— Published 30 September 2022

Vaccination will not be mandatory

The decision was expected, but it came down on Thursday 29 September: vaccination against COVID-19 will not be mandatory to enter Qatar during the 2022 World Cup (20 November to 18 December). The Gulf state government and the organising committee said that a negative PCR test less than 48 hours old – or less than 24 hours for an antigenic test – would be required at check-in for flights to Doha. There will be no retesting on arrival, but masks will be required on public transport and visitors over 18 will be required to download a tracking application. Finally, anyone who tests positive during the World Cup will be required to isolate themselves for 5 days and then wear a mask in all circumstances for the next 5 days.