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Posted On: 30 November 2021 06:00 pm
Updated On: 25 October 2022 11:06 am

How to travel to Qatar [by air, land & sea]

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With FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ happening from November to December 2022, visitors worldwide are expected to touchdown in Qatar to witness this tournament.

If you’re planning to travel to Qatar and looking into the possible modes of transportation to enter the country, the (ILQ) team has put together a guide on how to travel by air, land, and sea.

Also read: COVID-19 Travel & Return Policy for international fans attending the World Cup

    Hayya Card as entry permit during World Cup

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    After buying tickets, you need to apply for a Hayya Card, as it a mandatory requirement to be able to attend matches.

    Those with approved International Hayya Cards will receive another entry permit to their registered email addresses. The entry permit will be a PDF document stating the entry and exit dates, along with personal details.

    The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has confirmed that the last date to enter Qatar with a Hayya entry permit will be 23 December 2022, and the last date to exit will be 23 January 2023.

    The entry permit will be a requirement for international visitors regardless of purpose and will be the only means to enter from 1 November 2022 till 23 December 2022.

    The regulation is also applicable to GCC nationals and GCC residents.


    Getting to Qatar by air

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    The best way to enter Qatar is by air. Many other airlines from around the world fly into Qatar.

    Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Doha International Airport (DIA) are the ports of entry if you travel to Qatar by air.

    During the World Cup, Match Day Shuttle flights will allow fans to watch a match and return to their country of origin within 24 hours.

    Read more about it here: Your guide to the FIFA World Cup Qatar Match Day Shuttle flights

      Getting to Qatar by land

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      There is just one entry point into Qatar by road. Qatar shares a land border with Saudi Arabia, and the Abu Samra Land Border is the point of entry between both countries. Abu Samra is located about an hour away from central Doha.

      Visitors who want to enter Qatar through the Abu Samra Land Border may travel with a private vehicle or bus, subject to certain conditions.

      Read about the requirements here: What are the conditions to enter Qatar via Abu Samra border during World Cup

        Getting to Qatar by sea

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        There are two ports that will serve travellers wishing to enter Qatar by sea: Doha Port and Hamad Port.

        These two ports are accessible by chartered cruise ships. Several cruise ship hotels are scheduled to dock at these ports to accommodate fans during the tournament.


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