Qatar removes COVID entry test requirement for World Cup fans | Football news

World Cup host Qatar has removed the requirement for travelers to have a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for the Gulf Arab nation, the country’s health ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. .
Earlier, Qatar had told fans attending the World Cup that they must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test regardless of their vaccination status, before departing by air. no or at the border.
Qatar is expected to have an unprecedented 1.2 million visitors between November 20 and December 12. 18 tournaments.
Qataris no longer have to take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of returning home from abroad.
The Department of Health also dropped the requirement that adults display their COVID-19 status on a government-run contact tracing smartphone app called Ehteraz before entering stadiums or other facilities. like shops and restaurants.
Visitors and residents are still required to present an application before entering the healthcare facility, the statement said.
Qatar is easing restrictions as “the number of COVID-19 cases[is]continuing to decline around the world and in Qatar, and the implementation of Qatar’s national COVID-19 Immunization Program is ongoing”, the statement said. father said.
Last week, Qatar relaxed its mask regulations and now only requires masks for people visiting medical facilities.
Qatar, a country with a population of nearly 3 million, has recorded more than 440,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 692 deaths from the virus, according to data from the Ministry of Public Health.


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