West News Wire: After the group stages on December 2, football fans can now visit Qatar for the World Cup without having a ticket, according to the nation’s interior ministry.

On Thursday, ministry spokesman Jabr Hammoud Jabr al-Nuaimi told reporters, “We’re delighted to announce today that non-ticketed fans can enter the State of Qatar after the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group Stage starting from 2 December 2022 to enjoy the unique tournament atmosphere here with teams and fans in the country.

After the group stages on December 2, football fans can now visit Qatar for the World Cup without having a ticket, according to the nation’s interior ministry.

“We’re delighted to announce today that non-ticketed fans can enter the State of Qatar after the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group Stage starting from 2 December 2022 to enjoy the unique tournament atmosphere here with teams and fans in the country,” ministry spokesman Jabr Hammoud Jabr al-Nuaimi told reporters on Thursday.

“All parties will work to ensure the safety and security of the fans. We welcome everyone and we all cooperate to ensure that the tournament is a success,” al-Nuaim said.

The Hayya card, a Fan ID, also provides free access to metro and bus transportation services.

Hayya cardholders can stay in Qatar until January 23, 2023.

Meanwhile, Yousef al-Maslamani, the official health spokesperson for the FIFA World Cup, said that a website has been launched containing information about clinics and hospitals.

“Fans can access the free helpline by calling 16000 for information about accessing medical care, when needed,” he said.

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The announcement came days after the Qatari government cancelled the majority of travel restrictions related to COVID-19 before the tournament.

From November 1, travellers no longer need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Rapid Antigen tests to enter the country. They are also not required to preregister on the government’s Ehteraz health application before their arrival.

In addition, a COVID vaccination certificate is no longer required to enter Qatar.

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