Football fans may now look forward to the FIFA World Cup 2022, which will be held in Qatar from November 21 to December 18. This follows the reopening of Malaysia’s borders. Although there have been a number of scandals surrounding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, it is still expected to be the most talked about event of the year.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 is quickly approaching, so now is the time to start making plans to travel to Qatar to cheer on your favorite team. Since the pandemic may have left us all unprepared for such a large-scale event, we have compiled a comprehensive FIFA World Cup 2022 travel guide.
1. Qatar Accommodations
To begin, let’s talk about the country’s lodging options. Can Qatar’s hospitality sector meet the needs of the anticipated 1.5 million tourists, given that the country has only 130,000 rooms available? It’s a stretch to make that comparison between the two numbers. More apartment buildings are currently being built in Qatar to house visitors during the FIFA World Cup.
If you need help finding a place to stay in Qatar during the FIFA Worldcup22, you can use the dedicated lodging portal on the Qatar 2022 website. Places to stay listed here range from hotels and villas to apartments. You might be surprised to learn that Doha even has cruise ships anchored there for the duration of the tournament, as they are expecting a large influx of visitors.
Prices for hotel rooms in Qatar range from $84 per night to $920 per night, in accordance with the type of property and its availability during the FIFA World Cup.
2. Qatar Travel Restrictions and Requirements
A clear pre-travel PCR negative result acquired within 48 hours of departure from your country is required by Qatar, as it is by many other nations that have reopened their boundaries following the lockdowns.
If you are completely vaccinated or have healed from COVID-19, you do not need to present documentation of a negative fast antigen test upon arrival in Qatar. The good news is that guests who haven’t gotten the vaccine won’t be affected.
You can still enter the nation, but a five-day hotel quarantine is required. If you haven’t gotten the flu shot yet, you might want to schedule your flights and hotel stays for at least a week before the FIFA Worldcup22 match you want to see.
3. Qatar Flights
Four of Qatar’s largest cities—Doha, Al Wakrah, Al Khor, and Al Rayyan—will serve as venues for this year’s World Cup. If you’re planning on flying into Hamad International Airport in November for the Worldcup22, you’ll need to apply for a Hayya Card first.
In addition to serving as your visa upon arrival in Qatar, the Hayya Card will also serve as your entrance ticket to the stadium on game days.
If you’re looking to book a flight to Qatar, you should do so as soon as possible because of the worldwide upward trend in airfare that indicates a rapid increase in demand and a decrease in the availability of airline seats.
If you plan on going to many games that will be played in different cities or at separate stadiums, hiring a car can be a convenient way to get around.
4. Qatar 2022 World Cup Tickets
Signing up for an account on FIFA’s ticket portal is the best way to get your hands on FIFA World Cup 2022 tickets, as it has been in the past. For the Qatar Worldcup22, almost 800,000 tickets were distributed between the first phase, which finished on March 29, and the second one, which ended on April 29.
Thankfully, FIFA has confirmed that there will be a third and final round of ticket sales later this year, albeit the exact date has not yet been revealed. The only thing we know for sure is that the ticket sale date will be much closer to the commencement of the World Cup.
If you’re part of the other majority that find travel and accommodation costs a bit expensive, there are online betting sites out there like Solarbet that offer live streams of your favorite World Cup matches for free! That means you can catch all the football action while having the option to bet on your favorite World Cup teams!