Visitors to Qatar will be required to obtain a “Hayya Card” to enter the country beginning Nov. 1, Qatari authorities have confirmed.

Key Points:

  • Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18.
  • Beginning Nov. 1, foreign nationals must have a Hayya Card, or special identification card, to enter the country. In order to obtain a Hayya Card, applicants will need to show that they have tickets for a World Cup match and accommodations for their time in Qatar, among other requirements. Visitors can apply for Hayya Cards here.
  • Authorities have not said how long the policy will remain in place; however, they have indicated Hayya Card holders will be able to remain in Qatar until Jan. 23.
  • Qatari citizens and residents will be permitted to enter and leave Qatar as they normally would and will not require a Hayya Card.
  • Authorities will also provide an exception to the policy for visitors entering and leaving Qatar on the same day. More information on this exception is expected soon.

Background: Qatar is expected to welcome more than 1 million visitors for the World Cup. Authorities had previously said that those attending World Cup matches would be required to obtain a Hayy Card. Authorities have now confirmed that this requirement will apply to all visitors beginning Nov. 1.

BAL Analysis: Those planning to visit Qatar for reasons other than attending World Cup matches should do so before November or after the Hayya Card requirement comes to an end.

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