The 2022 Qatar World Cup , which is eagerly awaited by fans across the country , will be ignited in 22 days. The Ministry of Health of the host country Qatar has also taken a series of measures to deal with the new crown epidemic of the national pandemic. Fans are also starting to set off for the country to see the big game, and before the World Cup kicks off on November 21, here are a few entry requirements and considerations for fans to keep in mind.
95 countries without visa
Since 2017, the Qatari government has passed visa-free entry to the country for citizens from 95 countries, although the length of stay allowed varies by nationality.
Conversely, citizens of countries that have not been granted visa exemption will need to apply for a visa with a signed document valid for 180 days and a maximum stay of 90 days. For more detailed procedures and conditions, please go to Qatar Traveller Advisory Agency to learn all applicable terms.
Pre-entry COVID-19 nucleic acid test results are required
The Qatar Health Organization has announced at the end of September the rules for entry by air, that is, all passengers over the age of 6 who take flights to Qatar must show the results of the new crown nucleic acid test 48 hours before boarding or within 24 hours. A negative COVID-19 rapid screening certificate will only be allowed to board. As for the status of foreign tourists’ vaccination against the new crown, Qatar will not focus on checking.
Get medical insurance for your World Cup trip
At the same time, because emergency medical care in Qatar is quite expensive, Qatari authorities also require travelers to purchase travel medical insurance.
Alcohol consumption and intimate behavior are strictly prohibited in public places
Because Qatar is a country where Islam is the national religion, 30 hotels, bars and restaurants with liquor licenses are allowed to sell alcoholic beverages to tourists. However, the legal drinking age in the country is 21, and the sale of alcohol is not allowed in places other than the above-listed liquor license locations, and according to Qatari law, drinking or being intoxicated in a public place is a crime.
During the World Cup , any alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited in the stadium, and alcohol sales activities near the stadium can only be carried out at specific times.
Also, showing intimacy in public can be considered offensive, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or intent.
Respect Islamic State customs
The official Qatar Tourism Authority also revealed that foreign tourists must respect the country’s customs. Although female tourists will not be forced to wear veils to cover their faces, tourists must follow local regulations and customs. When visiting mosques or other places of worship, men and women All wear appropriate clothing that covers shoulders and knees, and women must also cover their hair.