Qatar suspends entry for visitors during Fifa World Cup; here's all you need to know about the new rules

New decision for entry and exit is effective from November 1, 2022

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Published: Thu 22 Sep 2022, 4:31 PM

Last updated: Tue 27 Sep 2022, 2:57 PM

Authorities in Qatar on Wednesday announced entry and exit regulations to and from the country during the Fifa World Cup, including the suspension of entry for visitors effective from November 1, 2022.

Officials, however, explained that holders of Hayya Card will be allowed to enter the country during this period and they can stay in Qatar until January 23, 2023.

The Hayya Card is a Fan ID issued by the government of Qatar for fans who hold match tickets for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

While the authorities have exempted some categories from the rule, they have called on all to abide by decision.

Qatar will become the first Arab country to host the World Cup, the biggest sporting spectacle on the planet.

The 2022 Fifa World Cup will take place from November 20 to December 18 with hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador in the opening game. Fifa president Gianni Infantino has said it will be the "best-ever" World Cup and that foreign fans will have an experience like a "child going to Disneyland for the first time and seeing the attractions and the toys".

Here’s a look at the new entry and exit rules:

Visit Visa

  • Entry to country has been suspended for all visitors from November 1, 2022
  • Visit visas will resumed from December 23, 2022

Exempted Categories

  1. Qatari citizens, residents and Gulf nationals who hold Qatari ID cards
  2. Holders of recruitments visas and work entry permits
  3. Humanitarian cases based on approvals issued by the official platform


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