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Tickets Will Be Required To Enter Qatar During FIFA World Cup
This year’s FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar from November 21 to December 17. In expectation of thousands of incoming visitors, the country has plans to open over 100 hotels in order to meet the demand. According to the Doha News, travelers who do not have a ticket to one of the matches will not be allowed to enter the country during this time.
Holders of a ticket will receive a Hayya Card, which will allow them to obtain a visa to enter Qatar, and will function as their official FIFA ID, allowing them entry into the stadiums. Hayya Card holders will also have free access to public transportation on the days matches are held.
“A decision has been taken that only fans with match tickets will be allowed visas,” said Berhold Trenkel, Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism. “They will need official fan IDs to get into Qatar and those who do not have them will not be allowed to travel…The rules are strict and are there for a reason.”
Officials put these rules in place in hopes of preventing a situation like that which was seen in July 2020 at the UK’s Wembley Stadium during the UEFA European Football Championship Final. As England and Italy battled for the win, around 2,000 ticketless fans were somehow able to access the stadium.
According to the Football Association, the fan disorder had the potential to possibly lead to fatalities, and was a “source of national shame.”
Fans with match tickets who need to apply for a Hayya Card may do so at www.Qatar2022.qa or on the Hayya to Qatar 2022 mobile app.
Soccer fans who have not yet scored tickets to the FIFA World Cup still have an opportunity to do so. According to the FIFA website, the second Random Selection Draw sales period begins on April 5 and will continue until April 28.
Available tickets include: Individual Match Tickets, Supporter Tickets, Conditional Supporter Tickets, and Four-Stadium Ticket series. Applicants will be contacted via email to be notified of the outcome of their application by May 31.