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GCC visitors entering Qatar through the Abu Samra border must have a vehicle entry permit.

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Dubai: If you are driving to Qatar from the UAE via Saudi Arabia, you can now skip border queues by pre-registering your vehicle and travel details on the Hayya Portal – hayya.qa, according to an announcement made by Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) on Sunday, April 16.

In order to cross through the Abu Samra border, you will first have to travel to Saudi Arabia from the UAE and and head towards the border town of Salwa.

The pre-registration process for the Abu Samra border.

Step 1: Create an account on the Hayya Portal

- Visit the Hayya Portal - https://hayya.qa/en/ and click on ‘Abu Samra border pre-registration’. - If you do not have an account, click on ‘Sign Up’. - Enter your email address and click on ‘Send Verification Code’. Enter the verification sent to your email and create . a password. - You will then be transferred to the website for the Abu Samra border registration - https://move.hayya.qa/home - Click on the ‘Pre-registration’ button. - Sign in with your new account details.

Step 2: Enter vehicle registration details

- Click on the ‘Add Vehicle’ Button. - Enter car name – which is the car model and manufacturer's name. - Enter the vehicle owner’s name and mobile number. - Select which GCC country the vehicle is registered in. - If you selected UAE, select the Emirate that the vehicle is registered under. - Enter car’s plate number. - Select the vehicle type as ‘Private’ and select the plate colour. - Click on ‘Submit’. - If you select a one-way trip, enter the date of arrival. Otherwise, enter your arrival and departure date for Qatar. - Once you have submitted your vehicle registration details, you will receive a notification that the request has been made and that the application is currently ‘pending’.

Step 3: Upload the required documents

- You will receive an SMS and email once the details are verified. You can then submit the necessary documents and details, which include: • A passport copy. • A Qatar entry permit for GCC residents – you must apply for the visa before pre-registering your vehicle. Click here for a complete guide on how to apply for Qatar entry permit via the new Hayya Portal. The permit costs QAR100 (Dh100.49). • UAE residence visa or GCC resident permit (if you are a GCC resident). • Valid Passport copy • Passport details – nationality, passport issue and expiry date. - After you have submitted the application, you need to make sure you complete all your vehicle insurance payments 24 hours before your arrival at the Abu Samra border check point, according to MOI Qatar.

Step 4: Receive the vehicle entry permit via email

- After you have submitted the documents, you will receive a tracking status number on your mobile and email address. Once the application is approved by the Hayya Portal, you will receive an email with the vehicle entry permit, which allows you access to the Pre-Registration lane at the Abu Samra border crossing.

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Exercise normal precautions in Qatar.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including Qatar, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the  Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices .

Read the  country information page  for additional information on travel to Qatar.

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  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
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Tourist visas:  When traveling on a U.S. tourist passport, travelers may obtain a free visa upon arrival, if they have six-months validity in their passport and a return or onward ticket. The visa is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and entitles the holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, or multiple entries during the 30-day validity. It may be extended for a further 30 days. See the Government of Qatar’s website for  visa information .

Former Residency Permit Holders:  Former resident permit holders seeking to return to Qatar should carry a “no objection letter” issued by their former sponsor.

For further information on residence permits, see the  Qatari government  or  U.S. Embassy website .

Exit Permits:

  • Exit permits are no longer required for U.S. citizens working in Qatar, with the exception of employees deemed “essential” by their employers, who must still be granted an exit permit.
  • If you owe money, you will be barred from exiting Qatar. Qatari banks place holds on accounts to ensure all debts are paid before you leave.
  • U.S. citizens with family residence visas do not need an exit permit. However, a family member who sponsors their dependents (usually the person employed in Qatar) can elect to receive instant notification if dependents attempt to depart the country.

Qatar does not recognize dual nationality.  If you hold Qatari citizenship, Qatari law requires that you enter and exit on your Qatari passport. Qatari authorities may confiscate your U.S. passport if you hold Qatari/U.S. dual nationality. Should this happen, contact the U.S. Embassy. The seizure does not constitute loss of U.S. citizenship.

Military Personnel  should consult the Department of Defense Foreign Clearance Guide before traveling, since different entry/exit requirements may apply. For further information, call the Host Nation Coordination Cell of the 379 th  Air Expeditionary Wing at 011-974-5551-0815.

Some restrictions  exist for foreign residents of Qatar who test positive for certain communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDs. Medical exams are required for individuals seeking residency in Qatar, but not for transit passengers or short-term visitors.  Qatari authorities will not bar HIV-positive temporary visitors from entry to Qatar based on their health status.  However, Qatar denies residency and employment to HIV or tuberculosis-positive applicants (among other communicable diseases).  Short-term visitors to Qatar with medications on their person are advised to carry a copy of their prescriptions. Please verify this information with the  Embassy of Qatar  before you travel.

Customs  regulations prohibit the import of alcohol over the duty-free cap, narcotics, pork products, weapons or weapons-related articles (hand cuffs, laser pointers, etc.), drones, professional photography equipment to include telescopic lenses, as well as pornographic or sexually-related materials.

See Qatar’s  website  for specific information regarding customs requirements.

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction  and  customs regulations  on our websites.

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Terrorism:  Terrorist groups and those inspired by such organizations are intent on attacking U.S. citizens abroad.  Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack – including knives, firearms, and vehicles – to target crowds more effectively target crowds.  Frequently, their aim is unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as: 

  • High-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies, demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.) 
  • Hotels, clubs, and restaurants frequented by tourists 
  • Places of worship 
  • Schools 
  • Parks 
  • Shopping malls and markets 
  • Public transportation systems (including subways, buses, trains, and scheduled commercial flights)  

For more information, see our Terrorism page.  

Exercise normal precautions in Qatar.  See our Travel Advisory for more information. Safety Precautions:

  • Practice personal security measures at all times.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and local events.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Monitor local media broadcasts and consular messages.
  • Vary travel routes and times when possible.
  • Be extra vigilant when frequenting banks or ATMs.

Areas to Avoid:

  • Large crowds and demonstrations in case of unrest
  • Labor or work camps located outside of cities and major industrial areas.  These areas are highly congested with limited physical and hygiene standards.

Crime : The crime rate in Qatar is generally low. Incidents of violence and petty theft are rare but do occur.  There is a large police presence throughout the country.

International Financial Scams: See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  webpages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime : Report crimes to the local police at 999 and contact the U.S. Embassy at + (974) 4496-6000.  Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.

Victims of Sexual Assault:  Sexual relations outside of marriage are illegal in Qatar and subject to criminal prosecution. Instances can result in arrest, fines, imprisonment, and deportation.  If a U.S. citizen is a victim of sexual assault in Qatar, we strongly encourage you to contact the U.S. Embassy immediately, prior to contacting the local authorities.

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are strongly urged to contact the Embassy immediately at + (974) 4496-6000 for assistance. Victims may also seek medical care through Hamad Hospital emergency room at 16060 or +(974) 4439-5777 if you are calling from overseas.

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  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Provide general information regarding the victim’s role during the local investigation   and following its conclusion Provide
  • Provide a list of  local attorneys
  • Provide our information on  victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport
  • Assist in the birth or death of a U.S. Citizen

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

Information on local resources and assistance can be found on the Protection and Social Rehabilitation Centre website and through their hotline: 6693-3999, 6693-3108, or 6693-3919.

Tourism : The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance . 

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Exit bans prevent those faced with legal proceedings from leaving Qatar until their case is abandoned or resolved.  This can take months or years. The Government of Qatar does not offer any social support for individuals under exit bans.

Reasons for exit bans can include:

  • Labor or financial disputes
  • Personal debt (including bounced checks, credit card debt, and bank loans)
  • Outstanding contracts or leases
  • Traffic fines
  • Pending legal matters, including cases related to gestures or behavior reported by Qataris that are viewed as “offensive.”

U.S. citizens have been subjected to exit bans and/or placed in prison pending payment of debts.

Always carry a copy of your passport for proof of identity, or authorities may detain you for questioning.

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be arrested, deported, or imprisoned.  Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website.

Criminal penalties for certain offenses are much harsher than those in the U.S.:

  • Incidents involving obscene language, gestures, or insulting comments often result in arrest, imprisonment, and/or fines.
  • Alcohol-Related Offenses, including public intoxication, can result in severe penalties such as arrest, heavy fines, imprisonment, and/or deportation.  Qatar maintains a zero-tolerance policy against drinking and driving.
  • Use of Illegal Drugs can result in long jail sentences and steep fines.

Arrest Notification:  Qatari authorities do not routinely notify the U.S. Embassy of a U.S. citizen’s arrest. If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. If you are not allowed to do so, ask a friend or family member to contact the U.S. Embassy.  See our  webpage  for further information.

For more serious crimes, Qatari authorities may not allow U.S. Embassy officials to visit until the initial interrogation is completed.

