From the 1st of November 2022, Qatar will only allow World Cup match ticket holders into the country. Normal entry procedures will be suspended during this period.
The reason? The country does not have enough hotel capacity...
The FIFA World Cup will take place between the 20th of November and the 18th of December 2022. However, the entry ban has been extended further, from the 1st of November 2022 with no end date specified.
According to the Gov.uk website, to enter Qatar during this time you must apply for a Hayya Card, which is a form of Fan ID, which you will need to be able to enter the country during the tournament period. (It will also give you access to free public transport on match days.)
You can only apply for the Hayya Card if you have a ticket to a match.
World Cup ticket
Booked hotel accommodation
PCR test certificate with a negative result valid for 48 hours
Rapid Antigen test certificate valid for 24 hours ahead of the scheduled departure time of the flight to Qatar
Proof of vaccination is no longer required as of September 4th
If you have tickets for the World Cup, we strongly recommend booking your hotels early.