FIFA World Cup Update: Ticketless fans will be able to enter Qatar during the WC from December 2

Non-ticketed fans will need to obtain a Hayya card, a key document introduced by Qatar for the tournament, to gain entry into the Gulf country after the group stage concludes on December 2

According to the country's interior ministry, fans who do not have tickets to FIFA World Cup 2022 matches can enter Qatar after the group stages. "We are delighted to announce today that non-ticketed fans will be able to enter the State of Qatar after the conclusion of the group stage on 2 December 2022 to enjoy the unique tournament atmosphere. Non-ticketed fans can apply for their Hayya Cards to enter Qatar through the Hayyaplatform or Hayya to Qatar 2022 mobile app from today, according to the listed requirements and QAR 500 entry fee for children aged 12 and over. Under 12s will not be charged." On Thursday, ministry spokesman JabrHammoudJabr al-Nuaimi told the media.

Qatar has planned one of the most spectacular pyrotechnic shows in the world for the football fans

There are numerous cultural and entertainment attractions planned, as well as over 90 special events that will take place during the tournament.

Deputy Director General for SC's Marketing, Communications, and Event Experience, Khalid Al Mawlawi, stated: "In addition to the FIFA Fan Festival at Al BiddaPark, the Doha Corniche will be one of the largest fan destinations, with roving performances, cultural activities, food and beverage stalls and retail outlets along its 6km route, with capacity to host more than 70,000 fans every day."

Qatar is well-prepared to host a successful World Cup

"We are pleased to announce our readiness to securely host the World Cup. The Ministry of Interior and security forces have worked diligently to put extensive plans and programmes in place to ensure the delivery of a safe and distinguished tournament," Colonel JabrHammoudJabr Al Nuaimi, official spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior and the Safety and Security Operations Committee (SSOC), elaborated.

Additionally, the Hayya card offers free access to the metro and bus services. Hayya cardholders are permitted to remain in Qatar till January 23, 2023. The opening ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. on November 20 at Al Bayt Stadium on the outskirts of Doha.