The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that Russia is granting visa exemption for nationals of St. Vincent and the Grenadines entering the Russian Federation for 2018 FIFA World Cup (2018 FWC) for the period June 2, July 25, 2018.

For Vincentians to enter Russia without a visa, they must be in possession of a valid FAN IDentification document (FAN ID) and a valid passport that does not expire before July 25, 2018.

This FAN ID can be obtained at after the purchase of world cup tickets.

The FAN ID can either be electronic or laminated, both being equally valid for entering Russia.

Holders of electronic FAN IDs must obtain laminated FAN IDs from special distribution centres located in Russia in order to enter stadiums, use free transportation provided to football fans and to exit the country.

The FAN ID is valid for the period starting 10 days before the first 2018 FWC match date and ending 10 days after the last 2018 FWC match date.

In addition to the website, information about the FAN ID is available via 24-hour free multichannel phone line for calls from Russia: 8 (800) 775-20-18; for international calls: +7 (495) 741-18-18.


  1. As bad as things are here, nobody on the team would ever defect to Russia so the visa issue is irrelevant.

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