Qatar 2022: What to know about attending the World Cup

Qatar has eliminated most Covid-19-related entry and tracing requirements for visitors during the World Cup:

1. Visitors to Qatar no longer need to provide a negative Covid test. Previously. they were required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR or Rapid Antigen test result before traveling to Qatar.

2. Visitors no longer need to pre-register with the Ehteraz contact tracing app, nor use it to enter public indoor spaces. (It will only be needed to enter health-care facilities.)

A Hayya card is still required to enter Saudi Arabia. It serves as a visa and travel pass (free public transportation).

(Qatar previously eliminated proof of a recent Covid-19 vaccination to enter the country.)

Qatar travel primer

• World Cup 2022: What to do, see and eat in Qatar By Kevin Baxter (Los Angeles Times)

A third floating hotel set to dock in Doha

A third cruise ship has been hired by World Cup organizers to operate as a hotel docked in Doha. The 1,075-cabin MSC Opera will be available from Nov. 19-Dec. 19. Prices listed Monday on MSC’s website began at 470 Swiss francs ($470) per person per night during the group stage, with a minimum two-night stay. Also docking in Doha will be the MSC World Europa and MSC Poesia.


What We're Reading

 Qatar World Cup: Accommodation worries for fans By Sameer Hashmi (BBC)

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, responsible for organizing the World Cup, says up to 130,000 rooms will be delivered in time for the tournament: "This is a comfortable inventory for fans, teams and sponsors traveling to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022." But some fans still have not managed to book any accommodation. With less than two months to go, their concerns grow.

• Qatar 2022: A bite-sized guide (

A delegation of the Football Supporters' Association, representing fans of the English and Welsh national team, recently traveled to Qatar and published a guide on what to expect in Qatar. The Guide to Qatar covers many topics already familiar to most fans planning on traveling to the World Cup. One issue not well known: Some hotels don't plan to show games in bar areas because of the cost of a beIN license. And the same goes for rooms in some hotels and apartments.

Booze bans, grim rooms for fans at inflated prices and Big Brother spy cameras ... with just 61 days to go, what the World Cup will really be like for supporters By ian Herbert (Daily Mail)



Dubai set for a tourist bonanza from Qatar World Cup By Shatha Yaish (AFP)

The United Arab Emirates did not qualify for the Qatar World Cup but it will be a winner anyway if an overflow of fans floods its hotels, restaurants and planes.

With little investment, the UAE, and in particular Dubai, stands to gain if, as expected, supporters opt to stay in the tourism hotspot instead of tiny Gulf neighbor Qatar during the November-December tournament.


Soccer America

Fans give World Cup 2022 dress rehearsal in Qatar poor reviews By Paul Kennedy (Soccer America)

World Cup 2022 organizers have had almost 12 years to prepare for the World Cup, the longest lead time in history.

The final dress rehearsal was held in conjunction with the Lusail Super Cup between Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia and Egypt's Zamalek at the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium, which will host the World Cup final on Dec. 18.

How did it go? Not well.


Report: World Cup stadiums will be alcohol free in Qatar (Reuters)

Qatar's eight World Cup stadiums are set to be alcohol-free, and beer sales outside the stadiums will only be allowed before and after some matches, a source with knowledge of the organizers' plans told Reuters.

Fans will also be able to buy beer during restricted times in certain parts of the main FIFA fan zone in the Al Bidda park in Doha.

Not a "dry" state like neighboring Saudi Arabia, Qatar limits the sale of alcohol to a few establishments. Consuming alcohol in public places is illegal in Qatar.


Remaining World Cup 2022 tickets to go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis

The remaining tickets for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning on Tuesday.

Fans will be able to purchase up to six tickets per match for which tickets are available and a maximum of 60 for the entire tournament.

Fans can confirm their purchase immediately after making their selection and processing the payment. Sales open via on Tuesday at 5 am. ET. In the event of high demand, a queue management system will be used.

A total of 1.8 million tickets having been sold already. Besides, the top 10 countries for ticket sales based on country of residence in the latest sales period were (in alphabetical order) Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UAE and United States.


