Additional 2014 Winter Olympics Tickets On-Sale Thursday

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Update: The email I received does not indicate any restrictions on who will be able to use the official ticket site, but the site itself does still indicate it is for those who reside in the Russian Federation and will only accept Visa credit cards issued in Russia.  I have no clue why they would not include a detail like that when sending the email (in English), but this may not help those outside of Russia.  We should know more tomorrow.

I received an email today from the Sochi 2014 Olympics site that the second phase of ticket sales for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will start on Thursday October 10th at 12pm Moscow time (Moscow is 8 hours ahead of the east coast). It seems that you will be able to buy individual tickets to the events directly from them as opposed to through a channel such as, though that isn’t entirely clear.  If that is the case, you will likely be charged in RUB, so use a Visa with no foreign transaction fee.  Either way, it sounds like more tickets should be available tomorrow.

The emails says:

In this second phase, you will be able to purchase their tickets with pre-allocated seats for the sports events and Ceremonies. For all orders including delivery and placed before 1st November, spectators will receive a uniquely designed souvenir tickets.

You can also continue to purchase tickets for the Paralympic Winter Games on the Sochi 2014 website.

To gain entry to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, all spectators must obtain and bring their Spectator Pass with them to the venues.

In recognition of the Visa company’s long-time support of the Olympic Games, Visa is the accepted form of card payment.

We hope to welcome you to the official ticket sales website soon:

I took a look at the event tickets that CoSport (the ticket source for the US, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and more) had available this morning and there were many options, including Opening Ceremony tickets (albeit at $1,800 each!).  This is consistent with the recent report I received from the GM of a chain hotel in Sochi who said that they expect individual rooms to be released by the IOC in November for general sale and that they are hearing “through the grapevine that demand at the moment is not very high”.  That would line up with what appears to be a decent variety of event tickets still available.

That isn’t much of a shock given the multitude of issues and barriers that come with getting to Russia to attend the Olympics, but does make me feel better about the potential for the hotel situation to improve in the next month or so….hopefully even on points!  I know I’ll be a lot more excited about this once I have a hotel reservation and a visa to get into Russia!

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  1. According to the person at CoSport, as tickets become available, they are put on the website – so keep looking for them. They will not be having any more “lauches” of tickets.

    Of course, I wish I would have known this months ago. Still looking for OC tickets, but not willing to drop 3.6k on Two.

    Now, if anyone wants to donate 4k to my vacation cause, I won’t say no! 🙂

  2. Thank you for this mommypoints! However, when I went to the website, I saw this disclaimer:

    “If you reside in the territory of the Russian Federation, you may purchase tickets for the XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi on the official sales website from February 7 2013. We only accept Visa cards issued in the Russian Federation.”

    “If you do not reside in the territory of the Russian Federation, you may order tickets for the XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi through your National Olympic Committee in your country and their Authorized Ticket Resellers (ATRs).”

    It seems to me that site is only for residents in Russia. For us who live in the USA, we have to go through one of the Authorized Ticket Resellers (ATRs) like Cosport, which we all know have a lousy exchange rate. :/

    As for Opening Ceremony, I saw Cosport selling US$1138 Category B tickets a week ago on their US site but those quickly sold out.

  3. Ben, ha ha, I wouldn’t say no either!
    Pam, I’m not quite sure how it will operate, but the email sure makes it sound like anyone can use the official site. Guess we will know more tomorrow!

  4. Joey, you are correct. The email had no details like that listed, but you may well be right that the new tickets being loaded tomorrow are just for those in the Russian Federation. Why they would email blast everyone for something just relevant to those in Russia is beyond me, but perhaps that is what happened.

    I’ve updated the post accordingly, but will check tomorrow to see if perhaps it is more relevant for a larger audience.

    For sure gotta keep a sense of humor with some of this!

