Choose your Olympic and Paralympic competition dates and times ahead of time in order to make your trip a positive and enjoyable experience. Games schedule.
In order to attend the Sochi Games, foreign nationals who do not reside in the Russian Federation must apply for a Russian visa (exceptions exist for citizens from countries with which the Russian Federation has established a visa-free entry agreement), purchase a ticket, apply for a Spectator Pass and, if necessary, reserve hotel accommodations and travel to Sochi.
- Getting a Russian Visa
Foreign citizens are required to obtain a Russian visa in order to enter the Russian Federation. Exceptions exist for citizens from countries with which the Russian Federation has established a visa-free entry agreement. Information about the documents necessary for obtaining a Russian visa can be found at the Russian Federation consulate in your country (this list may vary from country to country). List of Consulates of the Russian Federation
Terms and basic conditions for issuing visas (the list of documents requested, the size of the consular staff, working days and hours, and the time frame for obtaining a visa) may vary depending on the country where the Russian Federation Consulate is located. When making inquiries it is extremely important that you clearly understand all the details regarding the procedure for applying for and obtaining your visa.
- Milling In the Migration Card
Upon entering the Russian Federation, foreign citizens must complete a migration card, indicate their visa information on the migration card, and, upon arriving at their destination in the Russian Federation, they must present these documents to the host party to be registered on the migration record. A foreign citizen may stay in the Russian Federation for the time period defined by the visa issued to him/her.
Migration card forms are provided on board the aircraft (or train), or at a border crossing point on the Russian Federation's international border.
- Migration Record
After entering the Russian Federation, foreign citizens must be registered in the migration record in accordance with their place of arrival. Information regarding (or notice of) the foreign citizen's arrival in the Russian Federation must be submitted to the local agency of the Federal Migration Service within seven working days after arrival. This means that it is important to make sure that all procedures for registration on the Migration Record are carried out by the Host Party (hotel, owner of a private home, etc.).
More detailed information is available at Russian Federation Federal Migration Service website
- Applying for Medical Insurance
Foreign spectators might need medical insurance to obtain a visa to enter Russia, and if necessary, to receive medical treatment during their stay at the Games. Medical insurance should be obtained in the country of residence.
Medical assistance at the sports venues is free of charge for foreign spectators. Medical assistance for foreign spectators in possession of medical insurance that is valid in Russia, is subject to a charge (with the exception of medical assistance obtained at the sports venues).
In order to obtain medical insurance valid in the Russian Federation, you may also visit the nearest office of the international insurance company Ingosstrakh, a Sochi 2014 Partner.
- Buying Tickets
If you live in the Russian Federation, you will be able to purchase tickets on the official ticket website, tickets.sochi2014.com
To buy tickets, you will need your ID and a Visa payment card.
- Select an event on the website tickets.sochi2014.com, choose the tickets and complete payment.
- Receive confirmation of your ticket purchase by email.
- Get your ticket:
- courier delivery
- pick it up in person during the fall of 2013 at the Main Ticket Centers in Moscow and Sochi by presenting your printed order confirmation. Information about Main Ticket Center locations and operating hours will be published in the Fall of 2013 at tickets.sochi2014.com.
Spectators who do not reside in the Russian Federation may only buy tickets through official ticket agents or through the National Olympic Committee in their country.
A list of official ticket agents is published at tickets.sochi2014.com.
Children born after February 1, 2012 do not need a ticket or Spectator Pass to attend events.
Ticket purchase terms and conditions can be found on the ticket sales website at tickets.sochi2014.com.
- Applying for a Spectator Pass
To attend the competition and ceremonies events of the Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in the city of Sochi and to access the Olympic Park, you must buy a ticket and apply for a Spectator Pass.
Only ticket holders may obtain a Spectator Pass. The Spectator Pass is issued one time and is valid for the entire time period of the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in the city of Sochi.
After buying a ticket, we recommend that every spectator go through the Spectator Pass registration process as soon as possible at the special website pass.sochi2014.com.
Children born after February 1, 2012 do not need a ticket or Spectator Pass to attend events.
