Qatar Removes Covid-19 Restrictions Before FIFA World Cup
Qatar has announced the removal of all coronavirus restrictions ahead of the approaching 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will start in Qatar on November 20th.
The Qatari Health Ministry removed all remaining travel restrictions on November 1st, 2022, with the aim of facilitating entry for international visitors to take part in this international men's football championship.
The final covid-related regulations to be lifted were the obligation to take a Covid-19 test.
By removing the remaining measures, the Qatari authorities hope to encourage more international visitors to come to Qatar and participate in the event.
Removal of Covid-19 testing requirement
Starting from November 1st, all passengers arriving in Qatar are no longer required to provide a negative coronavirus test certificate.
Previously, arrivals had to submit a negative test result to enter Qatar, while Qatari citizens and residents were tested on arrival.
The new regulation lifting the testing requirements will remain in force until December 18th.
Travelers coming to Qatar still need to prove their health status via 'Ehteraz', while mandatory testing was temporarily lifted.
According to the official government website statement, travelers to Qatar do not need to pre-register via the Ehteraz app.
Nevertheless, downloading the app is required to present health status, for example, to access healthcare facilities in Qatar.
Other Covid-19 regulations
Despite lifting all the remaining entry requirements in Qatar, there are still some protective measures in place across the country.
For instance, those who test positive for coronavirus while being in Qatar will need to self-isolate.
Moreover, it is still necessary to use Ehteraz mobile app to access certain public and private healthcare premises.
All travelers to Qatar should also follow all the updates in entry regulations which are subject to change rapidly.
Requirements to travel to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is to take place in Qatar from 20th November to 18th December 2022.
Thousands of international football enthusiasts are expected to travel to Qatar to attend matches and experience this fun-filled tournament.
As all travel restrictions have been lifted, traveling to Qatar for the World Cup will now be easier.
Thanks to the introduction of the Hayya Card, travelers holding match tickets will enjoy numerous benefits, including visa-free entry to the country for the time of duration of the World Cup.
Those who do not have tickets for the games will, however, still need to obtain the Qatar e-Visa to be able to enter the country.
The opening match of Group A will be played on Nov. 20th between representatives of the host country and Ecuador.