Ultimate FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Fan Guide

Ultimate FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Fan Guide By Darlene Regis - May 25, 2022
Ultimate FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Fan Guide

Ticketing, Travel Accommodation, & Entertainment

Are you looking for a complete guide to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™? Get answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the world's biggest football tournament to happen in Qatar this year here:

Note: Don't forget to bookmark this page as it will be frequently updated with the latest information about the event.

FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022™ FAQs

When will Qatar host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?

It will take place over 28 days from November 21 to December 18, 2022, with the final being held on Qatar's National Day.

MATCHES

Where can I find the official match schedule for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?

A total of 64 games will be played to decide the winners of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. See when and where the action will take place. View the official match schedule here.

TICKETING

When and where will general tickets go on sale?

For general ticketing sales, managed exclusively by FIFA, check FIFA.com/tickets for further updates.

Update:

The random selection draw sales period of Sales Phase (2) for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ tickets is now closed and ticket applications can therefore no longer be submitted, changed or withdrawn.

A ticket applicant may be successful, partially successful or unsuccessful in being allocated the tickets for which they have applied. 

Ticket applicants will be notified of the outcome of their ticket applications by email no earlier than 31 May 2022.

Visa payment cards are the exclusive payment method accepted for residents of Qatar.

Can I book accommodation and tickets together for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?

Qatar Accommodation Agency 2022 only offers accommodation. Tickets must be purchased separately via FIFA.com/tickets.

Packages with accommodation, match tickets, and hospitality can be purchased through Match Hospitality. Qatar Airways offer packages for flights, accommodation and match tickets, and Dalian Wanda (for China residents) offer accommodation and match ticket packages.

HAYYA CARD

At the request of the Qatari authorities, ticket holders are reminded that all local and international fans must apply for a Hayya Card.

What are the benefits of the Hayya Card?

The Hayya Card will provide entry to a stadium (with a valid match ticket), entry to Qatar (for international fans), access to public transport on match days and smart journey planning (via the Hayya app).

• Entry Permit To Qatar
• Stadium Access
• Free Metro Access
• Free Bus Access

Is applying for a Hayya Card mandatory?

Yes. All fans who wish to attend FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ matches must apply for a Hayya Card. Click here to apply.

Do Qatar residents need to apply for a Hayya Card in order to attend matches?

Yes. Every match ticket holder will need a Hayya Card in order to attend matches.

Do I need a match ticket to apply for a Hayya Card?

Yes, at this stage we are inviting match ticket holders to apply for a Hayya Card. Further information in relation to non-ticket holders will be communicated in due course.

Do I need to have confirmed accommodation in order to apply for a Hayya Card?

No, you can begin your Hayya Card application without having booked accommodation. If you are an international fan, your Hayya Card application will only be complete once your accommodation is validated through the Hayya portal.

Is there a deadline to sign up for the Hayya Card?

No, however it is encouraged to apply for a Hayya Card as soon as your ticket(s) purchase is confirmed.

Do I need a Hayya Card to purchase match tickets/accommodation?

No, you do not need a Hayya Card to buy a match ticket or book accommodation.

How will I receive my Hayya Card?

The Hayya Card will be available immediately following approval via the Hayya app.

TRAVEL

Is Qatar a safe place to visit?

Qatar is consistently ranked as the safest country in the region and in the top 20 globally. The country already hosts more than 90 major sporting events annually and its planning with international partners for these events has ensured their successful and safe delivery every time.

Qatar has also formed a National Security Committee to focus on security at the tournament.

The Security Committee has already signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the UK Home Office, French Gendarmerie, the ICSS, the Council of Europe and INTERPOL, and its teams have attended dozens of major sporting events around the world to gain additional hands-on experience.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Qatar?

All international fans will need a Hayya Card to enter the State of Qatar during the tournament. The Hayya Card will act as an entry permit to Qatar for international fans.

Where will be the best place to stay when in Qatar?

Whether that is a 3 or 5-star hotel, a room on a temporarily moored cruise ship or a Bedouin-style tent under the stars, fans will be offered some truly unique accommodation options as well as more conventional ones so there will be something to suit every visitor. The SC bid included a promise of 100,000 rooms and this will be exceeded.