Qatari police sometimes arrest U.S. citizens without providing access to legal counsel.  You could be arrested for being a:

  • Potential witness to a crime (including traffic accidents involving injuries; slander, traffic arguments, etc.)
  • Relative of a suspect
  • Criminal Suspect

If arrested—regardless of the charge—you may spend 1-2 nights in jail before a hearing takes place. Once arrested, only the Qatari Public Prosecution and Courts have the authority to grant a release.

See our  webpage  for further information.

Qatari law favors employers over employees.  In the event of a contract or employment dispute, Qatari authorities refer to the Arabic language of a contract. Employees have limited recourse if their employer terminates a contract early. If a sponsor files a complaint against an employee who departed Qatar, the employee may be barred from returning to Qatar, even on a tourist or airport visa. Many terminated U.S. citizens have been barred from departing Qatar because of pre-existing debt.

Despite recent legal changes, transferring employment prior to the end of a contract often requires the permission of the previous employer and is subject to approval by the Ministry of the Interior. Additional mechanisms for transferring employers exist through the Ministry of Interior in cases such as bankruptcy, abuse, or repeated failure to pay an employee on time.

Drug Use: Most drugs that are illegal in the United States are also illegal in Qatar, including marijuana/THC, CBD products, and vape products. The potential consequences for use or possession may be harsh.  

Clothing : Many public areas in Qatar have dress codes that require both men and women cover shoulders, chests, stomachs, and knees, and that tight leggings be covered by a long shirt or dress. Attire standards can vary between neighborhoods and facilities.  Faith-Based Travelers:  Religion is a very sensitive issue in Qatar; treat any discussions on religion with care and caution. The law provides for a prison sentence of up to seven years for defaming, desecrating, or committing blasphemy against Islam, Christianity, or Judaism. Public worship by non-Islamic faiths and atheism are illegal and subject to prosecution.

Proselytizing is against the law.  Attempts to covert a member of another religion or even “share your faith” can be considered “proselytizing.” Penalties cancan include deportation or imprisonment.

While you may import religious material for personal use,  bringing religious materials into the country for proselytizing purposes is prohibited.

Charitable activities, both religious and non-religious, must be approved in advance by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

See our following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report  – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report  – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTQI+ Travelers:  Same-sex sexual relations between men are illegal, even if consensual. Penalties include lashing, lengthy prison sentences and/or deportation.

There is no law criminalizing same-sex sexual relations between women, though cultural norms are conservative.

The Qatari government does not accept passports with the “X” gender marker. This also applies for travel into Qatar.

Businesses are prohibited from selling and individuals are prohibited from distributing rainbow colored merchandise. 

See our  LGBTI Travel Information  page and section 6 of our  Human Rights report  for further details.

Travelers with Disabilities: The law in Qatar prohibits discrimination against persons with physical, sensory, intellectual, or mental disabilities, the law is not enforced.  Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public is not as prevalent as in the in the United States.  Expect accessibility to be limited in public transportation, lodging, communication/information, and general infrastructure.

Students : See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:  Unaccompanied expatriate women may be verbally and/or physically harassed. In deference to Islamic culture, avoid wearing sleeveless shirts, halter-tops, or shorts. Only wear athletic clothing in public when engaged in sports activities.

See our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

Journalists : Journalists, including independent content creators and vloggers, need specific visas and permissions to use photography and videography equipment, or to conduct interviews or reporting within Qatar. There is no legal guarantee of press freedom or freedom of expression in Qatar.

Photography : Photographing local people in Qatar, particularly women, is illegal without permission.

COVID-19 Testing:  COVID-19 tests are available from many local medical providers and hospitals. Testing is paid for by the individual or, in some instances, their insurance plan or employer. Private hospitals charge QR 50 - 160 test. Test results are usually provided by email, but some clinics require you to pick up the travel certificate in person. Please refer to the Ministry of Public Health’s webpage for additional information.

COVID-19 Vaccines:   The COVID-19 vaccine is available for U.S. citizens to receive in Qatar. Please refer to the Ministry of Public Health’s webpage for additional information.

Visit the FDA's website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

Modern medical facilities and Western-style pharmacies are available. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services.

For information on the Qatari national healthcare system, see the  Qatar Ministry of Health website .

For emergency services in Qatar, dial 999. 

Ambulance services are widely available. 

We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See  our webpage  for more information on insurance coverage. Visit the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  for more information on the type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. Some prescription medications from the United States are unavailable or restricted in Qatar, for example, stimulants, strong pain medications, and some medications used by HIV+ patients. Check with the  Qatari customs authority  on proper travel procedures and the  Ministry of Public Health  to ensure the medication is legal in Qatar. Discuss a health care plan with your doctor before you travel.

Contraceptives, Pregnancy, and Prenatal Care:  Sexual intercourse outside of marriage is illegal in Qatar.  As such, pregnant women must present a marriage certificate to receive prenatal care at medical facilities in Qatar.  Unmarried pregnant women should consult the U.S. Embassy prior to pursuing prenatal care in Qatar. Contraceptives are available over the counter with no prescription required. Emergency contraceptives are not available. We advise all travelers to plan accordingly.

Vaccinations : Be up-to-date on all  vaccinations  recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further Health Information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

Air Quality:  Air quality is poor in Qatar, with frequent dust and particle pollution. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects. Visit  AirNow Department of State  for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

The U.S. Embassy maintains a  list of doctors and hospitals . We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: For current traffic regulations, see the  Ministry of Interior’s Traffic Police  website.

Driving:  The legal minimum driving age is 18.  Holders of a U.S. issued driver’s license can drive in Qatar for two weeks, but most car rental agencies require an international driver’s license. Three-month Temporary Licenses are available.  International Driving Licenses are valid in Qatar for six months from the date of arrival.  Resident expatriates should apply for a full Qatari license. If you are caught operating a vehicle without a valid license, penalties can be severe.  For more information, see the Qatari Traffic Services website .

Traffic accidents  are one of the leading causes of death in Qatar. The extensive use of roundabouts, numerous road construction projects, and high-speed driving can be challenging. In rural areas, poor lighting, wandering camels, and roads without shoulders create hazards.  If you are in an accident without a license, any insurance may be held invalid, and you could be left with extensive bills and legal charges.

Avoid arguments over traffic incidents . Qatari citizens who feel insulted can file a police complaint that can result in your arrest and overnight detention. Drivers are liable for persons injured in a traffic accident. Local police have held U.S. citizens overnight while ascertaining the extent of injuries.

Traffic Fines:  Please be aware that traffic offenses are easily captured via well-placed cameras and the fines can be expensive. Unpaid traffic fines can result in an exit ban until reconciled. 

Public Transportation:  Regulated and registered taxi services (Uber, Karwa, Fox Transportation, and Careem) are widely available and generally safe to use. The Embassy recommends you avoid use unlicensed taxi operators or drivers who approach you and attempt to solicit business. Do not allow the driver to pick up additional passengers along the way. To avoid cultural misunderstandings, females traveling alone should always sit in the back (never the front) seat. 

Qatar Rail : The Doha Metro is safe, modern, and inexpensive.

Mowasalat Public Bus : Laborers and construction workers predominantly use this mode of public transportation. The front seats in the buses are generally reserved for women and children. The U.S. Embassy recommends the use of regulated taxi services rather than public buses.

See our  Road Safety page  for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight:  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Qatar’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to Qatar should also check for  U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the NGA broadcast warnings . 

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As the date of the much-awaited Fifa World Cup in Qatar draws nearer, ticket prices have increased manifolds. Tickets to Qatar which cost around Dh960 now will rocket to over Dh6,000 in some cases during the World Cup season. Given this, many football fans who are choosing to base themselves here are considering driving to watch the Fifa World Cup matches.

However, the Qatar interior ministry has announced that only cars with Qatari registration numbers will be allowed into the country for day trips between Tuesday, November 1 and Friday, December 23. Others wishing to enter the country using their cars need to meet specific requirements and have special permissions.

Here is an explainer on the rules and regulations about driving to Qatar from Dubai.

Drivers can enter Qatar through the Abu Samra crossing located on Salwa Road. The drive from Dubai to Doha is roughly around 650 km and will take an average of 6 to 7 hours. From Abu Dhabi, the trip is only approximately 550 km and can be completed in less than 6 hours. The border crossing, which has free parking, can receive 4,000 travellers per hour and is open for visitors.

Who can enter

Earlier, only those with match tickets were permitted into the country during the sporting event. However, last week it was announced that international fans who have purchased match tickets will be able to invite up to three guests with or without tickets into Qatar to experience the fan zones. Although the ticket-holder needs to be at least 18 years old, there is no age limit to those who can be invited.

