2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

About Russia

Russia is the largest country on the world, covering more than an 8th of the earth’s inhabited land area and the 9th most populated, with over 146.6 million people (as at end March 2016).

Extending across the entirety of Northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans eleven time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. All these elements naturally make Russia the largest Football Pitch on Earth and with a diverse variety of things to see and do. The country’s wealth was a major factor in Russia’s choice to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ by offering the guarantee for the 'Experience of a Lifetime' - and by considering a visit - you have definitely made the best first move to achieve this!

Please find following the basic travel information and useful tips you will need to make the most of your trip to 2018 FIFA World Cup™.


Winter GamesThe Russian national currency is the Russian Ruble (RUB) - to get the accurate exchange rate of today or convert any amount from foreign currency, please click here

Only change money at banks, hotels and airport exchange bureaus. It is an offence to change money from street traders.

Most hotels, restaurants and larger shops accept credit cards and there are ATMs in most major cities. Consider informing your bank before you travel to Russia to avoid having a temporary stop on your card. Travellers' cheques are not widely accepted.
It is illegal to pay directly for general transactions with dollars or Euros.

1 beer = RUB 200 - 350 (US $3-5)
1 dish in a restaurant = RUB 350 - 700 (US $5-10)
1 public transport ticket = RUB 30 - 60 (US $0.5-1)


A specific VISA process will apply during 2018 FIFA World Cup™:

  • People in possession of a match ticket will not require any visa - their entry into Russia will be granted upon presenatation of the Fan’s Passport which must be processed on: https://www.fan-id.ru/

    Visa regime will be the same for all guests with tickets regardless where these tickets have been purchased from (Match Hospitality Official Packages, FIFA ballot, FA allocations etc - the procedure will be the same)
  • For non ticket holders: the visa application process should remain the same as usual for people who aren’t holding match tickets - Pacific Attitude will provide visitors with vouchers of all booked services as well as an invitation letter where all necessary info will be listed (full name / surname, passport number, date of issue and expiry, nationality, sates & places of stay in Russia) - then a complete application file will be required with photos, travel insurance certificate, application form which need to be check with local consulate.

Winter GamesTime Zones

Russia being the largest country in the World is spread across several time-zones, covering from UTC +2 to UTC +12.

To get the accurate time in Russia, please click here


Travellers should ideally arrange an appointment with their health professional at least four to six weeks before travel. However, even if time is short, an appointment is still worthwhile.

The vaccines in this section are recommended for all travelers visiting this country.

Hepatitis A



The vaccines in this section are recommended for some travelers visiting this country.

Hepatis B

Japanese Encephalitis (JE)

JE occurs in this country. The affected areas are the far eastern maritime region of Khabarovsk. The peak period of the transmission season is typically July to September. Rarely are cases in travelers reported outside these months.


Rabies has been reported in domestic and wild animals in this country. Bats may also carry rabies-like viruses.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis (TBE)

There is a risk of TBE from Kaliningrad to Wladiwostok. The areas mainly affected are the Ural region including the districts of Perm and Sverdlovsk (particularly around the city of Yekaterinburg), the areas of Okhotsk, the Sikhote-Alin mountain range near Vladivostok in the Far Eastern region, and the Lake Baikal region. The transmission season varies, however, ticks are most active during early spring to late autumn (March to November).

Tuberculosis (TB)

The average annual incidence of TB from 2010 to 2012 was greater than or equal to 40 cases per 100,000 population

Travel Distances

Travel distances

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Travel Tip & Tricks

Winter GamesPower socket / voltage:

220 V

Drinkable water:

Tap water is generally drinkable in most of the cities - however, it is recommended to opt for bottled water

Tip & gratuity:

Tips are generally not included in the bill - also it is common to leave 5% to 10% of the total bill’s value


During the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, temperatures in the various host cities should vary between 20°C & 35°C


There are no particular dangerous areas within the Russian cities - the most important is to be careful in crowded places, like in all major cities worldwide, to avoid pick-pockets. It is also preferable to hide valuable items when travelling at night time.

Travel Insurance

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