Can I travel to Qatar? Entry requirements explained

These are the entry requirements for travelling to Qatar from the UK, including the Covid rules
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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. Ahead of the FIFA World Cup, Qatar has announced that it will be dropping its final restrictions. This comes as thousands of fans plan to travel to the country for the tournament.

What are the Qatar travel restrictions for Covid?

As of Tuesday 1 November, the country dropped the last of its Covid restrictions. Travellers arriving in Qatar are no longer required to undergo self-isolation, report their Covid status through test certificates or register on the Ehteraz health application system prior to arrival. However, it is still mandatory for travellers to present their health status on the Ehteraz app when entering public and private healthcare facilities.

Before this change, all travellers needed to 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.

Thermal screening or temperature checks on arrival in Qatar may still be in place, while at-home pre-flight testing, as with travelling responsibly anywhere in the world, is still recommended.

Can you travel to Qatar unvaccinated?

Yes. The rules in effect as of 1 November are the same regardless of vaccination status.

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.

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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.