International fans are encouraged to become familiar with Qatar’s COVID-19 Travel & Return Policy, which was updated on November 1, 2022, by the Ministry of Public Health. FIFA 2022 COVID Policy for Qatar The following travel and return policy for Qatar will go into effect on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.
Qatari citizens and residents are advised to travel cautiously to international destinations considering their vaccination status and the extent to which COVID-19 spreads in the country of arrival. Football World Cup 2022 fans to buy Qatar World Cup Tickets from our website.
- Before making plans to travel to the State of Qatar, travellers must learn about any changes to the travel and return policy through official sources and websites.
- To prevent the spread of COVID-19, travellers must always abide by Qatari regulations.
- Although quarantine is no longer required for all international travellers, those who test positive for COVID-19 in Qatar must undergo self-isolation measures by Qatari regulations.
- Visitors are no longer required to bring a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or Rapid Antigen test certificate before travelling to the State of Qatar.
- Beginning on November 1, 2022, visitors entering Qatar are no longer required to pre-register on the Ehteraz health application before arrival.
- Citizens and residents of the State of Qatar are no longer required to take a Rapid Antigen test (nor a PCR) upon their arrival in the State of Qatar.
FIFA 2022 COVID Policy for the Ehteraz Mobile Application:
- Individuals must present the Ehteraz application’s health status when entering Qatari public and private healthcare facilities.
- A SIM card from one of Qatar’s service providers (Ooredoo or Vodafone) or an international SIM card is required for downloading Ehteraz.
- Internet access on the go
- The smartphone should support the latest versions of Android 6 or iOS 13.5.
- The app can be installed on the phone from Google Play, the Apple App Store, or any online search engine.
- If the passenger does not already have a smartphone or SIM card when they arrive, they can purchase them at the border crossings at Abu Samra and Hamad International Airport.
- On Ehteraz, citizens, residents, and visitors who have received the vaccine outside of Qatar will have their Health Status remain green without a golden frame until their vaccine data is updated in the system or through the Overseas Vaccine Portal (ehteraz.gov.qa).
- Fully vaccinated individuals in Qatar will have a golden frame around their Health Status.
- Diplomats, holders of administrative cards, and VIP visitors arriving on official state visits are excluded from this measure, so their Health Status on the Ehteraz app will remain red until the end of their isolation.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), in close collaboration with FIFA, is wrapping up preparations for the tournament and the legacy it will deliver with just a few weeks to go before Qatar hosts the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world.
Maryam Hamad Al Muftah, Executive Director of ICT Event
We are focusing on the work of Qatari employees who have been crucial to the SC’s journey in this new series, Making History. She is the subject of our first interview. After graduating from Qatar University in 2007 with a degree in computer engineering, Maryam, who hails from Al Wakrah, joined the SC in 2013. Before joining the SC from Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), she earned a Master’s degree from HEC Paris.
Why did you join the SC and express an interest in working on this enormous undertaking?
It was a fantastic chance to step outside of my comfort zone. I enjoy working with people from various cultures and backgrounds and enjoy event management. As a result, joining the SC was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and my generation will never see a World Cup in this region.
I thought there was no better way to put my skills to use, and I was aware that the job would help me develop in numerous ways.
Did you ever intend to work on a World Cup growing up?
I never considered it. I was graduating when Qatar won the bid, and the World Cup received so much attention. Everyone in Qatar wanted the project. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would get the chance, but as time passed, I became increasingly eager to join the team and contribute to “Delivering Amazing.”
I had planned to take a break from my position at QIA when the position at the SC became available, so the SC’s timing was ideal. I would never have imagined being here now, amidst tournament preparations, when I was promoted to Manager of Infrastructure in the IT department.
When Qatar won the bid to host the World Cup, what do you remember?
Everyone in the nation had such a special day celebrating it. I think that every person has a different story about it. I was attending a family wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel. We were all glued to the television in anticipation of the announcement. We were all ecstatic afterwards.
How could you get inspired by IT?
It’s forever been an enthusiasm of mine. I like that the IT industry usually moves ahead of other industries. It’s technological and constantly trying to be different. I knew I had to follow my passion as soon as I graduated.
Please describe your position at the SC and how you contribute to the tournament’s execution.
I now deal with the Data Correspondences Innovation division and lead all mechanical parts of the competition. Qatar promised a smart World Cup when we first won the bid. As a result, technology became an important part of our infrastructure and was essential for planning a smooth tournament.
Describe your capacity for collaboration and teamwork.
The dynamic within the team is one of my greatest accomplishments. Every single one of them makes me very happy. We feel like a family with my team. We seamlessly collaborate to produce a successful tournament.
This tournament necessitates a team with strong expertise and the ability to perform under pressure. We have collaborated to overcome numerous obstacles and are eager to tackle new ones. My team was prepared to work through the pandemic when it first struck, and we successfully emerged from it. It is an honour to say that we are prepared to deliver a successful World Cup.
What has been the most rewarding project, and why?
We were in charge of several projects during the FIFA Arab Cup. Including international connectivity, and installing mobile/tetra/radio devices in stadiums. And the optical transport network that moves traffic between the event IT network and the broadcast network.
To fulfil FIFA’s requirements, we collaborated closely with the Communications Regulatory Authority and completed several projects quickly, including the command centre and press conference area. We are extremely proud of the accomplishment that our efforts enabled broadcasters to capture footage of the highest possible quality in the shortest amount of time.
During the World Cup, which services will the IT department manage?
We will build on our performance at the FIFA Arab Cup. We will support radio and broadcast services as well as manage networks. Qatar will be specifically in charge of providing broadcast connectivity, making it easier for media outlets to broadcast matches worldwide.
We will likewise give backup answers for broadcast availability, for example, the satellite backup. Thanks to our efforts, Qatari and international fans will have an unforgettable World Cup.
What difficulties do you encounter in your job, and what advice would you offer the next generation of IT professionals?
Working in the sports industry as a woman from Qatar can be difficult, but I overcame it. Women in the technology industry, typically dominated by men, pose another obstacle. However, I’ve discovered that teamwork makes everything easier. Teamwork determines everything, no matter how experienced or new you are.
In your opinion, what will the World Cup do to Qatar and the region?
For Qatar, I believe this is just the beginning. We will be more open to investors, tourists, and job seekers due to our received attention. I believe the nation will continue to develop and strive for greater sustainability for present and future generations.
What aspects of this experience will you treasure most, and how will you feel when the trophy is presented on December 18 at Lusail Stadium?
I will esteem every one of the recollections I made here and our profound bonds. At the SC, we truly are a family. There will be tears of joy, happiness, and humility following the final. I’ll have goosebumps just looking at what we made.