The permits

Those travelling to Qatar have been classified into four categories:

1. One day visitors : Citizens, residents and GCC nationals visiting Qatar for one day can enter with their cars only if their vehicle has a Qatari registration plate. Others must pre-reserve a border parking spot where they can park for free for 24 hours from the time they enter the country. They can then travel using shuttle buses to Doha Central Station or Al Qalayel meeting point. A service charge of QAR1,000 applies for the second day the car is parked at the border. The parking reservation will be available from November 1.

2. Fans with special permission: International visitors who have match tickets can enter Qatar with their own private vehicles if they meet a specific set of requirements. The vehicle must have a minimum of three people and a maximum of six and the ticket holder must have booked hotel accommodation in Qatar for at least five nights. The visitor can apply for entry permit, which costs Dh5043, using the Hayya to Qatar 2022 app and must purchase vehicle insurance as well.

3. Fans coming by bus: Fans arriving to watch the match can opt to take a bus that will drop them off at the border terminal. The visitor must carry a Hayya card. After entry procedures, they can take the free bus from the terminal to Al Messila Metro Station in Doha or use the shuttle bus to Al Qalayel family and friends pick-up area.

4. Special cases: Although all borders of Qatar have been shut to those not attending the World Cup, special humanitarian cases will be considered. Those wishing to enter the country can apply for the permit through the Ministry of Home Affairs website, where applications will be reviewed and answered within 6 hours.

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World Cup 2022: how to get to Qatar from the UAE, visa rules and what you need to know

The national's guide on planning your trip to doha, including travel options.

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Luxury charters have been in demand from supporters basing themselves in Dubai, and flying in for matches during the month-long tournament that kicks off in Qatar on Sunday, November 20.

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The Qatar World Cup kicks off in November and promises to be hugely popular with UAE sports enthusiasts, as official agents have reported record ticket sales — with huge demand for quarter-final matches.

Host Qatar and Ecuador provide the curtain opener at the Al Bayt Stadium on November 20, and it's not too late for UAE residents to plan a trip to the region’s biggest sporting event.

How do I travel to Qatar from the UAE?

Flying is likely to remain the most convenient — albeit costly — option for football fans, particularly as rules on driving to Qatar have changed

Anyone visiting by car must now park at Qatar's Abu Samra land border crossing with Saudi Arabia on the Salwa Road, and then take a free shuttle bus into Doha, 90 kilometres away.

Flights into Doha on December 9, when the first quarter finals are due to be played, and returning on December 10, are currently available with Flydubai for under Dh1,000 ($272).

To fly back a day later on December 11, fans will have to pay around Dh500 more, flying with Qatar Airways.

Match hospitality tickets are also available from FIFA’s official agents in the UAE , Expat Sport.

Stadium capacity figures according to Fifa website.

“The UAE has had its highest recorded ticket sales for any World Cup to date,” said Alan Holt, managing director of Expat Sport.

“Our most popular package for UAE residents so far has been the quarter finals.

“It's over a long weekend, so people only need to take the Friday off work to see the top teams in the world.

“For UAE-based football fans this is the ultimate weekend experience of what will, no doubt, be incredible football and the opportunity to soak up the exciting atmosphere in both the stadiums and Doha .”

What about accommodation?

Expat Sport has six levels of match hospitality packages, starting from Dh3,500 for seats in an allocated section of the stadium, with four hours of tented hospitality and parking.

The price does not include travel or accommodation, which the company can also provide if required.

Four star and five-star accommodation options are available in Doha from the agent, while match tickets can still be purchased direct from Fifa .

“Due to all the stadiums being in relatively proximity, this would be the first World Cup where fans can watch two games over two days without moving out of the host city,” said Mr Holt.

“This is one of the major advantages of Qatar as a host nation.

“For our customers we are recommending including the match in the Lusail Stadium as this is Qatar's biggest stadium, so we would naturally assume the top qualifying teams will play there.”

What is the Hayya card?

Anyone wishing to visit Doha during the World Cup , which takes place between November 20 and December 18, must have a digital Hayya card.

This is a preapproved entry permit into Qatar, and can only be accessed once in possession of an official match ticket.

A similar process was implemented for the 2018 Russia World Cup to simplify the usually complicated and lengthy process of visa applications for fans.

The Hayya card is essential for stadium entry, and will also give access to free bus services and the Doha Metro. Fans can register for the card on the Fifa website.

Can I still book flights?

Yes. Commercial air travel will be the most popular route for fans. Scheduled flights will arrive at Hamad International Airport, while chartered flights and private jets will arrive at Doha International Airport.

From the UAE fans can catch flights with several airlines including flydubai and Air Arabia.

Anyone travelling to any of the six GCC nations — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman , Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE — must have a passport valid for at least six months.

Strict Covid-19 measures are likely to remain in place throughout the tournament.

Mobile disinfection robots are operating at Hamad International Airport, while smart screening helmets allows staff to measure the temperature of passengers throughout the terminal.

The airport also has 38 thermal screening cameras at entry points, while wearing masks is mandatory.

Saudia will be operating 40 shuttle flights daily to Doha from both Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, increased to 60 daily flights on the Saudi team’s match days.

Doha is only a 90-minute flight from Riyadh.

David Beckham is part of Qatar's new tourism campaign ahead of Fifa World Cup. Photo: Qatar Tourism

Do I need a PCR test or vaccination for entry?

The Qatar Entry Registration is a mandatory travel document for all international travellers and will record their health and personal information, including a negative PCR test result .

Anyone with a match ticket must be fully vaccinated.

As travel advice is constantly changing, visitors are advised to check their chosen airline’s latest rules and guidelines from Qatar's Ministry of Public Health.

Proof of vaccination status is required for stadium entry, as well as use of public transport, via the Qatari government Ehteraz app.

Al Hosn and other GCC-approved mobile apps, the European pass app and UK’s NHS Covid Pass will also be accepted.

How do I get to my accommodation in Doha?

Passengers arriving at Hamad International Airport can take the Metro Red Line directly into central Doha from T1 Metro Station.

Digital Hayya cards allow free use of the Doha Metro from November 11 until December 23.

Karwa public airport bus services will be expanded for the World Cup.

All bus stations have lifts and space for wheelchairs and also allow guide dogs.

Taxis are available 24 hours from the arrivals hall, either through the turquoise Karwa taxis or private Uber and Careem services.

Shuttle buses will be provided from HIA for those staying at the cruise ship hotels at Doha’s Grand Terminal in West Bay, and to other official accommodation sites between November 14 and December 18.

Seats must be booked in advance using the Hayya to Qatar 2022 mobile app.

Passengers arriving at Doha International Airport can take the Gold Line directly into central Doha and return on the Red Line to Al Matar Al Qadeem Metro station, near the airport.

A Mowasalat shuttle bus number A840 will be in operation between the airport’s arrivals hall and Souq Waqif Bus Hub — South.

People travelling to Doha from Abu Dhabi by car will cover a stretch of 550km and cross through Saudi Arabia.

How do I drive to Doha?

Road access to Qatar is by the Abu Samra land border crossing with Saudi Arabia, but drivers must leave their vehicle at the border on the Saudi side and take a free shuttle bus for onward journeys into central Doha.

It is possible to drive the 695km desert route from Dubai to the Qatar border or 588km journey from Abu Dhabi, if in possession of entry visas, insurance and driving permits for Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Fans travelling by road also need their approved Hayya card to enter Qatar, as well as any other immigration documents.

After fans cross the border, free bus number B811 will take supporters to Al Messila Metro Station on the Green Line.

On the return journey, the shuttle bus will take fans back to the land border from the Al Messila station.

Seats must be booked in advance and passengers provide an estimated arrival time on the Hayya to Qatar 2022 app.

Can I get to Doha by sea?

Chartered cruise ships are scheduled by the Qatar National Tourism Council and will be docked at Hamad Port, although all travel arrangements are organised by cruise operators.

Cruise ships will dock at Hamad Port for stopovers in Qatar, while some will be used as floating hotels for the duration of the World Cup.

How do I travel around Qatar?

Travelling around this relatively small country should be easy, particularly as the Hayya card offers free use of public transport.

Doha's Metro has three lines — the Gold, Green and Red lines — covering 37 stations, with trains running every three minutes.

Free M etrolink buses run useful routes within two to five km of stations, while free Metroexpress minibuses will shuttle passengers between stations and nearby locations.

Seats can be booked via the Karwa Taxi app.

Operating hours will be extended during the World Cup. From November 17 to December 20, trains will run from 6am to 3am from Saturday to Thursday and from 9am to 3am on Fridays.

There are also three tram systems.

The Lusail Tram connects to the Metro via Legtaifiya Station on the Red Line, while the Education City Tram connects to the Education City, Qatar National Library and Al Shabab stations on the Green Line.

The Msheireb Tram connects Msheireb Metro Station hub to landmark locations within Msheireb Downtown Doha.

Public buses also operate across Doha and a free stadium bus service will operate from Barwa Madinatna, Souq Waqif North, the Fifa Fan Festival, West Bay and Barwa Barahat.

