UEFA EURO 2020
Anyone seen any info on if we will need visa's for Saint Petersburg like we did for the world cup? Not sure how they would turn them around in time as we are obviously not confirmed to play there until a few days before.
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Team EnglandPlease do not panic about obtaining a FAN ID - should England end up playing in Russia, you'll be able to pick up a FAN ID at St Petersburg airport after you've submitted an application.
Thank you, Team England, for monitoring the forum and joining in this thread.
Most fans will be intending to use the Fan-ID as a visa substitute in order to enter Russia. It's no good knowing that we can pick up a Fan-ID in St Petersburg if we can't enter Russia without one.
#1 Are you saying that all airlines will allow you to board a flight to Russia even if you are not in possession of a valid visa or a Fan-ID ?
#2 Are you saying that the Fan-ID issuing desk at St Petersburg airport will be before immigration / passport control ?
Unless you can give us a cast-iron "yes" to both of these questions, then England fans will need a Fan-ID before their flight leaves for Russia, even if it is only the A4 PDF version. It is therefore critical that we know when a Fan-ID application approval email will be issued and the electronic version Fan-ID will be available to print.
Please, Team England, can you find the following information on behalf of fans.
Question 1 : How soon after the match in Copenhagen would UEFA update the ticketing database to show that a conditional QF ticket is now an unconditional ticket to the St Petersburg QF ? I am assuming that this is a necessary step before an application for a Fan-ID can be submitted.
Question 2 : Assuming that the ticket status has been updated by UEFA, how quickly would the Russian authorities approve a valid Fan-ID application and issue their approval email ?
Once England qualify for a particular knock out round, there will be a very limited time frame in which to arrange transport and accommodation for the next venue. This will be much more difficult than for previous tournaments taking place in a single country or two adjacent countries because of the continent-wide nature of Euro 2020. If we can't act promptly after the Copenhagen R16 to book transport to St Petersburg because we don't know when a Fan-ID will be approved then we are entitled to panic.
Thank you for your help.
In reply to Clarke Buckeridge:
For the avoidance of misunderstandings, when I talk about the Fan-ID I am referring to the electronic version which you can print off at home. I am well aware that we will need the laminated version to enter the stadium and that we will have to get the laminated version after we have arrived in St Petersburg. The electronic version is a PDF file and it needs to be printed off on A4 paper before we travel because this will be the visa substitute at immigration / passport control. The electronic version is what I am panicking about.
Yes, I went to the World Cup. My Fan-ID application was approved about 4 hours after I applied for it. The email enabling me to download the A4 PDF version came 2 months later. For Euro 2020, you evidently cannot apply for your Fan-ID until your conditional QF ticket becomes an unconditional ticket for the St Petersburg QF and your ticket status in the UEFA ticketing database has been updated. What if UEFA don't update the ticket status until the morning of the match ? After all, their task is simply to get the ticket to your phone before the match. They're not directly involved with the Fan-ID system. Too pessimistic ? OK. My flight to St Petersburg leaves first thing on Wednesday morning for a Friday match. What if UEFA update the QF ticket status on the Wednesday, after my flight is due to leave ? That's plausible as it's less than 48 hours after the Copenhagen R16. Also, will the turn round time between application and confirmation still be only 4 hours if there are 5000 members all applying at the same time ? Then, how soon will the email with the A4 PDF link arrive ? Yes, I am concerned that I won't be in a position to print off my A4 PDF Fan-ID before my flight leaves. Naively, I assumed that a conditional QF ticket would enable me to get a proper laminated Fan-ID in advance of the tournament. I wouldn't have booked a flight in advance if I'd known that was not the case.
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