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If you’re travelling to Russia for the football this summer, there’s some essential advice issued by the government that you should be aware of to make sure you enjoy the fiesta of football without getting caught offside. 

It’s been a great tournament so far: entertaining on the pitch and trouble-free off it. To help make sure it stays that way, the government has issued a bunch of essential advice and useful tips for fans travelling to Russia this summer. Here’s a breakdown.

Plan ahead

Forgive us for stating the obvious. But Russia is a foreign country - with its own culture, customs and unique ways of doing things. That can take any visitor by surprise. But during the bustling thrum of an international football tournament, let’s just say it’s wise to do your research before you get on your flight from the UK.

Here to help make your preparations as easy as stroking the ball into an open goal is the UK government, who have issued advice on everything you need to get ready for your Russian adventure. The Football Supporters’ Federation has also published a guide to the tournament and what you can expect while in Russia. Ideal.

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Sign up for alerts

Sometimes the best preparation in the world can go out of the window if something unexpected happens. Luckily the Foreign & Commonwealth Office is providing an alert service to keep you up to speed about changes to travel advice or important safety updates - all sent direct to your inbox so you don’t have to worry. Sign up for email alerts or follow @FCOtravel on social media.

Get travel insurance

A comprehensive travel insurance policy makes sense for any foreign adventure. But that’s especially true if you are visiting Russia. Your European Health Insurance Card isn’t valid in Russia. That means you will have to pay for any unexpected medical treatment - and the bills can be eye-wateringly costly.

With World First you can bag up to £10 million medical cover as well as all the normal benefits you would expect - including cancellation cover, protection against missed departure and cover for the loss or theft of your belongings and cash. Get an instant quote online at or call us on 0345 90 80 161.

Stay savvy

Let’s face it - some football fans can be unpredictable. As with other major sporting events, if you are unexpectedly caught up in a disturbance involving fans the advice is simple. Go to a place of safety and follow the instructions of the local authorities. The British Embassy will have a presence on match days in all of the cities that England play a game in. This will also apply on the day before and the day after each game.

Important telephone numbers

It’s worth saving these numbers in your phone.

  • For the emergency services: 112
  • For assistance from the British Embassy: +7 495 956 7200
  • For World First: + 44 345 90 80 161


Have a great time out there!

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