The FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022, and the question on everyone’s mind is whether UK travellers are allowed to enter the country. Here’s what you need to know about the entry requirements and Covid test rules if you're planning a trip to Qatar.
Can I go to Qatar on holiday?
Yes. All travellers must provide a negative PCR test valid for 48 hours or a Rapid Antigen test certificate valid for 24 hours before flight departure.
There are no test or quarantine requirements upon returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as the UK lifted all Covid travel restrictions earlier this year.
What are the Qatar travel restrictions for Covid?
As of 4 September 2022 all visitors travelling to Qatar, regardless of age and vaccination status, must provide a PCR test certificate with a negative result valid for 48 hours or a Rapid Antigen test certificate valid for 24 hours before flight departure. Rapid Antigen self tests are not accepted.
All visitors must register with Ehteraz, the Ministry of Public Health’s pre-registration platform at least three days before arrival. Travellers should also download the Ehteraz app and activate it on arrival.
Passengers also need to complete an undertaking and acknowledgement form before their arrival, which can be found on the Ministry of Public Health website, pre-registration platform, and airline online booking form.
You must also apply for a Hayya card to enter Qatar from 1 November 2022 onwards even if you do not intend to attend a World Cup match. At the moment, only match ticket holders can apply.
Lastly, you may have to pass through thermal screening or temperature checks on arrival in Qatar.
Can you travel to Qatar unvaccinated?
Yes. You can travel to Qatar if you are unvaccinated, but you need to provide a PCR test certificate with a negative result valid for 48 hours or a Rapid Antigen test certificate valid for 24 hours ahead of the scheduled flight departure time.
Is it safe to travel to Qatar now?
Qatar is considered safe to travel to according to The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. However, FCDO stresses the importance of getting travel insurance that provides sufficient coverage abroad. It’s best to keep up to date with the latest travel advice by signing up for email updates from FCDOs’ Qatar travel page.
I’m attending the FIFA World Cup. What are the requirements?
You need to apply for a Hayya card, a form of Fan ID required to enter the country during the tournament.
The Hayya card will also give you free access to public transport on match days. Be sure to apply early to avoid delays – and check the Hayya portal website for the latest information.