MOSCOW, December 5 (R-Sport) - Foreigners wishing to attend the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will have simplified visa procedures to negotiate, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
Most foreigners need tourist visas to enter Russia, but those with Olympic tickets will be granted access to special "Olympic windows" at Russian embassies and consulates around the world, the ministry said.
Sochi visitors will not need to provide confirmation of a hotel booking as is usually the case, and they will be exempt from waiting in regular visa lines, the ministry said.
President Vladimir Putin in May signed a decree waiving the visa requirement entirely for athletes and their accredited entourages.
Thousands of visitors from all over the world are expected to descend on the Black Sea resort for the February 7-23 Olympics, Russia's first-ever Winter Games.