2018 World Cup athletes, fans to travel to Russia visa-free

Russia will waive a visa regime for 2018 FIFA World Cup official participants and fans, President Vladimir Putin said.

Russia will waive a visa regime for 2018 FIFA World Cup official participants and fans, President Vladimir Putin said.

"It is worth noting that Russia plans to take the FIFA World Cup a step further in some areas. For example, we passed a federal law establishing a special visa regime for foreigners who help organize the 2018 Championship, and enabling not only the official participants, such as the athletes, referees, coaches and others, but also the fans to visit Russia without visas right before and during the competition," he said in an interview with Latin American and Russian news agencies.

"The history of football championships has never seen anything like this before," the president said.

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