What will happen if I arrive in Qatar without a match ticket or accommodation?

Entry to Qatar during tournament time will not be possible without a valid Hayya Card.

ACCOMMODATION

What accommodation options will be available to fans during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?

There will be a host of options, including hotels, apartments, villas, fan villages and cruise ship cabins. Visitors are also welcome to stay with family and friends.

Who is Qatar Accommodation Agency 2022?

Qatar Accommodation Agency 2022 (QAA) is the Accommodation Service Provider for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Do I have to book accommodation through the Official Accommodation Agency website?

No, however the Official Accommodation Agency website has the most extensive range of accommodation options available with a variety of price points. 

You are welcome to book accommodation via hotel/holiday websites or other means, such as holiday letting portals. Please note that all holiday home owners are encouraged to have a Qatar Tourism license.

Will there be a limit to the number of nights I can book?

No, there are currently no restrictions for match ticket holders. Bookings should, however, align to match attendance dates.

Can I book directly? Why do I need to make a booking via Qatar Accommodation Agency 2022 (QAA)?

The largest variety of accommodation options in Qatar will be available via the Qatar Accommodation Agency 2022 platform, including accommodation solutions that you will not be able to find through other channels, such as cruise ship hotels. However, you may choose to book elsewhere.

Can I book accommodation without a ticket?

At this time, QAA is prioritizing accommodation sales to match ticket holders. To book accommodation you will need your Ticket Application Number to confirm your booking.

When and where will hospitality packages go on sale?

Qatar offers an exciting range of accommodation – available to book now. Further information can be found on www.qatar2022.qa/book for the various categories of accommodation: 

Apartments & Villas - Enjoy the supreme comfort of your own serviced apartment or villa and experience the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ as a local.

Cruise Ship Hotels - Hop on board a cruise ship for a glamorous full board cabin experience and unique FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Fan Villages - For the adventurous football fan, a range of exciting and unique accommodation options.

Hotels - Qatar offers an excellent range of hotels to suit every budget and requirement.

Are there any accommodation options near the metro stations/ stadiums?

After searching for your required rooms and dates, the results are shown on a map showing the locations of the properties and their proximity to public transport and stadiums.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Commercial Hospitality Programme offers a unique opportunity to experience spectacular football in a luxurious setting. To purchase hospitality packages now, or to make an inquiry, go to FIFA.com/hospitality.

How much will accommodation cost?

There is a wide range of options via the Official Accommodation Agency website, with the cost per room/per night starting at US$100.

Will more accommodation options become available?

Yes, properties and availability are continually being updated on www.qatar2022.qa/book

Ticketed fans will be given priority to book accommodation via the Qatar Accommodation Agency 2022. A variety of accommodation options will be available including hotels, apartments and villas, cruise ship hotels, and fan villages.

Can I stay with family and friends in Qatar at tournament time?

Yes. Your host will need to register your accommodation within the Hayya portal. Currently, up to 10 individuals can be invited as guests by a single host during the tournament. Further information about this will be communicated in due course.

Are non-married friends of different genders or couples (including LGBTQ+) allowed to stay in the same room?

Yes. There are no restrictions.

During the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, will room rates increase significantly, or will they stay at the same price level as they are now?

Pricing is managed by Qatar Accommodation Agency 2022 (QAA) for properties booked via our website for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Some hotels will have rooms that are not under QAA management and rates are at their discretion.

Can I register to receive updates on accommodation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?

To receive updates on accommodation, you need to register in www.qatar2022.qa and you will be added to the mailing list.

ENTERTAINMENT

What can fans expect from the 2022 tournament?

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will be a family-friendly tournament, combining traditional Qatari and Arab hospitality with innovative fan and player experiences to ensure a truly unique experience in 2022.

Qatar is only an 8-hour flight from 2/3 of the world's population, meaning it will be one of the most accessible tournaments ever. It is also a base from which, after the tournament, fans can easily explore the rest of the region.

Will alcohol be available at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™?

Alcohol is not part of Qatari culture, and may not be available everywhere, but it will be available in designated areas. FIFA will work with Q22, as it does with all FIFA World Cup™ host nations, to find a solution that satisfies everyone concerned.

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Sources: qatar2022.qa and FIFA.com

By Darlene Regis - May 25, 2022

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