How, where and all what you need about your UAE to Qatar trip
The Qatar World Cup starts in November and it promises to be hugely popular with UAE sports enthusiasts, as official agents have reported record ticket sales — with huge demand for quarter-final matches.
Host Qatar and Ecuador provide the curtain opener at the Al Bayt Stadium on November 20, and it’s not too late for UAE residents to plan a trip to the region’s biggest sporting event.
How can you travel from UAE to Qatar?
Flying is likely to remain the most convenient yet costly option for football fans, particularly as rules on driving to Qatar have changed
Anyone traveling by car must now park at Qatar’s Abu Samra land border crossing with Saudi Arabia on the Salwa Road, and then take a free shuttle bus into Doha, 90 kilometers away.
Flights into Doha on December 9, when the first quarter-finals are due to be played, and returning on December 10, are currently available with Flydubai for under Dh1,000 ($272).
To fly back a day later on December 11, fans will have to pay around Dh500 more, flying with Qatar Airways.
Match hospitality tickets are also available from FIFA’s official agents in the UAE, Expat Sport.
Where can I stay in Qatar?
Expat Sport has six levels of match hospitality packages, starting from Dh3,500 for seats in an allocated section of the stadium, with four hours of tented hospitality and parking.
The price does not include travel or accommodation, which the company can also provide if required.
Four-star and five-star accommodation options are available in Doha from the agent, while match tickets can still be purchased directly from Fifa.
Do I have to have Hayya Card to attend the World Cup? And What is Hayya Card?
Anyone wishing to visit Doha during the World Cup, which takes place between November 20 and December 18, must have a digital Hayya card.
This is a pre-approved entry permit into Qatar, and can only be accessed once in possession of an official match ticket.
A similar process was implemented for the 2018 Russia World Cup to simplify the usually complicated and lengthy process of visa applications for fans.
The Hayya card is essential for stadium entry, and will also give access to free bus services and the Doha Metro. Fans can register for the card on the Fifa website.
Do I need a PCR test or vaccination certificate to attend World Cup?
The Qatar Entry Registration is a mandatory travel document for all international travelers and will record their health and personal information, including a negative PCR test result.
Anyone with a match ticket must be fully vaccinated.
Visitors are advised to check their chosen airline’s latest rules and guidelines from Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health.
Proof of vaccination status is required for stadium entry, as well as use of public transport, via the Qatari government Ehteraz app.
Al Hosn and other GCC-approved mobile apps, the European pass app and UK’s NHS Covid Pass will also be accepted.