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Russia’s Duma abolishes travel visas for foreigners engaged in 2018 FIFA World Cup

November 23, 2012, 21:08 UTC+3

The lists of individuals, who the regulation will apply to, will be drawn up by the Russia’2018 Organizing Committee

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MOSCOW, November 23 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament has passed a bill regulating the preparations for the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup competitions that Russia is expected to host in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The bill was submitted to the lower house of Russian parliament by the cabinet of ministers.

It abolishes the travel visas for the foreign citizens engaged in the preparations for the championships and/or participating in them.

Foreign citizens who engaged either in the works preceding the two events or in the competitions as such will have an opportunity to enter Russia without visas in the course of the events and in the five months preceding them.

The lists of individuals, who the regulation will apply to, will be drawn up by the Russia’2018 Organizing Committee.

The bill frees the foreigners engaged in preparations for the championship of a need to obtain employment permits.

Also, the document says the fans coming for the championships will enjoy free trips between the cities hosting the World Cup games and the entrance tickets for stadiums will be accepted as travel documents.

Natalya Parshikova, a deputy minister of sports, said Russia has become the first ever country hosting a FIFA championship that guarantees free traveling to the fans between the cities where the games will be held.

The government will envision compensations for the losses, which the transport companies will suffer in connection with the World Cup games.

One more original provisions included in the bill says restrictions on advertising will be lifted during the Confederations Cup and the World Cup from the companies and organizations acting as partners of the football confederations. Cigarettes and smoking are the only spheres where the restrictions will stay in effect.

National football associations /federations/ and FIFA, as well as its partner companies and authorized individuals engaged in preparations for the Mundial will be given certain taxation privileges.

“In part, they will be relieved of the VAT, excise duties, the corporate profit tax, the transport tax, the individual income tax, state duties, and insurance fees,” an explanatory note on the document says.

The bills gives an important place to the issues of security, including the established of controllable and restricted-access areas, provisional restrictions on the entry of and sojourn in certain regions, and the tightening of public law and order regulations.



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