Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced the validity extension of Hayya Card for fans and organizers, whereby Hayya Card holders from outside the country will be allowed to enter Qatar until 24 January 2024.
This article will explain in detail the requirements, conditions, documents, and step-by-step guide on how Hayya card holders can visit Qatar in 2023.
- What is Hayya Card?
- Requirements To Visit Qatar in 2023 Using Hayya Card
- Cost of Entry Using the Hayya Card
- Duration of Stay Allowed
- Documents Required For Entry Using Hayya Card
- About Hayya Entry Permit
- How To Download New Hayya Entry Permit
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hayya Card?
Hayya Card is the mandatory fan ID which was launched during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The personalized and secure identification document was instrumental in facilitating the entry of international fans into Qatar during the tournament.
The card, which was available in digital (mobile card) and physical (printed card) formats, was also used for controlling access to stadiums, fan zones and public transport.
As per the original plan, international fans who entered Qatar using the Hayya Card were allowed to stay until 23 January 2023.
New Announcement About Hayya Card
On 30 January 2023, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior announced that the validity of Hayya Cards would be extended until 24 January 2024. Following the announcement, all Hayya Entry Permits have been automatically updated with the new validity date of 10 January 2024.
This means that existing Hayya Card holders who have left Qatar can re-enter the country multiple times using their Hayya Entry Permit (until 10 January 2024). They will be allowed to stay until 24 January 2024.
Hayya With Me (1+3) Feature
The “Hayya With Me” feature allows Hayya Card holders to invite up to three family members or friends.
Only international fans with a Hayya Card can use this feature. Qatar residents with a Hayya Card cannot use this to invite family members or friends.
You can find more information on our updated guide about Hayya With Me (1+3).
Guests who are coming under Hayya With Me will need confirmed accommodation. Here is our guide on how to register as host for friends and family.
Requirements To Visit Qatar in 2023 Using Hayya Card
To be eligible for entry Hayya Card holders need to meet the following requirements:
- Confirmed accommodation: Hotel reservation OR stay with family and friends (as mentioned on your Hayya Entry Permit).
- Passport validity for a minimum of 3 months upon arrival in Qatar.
- Health Insurance as per the new MOPH requirements.
- Round-trip flight tickets
Please note that Health Insurance for visitors is a new requirement introduced in 2023. You need to buy insurance from any of the registered insurance providers in Qatar. The premium for basic insurance is QR 50 per month. Read more about mandatory health insurance for visitors here.
Cost of Entry Using the Hayya Card
As per the MOI announcement, there will be no fee for Hayya With Me feature. It is mandatory to have health insurance.
Hayya Card holders can also use the e-gate facility at Hamad International Airport, which means your immigration process will be quicker.
Duration of Stay Allowed
The MOI announcement does not mention anything about the maximum duration of stay per visit. When we checked with the Qatar Government’s Hukoomi Helpline, we were told that there is no limit on the duration of stay.
The last day to enter the country will be 10 January 2024, while the last day to leave will be 24 January 2024.
Documents Required For Entry Using Hayya Card
A traveller using this facility should have following documents:
- Hayya Entry Permit
- Return Flight Ticket
- Health Insurance
- If the accommodation type on entry permit is hotel, hotel booking is also required.
- If the accommodation type is Family & Friends hosting, keep a copy of the host’s QID, tenancy contract, contact details, and a print out of the home’s blue address plate.
Host and accommodation details are not usually asked in Qatar, but may be asked in your country of departure.
About Hayya Entry Permit
Hayya Entry Permit is a document that allows an international fan to enter the State of Qatar. The Hayya Entry Permit allows multiple entries into Qatar within the validity period.
Hayya Entry Permits issued in 2022 were only valid until 23 December 2022. Following the announcement from MOI, the validity of all Hayya Entry Permits have been extended until 10 January 2024. This means you can enter multiple times before 10 January 2024.
How To Download New Hayya Entry Permit
If you have forgotten how you did it last time, here is how:
Step 1: Open your “Hayya to Qatar” app
Step 2: Login using your Hayya account email id and password
Step 3: Click on the “Hayya” icon
Step 4: You can see the “Hayya Entry Permit” below “My Hayya”
Step 5: Click on “Hayya Entry Permit”
Note that the date of the last entry is now shown as 2024-01-10.
During 2022, Hayya Entry Permits were sent as PDF files via email. If you are travelling in 2023, you can download the Hayya Entry Permit from your mobile app or Hayya portal.
During your travel, you can either use the digital version or print it out.
If you want to receive entry permit as PDF file by email, you can call the Hayya call center on +974 4441 2022 and they would send it to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
I do not have a Hayya Card. Can I apply for one now?
As per the available information, you will need a “Hayya With Me” voucher code (from an international Hayya Card holder) to apply for a Hayya Card.
How many times can I enter using the Hayya Card?
Hayya Entry Permit allows multiple entries until 10 January 2024.
Can Qatar residents invite family members using Hayya With Me feature?
“Hayya With Me” feature is only available to international fans who applied using passport number.
Is physical Hayya Card required for travel?
No, Digital Hayya Card and Hayya Entry Permit is enough for travel.
Do the 1+3 need to arrive together?
They can arrive in Qatar separately.
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