— Published 5 October 2021

FIFA wants to abolish compulsory vaccination

Qatar 2022

Will you have to be vaccinated to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar? Not sure. According to the Associated Press, FIFA is in talks with Qatari authorities to remove mandatory vaccination requirements for the upcoming global tournament. Last June, Qatar’s prime minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, announced that vaccinations would be mandatory for all fans, but nothing was said about the players. According to an unnamed source close to the case, FIFA is currently putting pressure on Qatar to relax the sanitary measures. The body is reportedly trying to get spectators, as well as officials and players, to enter the country on the condition that they can prove they have recovered from COVID-19 or have tested negative for the virus. Qatar will have the opportunity to test its sanitary policy at the next edition of the Arab Cup of Nations, scheduled for November 30th to December 18th, 2021, at the 2022 World Cup stadiums. The continental tournament, which will feature 16 national teams, is billed as a test for the World Cup venues. It could also allow the Qataris to implement their anti-COVID-19 measures.