World Cup terror caution
The Polish Foreign Ministry has released a brochure ahead of the World Cup warning Polish football fans against a host of different difficulties, including potential terror attacks.
Issued ahead of the opening next week, the pamphlet also lays out the conditions of entry and stay in the Russian Federation, rules of conduct in certain places and situations, and guidance on how to receive assistance in case of loss of passport.
Sports enthusiasts are also encouraged to familiarise themselves with the consulates throughout Russia relevant to them. As part of their consular assistance, the Polish Foreign Ministry will also operate mobile consulates in Kazan and Volgograd.
The Polish Foreign Ministry has also cautioned Polish fans against visiting the Crimean peninsula, occupied by Russia since 2014.
“Remember that Poland has not recognised the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia and there is no possibility of granting consular assistance to Polish citizens staying there," the brochure warns.
The Polish authorities are also concerned about a possible clash between Polish football fans and Russian hooligans who have provoked violent riots during the 2016 European Football Championship in France. Poland's national team is currently finishing the final preparations for the prestigious tournament.
The football World Cup will open on Thursday, June 15, with 15,000 Polish fans expected to descend on their Easter neighbour.
Poland will play against Senegal on June 19 against in Moscow, and later face Colombia and Japan which are in the same group with Poland.