World Cup organizers announced on Thursday that fans traveling to Qatar must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival in accordance with the host nation’s laws to combat COVID-19.
Those above the age of 18 are also required to use the government-managed Ehteraz mobile app, which keeps tabs on people’s whereabouts and health.
As stated by World Cup organizers, “a green Ehteraz (indicating the user does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19) is necessary to enter any public closed indoor locations.”
Travelers need to produce negative results from an official quick test performed within 24 hours of arrival or a PCR test performed within 48 hours of arrival. Regardless of immunization status, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has announced that all visitors aged six and older would be required to undergo COVID-19 testing.
The 1.2 million anticipated guests for the event from November 20th to December 18th need not worry about getting vaccinated.
Only rapid antigen testing given by certified medical facilities during the last 24 hours prior to arrival in Qatar will be accepted. If fans in Qatar do not show signs of having COVID-19, no further testing is necessary.
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All visitors to Qatar after September 4 are subject to the World Cup’s public health policies. Fans using the subway to travel between the eight venues in and around Doha are required to wear masks when riding the subway.
Data collected since 2020 by Johns Hopkins University in the United States reveals that Qatar has seen approximately 450,000 verified instances of COVID-19, resulting in 682 deaths. At least 2.5 million people call Qatar home, yet only roughly 350,000 of them are Qatari nationals.
Statistics show that more than 97% of Qataris have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the Ministry of Public Health, “anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 while in Qatar will be forced to isolate in accordance with standards,” according to the World Cup organizers.