Qatar 2022: the Covid-19 vaccine will not be mandatory to participate in the World Cup

A little less than two months from the start of the Qatar World Cup 2022, the host country has updated its guidelines on everything related to Covid-19. Among the highlights is that vaccines will no longer be mandatory to enter the territory, and only a PCR or antigen test with no more than 48 and 24 hours will be requiredrespectively, in addition to downloading the Ehteraz application.

Fans attending this year’s FIFA World Cup are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Qatar’s Covid-19 travel and return policywhich has been updated by the Ministry of Public Health “, reads a note.

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Regardless of the traveller’s vaccination status, the test will be required for all visitors aged six and over; This must be issued at a medical center in the country of origin and must be shown at the check-in desk at the airport.

Among other points, it has been established that visitors will not be required to comply with a quarantine once they arrive in Qatar, nor do they have to undergo the Covid test upon arrival in the emirate or on return to the country of origin. If you test positive during your stay, you will need to remain isolated according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health.

The document also explains that the use of the mask will be mandatory only in certain situations.for example, inside health centers and public transport.

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All visitors over the age of 18 must download the Ehteraz app on their mobile phones. This will work like a passport showing a green button which means that the user is free from Covid, for which entry into any closed public space will be allowed.

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With this, many unknowns have been solved. Qatar is ready to experience the great celebration of the World Cup, one more step towards the long-awaited normality after the pandemic.

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