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Everything You Should Have Before Visiting Qatar During The 2022 World Cup

Once the decision is made to travel, as with any other vacation, practical issues come up. There are also additional regulations to take into account because Qatar is an Islamic nation under an absolute monarchy.

What are Qatar’s COVID-19 regulations?

A PCR test that is no older than 48 hours or a quick antigen test that was done no more recently than 24 hours must be shown by anyone above the age of 6 who wishes to enter the country. Tests that are self-administered won’t be approved. Although entry into the country does not need proof of vaccination, a form must be filled out and submitted at least three days before entry.

Anyone entering must install the Ehteraz coronavirus tracking software from Qatar. When entering museums, hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other places of a similar nature, the app is examined. Face masks must only be worn in healthcare facilities or on public transit.

What is the best mode of transportation for getting around?

Whether you take a taxi, hire a driver, or rent a car, the best method to get around is by car. Check the automobile rental conditions carefully because visitors can only drive for the first seven days after entering the nation. An international driving permit, which entitles the holder to drive in Qatar for up to three months, is required for anyone who wants to rent a car for a longer period of time.

A metro system with three lines connects certain popular destinations, such as the airport and the city Centre, for people who would rather avoid the hassle of renting a car. There are buses as well, but the usual bus lines should not be relied upon.

Can I drink alcohol when I go out?

This is a crucial question for many soccer supporters. Alcohol consumption and public intoxication are prohibited in Qatar. Both are challenging because you cannot import alcohol into the nation and cannot purchase it from retailers. Hotels with a license to offer alcohol allow guests to consume alcohol there. The legal drinking age is 21, and it is a costly endeavor.

However, there will be a drinking ban exception for this year’s World Cup. Before and after the game, alcohol will be served on the stadium grounds. On the other hand, only non-alcoholic beer will be provided inside the stadium. Alcohol will only be served to individuals who purchase the extremely costly box tickets during the game.

When and where may I shop?

Shopping centers become the perfect havens because daytime temperatures in Qatar during the event would often range between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius (75-89 degrees Fahrenheit). In Qatar, Sunday is a regular working day, and most shops and stores are closed on Fridays. They are air-conditioned and often open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. On Fridays, a large number of stores—including restaurants—reopen later in the day. Only government buildings are still shut down.

What hand motions should I avoid when communicating?

In Qatar, pointing a finger at someone is extremely rude and should be avoided. The same holds true when pointing your index finger in someone’s direction. Avoid waving at waiters as well, as it is considered rude and you won’t likely receive the excellent service you were hoping for.

If your vacation is going well and you want to give someone the thumbs up, you might find that things rapidly turn around since in Qatar, giving someone the thumbs up is equivalent to giving them the middle finger in Western nations.

Contact: Are hugs and kisses acceptable?

Let’s begin with the salutation. Women may encounter a male who declines their offer of a handshake. Unmarried men and women are prohibited from touching by religious law; this is not intended to be an intimate act. This is only a reflection of the culture and should not be seen as disrespectful.

Avoid making public shows of affection like public kissing and hugging. They are prohibited, and if you are detected, you could face consequences.

In Qatar, homosexual actions are also prohibited and are subject to a seven-year prison sentence. But Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, had said that everyone was welcome at the World Cup, including homosexuals.

It may be both a dream come true and a nightmare to travel to the World Cup. Because lines can grow fairly long throughout the travel, having the correct stuff can make or break that excursion.

Check out our list of the things you should have before visiting Qatar during the 2022 World Cup.

Battery extender

FIFA authorizes one of these per individual to access the stadiums, making it a necessity. We really bring two and leave one charging in the room as a self-insurance measure. When you’re taking pictures of memories, you don’t want your phone to die.

Additional Phone Charger

Once you’re on the ground, you can certainly purchase one, but is that how you want to spend your time? A couple of us regularly travel for work and can affirm with certainty that having an additional charger in your bag can really come in handy.

Global plug adaptor

It’s yet another essential, although you can always buy it off the ground. But who wants to do that?

Headphones

Have you ever travelled halfway around the world while being surrounded by throngs of adoring admirers who were chanting and singing your favorite songs? It’s fantastic until it isn’t. When travelling, noise-cancelling headphones are sometimes a luxury need.

Sunglasses

Depending on how the sun sets in Qatar in 2022, wearing sunglasses when attending fan festivals or even inside a stadium is likely to be mandatory (something that likely is an unknown for many of the stadiums).

A day bag

Before entering a stadium with a pack of any kind, make sure to read the Stadium Code of Conduct. However, do you really want to do that? There will allegedly be a check-in service for products at each stadium.

We appreciate the usefulness of daypacks for carrying valuables for up to 16 hours a day. Most of us normally don’t bring bags to matches to avoid the hassle. The key is to pick something small, strong, and practical.