Services will operate four hours before kick-off and end 90 minutes after the final whistle.

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Local emergency contacts

Fire and rescue services, medical emergencies.

Call 999, or go directly to the hospital.

Call 999, or visit the nearest police station.

Advice levels

  • An increased threat of military and terrorist attacks against Israel and Israeli interests across the region and ongoing military action in the Occupied Palestinian Territories could lead to increased tensions in other locations in the Middle East. Demonstration and protest activity may occur, and localised security situations could deteriorate with little notice. Avoid all demonstrations and protests. 
  • This may also result in airspace closures, flight cancellations and flight diversions and other travel disruptions. 
  • Conflict in other areas of the Middle East and Gulf region could affect Qatar. Demonstrations and protests can occur and may turn violent. Avoid protests and large public gatherings as they can turn violent. Monitor local and international media and follow the advice of local authorities. 
  • Several terrorist attacks have happened in the wider Gulf region in recent years. Terrorists may target tourist areas and attractions. More attacks could occur. If there's a security incident, follow the advice of local authorities.
  • Qatar has a low crime rate. Pickpocketing, bag snatching and other petty crimes are rare but can happen. Keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded places.
  • Bank and credit card fraud can occur. Always keep your credit card in sight when shopping.
  • Be prepared for extreme weather. From June to September, temperatures can reach over 50˚C. Flash flooding can sometimes happen. Follow the advice of local officials.

Full travel advice:  Safety

  • Cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus have been reported in Qatar. Avoid contact with camels and products contaminated with camel secretions.
  • Qatar can experience periods of high air pollution. Sand and dust storms can also worsen breathing issues. Talk to your doctor before you travel if you have concerns.
  • Get comprehensive  travel insurance  before you leave. If you're staying longer than 30 days in Qatar, you must purchase health insurance from companies approved by the Qatari Ministry of Public Health at a standard cost of 50 Qatari Riyals per month. 

Full travel advice:  Health

  • Qatari laws and customs are very different to those in Australia. If you're detained or arrested, ask police or prison officials to inform the Australian Embassy in Doha.
  • Don't use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties for drug offences include long jail terms. Authorities can detain and deport you if you carry medication to treat HIV and hepatitis. This can also happen if you test positive for either illness.
  • Sex outside of marriage is illegal. If you're the victim of a sexual assault, authorities may arrest, detain or prosecute you for adultery. If you're sexually assaulted in Qatar, ask us for consular help and advice on available support services immediately. Hamad General Hospital provides a  Sexual Assault Service.
  • Qatar has conservative codes of dress and behaviour. Visitors are expected to cover their shoulders and knees when visiting public places, including museums and other government buildings. If you're at tourist attractions, shopping malls and other public places, check the specific dress codes at the venue or online.
  • Avoid commenting on Qatari culture, government policy or services, and commercial enterprises online while in Qatar. This includes reviewing hotel or restaurant experiences on social media. These activities could be considered cybercrime offences in Qatar.

Full travel advice:  Local laws

  • If you're staying longer than 30 days in Qatar, you must purchase health insurance either prior to or when you arrive in Qatar. You must purchase this from companies approved by the Qatari Ministry of Public Health . This mandatory insurance only covers medical treatment in Qatar, not other common issues relating to travel, for example, lost luggage (see 'Full advice/Travel' section).

You may be asked to show proof of your accommodation for the duration of your stay in Qatar on arrival at Hamad International Airport.

  • Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Qatar for the latest details.
  • Driving in Qatar can be difficult and dangerous. Make sure you understand local laws and practices. It's illegal to use obscene language or hand gestures in traffic. It's also illegal to drive after drinking any amount of alcohol.   
  • Many areas of the Gulf are sensitive to security issues and territorial disputes. There's also a risk of  piracy . If you're planning sea travel, refer to the International Maritime Bureau's  piracy reports .

Full travel advice:  Travel

Local contacts

  • The  Consular Services Charter  details what we can and can't do to help you overseas.
  • For consular assistance, contact the  Australian Embassy in Doha . The working week is Sunday to Thursday.
  • To stay up to date with local information, follow the Embassy's social media accounts.

Full travel advice:  Local contacts

Full advice

Terrorism is a threat worldwide.

There have been several terrorist attacks in the Gulf region in recent years. These have occurred at places visited by foreigners. Take official warnings seriously.

Attacks could occur at any time and could target:

  • places of worship
  • hotels, restaurants, and bars
  • sporting venues
  • military sites
  • transport hubs
  • crowded public places
  • other locations foreigners may visit

If there's an attack, leave the affected area straight away if it's safe to.

More information:

  • Terrorist threats

Civil unrest and domestic political tension

Public protests and events that attract large groups of people can occur with little notice.

Conflict in the Middle East and Gulf region could affect Qatar. 

To stay safe:

  • avoid protests, demonstrations and other large public gatherings as they could turn violent
  • be aware of local concerns about regional affairs
  • check the news and other sources for details on planned and possible unrest or strikes
  • plan your activities to avoid potential unrest
  • change your travel plans if needed
  • follow the advice of local authorities

If civil unrest disrupts your travel, contact your airline, travel agent or insurer for help.

  • Demonstrations and civil unrest

Qatar has a low crime rate.

Pickpocketing, bag snatching and other petty crime is rare but can happen. Keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded places. 

Banking and credit card fraud can occur. Always keep your credit card in sight.

Unaccompanied women can be vulnerable to harassment. Women should take care when travelling alone, particularly at night. You should pay attention to your immediate surroundings and exercise judgement.

Kidnapping can happen anywhere, anytime, including in destinations that are typically at lower risk. 

The Australian Government's longstanding policy is that it doesn't make payments or concessions to kidnappers.

Cyber security

You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.

Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.

Cyber security when travelling overseas

Tours and adventure activities

Transport and tour operators don't always follow safety and maintenance standards. This includes 4WD adventure activities in the desert.

If you plan to do a tour or  adventure activity :

  • check if it's covered by your travel insurance policy
  • check that vehicles are well-equipped for the desert
  • check that there's enough water, fuel, food provisions and a mobile phone
  • ask about, and insist on, minimum safety requirements
  • always use available safety gear, such as life jackets or seatbelts

If proper safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.

  • leave a copy of your travel itinerary with friends or relatives
  • adjust your plans if the weather makes conditions unsafe
  • seek advice from local authorities

Climate and natural disasters

Qatar often experiences extremely high temperatures. From June to September, the temperature can be higher than 50°C.

To avoid heat stroke and dehydration:

  • drink plenty of water
  • avoid long periods in the heat

Sandstorms and dust storms occur often.

If there's a  natural disaster  or  severe weather :

  • keep your passport in a safe, waterproof place
  • closely monitor local media and other sources such as the  Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System
  • keep in contact with friends and family
  • Travel insurance

Get comprehensive  travel insurance  before you leave. 

Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.

If you're staying longer than 30 days in Qatar, you must purchase health insurance from companies approved by the Qatari Ministry of Public Health. This will cost 50 Qatari Riyals per month. Health insurance policies purchased outside Qatar may not meet Qatari entry requirements. For more information see: Mandatory Health Insurance Scheme .

The mandatory medical insurance required by all visitors to Qatar only covers medical treatment in Qatar, not other common issues relating to travel, for example, lost luggage.

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.

If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.

  • what activities and care your policy covers
  • that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. 

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your  nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate  to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.

  • General health advice
  • Healthy holiday tips  (Healthdirect Australia)

Medications

Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Qatar. Take enough legal medicine for your trip. For more information check the Ministry of Public Health Guideline of controlled drugs for travellers [PDF 614KB] .

For any medication you're carrying, or that may be detected in your system, c arry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:

  • what the medication is
  • your required dosage
  • that it's for personal use

Get medical documents  authenticated  by DFAT in Australia if needed.

  • Embassy of Qatar in Australia

Health risks

Middle east respiratory syndrome coronavirus.

Cases of  Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus  have been reported in Qatar.

There may be a small risk of contracting MERS via ongoing physical contact with camels. To minimise this risk, avoid consuming raw camel milk, undercooked camel meat, or anything contaminated with camel secretions.

Get medical advice if you have a fever, cough, breathing difficulties or diarrhoea.

  • MERS information card  (Department of Health and Aged Care)

Air pollution

The level of air pollution in Qatar is high by global standards. Dust storms and sandstorms happen often, which can worsen breathing issues.

If you're concerned about the effects of pollution, or dust and sandstorms, speak to your doctor before leaving Australia.

Medical care

Medical facilities.

Public medical facilities in Qatar are comparable to those in Australia.

You may need to be evacuated if you become seriously ill or injured. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.

There are major differences between laws in Australia and Qatar. Behaviour that could be considered offensive or anti-social, but not criminal, in Australia could violate Qatari law.

You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling. 

