How To Enter Qatar By Road During World Cup (Land Border)

The State of Qatar will host the biggest sports event of the year, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, from 20 November to 18 December 2022. At least a million international fans will arrive in Qatar during the event, including thousands from nearby GCC countries.

The Abu Samra Crossing, which is Qatar’s land border with Saudi Arabia, will start receiving fans from 1 November 2022. This article will discuss the procedure to enter Qatar by road during the World Cup.

The Abu Samra border crossing is the land port between the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, located about 110 kilometres from the capital Doha. 

Authorities have announced the procedures for entry into Qatar through the Abu Samra border crossing during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. 

The ministry has allocated a tent that can receive 4,000 people per hour and increased the passport counters at the checkpoint to serve fans, citizens, residents, and others.

Free transportation will be provided from the border to Al Messila in central Doha and the Family and Friends Meet and Greet Area in Al Qalayel, 2 km from the border. 

Fans can also contact their friends or family members to take them to their accommodation inside the country, or they can move by private taxi from therein. 

Requirements To Enter Qatar By Road

From 1 November to 23 December 2022, visitors must have an approved Hayya Card to enter the State of Qatar (by land, air or sea). International Hayya Card holders will receive their Hayya Entry Permits to Qatar. During the tournament, the Hayya Card will provide stadium access (along with a match ticket), and a key to free public transport.

Here is our guide on how to apply for Hayya Card.

Visitors must also meet all immigration, customs and entry requirements, such as a passport, which is valid until at least 22 March 2023.

Citizens, residents, and GCC citizens with a Qatari ID card and a car with Qatari plates can enter the country as usual without a Hayya card. Day visitors entering will not be able to access the country using private cars unless they have a Qatar-registered vehicle.

How To Enter Qatar By Road
Abu Samra Border Crossing

How To Enter Qatar By Road During World Cup

From 1 November to 23 December, there will be three options to enter Qatar by road:

Option 1: Reach Qatar Border By Bus

Under this option, you will book a bus service in Saudi Arabia to drop you at the terminal. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Your bus operator will drop you at the border terminal.
  • Step 2: Complete the customs requirements and entry procedures at the border terminal.
  • Step 3 (Option A): Take the free bus from the terminal to Al Messila Metro Station (Green Line) in Doha (OR)
  • Step 3 (Option B): If someone is meeting you, you can take the free shuttle bus to the Al Qalayel family and friends pick-up area, which is 2km from the Abu Samra land border terminal.

Return Journey: You can catch a shuttle bus back to the land border from Al Messila Metro Station or the Al Qalayel family and friends pick-up area.


Option 2: Park Your Vehicle At Border (Match Day Visit)

Under this option, you can visit Qatar for 24 hours and park your car at the designated car park. A hotel reservation is not required under this option. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Register for a Hayya Card Using Match Day Visit.
  • Step 2: Book your parking space on the Hayya to Qatar 2022 app.
  • Step 3: Upon confirmation, you will receive a QR code. Scan this code to enter the parking lot.
  • Step 4: A free shuttle bus will take you from the car park waiting area to the border terminal.
  • Step 5: Complete the customs requirements and entry procedures at the border terminal.
  • Step 6 (Option A): Take the free bus from the terminal to Al Messila Metro Station (Green Line) in Doha (OR)
  • Step 6 (Option B): If someone is meeting you, you can take the free shuttle bus to the Al Qalayel family and friends pick-up area, which is 2km from the Abu Samra land border terminal.

If you did not book in advance, you should use the alternative parking space in Saudi Arabia and use the shuttle bus to the border.

Return Journey: You can catch a shuttle bus back to the land border from Al Messila Metro Station or the Al Qalayel family and friends pick-up area.

Please Note:

  • The parking reservation service is open from November 1.
  • Reserved parking is free for the first 24 hours.
  • A service fee of QR 1000 will apply after 24 hours.
  • If the vehicle has been parked for more than 48 hours from entry, the vehicle will be towed, and another QR 1000 towing fee will be charged. Payment can be made electronically through a link that will be sent to their email registered on the platform.

Option 3: Use Your Vehicle To Reach Doha

To cross the border with your own vehicle, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. The vehicle must have a minimum of three people and a maximum of six, which includes the driver and passengers.
  2. The driver must have booked approved accommodation in Qatar through the Hayya portal for at least five nights.

If you meet these criteria:

  • Step 1: Apply for your vehicle’s exceptional entry permit on the Hayya to Qatar 2022 app.
  • Step 2: If your application is accepted, you will receive a link to obtain vehicle insurance.
  • Step 3: Upon completion of the insurance, the applicant must follow up on the platform within 24 hours to obtain the permit by paying a non-refundable fee of QAR 5,000.
  • Step 4: On the day of entry, complete the customs requirements and entry procedures at the border terminal.
  • Step 5: Enter the border using your vehicle.

Please Note:

  • The vehicle entry permit can be used only once (not for multiple visits). 
  • The entry permit has no expiry, no set entry date and is not tied to accommodation booking dates.
  • Vehicles will not be allowed to enter restricted areas during the tournament, particularly around the stadiums and central Doha.

Here is a video from the official Qatar 2022 channel, explaining the above process.

Enhanced Capacity At Abu Samra Border

As part of what has been implemented to serve the World Cup, a passenger hall has been constructed covering 10,000 square metres and has the capacity to serve 2,000 visitors per hour for arrivals and 2,000 visitors per hour for departures.

Also, 44 passports and 22 customs inspection platforms will serve the fans coming to Qatar and provide them with comfort and safety.

Temporary parking lots were also established to raise the capacity of the tournament fans’ parking spaces from 1,400 to 4,500, with the installation of a parking reservation system. 

The project includes 48 tourist tracks to serve 12,000 cars entering and leaving Qatar, in addition to road development works with a length of 4.5 km. 

Here is a video of Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, inspecting the progress of the Abu Samra border crossing’s expansion and development project in order to ensure readiness to welcome fans attending the World Cup.

In humanitarian cases, entry will be limited through airports only. An application for entry shall be submitted on the MOI website, which will be reviewed and replied to within six hours.

Commercial vehicles looking to enter Qatar by road will be restricted during the tournament between 11 pm and 6 am to prioritise fan traffic. This will be in place from November 15 until December 22.

READ: Doha Road Closures and Traffic Updates During World Cup


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