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Egypt embassy reminds football fans in Russia to obtain visa for travel to Kaliningrad

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Jun 2018
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Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Russia vs Egypt - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 19, 2018 Fans before the match REUTERS
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The Egyptian Embassy in Russia is urging Egyptian football fans in Russia to prepare for entrance regulations to Russian exclave Kaliningrad city, which is hosting several matches in the World Cup's group stage.

In an official statement released on Wednesday, the Egyptian foreign ministry urged Egyptian fans to prepare for entry to Kaliningrad, which has no direct land route from mainland Russia.

Kaliningrad, which is home to a population of 459,000 people, is a Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea.

"In accordance with the rules governing travel to Kaliningrad between the Russian Federation and Lithuania, it is stipulated that any foreigner must obtain a transit visa from the embassies or consulates of Lithuania abroad so they can board trains to the city," the Egyptian foreign ministry statement said.

The ministry added those who could not obtain a visa must travel to Kaliningrad by air.

Kaliningrad, whose stadium's capacity is 35,000, is hosting matches in Groups B, D, E, and G, including Serbia vs Switzerland's game on 22 June, Spain vs Morocco on 25 June, and England vs Belgium on 28 June.

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