Russia introduces strict registration rules for Sochi visitors

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As part of moves to tighten security for the the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree introducing strict registration requirements for both foreign and Russian visitors.

The rules will not affect accredited delegates or people with hotel reservations. But others will need to register with the authorities soon after they arrive.

Russians must register within three days, instead of the usual 90, and foreign visitors traveling without visas will need to do so within 24 hours.

Moscow is concerned by Sochi’s close proximity to Russia’s troubled North Caucasus region.

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