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Guide to travel to the Qatar 2022 World Cup

Looking for a guide to travel to the Qatar 2022 World Cup? If you still do not know what is needed to travel to Qatar, we are going to explain everything you have to prepare for entering and leaving Qatar. General information and requirements to travel to Qatar with its customs, laws and limitations in Qatar customs. You have available this travel guide with emergency telephone numbers and everything you need to know to travel safely to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

QATAR DATA

CapitalDoha (see map)
LanguagesArabic and English
CurrencyQatar Riyal
Visa?No, Citizens over 95 countries are eligible for visa-free entry. Check with an authorized entity.
Voltage240 volts

Recommendations for the Qatar 2022 World Cup

For the first time in history, the World Cup will be held in an Arab and Muslim country.

Know and follow the local uses, customs and religion, so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest and make it a wonderful experience:

During the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in order to enter the State of Qatar it will be mandatory to have the Hayya card (Fan ID) which can be requested through the following link https://www.qatar2022.qa/hayya/ once purchased at least one ticket for the World Cup matches.

In Qatar there is a “zero tolerance” policy for driving under the influence of alcohol, even in small amounts. strong> public spaces. Penalties for this offense can range from a fine of $3,000 Qatari Riyals (about $800.00 US dollars) to 6 months in prison. The legal age to consume alcohol in authorized places is 21 years.

Always address local authorities and law enforcement in a respectful manner. Yelling in the street or behaving in a rude or disrespectful manner toward another person is punishable conduct, with penalties ranging from prison to deportation.< /p>

Dress should be in accordance with local customs. It is recommended to always cover shoulders and knees in public places: this includes museums, hospitals, post offices, and public buildings, where access could be denied if these minimum standards are not met. Some malls have their own dress code and may not allow people in shorts, miniskirts, or sleeveless tops to enter.

Likewise, public gestures of affection or intimacy between two people who are not married, are frowned upon and could be penalized. Sex outside of marriage is illegal in Qatar.

Remember that mosques are sacred spaces for Islam, they are not open to the public who do not profess this religion, with the exception of special scheduled tours offered occasionally by the Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab National Mosque and the Mosque of the City of Education.

Avoid photographing directly local people without their consent as this is considered offensive. The recording of videos and taking photographs with professional, semi-professional equipment, or the use of any type of tripod, requires a special permit, and where appropriate, the approval of the authorities of the space that is want to photograph or film.

Financial crimes, ranging from fraud, writing bad checks, to non-payment of hotel bills, can be punished with prison, fine and/or deportation. It is highly recommended to plan your expenses and verify that your electronic payment methods work in Qatar.

Requirements to travel to the World Cup in Qatar

Passport holders who wish to travel and attend the 2022 FIFA World Cup, do not require a visa to enter Qatar, upon entry they will obtain a residence permit for 30 days, with the possibility of managing a renewal for an additional 30 days.

It is recommended to visit the website of the Ministry of the Interior of Qatar, with the immigration requirements for all nationalities at: https://portal.moi.gov.qa/qatarvisas/visadetails.html?ctr=111&res=111

The owners of private homes may rent them to people who wish to stay in apartments or houses,  through the official platforms https://www.qatar2022.qa/book/en/apartments-villas

Residents in Qatar will be able to host friends and relatives from abroad in their homes, after registering on the official accommodation platform and obtaining a code that they can send to their guests to activate it in their fan IDs (Hayya Card)

It will be prohibited to enter Qatar by land with rented vehicles. People staying abroad should leave rental cars at border entry points and board an official bus to central Doha.

During the celebration of the World Cup, many main avenues will be closed to the circulation of private vehicles (with few exceptions) and fans will be encouraged to travel by public transport.

Health requirements for the World Cup in Qatar

Due to the contingency due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Qatar Ministry of Public Health has issued health protocols and restrictions for international travelers. It is recommended to constantly monitor the Ministry’s official website at: https ://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/travel-and-return-policy/Pages/default.aspx

Avoid being subject to fraud. For the PURCHASE OF TICKETS FOR MATCHES, ACCOMMODATION IN DOHA AND TRANSPORTATION TO QATAR, it is recommended to monitor the official websites of FIFA and the organizing committee of the World Cup:

¿Qué visitar en Qatar durante el mundial?

What to visit in Qatar during the World Cup?

