As of November 21st, we are one year away from the World Cup 2022 kick-off. After visiting Brazil for the 2014 World Cup I told myself that my goal was to go to every World Cup until I die. I’m 2/2 after going to Russia in 2018 and I am going to start planning for one in Qatar.
In the last two World Cups, I got a lot of feedback on social media, from friends, family, other soccer players asking how I got tickets and how I planned my trip. So, I thought for this World Cup I would do a World Cup Wednesday outlining everything leading up to the event and how I plan my trip out.
Posts will include:
- Teams Participating
- Estimated Travel Costs (Flight, Lodging, Vehicle)
- Countries I plan to Visit
- Host Cities & Where to Stay
- The Stadiums
- Events Going on
- Getting Tickets
- COVID Protocol
- Host Country Customs & Rules for Visitors
So let’s Begin, What is Everything I know as of today about the World Cup 2022 in Qatar!
The key dates for the FIFA 2022 World Cup:
- Event Dates November 21st, 2022 – December 18th, 2022
- Tournament Draw: April 1st, 2022
- Ticket Release Date: TBD
Host Cities & Stadiums
There will be three host cities, the capital Doha, Al Wakrah, and Al Khor. All of which are within a total of 71.5 (44) km (miles). The host cities will have a total of 8 stadiums, where the longest distance between stadiums is 75km (46 miles) and the shortest distance is 5km (3.1 miles).
Tickets & Fan ID
The tickets will go on sale sometime in early 2022, no release date yet. Based on my previous world cup experiences when they open up the tickets you will log into the portal and will have a month to do so. You will select the tickets for games you would like to go to, link your credit card, and will be charged once the lottery takes place and you have “won” your tickets.
Pricing for tickets hasn’t been listed either but they will be set from category 1 – 4 and category 4 is for the home country citizens. I have got both my knockout round tickets in category 3 and paid around USD 80 for each seat. You will need a valid passport to purchase the tickets.
At the previous world cup, FIFA introduced a Fan ID which was needed to be kept with you at all times. This also worked as Visa. From what I can tell in Qatar fans will need to obtain a Hay’ya Card. Which will also give them free metro transit on the buses.
The difficult part, getting to Qatar. The best way to find out how to get to Qatar is to check the Wikipedia page for their international airport. This will list out every airline and every direct flight from the departing airport. I plan to visit UAE as well so I will most likely fly from Dubai or Abu Dhabi to Doha. If you’re paranoid like I am you can always check out the airline safety ratings.
Once you arrive in Qatar there are a few options for transportation. They have a new metro system which will be beneficial for those with a Hay’ya Card as it will be free. There is Uber and Taxis and you can also hire a car. With minimal travel times between stadiums and the metro providing direct access to 5 of the 8 stadiums, I will be planning to use ride-sharing apps and metro transit.
According to the BBC, there are only around 175k available rooms for visitors traveling to the country and Qatar expects to have over 1.5 Million fans over the 28-day tournament. This seems like it’s going to be a problem.
The government of Qatar did sign a deal in 2019 with a cruise company to lease two luxury liners aka floating hotels. I have heard rumors online as well of fan villages that will have air-conditioned tents. I plan to go with an Airbnb, which costs were as low as USD 50/night up to USD 500 for a one-bedroom apartment.
The other option is the flight from Dubai is only 70 minutes so flying to Doha in the morning and heading back at night wouldn’t be the worse plan in the world. Round trip flights on the same day were around USD 300.
Alcohol & Dress Code
In 2019, Qatar hosted the club Fifa World Cup and did allow alcohol in the fan zones. Drinking is not allowed in public spaces but it is expected that there will be areas such as hotels where fans will be able to consume alcohol.
Tourists are allowed to embrace their clothing of comfort as long as it is respectful to the local culture. Conservative attire is expected in government buildings, museums, etc. You may be asked to cover up if you visit these places.
I am looking forward to planning my trip to Qatar and am glad to help anyone that has questions, drop a comment or send me a message. I plan to start posting my summer Europe 2021 trip to my blog as well to give my readers more than just World Cup News to read.