On Thursday, FIFA World Cup Qatar announced that ticket holders can invite up to three family members or friends to Qatar who don’t own tickets, based on the Hayya card, a mandatory document to enter stadiums.
Hayya Card holders can invite up to 3 non-ticketed fans to enter Qatar
On the basis of Hayya Card, FIFA ticket holders can bring in three non-ticketed fans to enter Qatar during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
There will be a minimal entry charge for non-ticketed fans aged 12 and over. There will be no entry fee for non-ticketed fans aged under 12.
This feature will be launched in alignment with the Last-Minute Ticket Sales period.
The Director General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Yasir Al Jamal, told a press conference: “We are only weeks away from the biggest sporting event ever to be held in our country and region. We are delighted with ticket sales so far and look forward to welcoming fans from across the globe for a celebration of the beautiful game. Fans will experience Qatar’s warm hospitality while they enjoy exciting action on the pitch and numerous entertainment options off it. This will truly be a World Cup to remember – and a game-changer for Qatar, the Middle East and Arab world.”
More than 2.45 million tickets have already been sold for the tournament. Over 500,000 tickets were snapped up during the most recent sales phase in July and August. The next sales period will begin around the end of September, while over-the-counter sales will start in Qatar soon.
It will be the first edition of the tournament to be held in the Middle East and Arab world – and excitement across the region is palpable. Qatar is set to host the most compact edition of the tournament in modern history. Fans, players and officials will always be in the thick of the action – with the longest distance between stadiums just 75km.
A Hayya Card is required for all international travellers planning to enter Qatar between Tuesday, November 1, 2022, and Monday, January 23, 2023.
The Hayya card is a smart electronic identification card designed as a Fan ID for the coming 2022 World Cup. It is personalised document that is issued and required by every single person attending any of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 matches (all local and international fans).
Ticket holders can apply for the mandatory Hayya Card now, which will act as an entry permit to Qatar for international fans.
Fans are reminded to book their accommodation as soon as possible. The widest range of options, including cruise ship cabins, apartments, villas, hotels and fan villages, are available to book via the Qatar Accommodation Agency (QAA). Prices start from US$ 80 per night, based on two-person occupancy.
From next week, the QAA will contain a third-party booking feature, which will allow fans to successfully apply for Hayya after booking accommodation from a source other than the QAA or staying with family/friends.
Fans who have plans of staying in Dubai and make use of shuttle flights to Qatar to watch the game can also start booking their hotels in Dubai since Dubai hoteliers are already experiencing a surge in room bookings ahead of the Qatar World Cup 2022, with many expecting to be fully booked.
Hayya Card holders will benefit from free public transport.
The Doha Metro will operate from 6 AM to 3 AM (Saturday to Thursday) and from 9 AM to 3 AM on Fridays.
The GCC air shuttle service will operate 94 rotations per day during the tournament.
Fans should note that vehicles will only be allowed to enter Qatar under exceptional circumstances. A pre-booking system for parking at the border will be available from 15 October.