Russia promises visa-free travel for all World Cup ticket holders in 2018

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced this week that Russia would allow visa-free travel for fans at the 2018 World Cup. Putin discussed the visa-free arrangements with FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini.

"Russia has decided to let in all the fans for the 2018 World Cup if they have tickets," Putin said during the meeting with top World Cup executives. "What's more, we are even considering the option of letting fans use their tickets to travel between host cities for free."

FIFA president Blatter said it would be "tremendous" for fans to be able to bypass the normal Russian visa procedures.

UEFA's Platini added that he was currently working on allowing for visa-free travel with Poland and Ukraine - the twin hosts of this year's Euro championship.

"The problem with entry visas is a political problem," said Platini. "We need an agreement between Ukraine and Poland so that there are no difficulties for the fans."

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