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World Cup 2022: Visitors must show proof of negative COVID-19 test, regardless of vaccination status


Fans who attended World Cup 2022 in Qatar later this year they will have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test when they arrive, regardless of their vaccination status, event organizers announced Thursday.

FIFA World Cup organizers He said that any fan over the age of 6 will be required to present an official negative result of the PCR test carried out no more than 48 hours before their departure. A negative rapid antigen test done 24 hours prior to departure will also be accepted, unless it is a self-administered test.

People gather around the official countdown clock showing the time remaining until the start of the 2022 World Cup in Doha, Qatar on November 25, 2021. Fans going to the World Cup must show proof negative for COVID-19 when they arrive as part of the host nation’s rules to combat COVID-19, organizers said on Sept. 29, 2022.
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Visitors to Qatar will not be required to self-isolate or test again once in the country, unless tests positive for covid-19 being in the country.

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Fans are also required to wear masks on public transport and those over the age of 18 will need to download a government-run app that tracks people’s movements and health status, called Ehteraz.

“A green EHTERAZ status (showing that the user does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19) is required to enter any closed public space,” the statement read.

A view of Al Janoub Stadium, one of eight venues to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

A view of Al Janoub Stadium, one of eight venues to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
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Some 1.2 million fans from around the world are expected to travel to Qatar to The World Cup, which will run from November 18 to December 18. The eight stadiums where the matches will take place will be at full capacity for all 64 games.

The flags of Costa Rica, Wales, the United States, Morocco and Poland, nations that qualified for the 2022 World Cup, are displayed in Doha, Qatar, during a flag-raising ceremony for the last remaining countries to qualify on 16th June 2022.

The flags of Costa Rica, Wales, the United States, Morocco and Poland, nations that qualified for the 2022 World Cup, are displayed in Doha, Qatar, during a flag-raising ceremony for the last remaining countries to qualify on 16th June 2022.
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Vaccinations are not mandatory for visitors, but FIFA and the Qatari government said on Thursday that they “strongly recommend all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

Associated Press contributed to this report.



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