Saturday, June 23, 2018

World Cup travelers can use tickets as travel visas

Russia's visa requirement may be scrapped for visitors entering the country with a FIFA World Cup ticket.

At a special event in Moscow, Alexander Djordjadze, the deputy chief executive and international relations director of Russia 2018, addressed the issue, according to Inside World Football.

"We [have] offered the Government a project on the visa-free regime for all those possessing tickets," Djordjadze said, Inside World Football reports. "During the event, fans will be allowed to use their tickets as permits to visit the championship's host cities and those in the European part of Russia, including Kaliningrad and Yekaterinburg, on a free-of-charge basis."

The Russian team has also made strides in preparing for the games, winning both of its competitive matches under head coach Fabio Capello. The team beat Northern Ireland 2-0 and Israel 4-0 in World Cup qualifiers. Its next match is on Friday against Portugal.

Capello spoke about how the language barrier has hindered his work. Capello has been criticized for his poor command of the English language. Capello said that Russia's own lack of English was holding him back. English is the most commonly spoken language in the game.

"It's difficult to read and to learn the Cyrillic alphabet, and also because there aren't many people who speak English, so I always need a translator," Capello said, Inside World Football reports. "To think that somebody is translating what I want to say, they might translate it with some of their ideas or according to their feelings."