The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar from November 20 to December 18. We’re here to answer all of your Qatar 2022 World Cup questions as we count down to the eagerly awaited men’s FIFA World Cup 2022.
Qualifying countries from all over the world will be converging in Qatar to compete for the coveted trophy. After all, the event that happens once in 4 years has an unmistakable appeal for travellers, regardless of whether you are an avid soccer fan or just appreciate the energy the Cup brings out. Make sure your calendars are marked accordingly as the competition will start on November 20 on a Sunday, with games building up to the championship final match on December 18, a Sunday that is bound to be historic.
England and Brazil are receiving a lot of attention this year, even though many people have a vested interest in their team winning. Maybe France, who triumphed in the most recent FIFA World Cup for men, which was held in Russia (2018), brings honour to their nation once more.
Even if you can’t travel to Qatar, international football competition is always exciting to watch, regardless of the outcome. Here are all the answers to your FIFA World Cup 2022 questions, for both those attending in person and those watching from across the world.
Everything you need to know about travelling to Qatar for the World Cup is provided here.
What do you need to watch the World Cup in Qatar?
From November 1 to December 23, football fans must possess a Hayya Card, a type of fan ID, to enter the nation. Even if you don’t intend to watch any of the games, you’ll still need one.
Holders of match tickets are eligible to apply online and come with three extra non-ticketed guests. You can enter Qatar many times during the World Cup with your Hayya Card, and are then permitted to stay there until the 23rd of January, 2023. On game days, your Hayya Card will also grant you a free pass to the metro, tram, and bus.
Is a COVID test required for entry into Qatar?
If you touch down in Qatar after the 1st of November, you won’t need to take a fast antigen test or pre-departure PCR. Additionally, unlike in previous years, you are not required to pre-register before arriving on the government’s Ehteraz health app.
Visitors to the World Cup won’t require a COVID-19 vaccination record either.
However, it is wise to spend money on travel insurance which will protect your trip and any other scheduled activities. Qatar offers excellent emergency medical services, however, receiving private care might be costly.
How can I make hotel reservations for the World Cup in Qatar?
In comparison to prior World Cup events, the lodging reservation process appears to have changed slightly. Visitors are now being directed to the competition’s booking agency site for villas, fan villages, apartments, and hotels whether or not they are attending a match.
After applying for an Hayya Card, your booking must be validated especially if you intend to stay in the nation for more than a day (24 hours). Even if you intend to crash with friends or family while watching the competition, you must register your lodging on the Hayya Portal site.
What should I watch out for in Qatar as a visitor?
Especially as pertains to e-cigarettes, vapes, or alcohol, laws standing in Qatar may differ significantly from the ones you’re used to in your country of residence.
Tourists would only be able to get alcohol at the authorised bars and restaurants of hotels. Alcoholic beverages are anticipated to be available for purchase in the fan zones during games. Alcohol can’t be imported into the country, and can’t be bought in stores like those found in Europe. The legal drinking age is 21 as well.
It is forbidden to import or use e-cigarettes in Qatar, so fans have been urged to research the country’s nicotine consumption laws. Since 2014, vaping has become prohibited across Qatar; violators risk fines of 10,000 riyals (which is about €2,694) or perhaps incarceration.
In public, intimacy is frowned upon regardless of gender or sexual orientation, and homosexuality is against the law in Qatar. There aren’t any rules prohibiting unmarried couples or friends from sharing a hotel room, according to the World Cup hosts who have emphasised that “everyone is welcome.”