Fans from across the globe will descend on Russia next year for the latest edition of the FIFA World Cup.
Holders Germany will be amongst the favourites to retain the trophy they won in 2014, but the likes of Brazil, Spain and France will provide stiff opposition.
There are 11 cities hosting the tournament, with Moscow likely to be the most popular choice for visiting supporters.
The capital city will stage the opening match of the tournament featuring hosts Russia, with the second semi-final on July 10 and the final on July 15 also scheduled to take place there.
Here’s our top five tips for planning a trip to Russia for the 2018 World Cup:
Betting could be difficult
Gambling was banned almost everywhere in Russia in 2009. The only exceptions are four specially arranged zones in the Altai, Krasnodar, Kaliningrad, and Primorsky regions.
Online gambling has been similarly restricted, although poker remains a grey area due to issues surrounding whether it is a game of skill.
Foreign-based websites have been accessible, but Internet Service Providers have been instructed to block gambling related websites.
Winner Casino’s offercould help you pass the time on your journey to and from the tournament, but you could experience difficulties inside Russia.
Ensure you’re fully organised
Book accommodation before you arrive as hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to travel and hotel demand will be high.
Get your tickets from a credible source and make sure you take out comprehensive travel insurance.
Don’t be caught out by the weather
Russia is associated with cold winters, but if you pack woolly jumpers and thick socks you may find yourself working up a bit of a sweat.
Weather during June and July is typically fairly warm with temperatures above 20 degrees centigrade, so take your shorts and sun cream and enjoy the joys of a Russian summer.
Familiarise yourself with the Moscow Metro
Make sure you have a colour map written in both English and Russian, just in case you need to ask for help.
Always count the number of stations you need to travel, as some of the signage on the network isn’t always clearly visible.
Allow yourself extra time to work out you’re heading in the right direction as there might not be staff around to advise you.
Be on the ball
Security will be high at the World Cup, particularly after the violence involving Russian fans at Euro 2016 in France.
Russia has insisted the tournament will pass without incident, but travelling fans should stay vigilant, stick together and ensure they take advice on the areas to avoid around the various cities.