  5. These tix wont be accessible to us, only Russians, Ukrainians, some others may buy it. The Russians on their forums are very excited and will be by their computers at noon sharp – they weren’t selling any tix to Russians for about four months now. Cosport will continue tossing the tix which they previously allocated for packages but couldn’t sell.. The Russians will receive tomorrow’ their seat allocations for tickets they bought in the ad spring. Tomorrow’s sale will be with the allocated seats already. We, on the other hand, won’t find out the seats until tix are mailed in Jan.

  6. Agree that we will not be able to buy tickets on the Russian site. We need to buy via CoSport.
    Was very lucky a week or so ago and saw the Cat B opening tickets available and decided to pick them up. Did not have much hope of finding C or D tickets at a reasonable price.

  7. Maybe I have missed this before, but it looks like there is a whole list of countries outside the Russian Federation that can use the official website. Of course, the US is not listed as one of those countries, but it seems quite possible for many outside of Russia to now use the official site.

    Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Burkina-Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Chinese Taipei, Congo, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Gambia, Georgia, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iceland, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

  8. Yes, these are the countries that no agent wanted to touch, ie, with relatively few anticipated tourists. Most were on the lust all along, a few newly added.

  9. By the way, starting from today, purchasers of tix in EU can process spectators passports. Instead of order number, you put special registration code assigned to you and sent via email; the email seems to indicate that mail delivery of pasport is possible.

  10. It’s clear that visa still be needed, there are references to Visa free pasports as you filling out the form for this spectator pasport. No word on the invitation issue; if there’s any relaxation, it must come by the end of Oct.

  11. I don’t think there is any talk of relaxing the current Visa requirements (at least for the general public). CoSport has said that they will let people know how to apply for the “spectator pass” in the near future. My understanding is that you apply over the internet and then pick up the pass in either Moscow or Sochi / Adler. The Points Guy had a good article about getting passports and visas. The outfit he uses appears to be the cheapest, especially if there are 2 or more of you applying. Many visa processing companies (including ILS) charge mailing on a per visa basis and this can really run the price up. So if you can’t apply for the visa in person, look up TPG.

  12. Dean, not sure where is your understanding is coming from but here is the portion of email I referred to verbatim, in original German “Wichtiger Hinweis:

    Wenn Sie sich für eine Zustellung des Spectator Passes per Post entscheiden, beachten Sie bitte, dass Sie bei der Angabe Ihrer Adresse auch das Feld „Apartment“ ausfüllen müssen, da sonst die Registrierung nicht abgeschlossen wird”, and English, courtesy Google:
    Important note:

    If you choose to post for a delivery of The Spectator passport, please note that you must fill in the “apartment” box when entering your address, otherwise the registration is not completed.

  13. There are 2 different things. One is the official Visa that is required for residents of numerous countries to enter Russia. The other is the “Olympic Passport” or “spectator pass” that is required to enter into any of the Olympic venues. They are separate documents.
    For citizens of the US, you must apply for the visa through ILS or some other visa processing company. For the Spectator Pass, the requirements (at least for US citizens) are TBD. One thing is for sure, you need to have an Olympic ticket. The following site states: In order to attend The Games events and Olympic park you need to purchase a Ticket and get your Spectator Pass* at one of the spectator registration centers.

    Here is the web site:

    As I said, CoSport has not given out any information relative to the spectator pass. For citizens of the US the process is TBD. It could very well be that they will mail the spectator pass’ to people who live in Europe.

  14. I’m sorry, Dean, but there’s not a single word in ur long post that contradicts anything that I said above – spectators passports (I never said visas) could be mailed to EU residents.
    Another piece of news, fan2fan exchanges will be open in December, still unclear if cosport tickets could be sold there

  15. The Russians, who bought more than one ticket for the same event, complain that assigned seats are far apart, at times, in different sectors. Same will be with cosport.. Although there was a similar problem in London, no one thought of fixing it.

  16. Just to let people know, CoSport has moe tickets available. Including Cat B and C Opening. I am sure the Cat B and C will not last long.

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