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our  Consular Services Charter . But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

If you're detained or arrested, ask police or prison officials to inform the Australian Embassy in Doha.

To meet Qatari requirements, your Australian documents may need extra legal approval before you can use them overseas. Check the rules with the nearest  embassy or consulate of Qatar .

Penalties for drug offences include long jail terms. Authorities could charge you with possession if they can detect illegal drugs in your body.

Medications that are available over the counter or by prescription in Australia may be illegal in Qatar.

Authorities can detain and deport you if you carry medication to treat HIV and hepatitis. This can also happen if you test positive to either illness.

Check the status of your medicines with an  embassy or consulate of Qatar . See  Health

  • Carrying or using drugs

Commercial, civil, family and employment law

There are significant differences between Australia's and Qatar's laws on commercial, civil, family and employment matters.

If you become involved in local family law matters such as divorce, child custody and child support:

  • get professional legal advice
  • understand your rights and responsibilities under Qatari law

Commercial law

If you're involved in a commercial civil dispute, local firms or courts may take your passport.

Authorities can stop you leaving Qatar until the dispute is resolved.

If you owe money, you may be jailed until you settle your debts.

Authorities can arrest and jail you for fraud if you:

  • present a cheque that bounces
  • fail to pay bills or fines
  • have an overdue personal loan or local credit card or similar

Authorities may detain you when you arrive if you have debts or criminal charges in Qatar. This can happen even if you're only transiting through Qatar.

If you're not a resident of Qatar, you may not get bail for crimes involving fraud.

Child custody laws are based on Islamic law.

Employment matters

If you have a job in Qatar, you may require an exit permit from your employer to leave the country.

  • Living or working overseas
  • Legalising documents

Eating and drinking laws

It's illegal to:

  • eat, drink or smoke in public between sunrise and sunset during  Ramadan
  • drink alcohol, if you're Muslim
  • drink alcohol or be drunk in public
  • drink alcohol outside licensed premises

Expats living in Qatar can buy alcohol on a permit system.

Alcohol is currently only available to visitors at licenced hotel restaurants and bars. The legal drinking age in Qatar is 21. It is an offence to drink alcohol or be drunk in a public place.

The importation of alcohol into the State of Qatar is illegal. You will not be able to purchase alcohol from duty free in airports.

Sex and intimacy laws

  • have sex outside marriage
  • be sexually intimate or overly affectionate in public
  • engage in same-sex relationships
  • stalk or harass women verbally, physically or online
  • Advice for LGBTI travellers

Other illegal activities

  • bring pornography, pork products, alcohol, firearms or religious books or materials other than those relating to Islam into Qatar
  • photograph government buildings or military sites
  • photograph local people, particularly women, without permission

Victims of sexual assault

Depending on the situation, victims of sexual assault in Qatar, may face arrest, detention or criminal prosecution for having sex outside of marriage.

If you're sexually assaulted in Qatar, contact the Australian Embassy in Doha or the Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra immediately. Ask for guidance and information on support services.

Consular officers can't provide legal or medical advice. They can provide lists of English-speaking service providers who may be able to help you.

  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual Assault Service (Hamad General Hospital)

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.

  • Staying within the law and respecting customs

Dual citizenship

Qatar doesn't recognise dual nationality.

If you're a dual national and authorities arrest or detain you, o ur ability to deliver consular services may be limited. 

Always travel on your  Australian passport .

The children of Qatari fathers automatically receive Qatari citizenship at birth. Qatari fathers can stop their children from leaving Qatar.

  • Dual nationals

Local customs

There are conservative codes of dress and behaviour in Qatar. Visitors must cover their shoulders and knees when visiting public places like museums and other government buildings. If you plan to visit tourist attractions, shopping malls and other public places, check the specific dress codes. Look for details on display at the venues or on their websites. Take care not to offend. If in doubt, seek local advice. Avoid commenting on Qatari culture, government policy or services, and commercial enterprises online while in Qatar. This includes reviewing hotel or restaurant experiences on social media. These activities could be considered slanderous or cyber-crime offences in Qatar.

Offensive behaviour

Swearing and making rude gestures are considered obscene acts and you can be fined, jailed and/or deported. Take particular care when dealing with the police and other officials.

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is observed in Qatar. Respect religious and cultural customs and laws during this time.

During Ramadan, eating, drinking and smoking may be illegal in public during the day. If you're not fasting, avoid these activities around people who are. Seek local advice to avoid offence.

Explore our Ramadan page to learn more, including dates for Ramadan.

Visas and border measures

Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering. 

Australian passport holders are entitled to apply for a visa on arrival. The type of visa you need will depend on your country of residence and the purpose of your travel.

Entry and exit rules can change at short notice. For details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine regulations, contact:

  • Visas & Immigration (Hamad International Airport)
  • the  Embassy of the State of Qatar
  • the official State of Qatar  Government website (in English)

Qatari authorities won't issue visas in an Australian emergency passport. You can only use an emergency passport to leave or travel through Qatar.

Border measures

Transiting through Qatar is permitted if you meet the requirements of your final destination country. There are no additional requirements for transiting passengers, even if you choose to use the transit hotel within the airport. Further information about transiting through Qatar can be found on the webpage for  Hamad International Airport  and Visit Qatar .

For more information, call 109 from inside Qatar or +974 44069999 from outside Qatar, or contact the nearest Qatari embassy or consulate .

Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.

Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.

You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.

The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting  a new passport .

Lost or stolen passport

Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.

Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.

If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:

  • In Australia, contact the  Australian Passport Information Service .
  • If you're overseas, contact the nearest  Australian embassy or consulate .

The Australian Embassy can't issue a new passport in the airport transit area. If you're in the transit area without a passport, you'll need to return to Australia. In Australia, you'll need to apply for a new passport.

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Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest  embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination  before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.

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The local currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR).

Change currency only at commercial banks and official exchange bureaus.

Most businesses that deal with tourists accept international credit cards. ATMs are widely available.

Ask your bank if your cards will work in Qatar.

Local travel

Driving permit.

You can drive in Qatar with:

  • a valid Australian driver's licence
  • an International Driving Permit (IDP)

Get your IDP before leaving home.

If you hold a residence permit, you'll need a Qatari driver's licence.

  • General Directorate of Traffic (Qatar Ministry of Interior)

Road travel

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of death in Qatar. It's challenging and dangerous to drive due to road construction and high speeds.

Visitors or business visa holders with a driver's licence from their home country can drive for up to 15 days from the date of entry into Qatar. You'll need to apply for a temporary Qatar driving licence to extend this. 

If you have an international licence, you can drive for up to 6 months from your date of entry into Qatar.

If you have a non-Qatari licence, you can rent a car if you are 25 years or older and have held a valid driving licence for at least 12 months. The availability of rental cars is likely to be low due to the high demand in Qatar.

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) residents with a GCC driver's licence can drive for up to 3 months from their date of entry into Qatar.

Be careful driving on rural roads. They can be dangerous because of:

  • unsafe driving
  • drifting sands

Sandstorms and dust storms occur. This can significantly reduce visibility and lead to road accidents.

Rain can cause dangerous road conditions and flash flooding.

It's illegal:

  • to drive with any alcohol in your system
  • to leave the scene of an accident as a driver until the police tell you to do so

You can only move your vehicle off the road if there are no injuries from the accident.

It's also illegal to use obscene language and hand gestures in traffic. This includes responding to other drivers' poor driving or traffic incidents.

If you plan to drive:

  • check you have enough insurance coverage before driving
  • check local traffic laws and practices before driving
  • drive carefully and legally
  • avoid arguments over traffic incidents

If you have an accident, contact the police and stay with your vehicle if it's safe to do so.

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Motorcycles

Check if your travel insurance policy covers you when using a motorbike, quad bike or similar vehicle.

Always wear a helmet.

Avoid touts and only use registered taxis and limousines. Arrange these through your accommodation. Avoid shared taxis.

Ride-sharing applications such as Uber are used extensively by the community, particularly in Doha.

Public transport

Qatar has a well-developed bus transport network and metro system. Information and timetables can be found online at Mowasalat 

Taxis and ride share vehicles are widely available in Doha.

  • Transport and getting around safely

Many areas of the Gulf are sensitive to security issues and territorial disputes.

Disputes about sea boundaries can occur. There are disagreements about the sea boundaries and control of Abu Musa and Tunbs islands in the Southern Gulf.

Authorities can inspect your vessel and detain or arrest you if you're in sensitive waters.

Piracy  happens in the Gulf.  The  International Maritime Bureau  issues piracy reports on its website.

  • Travelling by boat

DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.

Check  Qatar's air safety profile  with the Aviation Safety Network.

Emergencies

Depending on what you need, contact your:

  • family and friends
  • travel agent
  • insurance provider

Always get a police report when you report a crime.

Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number. 

Consular contacts

Read the  Consular Services Charter  for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

For consular assistance, contact the Australian Embassy in Doha.

