Tickets holders for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will be granted visas by Saudi Arabia, the nation’s foreign affairs ministry announced on Wednesday.
According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), spectators with the Hayya fan ID will be given a visa permitting them to visit the Kingdom ten days prior to the commencement of the competition and allow them to stay for 60 days.
During that time, they will be able to leave and enter the nation thanks to the visa. Before visiting Saudi Arabia, everyone requesting a visa must purchase health insurance.
The opening match of the greatest football event, between Qatar and Ecuador, takes place at Doha’s al-Bayt Arena on November 20.
A significant pressure on Qatar’s infrastructure is anticipated as a result of the upcoming influx of tourists.
This month, FIFA said that more than 2.45 million tickets had been purchased. This would imply that during the tournament, the nation’s current population of about 2.7 million people will more than double.
According to numerous reports, the Gulf state is anticipated to have trouble housing the spectators and will ask its neighboring nations for assistance in providing hotel rooms.
Al Arabiya English reported last month that hoteliers in Dubai were seeing an increase in bookings, with many anticipating being completely booked throughout the competition.
Authorities apparently worked out agreements with Iran to allow some spectators to stay on the tourist island of Kish.
Between their hotels on the island and the stadiums in Qatar, fans can board “shuttle flights.”
Additionally, the organizers have stated that part of the spectators would stay in tents that are “bedouin-style” in the desert.