Even visa is not needed: how fans can get to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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Even visa is not needed: how fans can get to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
Even visa is not needed: how fans can get to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
15 November, 12:16SportPhoto: Соцсети
To enter Qatar, you will need tickets for matches, accommodation reservations and a fan ID, which will serve as a visa.

As you know, on Sunday, November 20 at 19.00 Moscow time, the match between the national teams of Qatar and Ecuador kicks off the World Cup. Meanwhile, the fans are already pulling up to the Arabian Peninsula. Thus, the new cruise terminal of the port of Doha, the capital of Qatar, where a huge aquarium was opened on this occasion, has moored the European cruise liner MSC World Europa, which will accommodate more than six thousand football fans. This ship is also called the "ultra-modern metropolis on the sea" because it looks more like a city than a ship. There are no free cabins for the championship. According to the channel "Qatar. World Cup 2022”, prices there start at $350 per night, and most cabins have sea views. After the end of the World Cup, the liner will sail through the Persian Gulf until the end of March with seven-day cruises calling at the United Arab Emirates, Dammam in Saudi Arabia and Doha.

There are no covid-related restrictions for attending the 2022 World Cup for fans

The channel also explains what needs to be done in order to still have time to come to the World Cup, since in Russia, for well-known reasons, this information is distorted and can mislead fans:

“Qatar recently lifted entry requirements that were related to the coronavirus. Therefore, in order to come to the championship, no PCR tests or antigen tests are NEEDED either before the trip to Qatar or after the arrival in the country. I write in capital letters. Masks are also not needed anywhere, with the exception of medical institutions, if anything, they will be issued on the spot. In addition, there is no need to install on smartphones and present at the airport before departure or after arrival, as well as at the entrance to any institution, the Ehteraz application to track patients with coronavirus ... ”In addition, separate medical institutions have been allocated for fans. The Qatari authorities do not even require medical insurance to come to the country for the championship. Fans will be treated free of charge. Therefore, you can safely forget about all the requirements during the coronavirus pandemic during the World Cup.

What is required, in addition to paid tickets for the championship?

Booking accommodation in Qatar can be done on the site, which contains various housing options for fans, or on the usual hotel booking sites. But it must be taken into account that on the site where accommodation options are collected during the World Cup, the prices are still more adequate than on some booking site, where prices for the World Cup period start at $500 per night.

If you have relatives or friends living in the country, you can officially stay with them if they register their accommodation for this. An accommodation reservation is required to provide this information to obtain a Hayya card. The presence of this card in electronic form in the application on the smartphone is mandatory to enter the country at the present time. It serves as a visa for foreign fans, gives the right to enter stadiums during matches, as well as to fan zones, to the fan festival and to any places associated with the championship. Using this card, fans can ride public transport for free.

From December 2, it will be possible to enter Qatar without tickets for the 2022 World Cup matches

Starting December 2, after the group matches at the World Cup have taken place, fans can enter Qatar without having tickets for the games, the channel reports. However, to enter the country before December 23, you still need to get an electronic card - Hayya card. Either on the Hayya website, or using the mobile application of the same name.

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