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This article was originally published on September 27, 2022, and was updated on December 13, 2022, to reflect additional information.

December 13, 2022, Update: The government of Qatar reduced entry policy requirements related to the Hayya card. As a result, nationals, and residents of a Gulf Cooperation Council member state will be permitted to enter Qatar without registering through the Hayya platform or holding a World Cup ticket.

Original Post From September 27, 2022:

Key Points

  • The government of Qatar will temporarily suspend the entry of foreign nationals who do not hold proper authorization from November 1, 2022, to December 23, 2022


The government of Qatar announced that it would temporarily suspend the entry of select foreign nationals into the country who are not attending the FIFA World Cup. These measures will apply from November 1, 2022, until December 23, 2022. According to the government update, the suspension will not impact nationals of Qatar, nationals of member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council who hold a Qatar ID card, foreign nationals who have valid Qatar ID cards, and foreign nationals holding proper work entry permits.

What are the Changes?

The government of Qatar will temporarily suspend the entrance of foreign nationals not holding a ticket to attend the FIFA World Cup or those who do not have other forms of work or entry authorization. According to the government announcement, these measures will be taken to reduce the number of foreign nationals entering the country during this time.

Looking Ahead

Check the government of Qatar’s website for the latest updates and information. For additional information on entering Qatar for the World Cup, check here.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Government Communications Office, State of Qatar

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