Russia has conducted many international competitions in recent years. Major sporting events will take place in the future: the 2014 Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup 2018. Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree in order to do participating in these competitions more convenient.
In accordance with the decree of the President of Russia:
- Participants in international sports events (athletes, coaches, team managers and other members of the foreign official delegations, as well as sports referees and other officials authorized by the organizer of the international sporting event) is performed to enter the Russian Federation and leave the Russian Federation without visas.
- For entry to the territory of Russia will need to have an identity document and accreditation certificate.
The list of international sports competitions and authorized period of stay in the Russian Federation, foreign citizens will be approved by the Government of the Russian Federation.