May 17, 2018

World Cup in Russia and the Impact on International Assignees

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World Cup in Russia and the Impact on International Assignees

Posted by: Alison Hamson-Ford, Supply Chain Manager, EMEA

Preparations are well under way for the 21st FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia from June 14th to July 15th. Will defending champions Germany become the first nation to win back-to-back titles since Brazil in 1958? How will World Cup newcomers Iceland and Panama fare?

A total of 64 matches being played in 12 venues in 11 cities means that the spotlight will be firmly on Russia. Cartus takes a look at the potential impact on assignees and their organizations.

What does this mean for international relocation?

The event will have a significant impact on international assignees relocating during the competition, but life is expected to return to normal quickly, and have no lasting impact on long-term rental properties.

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  • Demand for temporary accommodation, flights and local transportation will be extremely high and at inflated cost during this period.
  • Assignees planning to go to Russia need to act fast in order to secure temporary accommodation, or consider delaying their trip until after the tournament has finished.
  • Foreign citizens (with some exceptions) visiting any of the 11 host cities during the World Cup must complete Migration Registration within three days of arrival instead of the usual 24-hour period. The registration will normally be stamped by hotels and guest houses, but it is the individual’s responsibility to make sure that it has been done.
    • Exception: foreign nationals who arrive in hotels, sanatoriums, hospitals and other similar institutions must be registered by administration of these institutions within one day from their arrival.
  • Foreign nationals can register their addresses at local divisions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as at Multifunctional Centers.
  • Should assignees need to travel to these cites during the competition, we advise avoiding arrival on Fridays and Saturdays so that the registration period does not fall on the weekend. Assignees should also keep original documents such as passport, visa, immigration and travel documents to hand. 


  • Travel disruption should be expected, as with any major event. Airports will be busy, particularly at the beginning and end of the tournament, and assignees should anticipate tighter security protocols that may take longer to get through.
  • Roads will be congested and public transport will be especially impacted, so assignees should allow extra time when travelling.
  • If home search, school search, and look/see trips have to be scheduled during the tournament, companies should consider extending them from the typical three days to five.
  • In addition to personal travel plans being interrupted, movement of household goods could also be delayed.    

Planning and Setting Expectations for International Assignees

Advance planning is key and, with the countdown well under way, companies can still take steps to ensure assignments are successful. It’s important to communicate with international assignees and their families, setting their expectations ahead of the move by letting them know the potential impact the World Cup may have on their relocation.

Should you have any questions about your own relocation programme, your Cartus contact will be more than happy to help. Also, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at .

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