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Swansea fans’ guide to Kuban Krasnodar

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

We appreciate that not many fans will be making the trip out to Russia for the game against Kuban, but if you are planning on going, though, and if you have any questions, by all means email us at the FSF and we’ll do what we can to find it out for you.

The key information for anyone considering travelling is about visas.

A consular visa is essential for all British passport holders – all foreign nationals entering Russia must fill in a Migration card. The card is in two sections – part “A” and part “B”.

Part A must be presented to the Immigration Officer on arrival. Part B must be retained with your passport and shown to police should they stop you at any time for an identity check. On leaving Russia, part B should be presented to the Immigration Officer. Should you lose part B, you will be fined and your departure from Russia could be seriously delayed.

You must complete a new migration form each time you enter Russia, even if you have a multiple entry visa.

If you are staying in Russia more than three days, you need to register your visa – your hotel should be able to do this for you. Make sure you do this, as failing to can cause problems and delays as you leave the country.

If you are staying less than three days, these requirements are waived.

During periods of high demand, for example during the summer holidays, you should apply for your visa well in advance. If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland you should apply to the Russian Embassy in London. If you live in Scotland, you should apply to the Russian Consulate General in Edinburgh.

The Embassy in London can normally process visas in 15 working days, and you can submit an application by post or in person. If you want to get a visa more quickly it is possible to queue in person and pay an extra fee, though the numbers processed in this way per day are limited.

Most entry visas include an exit visa. However, some entry visas including certain types of student visas, do not include an exit visa. If this is the case your sponsor, not the Embassy or Consulates, will need to obtain the exit visa for you before you can leave the country. Before you travel to Russia ensure that you are aware of the terms and conditions attached to your visa and check that the dates and details which have been entered on your visa are correct. Presenting documentation which contains incorrect information to immigration officials can lead to severe inconvenience and in some cases could result in refusal of entry.

You must register your visa with UVIR (department of visas and registration) within 72 hrs of arrival. Hotels deal with this for their guests but visitors in private accommodation should see to it themselves. UVIR’s office in Moscow is at Ulitsa Pokrova 42. (Metro: Kurskaya, Krasnie Vorota) Tel: 095 207 0239.

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