People from all over the world were telling me a lot of kind words about my previous World Cup posts (you can find them all in the category 2018 World Cup).
It makes me feel very special, that my information actually helps for those that are planning to go to Russia for the 2018 World Cup. Thank you, guys, I’ll try to share with you more posts in the near future!
We all know that FIFA is not that great with providing a very detailed information. And one of the common questions that World Cup fans ask is if they are allowed to bring any bags with them to the game. It’s actually a very good question which I was interested in as well when I was at the previous World Cup in Brazil.
Here, in this post, I’ll make it clear of what you can and can’t bring to the stadium for the 2018 World Cup game. You will also find out if you can bring to the game a backpack or a bag with camera accessories.
Do they do the screening at the stadium?
Yes, it’s like going through security at the airport.
If you have a bag, you put it on the X-ray scanner. You’ll be asked to put your personal belongings from the pockets on the side and to walk through the metal detector. It’s a usual safety procedure that takes a few seconds.
Things that you can’t bring to the game
- Guns, knives, drugs.
- Food and drinks. They are very strict on that because they want you to spend more money on food and drinks at the stadium. By the way, prices on food at the venues aren’t that bad. When I went to one of the 2017 Confederations Cup games at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, they didn’t even let me in with a very small thing of crackers. It was sad to throw them away but rules are rules. Security guys were actually very nice about it :).
- Pyrotechnics, fireworks.
- Glass bottles and containers (including perfume bottles, glass containers with make-up).
- Selfie sticks & tripods.
- Large electronic devices (laptops, iPad’s). Smartphones are fine.
Are bags/backpacks allowed?
According to FIFA, you can enter the stadium if your bag fits under the seat. Approximate allowed dimensions are 25 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm (10 in x 10 in x 10 in). But it’s very unlikely that they will actually measure your bag unless it is really big.
Make sense, right, that they won’t let you in with a suitcase or huge travel backpack? But a small handbag or a regular-sized backpack is surely fine to bring to the World Cup game.
Again from my personal experience of attempting the 2017 Confederations Cup – I had a normal backpack on me and I was a little bit worried if I’ll be allowed to enter. At the end, my backpack wasn’t an issue but crackers were 🙂 I’ve seen many other fans who had bags as well.
If you have a camera bag with a camera and a few lenses/accessories – they are allowed as well as long as they are for private use. But you cannot bring video and sound recording equipment.
Let’s sum it all up!
It’s okay to bring a bag to the stadium during the 2018 World Cup. You can take a purse, a handbag or a regular backpack which are all fine. If you have something bigger, I would recommend to not try your luck. It’s not worth a chance of missing a game. In this case, leave your stuff somewhere before heading to the stadium.
If you are traveling to a different city right after the game, the best thing to do is to store your belongings at the train station (the one that you will be leaving from) prior to the match.
If you are concerned and worried that they might not let you in with your stuff, I recommend you to get to the stadium early. You can enter the stadium 3 hours prior to the game. So even if they’ll tell you that something you have is not allowed, then you’ll have enough time to go drop your stuff at the hotel, train station and etc.
I wish you a very successful and fun trip to the World Cup in Russia! I’ll be glad to answer your other questions about the 2018 World Cup in the comment below.