Qatar World Cup organisers reveal Covid rules ahead of tournament in November

Qatar World Cup organisers reveal Covid rules ahead of tournament in November

Qatar World Cup organisers reveal Covid rules ahead of tournament in November. Image: Chris worldwide/

ORGANISERS of the World Cup in Qatar have released the tournament’s Covid rules, as reported on Thursday, September 29.

FOOTBALL fans attending the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November will have to present a negative PCR test issued in their country of departure and done at least 48 hours before entering the Arab country, whether or not they are vaccinated against covid-19.

Organisers said in a statement on Thursday, September 29, that “any visitor aged six and over is required to present an official negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 48 hours before departure time or an official negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result no more than 24 hours before departure time.”

They added: “The test result will need to be submitted at the airport check-in counter. NB: The test should be conducted at a medical centre in the country of origin. RAT self-tests are not valid for travel purposes.”

  • Children under six are exempt from submitting a negative COVID-19 test before departure to Qatar.
  • People arriving in Qatar are not required to undergo quarantine, regardless of vaccination status or country or origin.
  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 while in Qatar will be required to isolate in accordance with Ministry of Public Health guidelines.
  • Visitors are not required to take a COVID-19 test after arrival in Qatar.
  • Qatar does not require any traveller to take a COVID-19 test before departing Qatar. However, travellers should check the requirements of their destination country and follow their specific COVID-19 travel requirements.

“A green Ehteraz status (showing the user does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19) is required to enter any public closed indoor spaces,” the statement added.

Masks are required for all public transport.

On Saturday, September 3, reports suggested that beer sales are set to be allowed up to three hours prior to kick-off at World Cup matches in Qatar.

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