Rules of Bus Entry into World Cup 2018 Host Cities Subject to Change Since June 1

The right to enter Kazan, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov on Don, Samara, St. Petersburg, and Sochi from June 1 to July 17, 2018, and to enter Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, and Saransk from June 1 to June 30, 2018, shall only be granted to those buses that have proper satellite navigation equipment and are operated by entities that have submitted their planned itineraries via the ANO ‘Transport Directorate 2018’ resource, bus.transport2018.com, complete with locations, dates and times, and routes.

The rule does not apply to buses that regularly carry passengers along municipal, intercity, and interregional routes.

Buses that are owned by Russian carriers must use satellite navigation equipment that has been registered with ERA-GLONASS, the official operator of the Government Automated Information System. Buses that are owned by foreign carriers can use GLONASS counterparts. The relevant changes shall be introduced to the Decree of the Russian Government No. 1426 in the nearest future. The on-board navigation equipment needed to ensure the foreign carriers’ buses entry into the 11 host cities may be provided in exchange for a security payment. The bus owners shall recover their security payment as they return the on-board equipment upon leaving.

Reports of each Russian and foreign bus trip, complete with itinerary data such as the location, time, and route, shall be submitted to later than 48 hours before the planned entry. If a report has already been submitted, it can still be changed, but no later than 3 hours before the planned entry. The bus owner must also keep a printed copy of the report on their person as they travel along the route.

Installing the on-board equipment will ensure the passengers’ safety en route. By pressing a special button, the driver will be able to alert emergency services to any incident during the trip, while the satellite navigation equipment will capture the bus’s exactly location and submit the relevant data to the ERA-GLONASS system, which may be used to aid emergency services if necessary.

For any information regarding bus entry into the World Cup 2018 host cities, Russian and foreign carriers may contact Customer Support of the Transport Directorate’s special information resource, which can be done by phone: 8-800-511-30-18 for calls within Russia and +7-499-426-05-72 for calls from abroad. Consultations are available 24/7 in Russian and in English.

Provisions of agreements on sharing information with the vehicle (bus) owners for the purpose of identifying the satellite navigation equipment in the ERA-GLONASS Government Automated Information System:


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