The working week is Sunday to Thursday.

Australian Embassy, Doha

Tornado Tower Majlis Al Taawon Street Doha, Qatar Phone: (+974) 4007 8500 Email:  [email protected] Website:  qatar.embassy.gov.au

Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.

24-hour Consular Emergency Centre

In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 in Australia

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The biggest football tournament in the world starts later this month. The excitement is unprecedented as it’s the first FIFA World Cup held in the Arab World. Interestingly the UAE is also playing host to many World Cup-going fans. Some people will travel from Dubai to Qatar for World Cup 2022 via special flights; others may opt to use the excellent road connectivity and drive across the border.

So, if you are one of the lucky ones travelling to Qatar from the UAE, read on as we discuss the entire air and land travel requirements.

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HOW TO TRAVEL FROM DUBAI TO QATAR FOR FIFA WORLD CUP 2022

The UAE has announced a special multi-entry tourist visa for World Cup 2022 . Match goers can fly to Qatar on match days and return to the UAE before flying again for the next match they have tickets for. Special accommodation packages and flights have been arranged for football fans.

Also, visitors with valid Hayya cards or participants of the Hayya With Me scheme will be able to travel to Qatar. The fee for the Qatar visa is AED 100. It is valid for 90 days and can be applied via the ICP website.

Once you have the visa, there are two options to travel.

AIR TRAVEL FROM THE UAE TO QATAR

Many airlines will operate daily flights from the UAE to Qatar during the World Cup. There are charter flights as well if your budget permits.

COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS

Fans can opt for shuttle flights from different emirates:

  • Fly Dubai: 30 flights a day at a starting price of AED 947.
  • Qatar Airways: Multiple daily flights from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
  • Etihad Airways: Two direct daily flights from Abu Dhabi and multiple connecting flights via Dubai.
  • Egypt Air: Daily flights from Sharjah.

Once you have entered Qatar’s Doha International Airport, there will be multiple transport options, including the Doha Metro, shuttle buses, taxis and ride-hail services (Uber and Careem). Details about the routes and timetable of shuttle buses are available on the Mowasalat website.

Hayya Card will be checked before departure. So make sure to register as soon as you buy the match ticket.

CHARTER FLIGHTS

Since demand for commercial flights is at an all-time high, it might make financial sense to book a charter flight to travel to and from Qatar. Depending on the number of passengers and city of departure, it might be the more cost-effective option.

The DC Aviation Al-Futtaim is offering special charter flights. Different types of aircraft are available:

  • Falcon 2000 (10-seater)
  • Bombardier Challenger 604 (9-seater)
  • Pilatus PC-12 (8-seater)
  • Cessna Citation Mustang (4-seater)

You can book a charter flight with tour operating companies like Tahseen Aviation, Sam Chui and Chapman Freeborn. The cost for a 4 to 6-seater may average at AED 66k; for a 10 to 12-seater, it can be around AED 110k.

If you are travelling from Dubai World Central (DWC), public buses will be operating round the clock from DWC to Ibn Battuta and Expo City Metro Stations. Baggage allowance is limited to cabin baggage only. Strollers and wheelchairs will be accepted as checked-in luggage.

TRAVEL FROM DUBAI TO QATAR FOR FIFA 2022 WORLD CUP BY ROAD

You can also travel by road from the UAE to Qatar for FIFA 2022 World Cup. The journey to the Abu Samra border crossing will take five to six hours from the capital and six to seven hours from Dubai. However, please note that there are certain restrictions when travelling to Qatar during this period.

Qatari citizens, residents and GCC nationals holding Qatari IDs and driving vehicles with Qatari number plates will be allowed to drive into the country. They do not need a Hayya card.

Special permission can also be granted to fans if they meet certain criteria. That includes: 

  • Confirmed accommodation approved via the Hayya platform for 5 nights minimum for the driver.
  • Each vehicle should have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 individuals, all carrying a Hayya card.

If you meet the criteria, you can apply for a special permit via the official Hayya card platform. Once the application has been approved, you will receive an email link guiding you on how to get vehicle insurance.

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Once the insurance has expired, the applicant has to follow up within 24 hours and obtain the permit again by paying AED 5,043.

Please note that the permit is valid for one day only and cannot be used for multiple entries. Visitors are prohibited from driving in restricted areas such as A-Ring and B-Ring roads and all roads and intersections leading there).

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ONE DAY VISITOR

Fans can also visit Qatar to attend a single match or multiple matches within 24 hours. They don’t need a hotel booking to be eligible. The Qatar World Cup offers this unique opportunity due to the short distance between stadiums. Nevertheless, certain conditions have to be met.

  • Visitors should carry a Hayya Card
  • You must park your vehicle in the border parking space. Reservations have to be made before your arrival via the Hayya platform.
  • Parking is free for 24 hours from the time of vehicle entry. However, if the car is parked for more than 24 hours, a charge of AED 1,008 will have to be paid. After 48 hours, the vehicle will be towed away, and an extra charge of AED 1,008 will be added. Payment can be made electronically via a link which will be emailed when registering on the platform. Parking spaces will be available from 1 st November onwards.
  • From the Abu Samra checkpoint, fans can travel via buses to Doha Central Station (Al Messila) or Al Qalayel.

TRAVELING VIA BUS FROM THE UAE TO QATAR

Those travelling by bus have to follow this procedure.

  • Carry a Hayya Card.
  • Reach the checkpoint and complete the entry procedures.
  • Take the bus from there to Doha Central Station (Al Messila) or Al Qalayel.

WHAT ARE THE COVID-19 RELATED REQUIREMENTS WHEN TRAVELLING TO QATAR?

From November 1st, the Qatar government has scrapped the COVID entry test requirement. Hence, visitors don’t have to present a negative PCR test when entering the country. Similarly, there are no quarantine requirements or a mask mandate either.

However, when visiting a healthcare facility, you must wear a mask and show your status on the government-run contact tracing application Ehteraz.

WHAT IS A HAYYA CARD?

Hayya card is a multi-entry permit for those planning to attend FIFA World Cup 2022 matches. Cardholders will be eligible for free transportation. Additionally, with the Hayya with Me (1+3) campaign, cardholders can invite three individuals to Qatar who don’t have match tickets.  

All Hayya card holders can apply for the UAE’s multi-entry visa scheme. You can apply for Hayya cards via the official Qatar 2022 website.

WHEN DOES THE WORLD CUP START?

The tournament begins on November 20. A total of 64 games will be played across four weeks. Two finalists will compete for the winner’s trophy on Sunday, December 18.

CAN I STILL GET WORLD CUP TICKETS?

Yes, you can still buy FIFA World Cup tickets via the official website and plan a trip on your own. Dubai’s first football-themed hotel can be your home during the World Cup. If you’ve got match tickets, feel free to book World Cup tour packages from Dubai .

CAN FANS VISIT QATAR WITHOUT MATCH TICKETS DURING THE WORLD CUP?

Yes, as per the latest announcement made fans without match tickets can visit Qatar from the 2nd of December. However, they still have to apply for a Hayya card. They will be able to enjoy the World Cup atmosphere with fans travelling from around the world.

This concludes our guide on how to travel from the UAE to Qatar for World Cup 2022. From November 14 to December 18, dedicated shuttle buses will travel around Doha, giving visitors a chance to become part of events, activities, and the official FIFA Fan Festival.

For those who are staying back home, here’s a list of places you can watch the football World Cup in Dubai with fellow supporters. It will be a super exciting tournament with all the top global superstars fighting it out for the biggest prize in football.

Keep following MyBayut for more updates about the FIFA World Cup 2022.

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Please remember that travel information can change. Visitors must check their chosen airline’s requirements and the latest guidelines issued by the Qatar government before travelling.

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Attitudes towards dress in Qatar are relaxed, but visitors (men as well as women) are expected to show respect for local culture by avoiding excessively revealing clothing in public. It is generally recommended for men and women to ensure their shoulders and knees are covered.

This is widely expected at Souq Waqif and other traditional markets.

The Qatari riyal is the only currency used in the country and can be obtained through ATMs which are widely available in malls, hotels and around Doha. The Qatari Riyal (QR) is pegged against the US Dollar at QAR 3.64

Currency Import regulations

When bringing local currency (Qatar Riyal-QAR) and all other foreign currencies amounts equal to or higher than QAR 50,000 must be declared on arrival. This includes jewelry, precious metals or stones valued at QAR 50,000 or higher.

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To read about customs regulations in Qatar and other related information, click here .

