The countdown is on…
Soccer fever is sort of upon us, and followers of ‘the attractive recreation’ are gearing up for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, happening in Doha. From November 20 to December 18, 2022, followers from internationally will descend on the Center East to cheer on their house crew.
Whether or not you’re planning to journey to Qatar from the UAE or additional afield, right here’s all the things you’ll want to learn about travelling to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
A Hayya card, in any other case referred to as a Fan ID, is a personalised doc that’s issued by FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and might be required by each single individual attending any of the matches. Each a Hayya card and relevant match ticket are required to entry the stadium on match day. Just one Hayya card is required per individual in the course of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
All match ticket holders (and anybody coming into Qatar between November to January regardless) should apply for a Hayya Card right here. Make sure you obtain the Hayya app, the place your card might be accessible following approval.
It can function your entry allow (not visa) into Qatar, stadium entry (with a sound ticket), and free public transport on the metro and the bus.
Residents of over 95 nations are eligible for visa-free entry into the State of Qatar. You’ll be able to verify your eligibility right here.
For guests coming to Dubai for the World Cup, the UAE has introduced a brand new multiple-entry visa for Hayya Card holders, which prices Dhs100 and is legitimate for 90 days.
Saudi Arabia will even permit Hayya Card holders for Qatar World Cup to go to kingdom, who can enter a number of occasions inside 60 days through the event season, which runs from November 1, 2022 to January 23, 2023. Travellers might be permitted to enter Saudi Arabia as much as 10 days earlier than the beginning of the event, supplied that they get hold of an digital visa by Saudi Arabia’s unified nationwide platform. Medical insurance coverage will even be required.
Travelling to Doha by air
Through the World Cup, 30 return flights per day will take off from Dubai for Doha with flydubai, whereas Air Arabia will placed on 14 every day flights between Sharjah and Doha along with their thrice every day providers. The so known as ‘shuttle flights’ are actually accessible to e book by way of flydubai.com and airarabia.com. With flydubai, return fares are priced from Dhs948 for economic system and Dhs3,665 for enterprise, whilst you can count on to pay Dhs1,100 for a return flight with Air Arabia.
Return Match Day shuttle flights with flydubai embody a hand baggage allowance, a snack on board and complimentary floor transportation between the airport in Doha and the stadiums. The Air Arabia flights include a 10kg carry-on baggage allowance.
Travelling to Qatar by street
Driving to Qatar from the UAE is an acceptable different for individuals who don’t want to fly. The journey from Dubai is roughly 600 kilometres and may take between six and 7 hours, border management dependant. There are two borders you’ll have to cross by: UAE to Saudi Arabia (Ghuwaifat) and Saudi Arabia to Qatar (Salwat), nevertheless the route itself is pretty easy.
You’ll want your Hayya Card, in addition to a sound visa to each Saudi Arabia and Qatar, plus GGC-wide insurance coverage on your car.
Based on The Nationwide, the foundations for driving to Qatar have modified. Anybody travelling to the nation by automobile should park on the Saudi aspect of the Abu Samra land border which adjoins Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and take a free shuttle bus into Doha.
Residents of the UAE are required to current a destructive COVID-19 PCR check end result certificates from a check taken at most 48 hours earlier than their departure to Qatar, except they’re absolutely vaccinated with Covaxin, Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at the very least 14 days and at most 6 months earlier than arrival. Anybody with a match ticket should be capable to present that they’re absolutely vaccinated, this may be proven by way of the Al Hosn app.
Please word these guidelines are topic to alter at any time, travellers are reminded to verify the newest necessities earlier than their journey.
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