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World Cup Qatar 2022
20 November – 18 December 2022

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All of us at U.S. Embassy Doha are excited to join you in cheering on our team at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar! Our top priority this fall is to ensure that U.S. citizens in Qatar have a safe and enjoyable visit. Check back to this page regularly for updates including the latest tips and guidance for Americans visiting Doha, Qatar.

 

NOTICE

Embassy Doha will be closed for routine American Citizens Services from November 13, 2022 to January 2, 2023 due to the FIFA World Cup. This includes passport and notary services. Embassy Doha will not be able to accommodate any passport renewals for individuals traveling for tourism purposes unless it is for medical or humanitarian reasons. During this time period, only emergency appointments and services will be provided.

We encourage individuals to renew their passport now if needed. Adults in Qatar renewing their passports with form DS-82 can pay online. Eligible applicants may submit payment via U.S. or international credit or debit card, electronic funds transfer from a U.S.-based bank account, Amazon Pay, or PayPal.

Adults renewing their passports at U.S. Embassy Doha will no longer require an appointment and can use our new quick drop service. Use our Passport Appointment Wizard to see if you are eligible. Appointments for minor children can also be scheduled using the Passport Appointment Wizard.

For further inquiries, please contact: +974 4496 6000 or acsdoha@state.gov

For all other alerts for U.S. citizens, click here.

Everything You Need to Know

Staying in another country in the Gulf region?

Map of the GCC. If you are staying in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait or other countries in the region while attending the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup, please read the Travel Advisory for each country you will visit and save the emergency contact information for your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

 

The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens living in or visiting Iran.

PREPARE YOUR PHONE: Smartphones can be a tool for travel safety and preparedness.

  • Check out the official World Cup Hayya app and the government of Qatar’s Ehteraz COVID-19 tracking app.
  • The country code for phone calls to Qatar numbers is +974.
  • The emergency phone number within Qatar is 999, and operators speak both Arabic and English.
  • Save the emergency after-hours phone number for the U.S. Embassy: +974 4496 6000.
  • Download maps to your phone so you can navigate Qatar in offline mode.
  • Decide whether you will get international phone service through your U.S. provider, purchase temporary service in Qatar, or use a hotspot to maintain connectivity while abroad.

 

Follow U.S. Embassy Doha’s official social media accounts for Qatar travel tips, COVID-19 updates, match day celebrations, and more. 

On Twitter @USEmbassyDoha  

On Facebook @USEmbassyDoha

On Instagram @USEmbassyDoha 

On YouTube @USEmbassyDoha

Cultural Considerations

Remember that important aspects of daily life in Qatar are different than what we are used to in the United States, due to both law and culture. Qatar is a diverse, fascinating country with a rich history and culture, and a variety of entertainment options. Many Americans live, work, or travel in Qatar every day, and enjoy all it has to offer. To make the most of your visit during the World Cup, we encourage all Americans to learn about Qatar before traveling. For example:

 

  • The First Amendment protections of the U.S. Constitution do not apply to U.S. citizens outside of the United States. Activities like protests, assemblies of large groups, religious proselytizing or advocacy of atheism, and speech critical of the government of Qatar or the religion of Islam, may be criminally prosecuted in Qatar. Qatar allows some non-Muslim religious practice in designated areas like Doha’s Religious Complex, but all faiths are not accommodated equally.
  • Traffic accidents and tickets are treated seriously in Qatar, and road rules differ from those in the United States. Violations caught by traffic cameras are tracked virtually, and drivers are responsible for checking the online system regularly to learn if they owe any fines. Drivers may have a ticket on their records without ever being contacted directly. Travelers with unresolved vehicle accidents or fines may be prevented from departing Qatar.  If you plan to drive while in Qatar, read up on driver’s license requirements and the rules of the road.
  • Many public areas in Qatar have dress codes requiring that both men and women cover shoulders, chests, stomachs, and knees, and that tight leggings be covered by a long shirt or dress. These attire standards can vary between neighborhoods and facilities. Many buildings require masks that cover the mouth and nose as a COVID-19 mitigation measure.
  • Some prescription and over-the-counter medications from the United States are unavailable or restricted in Qatar. Confirm the legality of your medications before attempting to bring them into Qatar, especially things like stimulants and strong pain relievers. You should travel with a copy of your prescription, if applicable, and discuss a health care plan with your doctor before you travel. Please consult Qatar’s Travel Advisory and the list of banned medicines, which can be found here and here, prior to travel.
  • Sexual intercourse outside of marriage is illegal in Qatar. As such, pregnant women must present a marriage certificate to receive prenatal care at medical facilities in Qatar. Unmarried pregnant women and victims of sexual assault should consult the U.S. Embassy prior to pursuing care.
  • Homosexuality is criminalized in Qatar. LGBTQI+ travelers should consult the official Department of State Travel Advisory for Qatar for more detailed information.
  • Journalists, including independent content creators and vloggers, need specific visas and permissions to use photography and videography equipment, or to conduct interviews or reporting within Qatar. There is no legal guarantee of press freedom or freedom of expression in Qatar.
  • Alcohol is legal in Qatar, but highly regulated and only available in limited locations, to non-Muslim non-Qatari adults aged 21+. Public intoxication can cause legal consequences, including deportation. Some venues that do serve alcohol may refuse entry or service to patrons they believe to be Muslim, regardless of the patron’s actual religion, nationality, or personal choice. However, most hotels and restaurants catering to international patrons will serve alcohol to guests who are 21+, including via room service.
  • Most drugs that are illegal in the United States are also illegal in Qatar, including marijuana/THC. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and steep fines.

Emergency Contact Information for U.S. Citizens

  • 999 is the phone number for emergency services within Qatar.
  • +974 4496 6000 is the U.S. Embassy in Qatar emergency contact line during and outside of office hours.
  • From outside of Qatar, concerned family or friends can contact the U.S. Embassy in Qatar at 1-202-501-4444 or 1-888-407-4747.
  • If a U.S. citizen is a victim of sexual assault in Qatar, we strongly encourage you to contact the U.S. Embassy immediately, prior to contacting the local authorities.

This is a limited list of some legal, security, and cultural differences U.S. citizens may encounter in Qatar. Please follow US Embassy Doha social media, sign up for STEP, read the Travel Advisory, and prepare thoroughly before you travel to enjoy a safe, fun World Cup experience.