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MOSCOW, March 29 (Itar-Tass) —— Soccer fans who are going to Poland to support their national teams at the 2012 European Soccer Championship should apply for visas as soon as possible, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned on Thursday. Polish consulates have been accepting visa applications since March, the foreign ministry said.
Fans from countries which have a visa regime with Poland will be issued visas for short-term visits to Poland on the basis of the original tickets to soccer games, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, quoting the instructions received from the Polish embassy in Moscow. Poland does not rule out a possibility of denying visas to persons in the SIS (Scheme Information System) data base or on the list of unwanted visitors to Poland.
Soccer fans who have no tickets to the games may apply for ordinary tourist visas issued according to a usual procedure. Consulates will make efforts to ensure that such visa applications be considered in time, the foreign ministry said. All the Polish consular offices in Russia will ensure a separate visa corridor for the period of the 2012 championship. A maximum number of visa windows permissible in the framework of the infrastructure of the consulate will be opened, the foreign ministry said.
After soccer teams qualify for a higher level and if the Russian team qualifies for quarter-finals or semi-finals of the championship Polish consular offices in Russia will work in two shifts, including Saturday and Sunday.
Participants in the 2012 European championship - soccer players, referees, doctors, UEFA and FIFA representatives, will be issued free, long-term multiple entry visas on the basis of a corresponding document issued by UEFA or a National Soccer Federation, without asking such visa applicants to turn up at a Polish consulate in person, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The 2012 European Soccer Championship will be held in Ukraine and Poland on June 8- July 1.