the tournament a success “in every respect”. “We can surely be proud of how we organised this tournament. We have made this grand event a success in every respect,” Putin said in a televised address after France’s victory against Croatia on Sunday.

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