  • Qatar National Museum. It is the largest museum in the country. It was opened to the public in March 2019, and one of its components is the palace that once belonged to Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed. The museum showcases the natural legacy, origins, culture, heritage and future of Qatar and its people. The museum’s architect, Jean Nouvel, was inspired in his design by the rock formations known as “desert rose”.
  • Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). It is a museum Dedicated to Islamic art from the 7th to the 19th century, it has a rich collection of pieces ranging from manuscripts to textiles and jewelry. It was designed by the famous architect: I. M. Pei and was opened to the public in 2008.
  • Mathaf Museum. It is the only museum of its kind in the entire region, it offers a perspective Arabic on modern and contemporary art. Located within Education City.
  • Msheireb. It is a district in the center of Doha, converted into an ambitious transformation project to achieve a “Smart City”. It is one of the novelties that Doha offers and is made up of hotels, mosques, galleries, offices, shops, etc. When the weather is right, it is very pleasant to walk in this district.
  • Katara. It is an impressive Cultural Center; the architecture of its amphitheater is spectacular; there are theaters, galleries, restaurants, cafes. Here is one of the public beaches where water sports can be practiced.
  • Lusail. It is another recently opened area, in which there are office and residential buildings; It has a small coastal walk (promenade) and it is expected that in 2020 the largest and most luxurious shopping center in Qatar will be inaugurated, with a spectacular view of the Persian Gulf. Lusail Stadium will be the main stadium for the 2022 Soccer World Cup.
  • The Pearl. It is an extensive high-end residential area, which has a marina, restaurants, cafes, shops, etc. It stands out that this entire area is built on what used to be the sea.
  • Education City. It is a vast complex in which various academic institutions are found, some of them subsidiaries of prestigious universities in the United States. Some of the facilities were designed by the prestigious Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. It has the most modern mosque in the Middle East, the Qatar National Library, a stadium that will host the 2022 World Cup, a golf course, an equestrian center and parks.
  • West Bay. Fascinating area of ​​skyscrapers, each with its own unique architecture. It is the financial and commercial district of Doha. One of its most outstanding buildings is the Burj Doha, which is completely covered in a “starry mosaic”, a nod to the Arab latticework and geometric symbology. It was designed by Jean Nouvel.
  • Doha Corniche. Promenade that surrounds the financial and commercial area of ​​Doha, where it is possible to take the best photographs of the Doha Skyline, in addition to which you can take a ride on the sea by getting on a Dhow, which is a traditional wooden boat from the Gulf region.
  • Souq Waqif. Unmissable place; it is one of the liveliest places in Doha after sunset. In addition to walking, you can sit down and have a cup of tea and chat or even smoke a shisha, which is a water pipe. It is an area that recreates the traditional Arab souks, which you can visit with a guided walking tour in order to better understand the culture of Qatar.
  • Aspire Zone. It is an impressive sports complex, with first class facilities, including the Khalifa stadium. Around it is a large park with trees of various species and a small artificial lake. Next door is a large shopping center and The Torch tower, the tallest building in Qatar, with 300 meters and is currently a luxury hotel.
  • Al Zubarah. Northern Qatar is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Zubarah. In the 18th century, this area was a flourishing and prosperous city with the same name. A fortress remains the main symbol of Al Zubarah. Today, the fort is used to house the collection of the Regional Museum and its elements are dedicated to the history of the country. Archaeological excavations continue even to this day, so the museum’s collection regularly receives new items. During medieval times, this city was prosperous thanks to pearl diving. There are some ancient ruins near Al Zubarah, so tourists can see remains of ancient protection facilities, as well as burial mounds that appeared here even during the prehistoric era.
  • Qatar desert. You can take the opportunity to live an excursion through the desert. It is interesting and fun, especially if it is the first time you have visited one; The Qatar desert offers you quality camping, ATV tours, camel rides or sandboarding.

Guide to travel to the Qatar 2022 World Cup

These are the entry requirements to Qatar:

All persons must present a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 and the negative result of a PCR test, which must be obtained, at most, 48 hours before your departure from the country of origin.

The vaccination certificate must contain the name of the holder identical to that of the passport, dose and dates of application of the vaccine, batch serial number and QR code.

Vaccines approved by the Qatar Ministry of Health are Pfizer/BioNTech; Modern; AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik and Covaxin are considered conditioned vaccines and people with a vaccination certificate for these will undergo an antigen test upon arrival in Qatar.

To enter the country, people must pre-register on the “Ehteraz” website (WWW.EHTERAZ.GOV.QA ) and attach all the information and documentation that is required, with at least 12 hours prior to your arrival. It is essential that all people who arrive in Qatar have the “Ehteraz” application installed on their cell phones and/or mobile devices, since they must use it whenever they are away from home and/or accommodation spaces.< /p>

Persons who have not completed their vaccination or who have vaccinations not approved by Qatar and who are not citizens or residents are not allowed to enter. Additionally, only people whose application has been approved prior to the trip may travel.

QUARANTINE

People who:

1.- They do not have complete vaccination;

2.- Are inoculated with vaccines not recognized by Qatar;

3.- They have completed their vaccination, but for a period of less than 14 days from the last dose (or single dose);

4.- They are not vaccinated against COVID-19, or

5.- Have the complete vaccination schedule with any of the following vaccines: Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik (vaccines “conditioned” by the Qatari authorities). People with a vaccination certificate for these sera will be subjected to an antigen test upon arrival in Qatar.

