Alpine Ski World Cup Sochi-2012


Information for Participants
of the Test Events at Olympic Venues of Sochi
Winter Season 2011-2012

Dear Participants,
We will be happy to welcome you in Sochi for the:

  • FIS Alpine World Cup Men – 11-13 February 2012
  • FIS Alpine World Cup Ladies – 18-19 February 2012

All information about competitions, accommodation, transportation to and from the venue, etc. as well as all corresponding changes will be posted on this website therefore we would advise to check it up from time to time for possible updates.

World Cup participants: please, note that according to the World Cup Rules - Edition 2011/12 the Organizer may only accept preliminary/final entries sent by national associations via FIS on-line application system. Therefore we would suggest you to organize your application process as follows:

  1. Send a preliminary entry for the Sochi WC via FIS on-line application system;
  2. Collect all the necessary data for every person you would need an invitation for;
  3. Submit collected data via the on-line application form or via e-mail to

Please note, that your visa support request will only be processed after we have received your official entry via FIS on-line entry system even if the request was sent earlier.

If a participant is also planning to attend Moscow events, this needs to be indicated in the application form to ensure the issue of appropriate visa invitation.

Visa Support
In order to enter Russia most foreign citizens require a valid Russian visa. The Organizer provides visa support for the participants of the test events in Sochi who need an invitation to apply for a visa. Below you will find our ‘Visa Application Guide’ created for your reference*.

* Details may vary from country to country. Please, enquire about laws/regulations which may be valid in your case.

Visas for foreigners are issued by Russian consulates all over the world. To receive a visa you need to apply for it filing a complete visa application package that will include various documents depending on your citizenship and local regulations.

Thanks to the consideration of the Consulate Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAF) special regulations will be in force for the Sochi test events participants. We will do our best to handle your applications as fast as possible, but beware of the fact that visa support processing may in some cases take several days. Since your original travel passport is always a part of the application package, we would kindly advise you to start the visa application process as early as possible considering your own season schedules.

Here is a description of the application process step-by-step:

Step 1 - Information
Check specific regulations applying to the citizens of your home country and to the applicants of the Russian consulate you will apply at. Contacts of Russian consulates can be found via the MFA website

Step 2 - Invitation
To request a visa invitation (also called visa support), please, fill out the on-line application form on our website or e-mail data to You would need to provide the OC with the following for every applicant:

  • First name
  • Family name 
  • Passport number
  • Passport expiry date: dd/mm/yyyy
  • Date of birth: dd/mm/yyyy
  • Gender (male/female)
  • Citizenship
  • Organization details (name and contacts)
  • Position
  • Date of arrival: dd/mm/yyyy
  • Date of departure: dd/mm/yyyy
  • Russian consulate where application will be submitted
  • Copy of the data page of the applicant’s passport
  • Passport size photo
  • Dates of arrival and departure to Moscow if taking part in Moscow events

Step 3 – Application
Prepare visa application package(s): fill out consulate application forms, collect necessary documents as stated on the consulate website, and pay the consular fee. Then submit the complete package(s) to the consulate.

Application package check-list:

  • Invitation – (or visa support) a letter you obtain and receive from the OC
  • Passport – original, no copies, valid at least until 23.05.2012, containing at least one clear page
  • Passport-size photograph – recent, good quality – check the consulate website for other requirements
  • Visa application – filled out complete – download from the consulate website
  • Consulate-specific documents – like insurance etc. – check the consulate website for specific regulations.

Insurance – if needed is a travel insurance valid on the territory of the Russian Federation covering sports-specific risks, medical treatment and transportation from abroad costs. Make sure that insurance company is approved by your consulate. A list of such companies is normally published on consulate websites.

All difficulties in regard to the communication with Russian consulates are to be reported to the OC immediately.
Non-EU citizens –special regulations apply, for example: US, UK and Georgia citizens complete a different longer application form and pay a different fee. Some non-EU citizens may be allowed to enter Russia without a visa according to special agreements made between the countries.

Once you receive your passport(s) from the consulate, please, check if all the data in the visa is correct and inform the OC by means of a phone call or an e-mail.

We are ready to help you with any questions/problems you may have. Please, send an e-mail to or call Evgenia Sedelnikova +7 903 211 9390

 By filling out the on-line application form you automatically submit a request for accreditation for the corresponding competition(s).

Irrespectively of the way accreditation request is submitted (via the on-line form or e-mail) appropriate passport-size photograph(s) must be provided for every participant.

Bearers of FIS seasonal accreditation cards will receive an additional badge from the OC for venue access.
All badges will be handed over to team/group representatives upon arrival and are absolutely necessary for entering the venue including team hotels.
Participants coming to the airport of Sochi with the FIS charter flights will go through special exit gates, passport and customs control areas, and will be met by the Welcome Team which will take them to the venue/hotels.
Participants with self-organized arrivals will also be picked up from the airport providing they have communicated the following information to the OC in time:

  • Arrival/departure date, time, flight numbers, destination (from/to)
  • Amount of passengers and all names of participants in a group
  • Amount of luggage in pieces and its approximate total weight

Teams are accommodated by the bottom station of the main ski lift so no local transportation will be needed.

FIS rules apply

Ski rooms, accreditation, race office, team captains meetings – at or near the hotels (5 min walk)

More information will follow*

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