Fans planning to attend the World Cup in Russia this summer will be permitted to bring select narcotics into stadiums, but there’s a catch.
Russia, the leader of the Eurasian Economic Union, has provisions in place to allow those traveling to its member states to bring certain banned substances with them, Sports Illustrated reports. Travelers are permitted to declare certain drugs at customs if a doctor’s note, written in Russian, is provided.
Marijuana, cocaine and heroin are just a few among the plethora of substances on the list of declarable items.
If fans are able to transport these drugs into Russia, FIFA rules will permit them to bring the substance into the stadiums. FIFA lets fans bring narcotics and psychotropic substances into stadiums if they possess a written prescription (in English or Russian) and the drugs remain in the original packaging.
The Russian World Cup organizing committee said, “Security officers will monitor the enforcement of rules for carrying prescription drugs to stadium grounds at checkpoints.”