Fan-IDs to serve as visas for foreign visitors of 2020 UEFA Euro Cup in Russia
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132.7 million rubles ($2 million) was allocated buy the Russian government for the introduction and operation of Fan-IDs during matches of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup in Russia, according to a document published by the government on Tuesday.
The funds will be distributed to the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media for the operational maintenance of the system to identify football fans as well as for the production, issuance and replacement of the personalized identification cards of football fans (Fan-ID).
Russia came up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with an innovation, which was the so-called Fan-ID required for all ticketholders. This innovation was successfully tested during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia and earned high marks from the world’s governing football body of FIFA.
The Fan-ID played an important security role during the major football tournament in Russia as it granted admittance to the stadiums and also served as visa for foreign visitors to enter the country.
A Fan-ID holder was allowed to enter the country without having a Russian visa and stay for the duration of the global football tournament. Fan-IDs were obligatory, in addition to purchased tickets, in order to attend matches of the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia.