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After four long years, the wait is finally over … it’s time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup! Whether you are cheering in the stands with thousands of passionate fans or at your local pub with a pint in your hand, the experience is exhilarating. Every four years, football (soccer) fans around the world get to cheer on their favorite team or country during this worldwide tournament. Many fans dream of the opportunity to plan a trip and watch their team compete in a championship of this magnitude.
The FIFA World Cup was founded in 1930 and is played every four years over the duration of one month. This year will be the 22nd edition of the competition, taking place for the first time in a Middle Eastern country: Qatar. There are 32 qualifying teams that are split up in 8 groups. Games start November 20th and will end with the championship on December 18th. A total of 64 games will be played to decide the winners.
If you decide to attend some games this fall, you'll likely find the planning tasks similar to that of a vacation. Whether you are in Qatar for the whole tournament or just part of it, there will be plenty of downtime for you to explore the country. There are many beautiful sights to see in Qatar, along with museums, parks, and lots of shopping. Check out some of our recommended can’t miss spots while you are in town for the games:
Msheireb Museums – The History of Doha
Inland Sea – Khor Al Adaid
Pearl Qatar – Shopping in Doha
Bedouin Camp – A Night in the Desert
Angry Birds World Theme Park – Time for Family Fun
Local Laws and Customs
Qatar is primarily an Islamic country, so it's important to familiarize yourself with Islamic culture and respect local traditions, customs, and laws. Learn more about what to expect here.
COVID-19 and Entry Requirements
In order to enter Qatar, all travelers ages 6 and above, regardless of vaccination status, are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate that is valid for 48 hours or rapid antigen test certificate that is valid for 24 hours, from the scheduled departure flight time.
All travelers entering Qatar during the FIFA World Cup must apply for a digital Hayya Card. A Hayya Card will be required for entry to Qatar, the stadiums (with a valid ticket), and public transportation during the tournament.
When traveling internationally, it is always a smart choice to purchase travel insurance or travel medical insurance to prepare for the unexpected. This will help protect your trip investment and your health in the slight chance something goes wrong, such as a flight delay or your child getting sick. Visit the following link to our most popular travel protection plan, iTravelInsured Travel SE, or our most popular travel medical insurance plan Patriot Travel Medical Insurance.
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