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FIFA World Cup 2022 Pre-arrival covid test not needed for entry to Qatar

29 October 2022


In its recent statement, Qatar announced that no pre-arrival Covid test will be necessary for foreign visitors entering the country.

Qatar has also dropped the requirement to pre-register on the Ehteraz health app prior to arrival.

Earlier, people aged over six and boarding a flight to Qatar were required to carry a negative PCR test report which is not older than 48 hours, or a rapid antigen test which has been taken within 24 hours of entering the country. The test result was then required to be submitted at the airport check-in counter.

But, Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has just announced that relaxation of the above-said rules were due to the dip in number of Covid19 cases in Qatar and across the world.

Also, travellers who test positive for Covid19 after arriving in Qatar, should undergo self-isolation measures as per rules imposed by the government. However, the requirement of quaranting for all visitors has been removed.

Latest entry requirements & travel rules in Qatar for FIFA World Cup

As per new measures, which will be effective from 1st November, all visitors arriving in Qatar will have to possess a ‘Hayya Card’, which is mandatory for all visitors.

Due to huge influx of visitors for FIFA World Cup in Qatar, all visitor visas have been suspended in the country, and this will remain so until 23rd December 2022.

As such, those arriving in Qatar during this period, will have to apply for a Hayya Card, a form of Fan ID, through which, they will be able to enter the country during the tournament period. It has to be noted here, that this card is also necessary for visitors who do not plan to attend the FIFA World Cup match.

Visitors who are not vaccinated, will have to wear a mask for 10 days on arrival, and anyone testing positive for Covid19 upon arrival will have to isolate themselves for five days.

Qatar is hoping to welcome at least one million visitors during the World Cup.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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