How To Host Family and Friends During Qatar World Cup 2022

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Qatar will host the biggest international event of the year – the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, where 32 of the world’s finest national teams will put their best foot forward for the coveted trophy. With less than 100 days to go, the excitement is building up for the historical event, which is also the first football world cup to be held in the region.

As of September, more than 2.45 million match tickets have been sold, and at least a million football fans are expected to visit Qatar during the tournament. Accommodation rates for visitors are not cheap, and many are seeking alternative accommodations.

One question asked by many international fans is if they can stay with their friends or relatives who are already Qatar residents. The answer is yes, visitors can stay with their friends and relatives during the tournament, but their hosts must register the accommodation on the tournament’s online portal.

This article will explain how citizens and residents can host family and friends during Qatar World Cup.

Hayya Card For International Visitors

Before we speak about the accommodation options, please note that all local and international fans must apply for a Fan ID called Hayya Card. The Hayya Card will also be the entry permit for international visitors from 1 November 2022. Even Qatar residents planning to watch a match should apply for their Hayya Card.

Check out our guide to Hayya Card requirements and how to get started with your application.

Accommodation Requirement For Hayya Card

As part of the Hayya Card approval process for international visitors, you must confirm where you will stay during the tournament. You can decide among these three options:

a) Accommodation through the official agency

You can choose hotel rooms, apartments, villas, fan villages, or cruise ship hotels through the Official Accommodation Agency website. There is a wide range of options via the Official Accommodation Agency website, with the cost per night starting at US$100.

b) Book regular accommodation

Accommodation can be booked through hotel/holiday websites or other means, such as holiday letting portals like Airbnb. All holiday homeowners are encouraged to obtain a Qatar Tourism license.

c) Use a match-day shuttle

Match-day shuttles will allow you to watch your football match and leave Qatar within 24 hours, so you won’t have to stay the night. Several airlines in the region are offering this service.

d) Stay with family or friends

Staying with family or friends would be the cheapest and most convenient option as you can enjoy a few days in Doha without spending much.

However, if you opt for the last option, your host must register their property on the official Hayya portal and add your details. Read below to learn how a host can register his/her property.

Requirements To Host Family And Friends

The following are the requirements to host family and friends during Qatar World Cup:

  • The host should be 18 years old and over.
  • The host should be a Qatari citizen or resident with a valid QID.
  • The host should own or rent the property.

Please note that a Hayya card is NOT required for the host unless he/she is attending a match.


How To Host Family and Friends During Qatar World Cup

Residents who host families and friends during the tournament must register their properties and verify the visitors’ information as below:

Step 1: Go to the Hayya Qatar website

The website link is https://hayya.qatar2022.qa/

Step 2: Sign in using the “My Hayya” account

Click on “My Hayya” at the top right. Sign in using your email ID and password.

Hayya Portal Sign In

If you don’t have a Hayya account, create an account here: https://hayya.qatar2022.qa/web/hayya/apply-hayya

Step 3: Click on “Accommodation” and select “Host Family & Friends”

This is a drop-down menu on the top-right of the page.

Host Family and Friends During Qatar World Cup

Step 4: Enter your QID number and date of birth

  • Agree to the Legal Liability Disclaimer.
  • Enter your Qatar ID number and date of birth. Click on “Validate my QID”.
  • You will receive an OTP as an SMS on your registered phone number. Enter the OTP and click on “Verify OTP”.
Hayya Portal Host Details.

Step 5: Enter your property details

  • You must provide the property name, zone number, street number, building number, and unit number. The property name can be anything you can identify, especially if you have more than one property. The unit number can be “1” if you live in a villa.
  • Choose if you own this property or rent this property.
  • Upload the property deed or lease agreement.
  • Click on “Validate & Add”.
  • The property will be added to your list.
  • Similarly, you can add up to 5 properties under your name.
Hayya Portal Host Property Details

Step 6: Enter the guest details

  • Select the property and click on the “Manage Guests” button.
  • Enter your guest’s name, passport number, nationality, and email ID.
  • Click on the “Add” button.
  • Once the application is submitted, the guest’s Hayya Card application will be validated automatically. The guest will receive an email that he/she has been invited to stay with you.
  • You can add a maximum of 10 guests per property. If you have more than one property, you can add more guests.

Here is a video explaining how to host family and friends during the Qatar World Cup:


What The Guest Needs To Do

The guest only needs to apply for a Hayya Card. The property details can be added to the “Alternative Accommodation” tab.

The guest details will be matched using the name, passport number and nationality. The guest’s accommodation arrangements will be validated upon confirmation of the details.

In a few days, the Hayya Card will be conditionally approved and later fully approved after verification.

Applying for Hayya Card Without Accommodation

International fans can also apply for Hayya Card without specifying the accommodation plan. However, their application will not be fully approved until they provide the accommodation details and is validated

Hayya Contact Center

For support, international guests can call (+974) 4441 2022 and Qatar residents can call 800 2022. You can also email [email protected]

READ NEXT: Hayya Card Requirements And How To Apply


Frequently Asked Questions


How long can my guests stay on the property?

Guests may stay with you from 1 November 2022, to 23 January 2023.

Can a guest apply for a Hayya card without a match ticket?

Now Hayya cards are only being issued to visitors and residents with match tickets. This may change in the future stages.

How many family members or friends can I host?

You can register up to five properties and accommodate up to ten guests per property.

Can I register a property if I don’t have a property deed under my name?

No, only the person who owns or leases the property can register to host guests.

Can I change property details after registration?

A property can only be deleted if no guests are assigned to it. Once a property is added and has guests assigned to it, it cannot be deleted or changed.


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  1. Hi. Doha guide
    Can We host international fan who has Hayya card if we living here in company accommodations villas..if yes residence proof certificate is enough to upload at Hayya portal ?

    1. Hi Modassar, You are required to upload a tenancy contract under your name. We are not sure if a residence proof certificate would work. Please contact Hayya helpline at (+974) 4441 2022.

  2. Hi,
    can you please advise me how can I select the ticket type (International Fans / Residents of Qatar) for my family member already in Qatar under family visit visa. And do I need apply ticket for infants below 1 year old?

    1. Hi Jeswan, Only those with a QID number can select the Resident option. The system would ask for a QID number and validate that. As your family is on a visit visa, you should choose international fans. According to FIFA, regardless of age, there is no free entry for children. A ticket is required for infants also.

  3. Hello. In order to register my stay during the World Cup through a friend in Qatar, do I have to log in to my personal Haya card and enter the property details and the ID number of the host, or does the host have to register Haya himself?

    1. Hi Mojtaba, Once the host registers his property and adds you as a guest, you will get an email. Then the system will automatically match the property with your Hayya account (based on your passport number). After verification, your Hayya Card will be approved in a few days. If you already have a Hayya account, wait for a few days to see if there is any update. If nothing happens after one week, contact the Hayya helpline.

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