The U.S. Embassy in Qatar has announced that it will be closed for routine American Citizens Services during the 2022 World Cup.

Key Points:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Qatar will be closed from Nov. 13, 2022, to Jan. 2, 2023, for routine American Citizens Services, including passport and notary services.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Qatar will not process any passport renewals for those traveling for tourism purposes during the World Cup.
  • U.S. citizens over the age of 18 may not need an appointment to renew their passport at the U.S. Embassy in Qatar. Individuals should use this tool to determine if they qualify or to book an appointment for minor children or themselves.
  • Emergency appointments and services will remain available at the U.S. Embassy in Qatar during the closure.

Additional Information: Those who are traveling to Qatar for the World Cup are reminded that they must obtain a Hayya Card, hold a valid recruitment visa or work permit or be traveling for humanitarian reasons to enter the country. To apply for the Hayya Card, foreign nationals can download the Hayya to Qatar 2022 mobile application or visit this website. U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) if traveling to Qatar.

BAL Analysis: U.S. citizens who are living in Qatar and are in need of a new passport should renew their passport as soon as possible to avoid delays and complications. The U.S. Embassy in Qatar will continue to provide updated guidance for U.S. citizens traveling to the country for the 2022 World Cup. BAL will provide more information as it becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact

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