Planning your trip
Emulate the Athletes — Prepare your Sochi2014!
To make your trip a positive and enjoyable experience, make sure you’ve prepared well in advance. Choose the Olympic and Paralympic competitions that you want to attend, buy your tickets, order your Spectator Pass, and arrange your journey. The world’s best Olympic winter athletes are waiting for you, so start your Olympic experience here: Games schedule.
In order to attend the Sochi Games, spectators residing in the Russian Federation must buy a ticket, register for a Spectator Pass and, if necessary, reserve hotel accommodations and travel to Sochi.
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.
- 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 at the Main Ticket Centers in Moscow and Sochi by presenting your printed order confirmation. Information about Main Ticket Center locations and operating hours is published on tickets.sochi2014.com
Spectators who do not reside in the Russian Federation may buy tickets through Authorized Ticket Reseller or through the National Olympic Committee of their country. Under consent of National Olympic Committees, this site can also be used for ticket sales for citizens of other countries. The detailed information is published on tickets.sochi2014.com.
Children born after February 1, 2012 do not need a ticket or a 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 XXII Olympic Winter Games and the XI 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. No matter how many events you plan to attend, you need only apply once for a Spectator Pass as it will be valid for the entire period of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in the city of Sochi.
After buying a ticket, we recommend that every spectator goes 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 a Spectator Pass to attend events.
Ticket purchase terms and conditions can be found on the ticket sales website at www.tickets.sochi2014.com.
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
- Activation 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 an 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 (or birth certificate for children), foreign passport), the number of that document, contact information, and ticket order number. You 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.
Important! The passport should be the one you use to enter the Russian Federation.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 for a «Pre-Valid» Spectator Pass.Step 3. Activation
If a spectator wishes to receive their Spectator Pass by mail, 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.
The spectator registration program support service can be contacted at +7 (800) 550-00-14
- 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.
A simplified system for issuing visas to foreign tourists visiting Russia for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi was introduced on Dec. 1, 2013. Visa requests will be accepted at separate «Olympic windows» in Russian consular offices. A Russian visa may be applied for without having to wait in the main line and without having to provide verification of hotel arrangements. Visa applications will be reviewed in an expedited manner.
When applying for a visa using the simplified procedure, foreign spectators should confirm that they plan on attending sporting events and/or Games ceremonies. To do this, one must present either a ticket for an indicated sporting event, electronic confirmation of a ticket purchase issued by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee or its official ticket agents abroad, or a Spectator Pass.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Russian consular offices will approve foreign tourists without prior lodging arrangements binding them to a particular hotel.
To get Russian visa a foreign spectator or a stateless person has to provide the following documents:
- Valid Passport;
- Photo 3×4 (colored);
- Application form (Please check the requirements on the official website of the Russian embassy or consulate of your country which is available on the official website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the «Foreign establishments MFA of Russia» section);
- Medical Insurance, valid on the territory of the Russian Federation, if needed (Please check the rules of providing a medical insurance on the official website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the «Foreign establishments MFA of Russia» section);
- Electronic or facsimile copy (no hard copy needed) of «Reception of the foreign tourist» where NO accommodation indication is needed. You can refer to any Russian tour operator or travel agency (in Russian or in your country) or Russian visa application center in your country (if available).
- One of the documents listed below (all at the discretion of the applicant), which confirms that the foreigner intends to be a spectator at the Games:
- Ticket to the sporting events and/or the Games ceremonies or
- Electronic confirmation of its purchase by Sochi2014 Organizing Committee or from one of the authorized ticket reseller abroad;
- Spectator Pass.
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.
Important! 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.
- 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. Russian spectators must have a medical insurance policy on their person in order to receive medical assistance.
Initial first aid will be given at the venues for free if something happens at the venues. If further professional care is needed, its subject of charge in accordance with terms of your purchased medical insurance. Medical assistance for foreign spectators in possession of medical insurance that is valid in Russia is subject to a charge.
In order to obtain medical insurance valid in the Russian Federation, you may also visit the nearest office of Ingosstrakh insurance company, a Sochi 2014 Partner.
- Filling In the Migration Card and Migration Record
Upon entering the Russian Federation, spectators must complete a migration card. If applicable, visitors will be required to indicate their visa information on the migration card. Upon arriving at your destination in the Russian Federation, the migration card should be presented to the host party (hotel, private accommodation owner, etc.) who is responsible for registering the spectator in the migration record.
Tips: You may take and fill-in a migration card on the plane or train. If your transportation company does not give out migration card blanks during your trip — we would like to bring your attention to the fact that the automated system of filling the migration cards for guests and spectators of the Games will start operating as of January 2014 in the airports of Moscow (Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Sheremetyeovo) and in the airport of Sochi. Meaning that you will receive a filled in migration card at customs at the same time as they give you your passport back.
Russian citizens holding both tickets and a Spectator Pass to the Olympic Games do not need to apply to the registration authorities in Sochi, unless are staying in the city for more than 90 days. Foreign spectators holding both tickets and a Spectator Pass similarly do not need to register with authorities if they are staying for less than 7 days. Additionally, spectators staying at a hotel (B&B, cruise ship resort, holiday home, hostel, etc.), do not need to contact the Federal Migration Service authorities with this information: all details relating to registration (migration registration) will be dealt with by staff at their accommodation.
More detailed information is available at Russian Federation Federal Migration Service website