Russia will extend its visa-free travel regime for foreign soccer fans that was initially scheduled to expire on July 25 until the end of 2018.
Russia allowed soccer fans to travel to Russia without visas to attend the World Cup once they obtained fan IDs that were issued to supporters with match tickets.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin said after the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday;
“I think we will do the following: for foreign fans who currently have fan IDs, we will give them multi-entry visa-free travel until the end of the year.
“All behaved perfectly well, demonstrating the best qualities of sports fans. They showed that sport and football can manage not to divide people and not lead to fights and disputes, but unite people on the basis of common values.”