What We're Reading

• Qatar plans 1000 'Bedouin tents' to house World Cup fans (Reuters)

Qatar hopes to attract World Cup visitors in camping in the desert, pitching 1,000 "Bedouin style" tents. Omar Al-Jaber, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy's head of accommodation, said 200 of the tents will be luxurious, commanding "expensive" nightly fees.

• Qatar World Cup protestors face five-year prison sentence for ‘stirring up public opinion’ (The Athletic)

Article 136 of Qatar's penal code has been condemned by Amnesty and Human Rights Watch. May Romanos, Gulf Researcher at Amnesty, told The Athletic: “It is anything that is perceived to harm the national interest, change public opinion, or infringe on the social system. Anything could fall under this. It’s a catch-all which deters freedom of expression." Offenders could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of 100,000 Qatari riyals (around $25,000).

• Qatar Airways CEO defends 160 extra daily flights at 'climate-neutral'  (CNN)

To relieve pressure on the Qatari hospitality industry, which won't be able to meet demand for all World Cup fans desiring to stay in Qatar during the tournament, several Middle Eastern airlines have opened up advanced shuttle flight bookings during the tournament from nearby countries such as UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Kuwait to Doha.

• Police prepare for massive crowds in Qatar ahead of World Cup 2022 (Doha News)

The main security concern of 2022 World Cup organizers will be controlling hundreds of thousands of fans expected to be in Qatar‘s capital, Doha.

Police representatives from competing countries, the United Nations, FIFA, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), Europol, Interpol, and other international and local organizations attended a two-day security conference in Doha.

The issue: All of the games will be held in and around Doha. FIFA Security Director Helmut Spahn told attendees “approximately 350,000” people could be in Doha “at the same time."

• FIFA World Cup hotel rooms ‘prioritized, not guaranteed’ for ticket holders: Qatar Tourism (Hotelier Middle East)


Latest ticket sales period receives 23.5 million requests

According to FIFA, 23.5 million ticket requests were filed during the second ticket sales phase for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The random selection draw sales period ended on April 28.

The most number of ticket applications submitted by a single country came from Argentina. It was followed Brazil, England, France, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the United States in terms of ticket demand for the group stage matches.

The most popular single matches:

Argentina vs. Mexico
Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia
England vs. USA
Poland vs. Argentina

Ticket applicants will be notified of the outcome of their ticket applications by email starting May 31.

More than 800,000 tickets sold in the first ticket sales phase.

Please use the comments section below to let us know about anything related to your plans to attend Qatar 2022.

9 comments about "Qatar 2022: What to know about attending the World Cup".
  1. humble 1, April 27, 2022 at 6:59 p.m.

    I was one of the few non-press Americans that attended Russia 2018, taking advantage of the visa that came with tix and following a
    random country.  I chose Uruguay.  I will not do Qatar.  I leave this one to the baseball fans and players that love soccer, unless something falls in my lap,
    course.  My friends that are trying are having good luck in the process.  Best of luck to those that do.

  2. Bill Dooley, May 23, 2022 at 8:01 a.m.

    You might also want to know this about attending this World Cup:

    I have attended three World Cups, but will no more patronize, follow or watch this event than I did the recent Genocide Olympics in China. 

  3. Andrew Wattenhofer replied, May 23, 2022 at 10:13 a.m.

    Thank you for posting this. I am also skipping the WC this year, as well as boycotting the sponsors:

  4. Radwan Muscat replied, July 31, 2022 at 11:58 a.m.

    You will not be missed, I assure you.

  5. Radwan Muscat replied, July 31, 2022 at noon

    You will not be missed.

  6. Matt Petrik, June 9, 2022 at 10:58 a.m.

    What info do you have about the next (perhaps also the last?) phase of ticket sales?  I assume it is sometime after 6/15/22 as the that is the date to pay for the tickets for this past phase, but i cannot find any info.

  7. James Madison, July 8, 2022 at 11:55 p.m.

    Given the ongoing abuse of foreign workers and the anti-equality culture, I urge fans not to go.

  8. Bob Ashpole, July 9, 2022 at 7:05 p.m.

    The stadiums will be alcohol free. For some fans there are social justice issues and then there are beer issues.

  9. R2 Dad, July 31, 2022 at 5:47 p.m.

    From afar, this has a Frye Festival-type feel to. Very curious how this will roll out Nov/Dec.

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