Covid tests no longer required for travel to FIFA World Cup Qatar

Covid tests no longer required for travel to FIFA World Cup Qatar

The new regulation will come into effect from 1 November

Those travelling to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup are no longer required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR or Rapid Antigen Test result.

Qatar has scrapped the Covid-19 testing requirements for inbound visitors, facilitating an easier travel process for World Cup fans who will be arriving to attend the tournament next month.

The Ministry of Public Health website states: 

  1. Citizens and residents of the State of Qatar are no longer required to take a Rapid Antigen test (nor PCR) upon their arrival in the State of Qatar.
  2. Visitors are no longer required to bring a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or Rapid Antigen test certificate before traveling to the State of Qatar.
  3. From 1 November 2022, visitors entering Qatar are not required to pre-register on the Ehteraz health application prior to arrival. 

However, it is mandatory for individuals to present the health status of the Ehteraz application if entering healthcare facilities in Qatar.

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Though there has been an easing of regulations, Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) stressed the need for all citizens, residents and visitors to continue to follow standard precautionary measures to reduce the risk of infection. This includes being fully vaccinated, performing regular and thorough hand washing and getting tested in the event of experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.

The FIFA World Cup tournament will start on 20 November 2022 with hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador in the opening match.

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