In these cases, people must also request entry authorization through the procedure of the “Ehteraz” site, and simultaneously reserve a quarantine package in a hotel designated for it, on the electronic site https://www.discoverqatar.qa/welcome-home/

People from countries classified in the red category must be forced to quarantine in hotels enabled for it, for a period that varies between two and seven days, depending on the vaccination scheme received by each traveler. So far , Mexico remains on the “green list” (https://covid19. moph.gov.qa/EN/travel-and-return-policy/Pages/default.aspx)

Internal provisions

  • Mandatory use of face masks in open and closed public places.
  • Everyone must use the Ehteraz application whenever they are outside their home or accommodation.
  • Buses , metro and public transport will operate at 60% of their passenger capacity, and smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited inside them.
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Means of transport in Qatar

The most common means of transportation is the car, but if you are going to travel to Qatar, here are the best options for transportation.

How to ride the Doha metro

  • Anticipated to be fully operational in time for the FIFA World Cup in 2022, the Doha Metro is fully automated and driverless: the network will be made up of three lines, Red, Gold and Green. The Metro will cover 46.6 miles (75 kilometers) of track and will have 37 stations.
  • Since April 2019, a part of the Red Line has been in service, between Al Wakhra in the south of Doha and Al Qasser in the north , and the Gold Line became operational in November 2019. The subway currently runs during weekdays (Sunday to Thursday), but not on weekends (Friday and Saturday). Between 8 am and 11 pm, trains leave every six minutes. The Hamad International Airport branch has not yet opened, but it is expected to be operational by the end of 2019.
  • There are three classes in the metro: one car is for Gold (16 seats) and Family Class (26 seats), and two cars are for Standard Class (88 seats), each with a different payment structure:
    • A single ticket in standard class costs QAR2
    • A pass of Unlimited day in standard class costs QAR6
    • A single ticket in Gold Class is QAR10, and a day pass is QAR30
    • Tickets for family class are the same as standard, but they are only available for women with children.
    • Tickets are available at the machines at each station and there are reloadable cards.

How to take a taxi

  • There are three types of taxis in Qatar: Karwa, Uber and Careem. Uber and Careem can only be used through their respective apps.
  • Karwa turquoise taxis can be hailed on the street or through the Karwa app. There are different sizes of taxis, and if you need a taxi for someone with limited mobility, request one by phone on +974 4458 8888.
  • All taxis in Karwa are metered, charging a fee per kilometer. The fare can be seen pasted on the glass of the taxi.
  • There is a waiting fee of 8 Qatari riyals for 15 minutes
  • The minimum taxi fare is 10 Qatari riyals.< /li>
  • Careem and Uber taxis allow you to book, check rates and track cars online through apps, and in addition to cash, they both accept card payments.

How to travel on buses

  • There is a relatively extensive bus network that covers various areas of Doha, as well as parts of Qatar. The buses are air-conditioned and operate daily between 5am and midnight, with reduced hours on the Qatari weekend, Friday and Saturday. For a map of bus lines and timetables, see the Mowasalat website.
  • The best The way to pay for bus travel is through the Karwa smart card, which can be purchased at the airport, where there are several machines in operation at arrivals. The normal bus fare is 3 to 4 Qatari riyals within Doha city limits, and 4 to 9 Qatari riyals outside of Doha.
  • Karwa Smartcard machines only accept cash. There are several smart card options:
    • Limited card (10 Qatari riyals), valid for two trips in 24 hours.
    • Classic card (30 Qatari riyals), comes with 20 Qatari riyal credits and is rechargeable for extended or repeated use
    • Unlimited card (20 Qatari riyals), valid for unlimited travel within 24 hours
  • The card must be tapped when boarding the bus, and tapped when getting off.
  • Please note that the front of the bus is generally reserved for women and children only.

Other recommendations in a guide to travel to Qatar

If you want more information to travel to Qatar, consult our travel guide to Qatar with all the details to plan your trip to the 2022 World Cup.

How to get around in Qatar?

The most common means of transportation is the car. While public transportation offers some bus routes and a new Doha metro system is in operation, taxis and other services like Uber are the most convenient form of transportation, at relatively moderate prices.

What are the best places to shop in Qatar?

Souq Waqif
Al Hazm Mall
Villagio
Tawar Mall
City Center
Mall Of Qatar
Festival City Mall
Gulf Mall
Lagoona Mall

Can you walk around Doha?

In the colder months, it is perfectly feasible to walk around Doha. But it’s not a common or best way to get around, as the city just hasn’t evolved around pedestrians.
That said, a stroll down the Corniche is one of the best ways to see the bay, the city’s museums, and immerse yourself in the older neighborhoods around Souq Waqif.

How to rent a bike in Qatar?

First, a word of warning. Bicycling in Doha is not the best way to get around. Traffic can be chaotic and bike lane routes are still limited, plus drivers frequently ignore cyclists so it’s not a safe mode of transportation. It is, however, a great way to explore the Corniche and the various parks, and there are dedicated and safe cycle tracks throughout parks such as Aspire Park, Al Bidda, and (Sheraton) Hotel Park. The parks have bike rental outlets, such as Berg Arabia, which not only rent bikes, but also go-karts and quad bikes for the whole family.
Costs start from 25 Qatari Riyals per hour.

How to hire a car with driver?

Car rental is common in Doha, and there are many companies to choose from.
The hourly rate varies between 80 to 100 QR, the daily rate around 900 QR plus tips, all depending on how many people are traveling and what type of car you need.

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