MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a host of instructions on Thursday for properly organizing the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in 11 cities across the country next summer.
The president ordered the Russian Ministry of Transportation to take measures regarding the organization of extra flights to all cities, selected to host matches of the global football championship.
Putin also ordered to beef up security measures at transport services, hotels and other affiliated facilities in Russia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
"To resort to extra measures in the sphere of security provision during the 2018 FIFA World Cup at all transport and hotel network infrastructure at all venues of the Russian Federation selected to host matches of the World Cup," the president said in his instructions.
The Russian president ordered to have reports by January 15 on all facilities’ readiness for the much-awaited global football event.
In addition to his instructions, Putin also ordered to introduce a draft law to the Russian parliament’s lower house, the State Duma, on granting a visa-free entrance to the country for all foreign nationals coming to see the matches of the football championship.
According to the Russian president’s instructions, foreign football fans must be granted a visa-free entrance to Russia within ten days before and after the official dates of the championship "if they have personal identification documents and Fan-IDs issued either in hardcopy or electronic form."
The Fan-ID plays an important role in the provision of security during the major football tournaments in Russia as they are granting admittance to the stadiums and also serve as visas for foreign visitors to enter the country.
A holder of the Fan-ID is allowed to enter the country without having a Russian visa and stay for the duration of the global football tournaments as well as for the period of ten days before and after both the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup.
Fan-IDs are obligatory in addition for purchased tickets to attend matches of the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup tournaments in Russia. They are available free of charge at designated areas located in all hosting cities across Russia as well as via e-mails and postal services.
After successfully hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup this summer, Russia is now in full-swing preparations to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.