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.
In reply to David Lilley:
In reply to Anthony Simpson:
It is definitely the case that you cannot get a Fan-ID unless you have a ticket to a match in St Petersburg. If you miss out on a quarter final ticket then you will have to get a normal tourist visa in order to accompany your son.
There is an alternative : to get a ferry from Helsinki or Tallinn and take advantage of the 72 hour visa-free scheme. This only applies for ferries of the St Peter Line, although the scheme applies to all cruise ships, and you must book one of their approved hotels on shore. I have not checked whether the cost of 2 return trips on the St Peter Line ferry would be more or less expensive than buying 1 normal tourist visa.
My query to the Fan-ID help desk was whether we could get a Fan-ID on the basis of a conditional quarter final ticket or whether we have to wait until it becomes an unconditional ticket for the St Petersburg quarter final. It is disappointing and worrying that I have not received a reply. Surely, the Russian authorities have a stance on this issue so why won't they tell ?
If they will not issue a Fan-ID until the ticket becomes unconditional then we need to know how the process works :-
1. Will the Russian authorities pre-approve an application so that the Fan-ID can be authorised and issued as soon as we win in Copenhagen ?
2. Will this not happen until UEFA update our ticket status in our UEFA.com ticketing account ?
3. When will UEFA update our ticket status ? There is no incentive for them to do this promptly. They only need to ensure the quarter final ticket is on our phone before the match in St Petersburg takes place. Is there any liaison between Russia and UEFA over this matter ?
4. Has any consideration been given to the fact that fans will be in Copenhagen so it might be problematical to apply for a Fan-ID or get a pre-approved PDF Fan-ID printed off ?
For those members who have already booked flights to St Petersburg using the Opodo 'cancel for any reason' guarantee, there is the additional worry about whether the Fan-ID would be authorised and issued before their flight departs. The guarantee has to be invoked at least 24 hours before the flight is due to depart so it is useless if the fan waits, hoping for the Fan-ID to come through in time.
In reply to Russell Duffin:
In reply to Peter Titmus:
Unless Russell Duffin can come back with an answer, the only way to find out would be to submit an application for a Fan-ID and see whether it's successful. I would try it myself but I'm going to need a new passport in the Spring so I'll have to wait. If anyone does give it a try, please come on this thread and tell us the outcome.
As a supplementary issue, your passport must have an unexpired term of at least 6 months in order to enter Russia or Azerbaijan. This is why I'm having to renew my own passport before the tournament.
In reply to Nicholas Small:
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