HOW DO I BOOK A PACKAGE FOR 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP?
Booking a 2018 FIFA World Cup package is easy with Great Atlantic Sports Travel. In order to secure your place as part of the Confederations Cup, you must complete the official 2018 FIFA World Cup booking form or complete your order via Great Atlantic Sports Travel’s website. If you have any questions regarding this process please do not hesitate to Contact Us. If you are submitting the official 2018 FIFA World Cup booking form please print and fax the booking form to (757) 425-8950 or mail to Great Atlantic Sports Travel, 1065 Laskin Road #101, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Please return the official 2018 FIFA World Cup booking form along with your applicable deposit or full payment.
DO I NEED A VISA OR OTHER TRAVEL DOCUMENTS TO VISIT RUSSIA?
US Citizen - To enter Russia for any purpose, a U.S. citizen must possess a valid U.S. passport and a bona fide visa issued by a Russian Embassy or Consulate. It is impossible to obtain an entry visa upon arrival, so travelers must apply for their visas well in advance. U.S. citizens who apply for Russian visas in third countries where they do not have permission to stay more than 90 days may face considerable delays in visa processing. Travelers who arrive in Russia without an entry visa will not be permitted to enter the country, and face immediate return to the point of embarkation at their own expense. A Russian entry/exit visa has two dates written in the European style (day/month/year) as opposed to the American style (month/day/year). The first date indicates the earliest day a traveler may enter Russia; the second date indicates the date by which a traveler must leave Russia. A Russian visa is only valid for those exact dates and cannot be extended after the traveler has arrived in the country, except in the case of a medical emergency.
All Other Countries - Information for EU Passport Holders: On the 1st of June, 2007 the Russia-EU Visa Facilitation Agreement came into force and according to its provisions visa processing fees are changed for the citizens of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia.
Citizens of these countries should submit national medical insurance certificate valid for Russia or guarantee of medical coverage from a Russian hosting organization for all period of stay. Medical insurance certificate should contain Russian contact phone number for emergency or assistance.
However these provisions are not valid for the countries which did not sign the Agreement: the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway. Holders of diplomatic passports of the countries mentioned above do not need a visa to enter Russia for 90 days. Please see your embassy for more details.
WHAT HOTELS ARE AVAILABLE FOR 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP IN RUSSIA?
Great Atlantic Sports Travel has a wide variety of hotel accommodations available for The 2018 FIFA World Cup. It is important to reserve early to insure the best hotels are available.
HOW ARE THE PRICES DETERMINED ON TRAVEL PACKAGES?
Prices are per person based on double occupancy for multi-night stays in Russia. Your invoice will indicate the services that are included in the travel package. Each package may be extended or reduced to a two night minimum.
ARE THERE ANY SAFETY CONCERNS WHEN TRAVELING IN RUSSIA?
Safety is a large concern when visiting any foreign country. Be cautious and aware of your surroundings. Exercise caution when large crowds have gathered. Be vigilant, as pick pocketing is prevalent in the larger cities. Do not leave bags unattended. Thieves are active on public transportation, underground walkways, the subway, overnight trains, train stations, airports, markets, tourist attractions, and restaurants. Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 02 or 102, or 112 if using a mobile phone, and the U.S. Embassy at +7 495 728-5000, or the nearest consulate at the telephone numbers listed above in the Embassies and Consulates section. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime. United States law enforcement agencies do not have jurisdiction to investigate crimes against U.S. citizens that occur on Russian territory.
DO I NEED TO GET ANY VACCINATIONS WHEN TRAVELING TO RUSSIA?
It depends. Most individuals traveling to Wales will not require any special vaccinations beyond routine vaccinations for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and their yearly flu shot, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Rabies. Some individuals may require special vaccinations depending on their individual health background.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T SEE A PACKAGE THAT MEETS MY NEEDS?
Great Atlantic Sports Travel and its dedicated staff of sports travel specialists is here to help you create your ideal FIFA World Cup 2018 vacation. Let us build a custom sports vacation that is an exact fit for your taste, time, and budget.
DO YOU HAVE ANY DISCOUNTED PACKAGES FOR FAMILY?
We offer family priced packages at a discount of 15%. This package is available for children (under 15) occupying the same room with two adults. The discount is based on the land portion of the travel package. Please note there is a maximum of four people in a room with two beds.
WHAT ABOUT MATCH TICKETS? ARE THEY AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE?
