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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Safe travel information and advice if you’re planning to attend the World Cup in Qatar from November 20 to December 18, 2022.

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Entry requirements during the tournament

You need a Hayya card

From November 1 to January 23, 2022, no foreign nationals will be allowed to enter Qatar without an approved Hayya card.

A Hayya card is a digital ID that acts as the entry permit for international fans, allows entry to the stadiums (with valid match ticket), and can be used to get free transportation on match day.

You can manage and access the card through the Hayya phone application.

Before you can get a Hayya card you must have:

Visit the Hayya portal to apply and to stay up to date on the latest information.

Abu Samra land border

If you plan to cross through the Abu Samra Qatar-Saudi land border, you must:

The bus will take you to the Al Messila Metro Station where you’ll be able to take the metro or other modes of transportation to your destination.

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Booking accommodations

Book your accommodations in advance if you plan to stay longer than 24 hours. You can do so through Qatar’s official FIFA World Cup Accommodation Agency website.

Once you have booked them, you must validate your accommodations through the Hayya portal.

Although the Accommodation Agency website is the main accommodation booking site, other options are also available.

Staying with family or friends

If you’ll be staying with family or friends who are residents of Qatar, your host must register their home as accommodation through the Hayya portal and give you the Hayya voucher code.

Transportation

All World Cup stadiums are close to each other, but to stay safe and avoid delays, plan your trips to and from the stadiums in advance.

The Hayya card allows fans to travel free on public transportation, including bus, metro and tram, on match days.

Due to the potential high volume of traffic, it is anticipated that most travel between stadiums will be by metro.

Local laws and customs

Alcohol and drugs

Laws on the sale and consumption of alcohol are strict in Qatar. You can only drink alcohol at licensed hotels and restaurants.

For the World Cup, local authorities have announced that the sale and consumption of alcohol will be allowed in designated “fan zones”. However, official information about policies on the sale and consumption of alcohol during the event has not been released yet.

Illegal drugs

Qatar has a zero-tolerance policy on drug use, trafficking, smuggling, and possession (even residual amounts). This includes cannabis.

The penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy prison sentences, heavy fines and deportation.

For more advice, visit Alcohol, drugs and travel.

Medication

If you're taking prescription medication with you, visit Travelling with medication for guidance.

Other laws

Qatar has many laws that differ from those in Canada. At times, the penalties for doing something legal in Canada may be severe in Qatar, where it may not be legal.

Please note the following:

Visit the travel advice for Qatar for more information on local laws and customs. Also see our general advice for women and 2SLGBTQI+ travellers.

Stay connected

We encourage you to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad, a free service that allows the Government of Canada to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home. You can also receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest.

Lost or stolen passport

Keep your passport in a safe dry place at all times, and keep a photocopy of it in case it is lost or stolen. To replace a lost or stolen passport, an application must be submitted at the Embassy of Canada to Qatar in Doha, along with the required documents and 2 recent passport-size photos. Please visit Passport services for further information on requirements to submit a passport application.

If your passport is lost or stolen:

For more information on lost or stolen passports, visit Lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found passports.

Emergency help

If you need emergency consular assistance, contact the Embassy of Canada to Qatar or our 24/7 Emergency Watch and response Centre.

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