Malaysians who are planning to attend matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia have now been granted an easier access to the host cities around the country beginning this month.
In a press conference held in Kuala Lumpur on Friday evening, the Russian Embassy revealed that fans now only need to apply for the FAN-ID pass as they discard the need for a visa during the tournament.
For the period of June 4 to July 15, spectators need only to obtained a free-of-charge online registration of the FAN-ID. Those with this pass are also entitled to free-of-charge public transportation usage.
"I have no doubt that the upcoming World Cup will have an immense impact on the deelopment of football - not only in Russia, but around the world. People will see what this beautiful game is truly about. Lasting friendships will be fostered and fair play will be promoted at every opportunity.
"We would like to demonstrate that these fundamental human values are immune to the constantly changing political landscape in the world and will continue to definte sport for decades to come. We are much honoured to know that upcoming World Cup atracts so much attention from many Malaysian educational, media, sports and entertainment organisations.
"We know that Malaysians are passionate football fans, and hope that in Malaysia you will enjoy watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, as much as we will enjoy hosting it," said Valery Termolov, the Russian Ambassador to Malaysia.
The embassy also confirmed that as of date, 30 visa applications (prior to this announcement) have been received from Malaysians attending the tournament. The Crown Prince of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah was also revealed as one of those that will be in Russia for the biggest event of the year.
Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) are understood to also be sending delegates to the tournament.