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2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in the Russian Federation from 14 June to 15 July 2018. There are 11 host cities across Russia. New Zealand football fans travelling to Russia to attend matches should be well prepared and have official tickets and fan IDs. These documents need to be kept safely with you at all times, along with your passport. You should be familiar with the requirements of the Russian authorities, including visitor registration within 24 hours and strict visa regulations, including departing Russia on or before 25 July 2018. Further information is available at the official website:

Make sure that you read our latest travel advice here, and register your details on the SafeTravel website here. We currently advise that there is extreme risk to your security in some parts of Russia, including Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Karbardino-Balkaria and Karachai-Cherkessia, Republic of North Ossetia and the south-east parts of Stavropol Krai in the North Caucasian Federal District, within 10 kilometres of the border with the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts. We advise against all travel to these regions. There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Russia due to the threat of terrorism and crime and we advise caution.

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