As well as the advice below, check out our travel advice for Russia
Passports, Visas and Health Insurance
British nationals need a visa to travel to Russia, and your passport should be valid for a further three months after your Russian visa expiration date.
Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Russia, so travel/health insurance is essential, even if you’re only going for one night - it could save you a lot of money if you find yourself in difficulty.
It is essential you carry your passport with your Russian visa and migration/registration card with you at all times – in particular, you’ll need to carry your passport to the match to gain entry to the stadium. The police conduct ID checks, and want to see original documentation.
If you lose your passport or have it stolen, you should report the loss to the local police as soon as possible in the first instance and obtain a police report or confirmation of loss from the police. The British Embassy can then provide you with an emergency travel document (ETD) and advise on how to obtain an exit visa so that you can leave Russia and return home.
Key Transport Tips
Luzhniki Stadium – nearest Metro is SPORTIVNAYA/СПОРТИВНАЯ (Red Line)
British Embassy – nearest Metro is SMOLENSKAYA/СМОЛЕНСКАЯ (Light Blue line; Dark Blue line)
Domodedovo Airport – is served by a train service “AERO-Express” from PAVELETSKAYA STATION /ПАВЕЛЕЦКАЯ (Metro – Brown circle line; Dark Green line)
Sheremetyevo Airport – is served by a train service “AERO-Express” from BELORUSSKAYA STATION/БЕЛОРУССКАЯ (Metro – Brown circle line; Dark Green line)
Vnukovo Airport – is served by a train service “AERO-Express” from KIEVSKAYA STATION /КИЕВСКАЯ (Metro – Brown circle line; Dark Blue line; Light Blue line)
Metro (underground) tickets can be bought for 1, 2, 5 or 10 trips – on sale in all Metro stations (COST: 1 trip – Rbl 28; 2 trips – Rbl 56; 5 trips – Rbl 135; 10 trips – Rbl 265). Remember to keep your ticket if you pay for more than one trip.
Bus tickets can be bought from the driver (at Rbl 28 each) or from silver ticket kiosks near some stops (at Rbl 25 each).
The Metro runs from 5:30am until 1:00am.
Buses run from 5:30am until 1:00am.
At the Match
The match is scheduled to kick off at 21:00. Access to the stadium can be slow. There will be ticket checks and body searches at the entrance to the turnstiles. To avoid a last minute bottleneck please try to get to the stadium early.
No bottles and cans are allowed to be brought into the ground and alcohol is banned within the stadium. Flags and banners but without poles are allowed subject to message, language and content.
Smoking is allowed.
Standing during the game is allowed.
Tap water has to be boiled before drinking.
As in any other city beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport. Only carry what you need, leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits. Pickpockets operate on the Metro and in tourist areas such as Red Square.
Don’t smoke or drink in Red Square - it’s illegal and you will be arrested!
Don’t commit acts of theft: you are more likely to be locked up rather than fined or deported.
Minimise the risks
Security at the Stadium will be strict and uncompromising – refrain from antagonising the police even if you believe you are in the right.
Carry your passport at all times. The police conduct ID checks, and want to see originals.
Carry a note of the address of your hotel (in both English and Russian) – it can help people give you directions and ensure that taxi drivers know where you want to go.
Keep the number of valuables you carry to a minimum - passport, a credit card, your phone and some money - and ensure they are secure (not in back pockets).
Change money at a bank, hotel, or in exchange kiosks – not on the street (it’s illegal)!
Carry the contact number for your travel insurer at all times
Carry the address and telephone number of the Embassy so you can call for help.
Leave a copy of your passport and other important documents safe in your hotel in case you lose the originals.
Don’t carry weapons of any sort – they will be confiscated and could get you arrested.
Drink and Drugs
Be vigilant when drinking - pickpockets may operate in some bars.
Don’t leave drinks unattended – drink spiking is common.
Beware of strangers offering to buy drinks for you.
Don’t turn up drunk at the stadium – security will be tough and you will be refused entry.
Russia operates a zero tolerance policy on the possession and use of drugs, whether hard or soft. Penalties are severe and can result in long jail sentences.
What the British Embassy can do
If you lose your money or are robbed, the Embassy can help you transfer funds from friends or family in the UK – but cannot provide you with money in any circumstances.
If you lose your passport or have it stolen, the Embassy can provide you with an emergency travel document ETD) so that you can leave Russia and return home.
If you are detained or arrested in Moscow, insist on contacting the Embassy on 8 495 956 7200 (from within Moscow) or +7 495 956 7200 (if calling from a UK mobile). This number is available 24 hours a day. Embassy staff can make sure you are being treated fairly – but if you have broken the law, they cannot arrange for you to be released from detention, nor can they pay fines.
In the case of serious injury or illness, the Embassy can help you contact a member of your family and your travel insurance company.