What you should know about the 2022 World Cup trip to Qatar

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The most watched sporting event in the world, the World Cup, is back this fall – another chance to find out if what was often he said about football: 22 men chase the ball for 90 minutes and the Germans always win.

At the last World Cup, in 2018, the Germans did not win. The French will and will return to this year’s Qatar tournament with their young superstar Kylian Mbappé. As well as the incomparable Argentine Leo Messi and Portuguese icon Cristiano Ronaldo in their swan songs at the World Cup. A new star is sure to emerge in the football sky this year – will it be Canadian Alphonso Davies, who was born to Liberian parents in a Ghanaian refugee camp and grew up in Alberta, now shining for Bayern Munich? And how will the Americans be after the unsuccessful qualification for the 2018 tournament?

These are some of the many reasons why fans will head to the 64 matches of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where the desert fever has pushed the program back from the usual summer season on November 21 to December 18.

For those who plan to attend, it’s time to get tickets and a place to stay right now. However, there are several good reasons not to attend. Below is the basis for Qatar 2022: where to go, how to go, and most importantly, whether you should go at all.

Concerns arose shortly after Qatar was appointed host in 2010. As the small Gulf country rushed to build seven new football stadiums, airports, transit systems, hotels, apartments and other infrastructure, allegations quickly followed that many of the country’s 2 million migrant workers were forced to endure woefully dangerous conditions.

The human rights organization Amnesty International saiduncontrollableExploitation and abuse, with reports of migrant workers who are unpaid and working too many hours, often in an oppressive heat. The country has responded to control by introducing labor reforms in recent years, and tournament organizers say improved conditions for workers.

The country’s treatment of LGBTQ people has also provoked criticism. Qatar said it would welcome LGBTQ fans to the tournament, but under national law, male homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison. Qatar does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil partnerships, and demonstrating gay rights is prohibited. Although Qatari High Representative Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Ansari insisted on receiving LGBTQ visitors, this month he said the rainbow flags may be confiscated to “protect” fans.

Human rights concerns in Qatar have prompted some leading footballers to speak out. Lise Klaveness, President of the Norwegian Football Federation, reprimanded FIFA this month for allowing Qatar to host the tournament, calling it “unacceptableGareth Southgate, manager of England, called for the safety of traveling fans. “It would be awful to think that some of our fans feel they can’t go because they feel threatened or worried about their safety,” he said.

This year’s World Cup is made up of 32 teams, 31 of which have survived the two-year qualifying process. (32., Qatar, qualified automatically as hosts.) They are assigned to eight groups of four teams, with each team guaranteed a minimum of three matches.

The top 16 advance to the elimination phase – followed by the quarterfinals and semi-finals – with the world champion crowned in the grand final at 80,000 seats. Lusail International Stadium in Lusail, a city north of Doha, the country’s capital, on December 18.

Qatar is by far the smallest country to ever host a tournament, so in some ways it should be the easiest to compete in the World Cup. All eight stadiums are within 35 miles of Doha, so instead of having to jump on planes and trains to track their team for hundreds or even thousands of miles, fans of Qatar 2022 will have almost no travel. In fact, five of the eight stadiums are accessible via the Doha subway (shuttle buses take fans to remote stadiums).

Although the tournament will be played in November and December, it will still be hot, the average temperature at the beginning of the tournament will be 85 degrees and at the end 75 degrees. However, the matches will start in the late afternoon and evening and all stadiums (only one has a retractable roof) will be air-conditioned, using solar ventilation and cooling systems designed to make spectators feel comfortable.

You can enter ticket lottery by 28 April at 5:00 EDT FIFA will then carry out a random selection, with successful applicants being informed from 31 May. You can request tickets for individual matches or for all matches that a particular team will play. There is also a way to book temporary tickets if your team advances to the elimination phase.

Prices range from $ 70 to $ 220 for individual group match tickets and escalate during the elimination phase. Tickets for the championship finals will cost from $ 600 to $ 1,600.

If you manage to get tickets, the next thing you need to do is get a Hayya Card – Mandatory universal identification card for the World Cup visitor. The Hayya Card (Hayya means “let’s go”) not only serves as an entry visa to Qatar, but you must present it – along with the ticket – to get to the stadium on the days of the match.

Several airlines fly from New York to Doha, including American, Finnair, Turkish and Royal Jordanian. Qatar Airways offers more than 100 flights a week from 12 cities in the United States.

Qatar Airways also offers all inclusive packages which come with match tickets, flights and accommodation. One package of tickets to all matches in the US (three group matches plus a 16-16 game if the United States advances) is advertised from $ 6,950 per person. Other packages range from $ 4,050 to $ 7,300 for the one that includes tickets to the championship finals.

When it comes to coronavirus country rulesQatar currently requires adult visitors to provide either proof of vaccination or confirmation of recovery to avoid quarantine, as well as negative results of a test performed within 48 hours of departure. Current national regulations require camouflage in public transport and in stadiums, shops and hotels. A vaccination certificate is required when entering many buildings and must be carried by passengers Ehterazapplication for alerts on COVID-19, on their phones.

Beds can be hard to come by if you only need to 130,000 rooms for the expected 1.5 million visitors during the tournament. Apartment complexes designed to accommodate fans are still being built, many near expressways and in dusty industrial zones.

Qatar’s website 2022 has accommodation portal This is the best place to start looking for accommodation. The website lists hotels, apartments and villas or aboard two large cruise ships moored in Doha for the duration of the tournament. There is also the possibility to stay in the “fan villages”, which the site describes as “various informal campsites and cottage-style accommodation for the passionate fan”, along with a photo tent in the middle of vast sand dunes. “More information coming soon,” the headline said.

A recent search for hotel rooms on the site did not reveal anything available, which is disappointing for those who would like a room at Four Seasons Doha. But even the low three-star lists showed no vacancies.

However, some apartments and villas were available. On a lower level was an apartment in Al-Wakrah, a suburb of Doha, for $ 84 a night. At a high level, a villa in Doha cost $ 920 a night.

The cabins aboard the MSC Poesia, which is moored in the port of Doha, start on the website from $ 179; on board the MSC World Europa are $ 347.

Airbnb had some World Cup bookings in Qatar, usually in tents for $ 100 a night or in apartments starting at $ 500 a night. Some fans may have to take refuge in the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, 330 miles from Doha, or in Dubai, 390 miles away, and go by car, bus or plane to the match.

Fans of the World Cup should be aware that although the country anticipates an upcoming influx of tourists, Qatar is a conservative Muslim country and visitors should be aware of its laws and customs.

For example, it is illegal to drink in public. During the World Cup, alcohol will be available in designated areas such as hotels and special “fan zones”, but he can be sentenced to six months in prison for intoxicating in public.

“Visitors (both men and women) are expected to show respect for the local culture by avoiding over-disclosure of clothing to the public,” the official said. Visit the Qatar website advises. “It is generally recommended that men and women have their shoulders and knees covered.”

According to Visit Qatar, public displays of affection between men and women are “opposed”.

Even if you are a super football fan with travel money, deciding whether to go to this year’s World Cup can be challenging. Remember, you can always wait for 2026, when the World Cup will take place in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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