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St. Petersburg opens first fan-ID center ahead of 2017, 2018 FIFA Cups in Russia

December 07, 2016, 19:09 UTC+3 ST. PETERSBURG

The fan-ID will play an important role in the provision of security during the major football tournaments in Russia

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ST. PETERSBURG, December 7. /TASS/. Russia’s first center for the registration and issuance of fan-IDs for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup was opened on Wednesday in the country’s second largest city of St. Petersburg.

"On the whole, we plan to hand out about three million of such passports," Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) and the chairman of the Russia-2018 Local Organizing Committee (LOC), told journalists.

The sports official added that it would be impossible to access a stadium without such passport and the decision to enter the fan-IDs was based on the country’s experience from hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Russia’s first center for the registration and issuance of fan-IDs for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup was opened on Wednesday in the country’s second largest city of St. Petersburg.

The solemn opening ceremony was attended by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who oversees the issues regarding sports, tourism and youth policies in the country, and Russian Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov.

Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) and the chairman of the Russia-2018 Local Organizing Committee (LOC), said the fan-IDs, or sometimes referred to as fans’ passports, were already available for the order and can be received starting in February.

Similar centers are set to open soon in three other cities, namely Moscow, Kazan and Sochi, which will be the venues for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup matches between June 17 and July 2.

The fan-ID will play an important role in the provision of security during the major football tournaments in Russia as they would be granting admittance to the stadiums and would also serve as visas for foreign visitors.

A holder of the fan-ID will be allowed to enter the country without having a Russian visa and stay for the duration of the global football tournament as well as for the period of ten days before and after the championship.

In order to clear the country’s border a holder of the fan-ID would also have to produce an identification document, a ticket for a match or a document verifying the purchase of a ticket.

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