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  • The Accessible Qatar smartphone app provides information about accessibility and facilities at different public and touristic venues across the country.
  • Ooredoo Qatar has partnered with Wheel the World  to offer accessible tourist experiences to differently abled visitors.
  • In case of emergency, following specialised services are accessible for the deaf:
  • Call 992 using the 3G camera on your computer or cell phone;
  • Send an SMS to 992 clearly stating your problem and what service you need (ambulance, fire rescue, police), as well as your name, address, and any details;
  • Send an e-mail to  992@moi.gov.qa  (it may take some time before you receive a response)

Drinking water

The World Health Organization estimates that 99% of Qatar has access to drinkable tap water. However, bottled water is widely consumed in Qatar with plenty of local and imported brands widely available.

Electric supply

The standard voltage is 240 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. Plug points are the same as in the UK. To use electric appliances made for the range of 100 V - 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), one needs a voltage converter or a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.

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Doha is home to over 100 foreign embassies and a consulate. These are open for business from Sunday to Thursday and closed on Friday and Saturday, as well as all public holidays of both Qatar and the embassy's home country.

Friday timings

All business and commercial activity shuts down during Friday prayers in the morning (around 10am -12pm).  Several shops remain closed on Fridays while malls open in the afternoon on Fridays.

Qatari ladies will  not  shake hands with men, and many men will not shake a lady’s hand as a gesture of respect.

Healthcare facilities

In case of emergency, visitors can go to Hamad General Hospital’s network of hospitals and healthcare centers for care.

Internet Connectivity

Qatar is the world’s first country to introduce a commercial 5G network. Free WIFI facilities are available at the Hamad International Airport and most public places including shopping malls, restaurants and parks.

Islamic Holidays

Eid Al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the month-long period of fasting.  It is spent with family and friends, with much feasting, and goes on for three days, though shops and private businesses may reopen after one or two days.

The Hajj pilgrimage ends with Eid Al Adha , also known as the “feast of sacrifice” and continues for four days.

Home to around a hundred nationalities, Qatar is a melting pot of cultures with numerous languages being spoken. Being an Arab country, the official language is Arabic, but English is commonly spoken at all public places.

Meet & Greet Services

Passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Hamad International Airport can avail Al Maha  personalised Meet & Greet Services at Hamad International Airport.

Official holidays

Qatar National Day is celebrated on 18 December. Sports Day is also a national holiday celebrated on the second Tuesday of February each year. In addition to these two holidays the country is closed for three days during Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha.

Public Display of Affection

As in all Middle Eastern countries, showing overt affection and intimacy in public is frowned upon.

During the Islamic month of Ramadan, visitors are expected to refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public places during the daylight hours out of respect to those who are fasting.  Hotels continue to cater to guests by opening restaurants that are out of the public’s view.

Qatar is a Muslim country and Islam plays an integral role in daily life. Prayers take place five times per day: at dawn (Fajr), around midday (Duhr), in mid-afternoon (A'asr), at sunset (Maghrib) and about two hours after sunset (‘Esha). The exact timing varies each day according to the sun's position.

Qatar has been ranked first in terms of safety and security, according  Numbeo  Crime Index 2020, the world’s largest database of user contributed data on cities and countries.

Smoking is prohibited in all public spaces including museums, sports clubs, shopping malls and restaurants. Violators can be subject to fines between QAR 1000-3000.

Passengers transiting through Doha can take advantage of Qatar’s unmatched stopover program to explore the destination. The +Qatar program offers great deals at 4- and 5- Star hotels.

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The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) regulates the telecommunications, information technology, and postal sectors, as well as access to digital media. Ensuring balancing consumers’ rights and telecom Service Providers’ obligations is a top priority for CRA. If you have inquiries or complaints against telecom Service Providers, you can contact us through:

· Hotline 103, or +97444069938 from overseas · Email: consumervoice@cra.gov.qa · Complaint Form:  https://www.cra.gov.qa/en/Services/Consumers-Complaints · Social media: @craqatar · Mobile App: “Arsel” on Google Play and App Store For more information please visit CRA’s website: www.cra.gov.qa

Most hospitality outlets in Qatar include a service charge in the bill. However, a tip of 10-15% as a gesture of satisfaction is appreciated. It is advisable to carry cash for tipping.

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Qatar drives on the right hand side of the road.

Qatar has a desert climate with year-round sunshine, extreme temperatures during summer and mild winters. Average monthly temperatures range from 17°C in January to 36°C in July, sometimes reaching highs of 40°C+ during the summer months.

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Conceived of in 2012 The Year of Culture  is an initiative by Qatar Museums. Taking place with another country, the year-long cultural exchange programme invites people to explore a new culture, through a variety of exhibitions, festivals, competitions and events.

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UAE travel to Qatar - Restrictions & Requirements

The next FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar. It's the first time that a Middle East country will host this competition, the sporting event has never happened so close to the United Arab Emirates. This is the perfect opportunity to travel from the UAE to Qatar to enjoy the Qatari attractions and watch live World Cup matches. iVisa is here to help you with all the information you need to take the trip!

You'll be amazed by the museums, local markets, modern architecture, and beach resorts in Qatar. In addition, the country is known for its diversity, being home to different nationalities: Qatar citizens make up less than 15% of the total population, which is composed mainly of other Arabs (13%), Indians (24%), Nepali (16%), Filipino (11%), Bangladeshi (5%) and Sri Lankan (5%). So, it is also an amazing cultural experience.

The United Arab Emirates is part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates), following the same travel requirements as the rest of the group to enter Qatar, like COVID-19 restrictions and the type of visa required.

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2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place from November 1 to December 18 in eight stadiums in Qatar. FIFA changed the competition's calendar, which usually happens in June, so that the matches could occur in the Qatari winter, during cooler temperatures, between 70 °F (21.11 °C) and 80 °F (26.67 °C).

The government invested in infrastructure to make this World Cup edition epic. The subway was improved, so each stadium has different lines, avoiding big crowds on game days. There will be special cruises to accommodate all tourists going to the event.

The main cities hosting the matches are Doha, Al Wakrah, and Al Khor . They're both developed and full of attractions. So, besides the match time, you can visit museums, markets, beaches, and enjoy good restaurants.

How to apply for the Hayya Card - Fan ID

One of the requirements for traveling from the UAE to Qatar is the Hayya Card , also known as Fan ID . This document was developed by Qatar authorities to facilitate tourists' identification during the World Cup. It has the traveler's data, and it will give access to stadiums and public transportation.

The Fan ID is mandatory to visit Qatar during the sporting event, which means that all passengers arriving have to apply, even travelers that won't attend matches.

But don't worry; registration is pretty simple. You can apply via iVisa , by filling out your personal data and ticket information.

Traveling to Qatar from UAE

As GCC nationals, passport holders from the United Arab Emirates have to follow the same COVID-19 restrictions and visa requirements as the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) to travel to Qatar.

Ehteraz: Online Pre-travel Registration

It is not mandatory anymore to fill out Qatar's Entry Registration Form, also known as the Ehteraz Pre-Entry Registration Form , to travel from the United Arab Emirates to Qatar. This document was developed during the COVID-19 pandemic to help the health authorities to control coronavirus spread, track cases, and keep the territory safe for passengers and residents.

All COVID-19 requirements have been dropped in anticipation of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated citizens from the United Arab Emirates are exempt from the Ehteraz Pre-Entry Registration Form, COVID-19 testing requirements, quarantine, and other.

Travelers can still download the Ehteraz mobile app and activate the app with an international SIM card as soon as they arrive at the airport to stay up-to-date about health information in Qatar.

Qatar Visa: Entry requirements

A visa is part of the travel requirements for Qatar. BuHowever, nationals from United Arab Emirates are eligible for a Visa on Arrival , getting the document on arrival in Doha, with no need for a pre-travel visit to the embassy. However, be aware that this is a visa for tourism, so if you are traveling for business or medical purposes, you have to contact the Qatar embassy.

The Visa on Arrival is free-cost, so you don't have to worry about fees. Plus, Qatar's authorities make the whole process on arrival. It's valid for a one-month stay and can be renewed for another two months.

Other than that, if you're traveling from the UAE to Qatar during the FIFA World Cup event, you must obtain a Hayya Card . This replaces a visa and gives access to public transport, stadiums, and more.

Travel tips from the United Arab Emirates to Qatar

The United Arab Emirates and Qatar are neighboring countries in the Persian Gulf. The route from one to another can be by land, water, or air . The prices and duration of travel vary according to which transport mode you use.

Airlines with international flights

In the United Arab Emirates, there are direct flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Doha. It's a quick journey that takes around one hour.

  • Etihad Airways
  • Qatar Airways

Dubai to Qatar by boat

Considering the proximity between the UAE and Qatar, travelers can travel by Gulf water. But currently, there's no ferry service available from Abu Dhabi or Dubai to Doha. So the only way is to rent a boat.

Travel from the UAE to Qatar by road

Since the countries are close, the main question is, “Can I go to Qatar from Dubai by road?” Yes you can. The route has 648.9 km from Dubai to Doha , which takes around 6h 30 min.

