9 must-know things before coming to Russia for World Cup

There are many things that you have to know, understand the rules of law and culture in Russia to travel and watch World Cup.

The biggest football tournament - World Cup will be held in the Russian Federation from June 14th to July 15th, 2018.

More than a month later the tournament will be officially begun, but at this time many tourists around the world prepare for the trip to Russia to witness the competition of 32 national teams. Unlike the previous 20, this is the first time the World Cup has taken place in Russia, a country of the former Soviet Union.

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There will be many things that you must know, understand the laws and culture in Russia so that the trip is smooth.

1. Regulations on passport duration

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To get into Russia, of course you need a visa. Passport must also be valid for at least 6 months since the last date of departure from Russia.

When entering Russia, you must register an electronic migration card at the passport control office. This card has two similar parts. One part will be retained by the entry staff when you arrive and the other part you holds with your passport as you will need it to leave Russia when the tournament is over.

Regardless of which city you travel to and where you should bring your passport as Russian police have the right to ask you to present your identification at anytime.

2. The items that are carried on plane

Currently, there are no Russian government regulations regarding whether foreign visitors are allowed to bring their computers and electronic devices onto the plane, but to avoid unwanted trouble you should not bring sensitive objects like a bag with the word "Bom".

Russia also has strict regulations on the storage and transportation of drugs across borders. If your travel medical bag contains barbiturate, codeine, sibutramine, anabolic steroids, androgens and other sex hormones, tramadol or neurotransmitter, you will have to submit a prescription form approved by your doctor.

3. Be careful with new tricks

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Whether you are traveling anywhere in the world you should be wary of pickpockets, travel scams. You can lose money or spend time in prison.

The bad guys often create false situations to steal your belongings. They can be fake as police, as road riders or sellers... More dangers can take advantage of your confidence to transport drugs.

Always be alert to all strangers who intend to reach you. They can pretend to be a police, or sellers and more dangerous, they can take advantage of your beliefs to transport drugs.

4. Don't be too easy to engage in strange relationships

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Many people consider travel as an opportunity to create new relationships so they are quite open to everyone. Openness in communication is a good thing, but it is not always so, especially in a country where you do not understand it. Does anyone know if a gentleman or a naive girl you met at a coffee shop is a robber or not? Therefore, never agree to go to a bar or club with someone you just met on the street.

5. Do not drink alcohol

Alcohol is banned at the stadium for the matches. Sale and consumption will be banned in the evening and on days that World Cup takes place in certain locations in the city.

You can be jailed for drunk driving. Therefore, do not drink, or if drinking should find out whether it is prohibited or not.

6. Money issue

For easy shopping, you should change your money to Russian money.

 However, only exchange money at accredited banks, hotels and transaction points. Avoid exchanges at the store because you probably get counterfeit money.

7. Health issue

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The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Russia, so if you are a European citizen, read the travel insurance policy carefully. The risk of forest fire is also higher during the summer months. The fires may affect the Moscow area. Air quality in areas near fires will worsen due to smoke and dust, and may affect visitors with respiratory illness.

8. Gender issue

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In 2013, a law prohibiting the implementation and promotion of "non-traditional sex" was introduced but did not clearly state what was "non-traditional". Foreigners who violate this law may be arrested, detained, fined and expelled from Russia.

Basically, Russia does not prohibit homosexuality, but not every citizen has a sympathetic view on the matter. If you are a third gender, you can still travel to Russia and watch the World Cup, but do not show publicly too intimate gestures with your partner. In addition, you should learn and avoid acts of aggression and racial conflict. This is also a very sensitive issue in Russia.

9. Safety when entering the stadium

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Before each match in the different stadiums, you should buy and check the valid tickets. Prepare your identity papers and understand the rules for the audience. Prohibited items such as cigarette lighters, knives or explosives aren’t absolutely carried into the stadium.

By: Relly Jonas

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