Nearly 3.5 million foreign tourists came to Russia last year for the World Cup. Russia was visited by football fans from 32 countries of the world. But not all of them returned to their homeland.
According to information available on the Internet, about 12 thousand foreign tourists did not leave Russia as of January 1, 2019. Their stay in Russia has become illegal since December 31, 2018. This number has decreased by approximately two times, including by the efforts of various public services.
There are citizens of different countries remaining in Russia. For example, according to Internet sources, about 500 people are citizens of Argentina, about 80 people are citizens of Switzerland.
Some tourists simply liked Russia and they decided to stay there. Some foreigners from the very beginning did not plan to return to their homeland. Some tourists planned to get to the countries of Western Europe through Russia. Several tourists were detained at the borders of Finland and Estonia.
The final part of the World Cup was held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018.