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    All fans visiting the 2018 World Cup will enjoy visa-free entry for the entirety of the event.

    Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law that entitles visitors with "fan ID" issued by the Russian Government to visa-free entry into Russia for the time of the championship, as well as for a period of ten days before and after the competition.

    To enter the country, the "fan ID" holders will need to provide an identification document, the ticket to the match and a document that verifies the purchase of the ticket.

    The system will be similar to the one used during Sochi Olympics in 2014, which let spectators enter their personal information to an online database in order to receive the identification document from the Russian authorities.

    The draft law that verifies the visa-free entry announced by Vladimir Putin in 2014 was passed last month by both houses of the Russian parliament, namely the Federation Council and the State Duma.


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