Ultimate Travel Guide: Qatar | MyFootball
The biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, is just days away from getting started.
The tournament will take place from November 20 to December 18, 2022.
Australia have been drawn in Group D alongside France, Tunisia and Denmark and will play their three group matches at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, around 21km south of the capital Doha .
If you are traveling to attend, there are some important things you should know which you can read below.
Further information is also available on the smarttraveller.gov.au website.
Entering Qatar during the FIFA World Cup
You must have an approved Hayya card to enter Qatar between November 1, 2022 and December 22, 2022. Until December 2, to obtain a Hayya card, you will need a ticket to a World Cup match. Tickets are no longer required for Hayya Cards from December 2. No standard visas will be issued for Qatar during this period. For a fee, ticket holders can use their Hayya card to bring three friends or relatives who do not hold tickets. Hayya cards can be used to enter Qatar until January 23, 2023.
A Hayya card is a form of fan identification required to enter Qatar and attend World Cup matches. The card will also give access to free public transport on match days.
Apply early to avoid delays. Check the Hayya Portal website for the latest information.
From November 1, you are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or RAT) to enter Qatar. You are also no longer required to pre-register on the Ehteraz health app before your arrival. You will still need to present proof of your state of health via the Ehteraz app to enter health facilities.
Entry and exit conditions may change at short notice. You should contact the nearest Qatar Embassy or Consulate for the latest details.
The Qatari government has launched a media portal for the FIFA World Cup.
Purchase of tickets
Check the FIFA website for ticket information and only buy match tickets from official suppliers. Match tickets purchased through unofficial means may not be valid.
Accommodation during the World Cup
The Qatar World Cup accommodation agency website will be the main booking platform, but alternative options are also available. You will need a valid event ticket number to reserve accommodation.
If you plan to stay with friends or family in Qatar during the tournament, your host should register your accommodation on the Hayya portal website.
Check the Government of Qatar website for more information on transportation options.
Monitor the Hayya Portal website for the latest information.
Traveling to Qatar during the World Cup
All World Cup stadiums are in a compact area. Transport routes are likely to be very busy for the duration of the tournament. Some major roads, including the Doha Corniche, will be pedestrianized during the tournament. Be sure to plan your travels carefully, especially on game days. Not all items are permitted in World Cup stadiums, see the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Stadium Code of Conduct.
You should plan to use public transport whenever possible.
A Hayya card will give you free access to public transport on match days, including bus, metro and tram.
Check the Government of Qatar website for more information on getting around Qatar and for information on the FIFA Fan Festival and other activities taking place around Qatar.
Local laws and customs
Alcohol and drugs
There are strict laws regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol in Qatar.
- The legal drinking age in Qatar is 21.
- Alcohol is normally only available to visitors in licensed premises, such as restaurants and bars.
- It is an offense to drink alcohol or be drunk in public places.
- Importing alcohol into Qatar is not permitted. This means that you will not be able to purchase duty-free alcohol at the airport or upon arrival.
During the World Cup, alcohol will also be available in designated FIFA Fan Zones from 6:30 p.m. and in the FIFA compound outside the stadiums from three hours before a match. Alcohol will be prohibited inside the stadiums.
There will be no flexibility on Qatar’s zero tolerance for drug offences. Penalties for drug use, trafficking, smuggling and possession (even in residual quantities) are severe. Penalties can include long custodial sentences, heavy fines and deportation.
If you take prescription drugs with you, make sure they are legal.
Read the travel advice for Qatar for more information on local laws and customs. Also see our general advice on carrying or using drugs and traveling with medication.
The laws and customs of Qatar are very different from those of Australia. There can be serious penalties for doing something that might not be illegal in Australia.
There are conservative dress and behavior codes in Qatar. Visitors should cover their shoulders and knees when visiting public places like museums and other government buildings. Fans attending World Cup matches should note that removal of shirts inside stadiums is not permitted.
Be aware of your actions to ensure they are not offensive, especially if you plan to visit religious places.
- Avoid public displays of affection. Any intimacy between people in public may lead to an offence, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or intent.
- It is an offense to use obscene language or make obscene gestures.
- While homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, authorities have publicly stated that there will be no restrictions on friends or unmarried couples (including LGBT) staying in the same room.
Photographing local people in Qatar, especially women, is illegal without permission. Be sure to get consent before doing so.
See our tips for complying with the law. Also see our general advice for women and LGBTI travellers.
Read the Government of Qatar website for more information on cultural awareness.
Stay in the area for the World Cup
If you are staying outside of Qatar and commuting to attend matches, read the travel advice for the destination you are staying in. Check entry requirements, local laws and customs for nearby destinations:
Stay up to date on the various entry processes and requirements to enter Qatar via regional shuttle flights or by road. Entry and exit conditions may change at short notice. Contact the nearest Qatari embassy or consulate for the latest details.
If you plan to travel elsewhere in the region during the tournament, check the entry requirements and travel advice for each country you plan to visit or transit.
Read our general advice on traveling abroad.
Where to get help
Lost or stolen passport
Be sure to keep your passport safe and secure. To replace a lost or stolen passport, you will need to complete a comprehensive application form and provide original photographs to the Australian Embassy in Doha.
Most countries in the region do not allow entry to Australian emergency passport holders. If you lose your passport in Qatar, you may not be able to travel to the region and will need to return to Australia and apply for a replacement document with full validity.
If your passport is lost or stolen:
Read the Consular Services Charter to find out what the Australian Government can and cannot do to help you overseas.
In Qatar, you can obtain consular assistance from:
Australian Embassy, Doha
Majlis Al Taawon Street
Phone: (+974) 4007 8500
Email: [email protected]
Check the Embassy’s website for more details on opening hours and temporary closures.
The availability of non-emergency passports and notarized appointments at the embassy may be limited during the FIFA World Cup from November 20 to December 18, 2022.
24-hour consular emergency center
In the event of a consular emergency, if you cannot contact an embassy, call the 24-hour consular emergency center at:
- +61 2 6261 3305 from abroad
- 1300 555 135 in Australia