For individuals involved in the preparations for and running of the World Cup, including accredited journalists, in December of 2014 the Government of the Russian Federation confirmed the possibility of multi-entry visa-free entry to Russia. This procedure for entry will be available from five months prior to the competition onwards. In such instances, Russia must be left within a month of the conclusion of the championship.
Migration procedures have also been simplified: participants in sporting competitions and other events held within the framework of the 2018 World Cup, as well as representatives of FIFA and its subsidiary organizations, confederations and national football associations included in the FIFA list need not register their place of residence.
The federal legislation establishes that during the time period of the holding of the sporting competitions entry into the Russian Federation by foreign citizens and individuals without citizenship wishing to be spectators at the sporting competitions, and departure from the Russian Federation of such citizens and individuals without citizenship, will be carried out without the receipt of visas.