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Qatar Removes All Entry Restrictions Ahead Of World Cup

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Qatar is the latest country to drop all entry restrictions, joining over 120 countries in returning to normal travel. The government just announced that the removal of restrictions will go into effect on November 1, 2022.

Doha Qatar

This comes shortly ahead of the start of the World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Qatar beginning on November 20, 2022.

For travelers going to Qatar in the coming weeks, entering the country just became much easier.

Here's what to know about the country dropping restrictions.

Doha Qatar World Cup

No More Covid Tests Or Contract Tracing

According to the Gulf Times, visitors to Qatar no longer need to present a negative Covid test in order to enter the country.

Previously, travelers needed a negative rapid antigen test taken up to 24 hours before departure or a negative PCR test taken up to 48 hours before departure in order to enter the country.

Now, this testing requirement has been scrapped for arrivals beginning November 1.

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Qatar World Cup Stadium

Another welcome change is the removal of the requirement for travelers to pre-register with the Ehteraz app. Ehteraz, a government-owned contract tracing app, was previously required for all visitors.

This app, which came under fire for requiring users to submit to 24/7 GPS tracking and give up large quantities of personal data, is no longer required for anyone visiting Qatar.

Visitors also do not need to show evidence of having received the Covid vaccine.

Doha Qatar

After being one of the last holdouts in the developed world to maintain Covid-related travel restrictions, Qatar now joins more than 120 countries in welcoming tourists normally again.

Are Masks Required In Qatar?

Masks are no longer required in any setting in the country.

Qatar removed its indoor mask mandate on September 1, 2022. Masks were still required on transportation, but that has now been dropped too, as of mid-October.

Qatari Police Officers Mounted On Horse And Wearing Traditional Attire In Historical Doha, Qatar

Masks are also no longer required on Qatar Airways flights or any other form of transportation around the country.

With the removal of mask mandates, travelers will be able to enjoy a return to normalcy while visiting the country for the World Cup.

Traveling For The World Cup

Qatar is hosting the FIFA World Cup this year. This international soccer tournament, which has been held every four years since 1930, will be occurring for the first time post-Covid this November.

qatar airways plane

This recent announcement regarding the removal of travel restrictions will come as a relief to the millions of tourists expected to arrive in the country in the coming weeks.

Qatar's civil aviation regulators have estimated that between 3.5 million and 4.1 million travelers will arrive for the World Cup in November.

More than three million tickets have been sold for the event, which will see soccer teams from 32 nations competing in Qatar next month.

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Airlines flying soccer fans to Qatar have been making preparations, and Qatar Airways has boosted its workforce from 10,000 to 55,000 employees to handle the World Cup crowds.

According to Badr Mohammad Al Meer, the COO of Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, more than 500 flights will be landing daily during the tournament.

Things To Know Before Visiting Qatar

In addition to knowing about the removal of travel restrictions, there are several other things visitors should be aware of before going to Qatar.

skyscrapers in qatar

For the duration of the World Cup, all visitors entering the country and planning to attend matches must obtain a Hayya Card.

This card acts as an entry visa into the country and also includes access to the stadium and free access to public transportation.

Additionally, there are a number of cultural differences and customs in Qatar that all travelers should be aware of before visiting.

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Lata

Thursday 17th of November 2022

Can anyone confirm if Qatar airways still requires masks on board? This article says they do not but Qatar's website shows masks are still required. Can anyone confirm?

covidvaxinfo

Friday 28th of October 2022

yeah...next time I transit Doha, if there is a next time...I can enter the country. Just transited there in Sept and the thought crossed my mind to go out - but alas, don't use a SICKphone -- so couldn't install any app, nevermind Sept is still freakin' hot there and I arrived in the evening. Looks like Paraguay has dropped everything per Sherpa. Following on the heels of Ecuador. Is South America about to turn all dark green now?

Samuel Thomas

Friday 28th of October 2022

Can I apply for The Haya card after Landed in Qatar.?

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 28th of October 2022

I think the Hayya card also allows visa-fee access during WC, so before is key

Leon

Thursday 27th of October 2022

It's clear that covid is a politics nothing else?!