You can drive from Abu Dhabi to Doha in less time: it's 5h 30 on the road to cover the 546 km.

Cities you should visit in Qatar

Doha : Well, you'll probably arrive in Doha, but besides being the main entrance to Qatar, the city is worth visiting. The capital combines modern landscapes with Arabic tradition. Additionally, there are art museums and markets to explore beyond the futuristic urban landscape.

Al Wakrah : This was a fisherman's village near Doha. Nowadays, the city has developed, even though fishing is still an economic activity around there. You can enjoy the beach, the port, and the local market.

Al Khor : It also used to be a small fisherman's village that grew up in the last years. As well as in Doha, modern architecture is amidst traditional Qatari buildings. It's also an excellent spot to enjoy the beach and restaurants.

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Travel from Saudi Arabia to Qatar by Road: A Complete Guide for Tourists during FIFA World Cup 2022

Are you planning to visit Qatar from Saudi Arabia and witness the live matches of the FIFA World Cup? Voila! The Saudi Arabia borders run 87 KM long from the Gulf of Bahrain coast in the west to the Persian Gulf which is located in the east. The good news is that visitors coming from Saudi Arabia can enter the Qatar boundaries and reach the stadiums to be a part of the live matches. Guests can travel from Saudi Arabia to Qatar by road during FIFA world cup 2022 with a few documents and at an affordable cost while exploring the beauty of Qatar. Want to know more about the documents, distance, and route? Keep reading!

Travel from Saudi to Doha via Road: Documents Required, Route, Cost and More

Travel from Saudi to Doha via Road

One can enter the majestic country of Qatar via good road connectivity. Guests can enter Qatar by Salwa Port and Abu Samra with a set of documents. Here is a detailed step-by-step guide for those traveling from Saudi to Qatar by road for a hassle-free experience.

Documents Required to Travel from Saudi to Qatar by Road During FIFA 2022

Documents Required to Travel from Saudi to Qatar by Road During FIFA 2022

If you are a Football fan staying in Qatar and want to travel to the neighboring country Saudi Arabia to explore the majestic charm and try amazing activities, you are not far from indulging all of these. All you need to have is a Hayya Card as Qatar and Saudi Arabia are having a shuttle service every day for tourists . You may also drive past the borders if you enjoy driving and wish to go while enjoying every minute and vista. The following documents are a few that must be presented while crossing borders:

  • A passport with a minimum validity of 6 months
  • On Arrival Visa of Qatar- On Arrival Visa for Saudi Expats and Visitors- Valid up to 60 days (30 + 30 Days)
  • Saudi Expats need to carry a copy of their exit, re- entry visa
  • Original Iqamah of the Sponsor if you’re a Saudi Visitor
  • Vehicle Istimara (A renewal fee and procedure in Saudi Arabia). Obtain a letter of authorization from Muroor, KSA in case of using a rental vehicle

Distance and Time from Saudi Cities to Doha, Qatar

Distance and Time from Saudi Cities to Doha, Qatar

Here is the distance of various places and timings in which the guests can drive and reach Qatar by road from Saudi Arabia during FIFA 2022:

  • Khobar to Doha, Qatar –388 KM in 5 HRS
  • Riyadh to Doha, Qatar - 580 KM in 7 HRS
  • Madinah to Doha, Qatar- 1407 KM in 15 HRS
  • Makkah to Doha, Qatar- 1446 KM in 16 HRS
  • Jeddah to Doha, Qatar- 1529 KM in 17 HRS
  • Yanbu to Doha, Qatar- 1615 KM in 17 HRS
  • Jizan to Doha, Qatar- 1718 KM in 19 HRS
  • Tabuk to Doha, Qatar- 1859 KM in 20 HRS
Note: Depending upon where you are located in Saudi, it takes anywhere about 5 to 22 Hours to travel from Saudi to Doha .

Cost of Travel from Saudi to Doha, Qatar by Road

Qatar by road

Football fans can travel from Saudi Arabia to Doha and witness the live matches during FIFA 2022 . Although, there is no official or public bus services but one can drive via their own vehicle or rent a car to reach the borders and enter the country. Here is a list of the approximate cost of traveling from Saudi to Qatar :

  • Exit Re-entry visa cost/Person (For Saudi Resident Only), SAR/QAR 200
  • Qatar on Arrival Visa, SAR/QAR 0
  • Fuel from Khobar to Doha (One Way), SAR/QAR 130
  • Compulsory Third-Party Car Insurance, SAR/QAR 170
  • The total cost of travel from Saudi to Doha, Qatar by road, SAR 500

Note: For Indian, and Pakistani Nationals, Arrival Visa is Free of Cost.

Formalities Required at Checkpoints of both Countries

If you are a commuting from Saudi Arabia to Qatar to watch the FIFA matches, you will be required to complete exit and entry formalities along with the verification of your vehicle and all the travelers in that vehicle. Here are the formalities that are mandatory for each person coming from Saudi Arabia to Qatar by road.

1. Salwa Port – Formalities at Saudi Arabia

Salwa Port Qatar

Check point 1. You have to stop at the Salwa passport control, Saudi Arabia, before crossing the border and get yourself checked by the authorities. Handover the vehicle istimara or your vehicle’s registration license to the concerned officer. You will receive a car slip along with your car details and number of passengers travelling. Keep the slip with you.

Check point 2. Handover the car slip along with passports of all the travelers at this checkpoint for verification. All your passports will get the Saudi visa exit stamp and you will get your passport back with the verification papers. You may also get asked to produce your iqama or resident permit and fingerprints.

Check point 3. Your car slip and all the passports will get through a quick inspection at this check point. You may drive towards Qatar border after getting clearance from the authorities.

Suggested Read: Saudi Arabia Guide for FIFA World Cup: All You Need to Know Saudi Fans

2. Abu Samra – Formalities at Qatar

Abu Samra

Check point 1 – Reach Abu Samra Border Crossing Station and inform the authorities that you are on new Qatar visit visa. You will be asked to visit a separate building to get the Qatar visa stamp. You will have to park your vehicle and carry all the documents for verification. Keep in mind that all travelers above 6 years of age may be asked for eye scanning or finger print checks. Get the stamp on your e-visa paper. Hand over the stamped e-visa paper, passports of all travelers, and the car slip to get the Qatar visa entry stamp.

Check point 2 – The verification paper will be returned to you after passports of all passengers are checked at this checkpoint. You will the move forward to get you vehicle inspected manually. Get the necessary stamp on the car slip after the inspection.

Check point 3 – You will have to get the mandatory third-party insurance for your vehicle at this check point. Carry cash or credit card with you.

Check point 4 – This is the last checkpoint where you will have to handover the car slip to the concerned officer. After getting the clearance you are at the liberty to enter Qatar and reach your destination.

Keep in mind the fact the whole process takes a lot of time, so reach the checkpoints well in advance to avoid any last-minute hassles.

Suggested Read: Visa for FIFA Ticket Holders: Saudi Arabia to Grant Visas to FIFA World Cup Ticket Holders

Travel from Saudi Arabia to Qatar by Road

So, all the football enthusiasts out there! Pack your bags, fuel up your cars and get ready to travel to Doha via road for a thrilling experience. The mesmerizing journey will let you explore the majestic grandeur of the country, get close to the rich Qatari Culture and witness the live FIFA world cup matches for a fun-filled holiday experience like never before.

It can take about 5 to 22 hours to travel from Saudi to Qatar by road depending on where you are located in Saudi. It is the best way to travel apart from flying with the excellent airlines of Saudi and Qatar.

The total driving distance between Riyadh and Doha, Qatar is 577.67 km. The 87 km-long border between Saudi Arabia and Qatar stretches from the Persian Gulf coast in the east to the Gulf of Bahrain coast in the west.

The Salwa Port is located at Salwa road, Salwa 36621, Saudi Arabia. It is at the border between Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a daily capacity of over 24,800 vehicles, 12,096 vehicles on arrival and 12,726 on departure.

Abu Samra in Saudi was previously the only land border crossing Saudi Arabia. The area has one of the few Samr trees in the entire region, that’s why it was named Abu Samra which means “father of the Samr tree”.

The one-way fuel cost from Khobar to Doha is SAR/QAR 130. The driving distance between Al Khobar to Doha plays an important role in your trip due to the amount of fuel that is being consumed during travel.

The driving distance between Jeddah to Qatar is 1529 kilometers. However, the straight-line distance between both places is 1300 kilometers. So, most of the time the actual travel distance between Jeddah and Qatar may vary due to curvature of the road.

The compulsory Third-Party Car Insurance cost for traveling from Saudi to Doha, Qatar is about t SAR/QAR 170. The cost of travel varies from person to person depending upon the city which you are traveling from.

Qatar is one of the most beautiful nations all over the Arabian Gulf and is famous for both luxury and adventure. This nation is a blend of modern amenities and experiences and millennia of Middle Eastern Culture.

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