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Updated 23 September 2022
With FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 around the corner, the Qatari authorities have now announced that effective from 1 November 2022 to 23 January 2023, they will only allow entry to only Hayya card holders, residents and nationals of Qatar. The Hayya Card will serve as the only entry permit for visitors, and no other standard visit or travel or even visa-free permits will be issued during this period.
Furthermore, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has now implemented a new measure amending the requirements for visa on arrival for Indian, Iranian and Pakistani nationals. Keep reading to find out more about Qatar’s new visa rules for the year 2022.
Please note: Effective 1 November 2022, the authorities in Qatar have announced the suspension of entry for visitors into the country until 23 December 2022. Only Hayya Card holders, Qatari citizens, residents and GCC citizens holding a Qatari ID card, holders of personal visas, work entry permits, and approved humanitarian cases will be allowed entry during this period.
Qatar new visa rules 2022
The following are some of the new visa rules developed in Qatar for the year 2022:
Qatar new visit visa rules
With FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 around the corner and the airlines and hotels amping up travel packages for football fans heading to Qatar, the authorities have now announced that effective from 1 November 2022 to 23 January 2023, entry to Qatar will be restricted to Hayya card holders, residents and nationals of Qatar.
The Hayya Card will serve as the only entry permit for visitors to Qatar during this period, and no other standard visit or travel or visa-free permits will be issued during this period.
Moreover, the UAE and GCC residents and travellers intending to visit Qatar for any other purpose will also need a Hayya card to enter Qatar starting from 1 November 2022. However, travellers who do not have match tickets will have to wait to apply for the Hayya card.
As of now, Qatari authorities are urging applicants with confirmed FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match tickets to apply for Hayya Card, as their accommodation will also be required to be validated during the process.
Please note that we will update the specific Hayya card application rules for those not attending the World Cup, as and when released by the authorities.
Refer to our website https://blog.wego.com/world-cup-2022/ for more details regarding the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Qatar new visa rules for Indians, Iranians & Pakistanis
Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has now implemented a new measure amending the requirements for visa on arrival for Indian, Iranian and Pakistani nationals. They will be required to meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply for a Qatar visa on arrival:
- The applicant must have purchased hotel accommodation from the Discover Qatar website for the entire duration of their stay in Qatar.
- The length of visa granted must correspond to the duration of the hotel booking, ranging from a minimum of 2 days to up to 30 days, with the option of a one-time extension of their visa for 30 days in Qatar.
- They must meet all other criteria as mandated by the Ministry of Interior.
For more details regarding the Qatar visa on arrival, visit our article on Qatar Visa on Arrival 2022: Which Countries Are Eligible for Qatar Visa on Arrival?