IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Authorities have amended foreign registration rules that will be in effect from May 25 through July 25 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament.
What does the change mean? Foreign nationals will have three days, rather than one day as previously announced, to register with authorities upon arriving in cities that are hosing World Cup matches. Those who stay in hotels, sanatoriums, hospitals and similar institutions, however, will need to complete their registration within 24 hours of arrival. Other previously announced registration procedures will remain the same for foreign and Russian nationals.
Background: Russian authorities recently announced that they would impose additional registration requirements during the World Cup, just as they did last year when the country hosted the Confederations Cup. Authorities then announced last week that they would ease requirements for foreign nationals, so that in most cases they will have three days to register rather than one.
BAL Analysis: Those planning to travel to cities hosting World Cup soccer matches are urged to follow the requirements listed above. Failing to do so could lead to administrative penalties, including fines of up to 7,000 rubles (about US$113) for visitors and up to 500,000 rubles for hosting companies and 50,000 rubles for hosting company officials. Foreign nationals who fail to register risk not only fines but expulsion from Russia.
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