Special security measures during the 2018 World Cup

Special security measures
during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
Special security measures
during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
The security of fans, visitors, teams, players, officials and any other guests is one of the most important obligations of Russia as the host country of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Ensuring security during the World Cup is a key priority for the Russian state.

The boosted security measures have been developed and adopted by the Decree of the President of Russia #202, which among other things gives regions the authority to introduce additional measures in a number of directions, if required.
Registration
From May 25 to July 25, 2018 in the cities hosting the FIFA World Cup 2018 (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod), the following procedure is introduced for registration of citizens:

* For citizens of Russia and foreign citizens staying in hotels, health resorts, holiday resorts, boarding houses, camping sites and tourist bases, this process will be unobtrusive, as they will be registered by the administrations of these accommodation facilities.

* Russian citizens staying via private sector accommodations are to be registered within three days after arriving to a new place of residence, be it temporary or permanent. In this case, they must personally apply to the territorial bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for registration by submitting an application in the established form (templates of documents are posted on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the "Registration records" section along with the documents required according to current legislation of the Russian Federation.

* Foreign citizens or stateless persons staying in the private sector are to be registered at the place of stay or at the place of residence within three days after arrival. Either they personally or their host need to apply to the territorial bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation and submit documents required by the legislation of the Russian Federation. The list of documents can be found on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the "Implementing Migration Accountability" section.

The territorial bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation register citizens immediately on the day of submission of the documents. The procedure takes, generally, no more than 15 minutes.

The list and contacts of the territorial offices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are available on the official website of the Ministry.


Bus access
From June 1 to July 17, the rules for the entry of buses into the host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia are altered temporarily. From June 1 to July 17, 2018 Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Sochi and from June 1 to June 30, 2018 Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Saransk will allow entry of regular municipal and intercity buses, as well as those equipped with the ERA-GLONASS system or those having special permits from the Ministry of the Interior.

Foreign carriers will be able to install the equipment required to be granted access to the host cities free of charge. The equipment can be obtained by making a security deposit payment upon entering Russia at 138 centres near border checkpoints. The deposit for the equipment will be reimbursed to the owners of buses when the on-board device is returned upon exiting the country.

The list of centres
Prohibited items (when attending stadiums and fan zones)

Flags at stadiums
According to the rules of conduct for spectators at the stadium, published on the official FIFA website, as well as the rules of conduct for spectators during the official sports competitions approved by the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation of December 16, 2013 #1156: spectators can bring flags and banners to the stadium, but their sizes mus not exceed 2 by 1.5 metres, including those attached to hollow shafts not exceeding 1.5 metres in length and 2.5 centimeters in diameter, provided that they are made of a material classified as "low fire hazard", and adhere to all specifications and standards.

Their content should be aimed at supporting athletes and should not contain offensive, obscene, provocative texts, words, symbols and images of a person or a group of persons based on their race, colour, ethnic, national or social origin and status, gender, disability, language, religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation or any other trait.

Fans who want to bring a large banner to the stadium or organise a performance in support of their country's national team must fill out a special application, send it to the Russia-2018 Organising Committee and wait for approval. The application can be filled in Russian or English, and then sent to the LOC at fan_book@loc2018.com (flags and banners) or perf_book@loc2018.com (performance).

Application form for banners
Application form for performances
Other security measures
From May 25 to July 25 the tournament host cities enact a temporary restriction of sale of civil and service weapons, as well as ammunition, explosive and poisonous substances.

From June 1 to July 17, civilian manned and unmanned aircraft that not outfitted with radio communication equipment and secondary radar responders (including amateur drones and aircraft models) are temporarily restricted in host cities, as well as in the areas of residence and training of football teams.
Photo credits: Sergey Savostianov/TASS, Mikhail Metsel/TASS, Egor Aleev/TASS, Sergey Bobylev/TASS