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.
The 2022 Fifa World Cup will take place from November 20 to December 18 with hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador in the opening game.
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.
Officials, however, explained that some are exempt from the entry and exit restrictions. Three groups of people will be exempt from the World Cup regulation.
These groups are:
- Qatari citizens, residents and Gulf nationals who hold Qatari ID cards
- Holders of recruitments visas and work entry permits
- Humanitarian cases based on approvals issued by the official platform
Entry to Qatar will be restricted from November 1, 2022.
According to Fifa, the governing body for world football, 2.45 million of the three million tickets have already been sold. Of the 520,532 tickets sold in the July 5 to August 16 sales window, the biggest number of allocated tickets were for group-stage matches.
Most ticket demand is came from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Mexico, the UAE, England, Argentina, Brazil, Wales, and Australia.
The cheapest group stage tickets are priced from Dh249 ($67.80) to Dh804, with final tickets costing a minimum of Dh2,218, rising to Dh5,898 ($1,606).