- Procedure for applying for a Spectator Pass
There are three main steps in applying for a Spectator Pass:
- Submit an application
- Choose Pick-up or delivery of the Spectator Pass
A similar procedure applies for Russian citizens and for foreign citizens, with a few minor differences.
Step 1. Submitting an Application Before the Games
In order to submit your application to receive a Spectator Pass on time (before the Games), ticket holders can receive authorization number at pass.sochi2014.com.
Spectators will need to indicate on their applications their full names and personal data (date and place of birth, citizenship, type of ID used (Russian passport, foreign passport, or birth certificate)), the number of that document, contact information, and ticket order number. They will also need to provide a photo.
Confirmation that your application has been processed successfully will be sent by email or text message within 72 hours.
Step 2. Pick-up or Delivery
Spectators may pick up their Spectator Pass in person at one of the official Spectator Registration Centers in Sochi or Moscow by showing the ID indicated when they submitted their Spectator Pass application, or by using the postal service or a special delivery service for a "Pre-Valid" Spectator Pass. Note: Moscow's Spectator Registration Center opens in August 2013.
Step 3. Activation
If a spectator wishes to receive their Spectator Pass by mail or delivery service, the Spectator Pass will need to be activated after delivery at any Spectator Registration Center.
Spectator Passes will be activated when the spectator visits a Spectator Registration Center in person and shows the ID indicated when submitting the Spectator Pass application.
Activation takes less than one minute. We expect the total wait time at the Centers issuing Spectator Passes will be no more than 5 minutes.
During the Games the entire procedure to apply for a Spectator Pass will continue as noted above at pass.sochi2014.com. Spectator Passes will also available to be immediately confirmed and picked up in person at any Spectator Registration Center.
For information about the Spectator Pass, help filling out the application form, Spectator Registration Center addresses, and other useful information, please visit pass.sochi2014.com.
Spectator registration program support service can be contacted at +7 (800) 550-00-14
There are several ways to get to Sochi: plane, train or boat.
- By Plane.
The fastest way to get to Sochi is by plane. Sochi has direct air connections with many cities in Russia, such as St. Petersburg, Saratov, Yakutsk, Ufa, Arkhangelsk, and Krasnodar. There are also regular international flights to Sochi from Istanbul, Yerevan, and Tashkent.
To get from the airport to downtown Sochi or the Olympic venues, you can take a taxi, a city shuttle bus or the Sochi Aeroexpress (a ride to the Sochi railroad station on the Aeroexpress takes around 45 minutes and costs 200 rubles).
For more detailed information about how to get to or from the Sochi airport by public transportation or taxi, flights, and flight schedules, please visit the official website of the Sochi Airport.
You may also use the special Spectator Transport system (railroad or bus).
- Flights from Moscow to Sochi
There are more than 15 direct flights into Sochi every day from the Moscow airports: Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Sheremetyeovo. The transport hub will be the Sheremetyeovo International Airport in Moscow.
"Aeroflot" airlines is the Official Airline of the Games in Sochi with over 5 direct daily flights to Sochi. For schedules and flight costs, please check the Aeroflot website. The flight duration from Moscow to Sochi is 2 hours and 20 minutes.
You can find information about traveling between airports or getting from the airports to downtown Moscow at the Aeroexpress company website. The cost of an Aeroexpress trip from an airport to downtown Moscow is 320 rubles.
- By Train
Sochi 2014 General Partner Russian Railways provides train services to Sochi. The average journey time by train between Moscow and Sochi is 24 to 30 hours. For travel information, ticket prices and train timetables, please check the Russian Railways website.
- By Sea
Sochi has direct sea connections with Novorossiysk and the port of Trabzon, Turkey. Travel time from Novorossiysk is 3 hours 30 minutes. From the port of Trabzon, travel takes from 4.5 to 12 hours, depending on the type of boat selected. The cost of a ticket from Trabzon to Sochi is between 3500 and 5000 rubles. From Sochi, you can travel to the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland and other countries.
For information about ticket prices, schedules, and vessel types, please visit the Sochi Commercial Seaport website, or check directly at the counter at the Sochi Seaport.