Planning a Football Trip to Russia? Here is an overview of all the latest news to help you plan your trip.
The Duma (parliament) for the Moscow Region has published laws “to regulate passenger behaviour” at Moscow airports during the world cup.
Passengers behaving badly face on-the-spot fines.
“using the airport for accommodation” is now also illegal at the Russian capital’s two main gateways, Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo.
During the day, passengers must not “clog the airport” by sitting on the floor, use lifts or escalators in inappropriate ways, or listen to music without headphones.
Other rules are aimed at the illegal taxi touts who prey on newly arrived travellers, particularly foreigners. The Duma said that the scammers, who have become a prominent feature at big Russian airports since the collapse of communism, “created difficulties”.
England fans face an alcohol ban the day before any 2018 World Cup game in Moscow, with authorities taking measures to ensure the ugly scenes that tarnished Euro 2016 in France are not repeated at this summer’s tournament.
Russian authorities have implemented a ban on the capital city that will see the sale of alcohol restricted at bars, pubs, restaurants, supermarkets and off-licences on the day before and day of any match.
In total, 12 matches will be affected at the World Cup by the restriction, although fans will still be able to purchase alcoholic drinks inside stadia and at official Fifa fan zones.
About 2.5 million tickets have been already sold for matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in 11 cities across Russia in less than two months, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday.
A week ago, the world’s governing football body, FIFA, announced the opening of the 3rd and final stage of ticket sales for matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Ticket Sales Update 2
Tickets for the World Cup have been illicitly advertised for almost 40 times their face value on secondary seller websites, according to a leading consumer rights group.
Fans heading to Russia risk being denied entry to matches if they show up with passes bought through a third party, football’s governing body, Fifa, has warned, saying it retains exclusive selling rights.
Tickets were on sale in March for as much as £5,618 across five separate sites including StubHub and Ticombo, according to Which?.
Russia’s consumer protection agency, Rospotrebnadzor, says 539 hotels have been fined for inflating their prices in Russian cities that are hosting 2018 FIFA World Cupmatches. In an April 6 statement, Rospotrebnadzor said the fines were imposed after nearly 11,400 hotels were inspected in the cities of Moscow.
Russian police officers armed with foreign language proficiency and a tourist-friendly demeanor will patrol the streets of cities that will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer. Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev has ordered St. Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi to create new tourist police units from a pool of currently employed officers by May 5, the ministry spokeswoman announced Monday. The Russian capital has had a force of around 100 tourist police officers, speaking English, French, Spanish and Chinese, patrolling famous tourist sites since 2014, the ministry said.