Russia introduces new visa-free 'FAN ID' document for Confederations Cup

Russia has introduced a new scheme that will allow football fans to enter the country for the Confederations Cup without a visa.

The "FAN ID" document will enable supporters to save hundreds of dollars as not only does it mean they will not need to purchase a visa, but it also grants free travel in both the cities that the Confederations Cup games are being played and for inter-city match travel as well.

The document, which is issued free of charge to both international and Russian fans, will act as their tickets to their chosen matches.

"FAN ID is free to fans and required to all attending 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup matches," said Andrei Romankov, deputy director of the strategic projects department in Russia's ministry of communications. "It is a great initiative which allows international fans visa-free entry to Russia 10 days before the opening match of the Confederations Cup and until up to 10 days from the end of the tournament."

FAN ID is mandatory for all supporters wishing to attend any Confederations Cup games and only is valid if they have tickets for the tournament.

Supporters from over 100 countries around the world have already applied for the document.