The Russian authorities have now provided what we are assured are definitive answers to a number of lingering visa-related questions. These are summarised below:
The visa free regime applies to ALL match ticket holders regardless of nationality within the period of 19-23 May.
This measure will be passed as an amendment to current Russian legislation on 8 May and will then be communicated to ALL diplomatic posts, airport authorities, border control posts etc.
A national passport will be required to gain entry along with a match ticket. However, the passport does not have to be a UK passport.
The point of departure is not relevant (supporters arriving from Eire or other locations are covered by the visa-free policy).
The route taken is not relevant (e.g. entry into Russia via a transit country/airport) neither is the means of transport (e.g. supporters arriving by scheduled airlines, rail or road are all covered by the visa-free policy.
Names on Tickets
The name on the match ticket will not affect entry into Russia.