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EURO 2020: Vietnamese fans warned about use of FAN ID to travel to Russia

Rosy Huong Rosy Huong

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June 21, 2021 | 09:32

Many Vietnamese citizens using Fan IDs have been denied entry to Russia and deported as they were using the document for wrong purposes.

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EURO 2020: Vietnamese fans warned about use of FAN ID to travel to Russia
A FAN ID is a mandatory document for all the spectators of UEFA EURO 2020 matches in Saint Petersburg (Russia) in 2021. Photo: infoomni.com)

Vietnamese fans travelling to Russia on FAN IDs should use the document for the right purpose and obey the host country’s regulations to avoid legal problems or being stuck at foreign airports amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department.

A FAN ID is a mandatory document for all the spectators of UEFA EURO 2020 matches in Saint Petersburg (Russia) in 2021.

The department said many Vietnamese citizens using Fan IDs have been denied entry to Russia and deported as they were using the document for wrong purposes or failed to prove that they traveled to Russia to watch the tournament, VietnamPlus reported.

It urged Vietnamese fans to thoroughly study Russia’s regulations about entry-exit, residence registration and air tickets, as well as banned activities when travelling to the country.

Those who need urgent support can contact the citizen protection hotlines of the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia (7-903-182-1617), the Vietnamese General Consulate in Ekaterinburg (7-343-253-0284 / 7-965-506-6868), the Vietnamese General Consulate in Vladivostok ( 7-914-708-0939), or Vietnam’s citizen protection hotline ( 84-981-848-484).

Police officers walking past a UEFA Euro 2020 in Saint Petersburg Olga MALTSEVA AFP/File
Police officers walking past a UEFA Euro 2020 in Saint Petersburg. Photo: AFP

Saint Petersburg is one of 11 Euro 2020’s host cities. The Saint Petersburg stadium will host six group stages matches and one quarter final match, which will allow at least 50% capacity. The other host cities are Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Munich, London, Rome and Seville.

According to UEFA, foreign nationals planning to attend UEFA Euro 2020 matches in Saint Petersburg as spectators will be able to enter Russia without a visa if they have a passport, a Fan ID, an entrance ticket for a match or documents entitling them to receive tickets.

Alexei Sorokin, the head of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Russia-2020, was cited by the Russian News Agency TASS as saying “It must be remembered that we are organising the tournament to be as safe as possible and the permission to enter Russia [without visas] does not imply the cancellation of regulations that are in force throughout Russia, particularly a negative PCR test and other documents.”

Russia currently has some restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 but they do not prevent mass events. All amateur and professional sports games, be it football or ice hockey are being held with spectators occupying up to 75% of seats./.

Saint Petersburg Stadium. Photo: The Stadium Guide
Saint Petersburg Stadium. Photo: The Stadium Guide

Match schedule for Euro 2020 in Saint Petersburg and other host cities:

1. Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg Stadium

12 June – Belgium vs Russia (21:00 CET)

14 June – Poland vs Slovakia (18:00 CET)

16 June – Finland vs Russia (15:00 CET)

18 June – Sweden vs Slovakia (15:00 CET)

21 June – Finland vs Belgium (21:00 CET)

23 June – Sweden vs Poland (18:00 CET)

2. Rome, Olimpico in Rome

11 June – Turkey vs Italy (21:00 CET)

16 June – Italy vs Switzerland (21:00 CET)

20 June – Italy vs Wales (18:00 CET)

3 July – Quarter-final W43 vs W44 (21:00 CET)

3. Baku, Baku Olympic Stadium

12 June – Wales vs Switzerland (15:00 CET)

16 June – Turkey vs Wales (18:00 CET)

20 June – Switzerland vs Turkey (18:00 CET)

3 July – Quarter-final W40 vs W38 (18:00 CET)

4. Copenhagen, Parken Stadium

12 June – Denmark vs Finland (18:00 CET)

17 June – Denmark vs Belgium (18:00 CET)

21 June – Russia vs Denmark (21:00 CET)

28 June – Round of 16 2D vs 2E (18:00 CET)

5. Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff ArenA

13 June – Netherlands vs Ukraine (21:00 CET)

17 June – Netherlands vs Austria (21:00 CET)

21 June – North Macedonia vs Netherlands (18:00 CET)

26 June – Round of 16 2A vs 2B (18:00 CET)

6. Bucharest, National Arena Bucharest

13 June – Austria vs North Macedonia (18:00 CET)

17 June – Ukraine vs North Macedonia (15:00 CET)

21 June – Ukraine vs Austria (18:00 CET)

28 June – Round of 16 1F vs 3A/B/C (21:00 CET)

7. London, Wembley Stadium

13 June – England vs Croatia (15:00 CET)

18 June – England vs Scotland (21:00 CET)

22 June – Czech Republic vs England (21:00 CET)

26 June – Round of 16 1A vs 2C (21:00 CET)

29 June – Round of 16 1D vs 2F (18:00 CET)

6 July – Semi-final W46 vs W45 (21:00 CET)

7 July – Semi-final W48 vs W47 (21:00 CET)

11 July – Final W49 vs W50 (21:00 CET)

8. Glasgow, Hampden Park

14 June – Scotland vs Czech Republic (15:00 CET)

18 June – Croatia vs Czech Republic (18:00 CET)

22 June – Croatia vs Scotland (21:00 CET)

29 June – Round of 16 (1E vs 3A/B/C/D) (21:00 CET)

9. Seville, Stadium La Cartuja Sevilla

14 June – Spain vs Sweden (21:00 CET)

19 June – Spain vs Poland (21:00 CET)

23 June – Slovakia vs Spain (18:00 CET)

27 June – Round of 16 1B vs 3A/D/E/F (21:00 CET)

10. Munich, Football Arena Munich

15 June – France vs Germany (21:00 CET)

19 June – Portugal vs Germany (18:00 CET)

23 June – Germany vs Hungary (21:00 CET)

2 July – Quarter-final W39 vs W37 (21:00 CET)

11. Budapest, Puskás Aréna

15 June – Hungary vs Portugal (18:00 CET)

19 June – Hungary vs France (15:00 CET)

23 June – Portugal vs France (21:00 CET)

27 June – Round of 16 1C vs 3D/E/F (18:00 CET)

Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium. Photo: The Stadium Guide

Key information for EURO 2020 spectators

Each of the 11 UEFA EURO 2020 host cities has welcomed fans back to the stadium for the matches this summer.

• Saint Petersburg and Baku have confirmed capacities of 50%.

• Budapest aims to host 100% of the stadium capacity, but with strict stadium entry requirements for spectators.

• Amsterdam, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Rome and Seville host 25%–45% of the stadium capacity.

• London has confirmed a minimum capacity of 25% for the first three group matches and the first round of 16 match. Capacity limits for the last four games (the second round of 16 match, semi-finals and final) will increase to a minimum 50% capacity.

• Munich aims to host a minimum of 14,500 spectators, corresponding to approximately 22% of the stadium capacity.

Rosy Huong