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Qatar 2022: Getting ready for the World Cup

The 2022 World Cup kicks off in two weeks time and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has published advice for England and Wales fans making the trip to Qatar.

The FCDO has identified six key pieces of advice to help fans navigate the Gulf state safely:

  1. Prepare before you go. The FCDO checklist has all the practical steps that fans need to think about before they head off to the tournament, from passport validity to health prescriptions
  2. Read the FCDO Travel Advice and sign up for email alerts. World Cup-specific information can be found at The Government’s Qatar travel advice is kept under constant review so fans should sign up for email alerts to stay up to date on the latest developments throughout the tournament
  3. Follow the entry requirements for Qatar. To enter Qatar, fans must have a Hayya Card (a form of fan ID), as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 result through a valid PCR or rapid antigen test certificate. Accommodation must be arranged before travelling out
  4. Get travel insurance. Without it, fans risk medical bills which may run to thousands of pounds. Fans should check that insurance covers them for all destinations, medical needs, COVID-19 costs and planned activities
  5. Know the do’s and don’ts. Qatari laws and customs are very different to those in the UK. There may be serious penalties for doing something that is not an offence in the UK. The availability of alcohol, and associated laws, will be different to previous tournaments
  6. Steer clear of drugs. Qatar takes a zero tolerance approach and visitors can expect a severe penalty for the possession of even residual amounts. Punishment can include lengthy custodial sentences.

Keep an eye out for our Fans’ Embassies

The FSA’s Fans’ Embassy teams will be on hand in Qatar to assist fans following England and Wales in Qatar. As we get nearer the start of the tournament we’ll be publishing more information to help supporters heading to Qatar – including individual editions of Free Lions ahead of each game.

England start their tournament at the Khalifa International Stadium against Iran on Monday 21st November and Ashley Brown from the FSA’s Fans’ Embassy said: “Travelling to World Cups always requires a level of planning for supporters to make sure we get the most out of a tournament – whether that’s matchdays, sightseeing or general safety.

“Qatar has very different laws to the UK and we’d encourage all fans to familiarise themselves with the FCDO’s six top tips and to follow the FSA for further supporter-specific updates.”

Wales last qualified for a World Cup in 1958 and are taking a new generation of fans to Qatar in the process. FSA Cymru’s Paul Corkrey said: “This is our first World Cup in a generation and we know the Welsh fans will be determined to enjoy the experience.

“It is a trip to the unknown but information is available and we urge the Red Wall to bookmark the FCDO Travel Advice website.”

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