Information on the provisions regulating the stay and registration at the place of temporary residence of foreign citizens during the World Football Championship FIFA 2018

In the period starting 10 days before the first game of the World Football Championship FIFA 2018[1] till the day of the last game of the FIFA 2018 (June 4 – July 15, 2018), foreign citizens and stateless persons arriving to the Russian Federation as spectators of the FIFA 2018[2], enter the Russian Federation and in the period starting 10 days before the first game until 10 days after the last game of the FIFA 2018 (June 4 – July 25, 2018) foreign citizens leave the Russian Federation without visas with valid identity documents acknowledged by the Russian Federation as such, and with the passport of a fan (personalized card of a spectator) both in hard copy (laminated form) and in an electronic format[3].

The passport of a fan confirms the right of a foreign spectator to enter the Russian Federation, stay in the Russian Federation and leave the Russian Federation in the indicated timeframe.

The passport of a fan (FAN ID) is a personalized card of a spectator which is part of the system to identify football fans and is issued with a view to ensure a comfortable and safe stay of the FIFA 2018 spectators at stadiums hosting the FIFA 2018 games in the Russian Federation. Every spectator who has bought a ticket (tickets) for the FIFA 2018 football games should obtain such a card.

The FAN ID is a nominal document, issued free of charge, once for each spectator and is a laminated form.

When entering the Russian Federation each foreign citizen is given a migration card which he/she has to carry for the duration of his/her stay in the Russian Federation.

If the migration card is damaged or lost the foreign citizen has to turn to the migration unit of the territorial office of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia at his/her location[4] immediately to get the duplicate of the migration card.

During the FIFA 2018 in the towns Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint-Petersburg, Saransk, Sochi from May 25 to July 25, 2018, the foreign citizen has to be registered at the place of temporal residence within 3 days from the day of his/her arrival to that place, in each town where he/she will attend sport events. If the foreign citizen plans to stay in the town hosting sport events less than 24 hours, the absence of a registration in the place of temporal residence is admitted, except for cases when he/she is staying in an organization providing hotel services.

Foreign citizens taking part in sport events, including the participants of sport competitions, as well as representatives of the FIFA, of the FIFA affiliates, confederations and national football associations, included in the FIFA lists, are not subject to registration at the place of temporal residence[5].

Both citizens of Russia and foreign citizens or stateless persons residing permanently in the Russian Federation (having a residence permit), as well as legal persons, their subsidiaries or representative offices where the foreign citizen will actually live (stay), can be host parties.

If the foreign citizen stays in a hotel, the administration of the hotel will be a host party for him/her.

To fill in the form of a notification of arrival to the place of temporal residence[6] the foreign citizen shall present an identity document and a migration card to the host party. In case he/she arrives at a new place of temporal residence he/she should additionally present a detachable part of the notification of arrival to the previous place of temporal residence in the Russian Federation.

The host party shall fill in the notification of arrival which is presented directly to the migration registration authority together with the copy of all pages of the identity document of the foreign citizen and with a copy of the migration card. The migration registration authority immediately puts a respective stamp that the notification of arrival is received, after that the detachable part of the notification is returned to the host party.

Further on the host party hands over the detachable part of the notification of arrival to the foreign citizen and it proves his/her migration registration.

The state fee for the registration at the place of temporal residence is not charged.

The failure to present the migration card to the migration registration authority by the host party is not a ground to refuse to receive documents necessary for the registration of a foreign citizen at the place of temporal residence.

Foreign citizens not registered at the place of temporal residence are not subject to liability for the violation of the migration registration rules, except for the cases where the responsibility to inform about the place of temporal residence is vested upon the respective foreign citizen[7].

These cases include the stay of the foreign citizen in a living accommodation that he/she owns as a property and a case when the foreign citizen being a highly qualified specialist[8] is a host party for the members of his/her family[9].

Moreover, the foreign citizen has to notify himself/herself the migration unit of the territorial office of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia about his/her arrival to the place of temporal residence if there are sound reasons confirmed by documents (for example, a disease, physical impossibility, etc.) hampering the host party to send a notification to the migration registration authority.

The foreign citizen residing permanently in the Russian Federation (a foreign citizen with a residential permit) is entitled to notify himself/herself directly the respective migration unit of the territorial office of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia about the arrival to the place of temporal residence with a written consent of the host party.

With a view to a timely migration registration of foreign citizens the territorial offices of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia will receive applicants on a daily basis, including weekends and holidays.

 

 


[1] Hereinafter – FIFA 2018

[2] Hereinafter – foreign citizens

[3] Federal law Ф№ 108-FZ of June 7, 2013, On preparation and hosting of the World Football Championship FIFA 2018, the Confederation Cup FIFA 2017 in the Russian Federation and on introduction of changes into certain regulations of the Russian Federation, hereinafter Federal law

[4] Hereinafter – migration registration authority

[5] Article 8 of the Federal law

[6] Hereinafter – notification of arrival

[7] According to article 24 of the Federal law № 109-FZ of July 18, 2006, On migration registration of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Russian Federation

[8] In accordance with article 2.1.8 of the Federal law №109- FZ of June 18, 2006, On migration registration of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Russian Federation

[9] Members of the family of a highly qualified specialist are his/her spouse, children (including adopted ones), spouses of children, parents (including adoptive ones), spouses of parents, grandparents, grandchildren.