Match tickets can be purchased on the FIFA site. After purchasing your ticket you will need to register for a Fan-ID. As required by Russian legislation, to get to the 2018 FIFA World Cup match, you will need a personalized visitor card, otherwise known as the fan-ID, in addition to your ticket. This name card is is-sued for each visitor and is obligatory for all ticket owners, including Russian residents and children. For the citizens of foreign states, the fan-ID also gives a right to visa-free entrance to Russia. You only have to get your fan-ID once, and use it for all the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches along with your tickets.
CAN GREAT ATLANTIC SPORTS TRAVEL HELP OUR GROUP BOOK 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP AIRFARE?
Absolutely. Great Atlantic Sports Travel is a full service tour provider and we specialize in helping fans see their favorite teams live and in person no matter where they are competing. In regard to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Great Atlantic Sports Travel can assist you in sourcing both domestic as well as international airfare. That being said, airfare during the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be at an absolute premium. Therefore, it is critical to reserve your seats as early as possible to get the best air schedule and prices available.
ONCE I ARRIVE IN RUSSIA, HOW WILL I GET AROUND?
In the host cities there are several available options to get to your final destination. Trains are the most common way to get around the city and to any location that is less than a day’s ride away. The other transportation options are discussed in details on our Travel Services page.
DOES GREAT ATLANTIC SPORTS TRAVEL WORK WITH LARGE GROUPS?
Absolutely. Great Atlantic Sports Travel has extensive experience developing unique sports travel itineraries for groups both large and small. For corporate groups, Great Atlantic Sports Travel has a long list of Corporate Services that are available. Integrating incentive travel for your company’s marketing plan is not just a good idea to consider, but an essential strategy used for increasing market share and improving customer service. Incentive travel provides a distinctive opportunity for your staff or customers to strive to increase sales revenue. It is also an excellent way to introduce a new product line. Whether your company is best suited to sponsor an internal, regional, national, or even worldwide corporate event, we can assist. From concept to competition, Great Atlantic Sports Travel has the experience you need to help you boost your sales in an exciting new way.
WILL THERE BE GREAT ATLANTIC TRAVEL REPRESENTATIVES IN RUSSIA TO HELP ME?
Our Sports Travel managers and our Russian Travel Managers are well experienced in International Sports Travel. They are dedicated and attentive managers that will offer guidance and assistance throughout your travels. You will receive contact information including phone numbers and e-mail addresses to our representatives to get a quick response to any question or concern you have during your stay in Russia. Of course, you can always call our offices in an emergency or to answer any general questions. Great Atlantic Sports Travel is dedicated to ensuring its customers with a worry-free vacation both on the ground and with our home offices.
ARE THERE ANY DAY TOURS IN RUSSIA I CAN ADD TO MY PACKAGE?
We will offer a selection of different day tours in Russia. The half day guided tours will include various tours that give you a panoramic city tour, take in the major sites of your host city, or offer a visit to a local museum or other exciting activities. Don’t miss out on the adventure, be sure to ask about our day tours when booking your package.
WHAT SHOULD I SEE ONCE I AM IN RUSSIA?
The variety, contrasts and virtually endless possibilities are what make Russia so exciting. Russia is best known for being their lively nightlife, rich culture, the cuisine, architecture and their heritage. Our site will continue to include additional information that will be available in all host cities.
SHOULD I PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. Great Atlantic Sports Travel always recommends that our clients purchase travel insurance. You can protect yourself against cancellation penalties if you cancel for a reason covered by the insurance policy of your choice. All insurance policies are unique so please read all insurance policy documents very carefully to ensure that you fully understand the options available to you. Click here to view Travel Insurance Options.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY TRAVEL DOCUMENTS?
Great Atlantic Sports Travel clients who are traveling to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will receive their travel documents approximately 14 days prior to their departure date.
HOW LONG HAS GREAT ATLANTIC SPORTS TRAVEL BEEN IN BUSINESS?
Great Atlantic Sports Travel has been serving the public in all aspects of sports travel since 1981. Additionally Great Atlantic Sports Travel has acted as an Official Travel Agent for the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA, the 1998 FIFA World Cup France, the 2002 FIFA World Cup Japan, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Great Atlantic Sports Travel was also an official MATCH Hospitality Agent for the 2009 World Cup Germany. Great Atlantic Sports Travel is proudly affiliated with the National Tour Association (NTA), and with the International Association of Travel Agents (IATA), consumer advocates of excellence in all forms of leisure travel. In addition to adhering to a strict code of ethics, Great Atlantic Sports Travel maintain the following insurance to insure full client security: $2,000,000 coverage for general public liability and a consumer protection plan to protect your investment. For references call NTA services at 1-800-862-8888.