The 2022 World Cup is approaching, as nations prepare for the last international break before the tournament kicks off.
EnglandThe team’s preparations for the tournament come in the form of two Nations League matches against Italy and Germany in October. Then, the next time the Three Lions take to the field together will be against Iran in the opening match of the World Cup on November 21.
With so much club football still being played ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, it’s easy to forget about it for now and put off all the planning, whether it’s from where you’ll be watching from home, or even getting the last bits sorted before heading there to watch it in person. .
Much has been made about the decision to host the tournament in Qatar, in particular the fact that the tournament will take place in the winter season as a result of the extreme heat in the Middle East.
While it’s a term we’ve heard a lot in recent years, Qatar world Cup It really is the definition of unprecedented times, which makes planning a trip there somewhat challenging.
Many of us will be watching from home, catching a severe World Cup fever in the cold of winter, but there are also many who will make a trip around the world for such a memorable event. With that in mind, there is a lot to be aware of if you are planning to head to Qatar for the tournament.
So, with the World Cup fast approaching us, we’ve put together a guide for what not to do and what not to take if you’re heading to Qatar – the country many fans will be traveling to for the first time ever.
Additional precautions should be taken when traveling to Qatar, as with most other Middle Eastern countries, in order to abide by the laws and respect their culture.
What you take to Qatar should be considered in order to maintain your safety and respect the laws and customs. The following directive comes from GOV.UK website.
Alcohol cannot be brought into the country under any circumstances, and pork products cannot be brought into the country. Qatar has strict rules regarding alcohol consumption being an Islamic country, and the same goes for foods containing pork.
You can buy alcohol from within the state, from licensed restaurants and bars. Make sure not to carry it, drink it on the streets or appear drunk in public, as this is a crime and may result in a prison sentence of up to six months and/or a fine of up to QR3,000. The legal age for drinking alcohol in Qatar is 21.
Journalists and media workers will need permission from Qatar News Agency (QNA) to film or shoot for business purposes, and must enter the country with a press visitor permit, to allow technical equipment such as cameras to pass through customs.
There is a zero-tolerance policy regarding drug-related offenses in Qatar. If you need to bring medicines or prescriptions into the country, clearance in the form of a doctor’s note will be required.
The GOV.UK website states: ‘Make sure you carry an official doctor’s prescription, hospital note or letter from your GP, detailing the medication, prescribed amount and dosage. This note or letter must also be signed by the doctor/consultant and stamped by the hospital or surgery”, and provides a link to Information on British documents certified in Qatar.
The import, sale and purchase of electronic cigarettes, liquids and similar products are also prohibited by Qatari law. Cigarettes are not prohibited, but the usual laws will apply regarding the quantities you can bring with you.
As mentioned above, drinking alcohol and drunkenness in public is against the law. Doing so could result in severe penalties.
Avoid getting involved with drugs at all. The state has a zero-tolerance policy regarding drugs and again imposes severe penalties for doing so.
It is important to respect the law and culture in Qatar, and therefore both males and females should dress “modestly” according to the British government’s UK website. Women should cover their shoulders and not wear short skirts. Both men and women should avoid wearing tops and shorts when entering government buildings, health care facilities or shopping malls.
Shows of intimacy in public should be avoided, and visitors should ensure that they do not act aggressively. This includes swearing and making rude gestures. Be respectful and use caution when dealing with police and other officials.