What is a FAN ID and why is it needed

In order to attend any of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches in Russia, a personalized card of the viewer, so-called FAN ID required. This card is issued to a particular viewer and is mandatory for all the spectators including children and Russian citizens. A FAN ID provides its foreign holders with a visa-free entry into the Russian Federation and free travel on the matches days in the host cities.

A FAN ID is issued once and allows visiting all the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches for which the spectators has a ticket.

How to get a FAN ID

There are two ways to apply for a FAN ID: submit an online application on the official website and in person at any FAN ID Distribution centre. Foreign citizens can get their FAN ID at one of the VFS Global Visa Application Centres (

To apply, you will need a ticket or order number if there are several tickets on it. This number you can use several times depending on the number of tickets purchased.

To apply for a FAN ID, the following data are required:
  • spectator’s family name, given name, patronymic (second name or names);
  • date of birth;
  • sex;
  • details of the identity document (document’s type, series, number, etc.). Note that the document used to apply for a FAN ID may not coincide with the document that was used for ticket purchasing;
  • nationality;
  • mobile phone number;
  • e-mail address;
  • mail address for FAN ID delivery (for foreigners and stateless persons).

A colour photo with a full-face image is attached to the application. The photo must be in the .jpg or .jpeg format with a maximum file size of one (1) megabyte with a minimum width of 420 pixels and a minimum height of 525 pixels. The individual must be in focus and in a forward-facing position with eyes open, the background must be plain white. See more photo requirements.

After submitting the application, you will receive SMS or e-mail confirmation that your application is under consideration. Your application will be reviewed within 72 hours. You will get the notification that your application for FAN ID issue is approved.

If you need to register again and change the filled-in form, you should wait for a notification on the application approval and register again. This applies only to corrections of the surname, name or date of birth. Other information can be corrected only at Distribution centres when receiving your issued FAN ID.

A FAN ID can be issued at any Distribution centre: they will open in all host cities of the World Cup.

Registration at the Distribution centre will take some minutes: you will be photographed; the manager will check your identity document and the ticket number (or order form). You must present the original of your passport or another identity document (the original of a birth certificate for children under 14 years), a ticket for a match or the document which entitles you to get a match ticket.

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