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Family & Friends accommodation for World Cup fans to close soon on Hayya platform

Post November 1, World Cup fans will have to pay for official fan villages or hotels for their accommodation

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Heading to Qatar for FIFA World Cup 2022? Qatar to impose restrictions on Hayya platform soon.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy announced on their official Twitter account that the ‘Host Family & Friends’ service on the Hayya platform and mobile application will close on 1 November 2022.

From 1 November 2022, this accommodation option will no longer be available to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ticket holders.

‘Host Family & Friends’ service on Hayya platform to close soon

FIFA World Cup ticket holders planning to travel to Qatar for the tournament and stay at their friends or family accommodation in Qatar will have until Tuesday, November 1 to register their stay via the Hayya entry permit. Post November 1, these fans will have to pay for official fan villages or hotels for their accommodation, and they will be required to book accommodation through the Qatar Accommodation Portal or third-party platforms.

According to the announcement, this is due to the processing time required to ensure every ticket holder receives security clearance ahead of 1 November 2022 – when the Hayya Card will serve as the only means of entry to the State of Qatar for visitors.

Fans can continue to apply for the Family & Friends service until 1 November 2022.

After this date, book accommodation via Qatar accommodation Agency or third party platforms. Cabins and tents in official FIFA fan villages around 8km outside of Doha remain available for around Dh800 a night and more hotel rooms were recently reissued to third-party booking websites.

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Al Khor fan village in Qatar for FIFA World Cup fans

Organisers on Wednesday said PCR tests will no longer be an entry requirement for visiting Qatar from November 1.

The Hayya card is a mandatory document if you wish to travel to Qatar for FIFA and it also acts as an entry permit into Qatar.

More hotels

Qatar Tourism announced the opening of more than 20 new hotels, resorts and tourist destinations — accounting for an additional 30,000 rooms due to huge demand.

Thousands of fans are expected to stay in the UAE and fly into Doha for matches. If you are planning to stay in Dubai and travel to Qatar for FIFA World Cup, check out the best hotels to stay in Dubai.

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