Tribune News Network
All visitors will need a "Hayya Card" to enter Qatar from November 1, 2022, a senior official has confirmed, but did not specify how long the requirement will be in effect. However, he said a Hayya Card would ensure a stay in Qatar until January 23, 2023.
On the other hand, citizens and residents are free to exit and enter as usual during this period, Al Sharq quoted Saeed Al Kuwari, the executive director of the Hayya platform, as saying on Al-Kass TV.
Qatar is hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022 between November 21 and December 18. The Arab world's first-ever FIFA World Cup is expected to bring more than 1.7 million people to Qatar.
"Starting from the beginning of (November), the Hayya card will be a prerequisite for entering the country, and one of the most important conditions for applying to it is obtaining a ticket for the World Cup matches."
According to Kuwari, fans from outside the country will need to purchase FIFA tickets and secure accommodation in order to apply for the Hayya card.
Regarding fans from neighbouring countries who wish to attend and return on the same day, Kuwari explained that there is an option to stay for one day, which will be available through the platform, and that service centres will be launched and announced soon, during which Hayya cards will be printed.