No COVID-19 test for world cup fans: The Health Ministry announced on Wednesday that Qatar will discontinue the COVID-19 pre-arrival testing before the World Cup, weeks after declaring that the more than a million incoming spectators do not require vaccines.
The most recent relaxation will go into effect on November 1—nineteen days before the commencement of the first World Cup on Arab soil on November 20.
With a population of only 2.9 million, the influx of spectators, players, officials, staff, and media is by far the largest ever recorded in gas-rich Qatar.
Qatari citizens and residents no longer need to undergo a rapid PCR or antigen test within 24 hours of returning from abroad, the ministry added. His 29-day tournament will be the first global sporting event for fans to attend since the COVID-19 pandemic that killed more than 6 million people in December 2019.
Last year’s postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics were held largely without spectators, and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics were held in a biosecure bubble.
Qatari organizers and football association FIFA hope the event will serve as a sign that the world is emerging from a devastating pandemic.