2022, a year when football's greatest competition on earth, the FIFA World Cup kicks-off for the first time in a middle eastern country. 32 teams, over a million fans, and eight venues to cover all the action, Qatar is set to host this month-long spectacle in a first-ever winter World Cup.
But here's a thing, as the competition edges ever closer, the excitement amongst the fans is telling. With preparations underway and FIFA having already released the match schedule, perhaps it is time for every footballing fan to plan a trip to Qatar, right?
So, if you're thinking of going on a trip to Qatar for FIFA 2022 and not sure how to proceed, we've compiled a detailed guide to help you plan your trip from start to finish.
Step By Step Guide To Plan Your Trip To Qatar
Here's our detailed take on the step you can follow while planning your FIFA 2022 trip to Qatar.
Plan Your Budget
Planning your budget is perhaps one of the most important things about any trip. You don't want to end up spending more than you should, right?
Besides, when it comes to the world cup, there are a number of things you need to take care of but the budget comes on top. Ideally, any world cup should cost an estimated $10000 USD including all the travel, stay, and meals. However, it depends from country to country.
Speaking of Qatar, the country isn't as economical compared to other countries. In fact, the capital of the country, Doha, is one of the richest cities in the world and accommodation there is usually expensive. Hence, travelers should always plan their budget beforehand in order to avoid spending too much on their trip. Unnecessary expenditure may better be avoided.
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Set Your Priorities
Setting your priorities is what comes next on your planning for the FIFA World Cup 2022 trip to Qatar. Since a world cup is a long competition, visitors are required to choose as to which matches, they should watch and which shouldn't.
While some opt to go with cities rather than particular matches, others opt particular games of their favorite teams to manage their budget accordingly. The important thing to note here, in this case, is that the Qatar World Cup tickets, though not officially out yet, are expected to range from $500 to up to $1200 for the highest price.
Hence, for the travelers, planning which game to watch while selecting particular attractions and cities will be the key. Having said that though, the FIFA World Cup 2022 is set to be the most commutable world cup ever as the country is much smaller in size (1478 times smaller than the size of Russia) and the metro network will connect all venues together, making them easily commutable.
Hence, it might all come down to the games visitors select to watch.
Tickets for the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be sold on FIFA's official website only and visitors would be able to book them in 3 phases based on their budget and priorities.
The phases will be pre-draw, post-draw, and first-come, first-serve basis. As confirmed by FIFA already, the hospitality tickets will go live by the end of 2020 itself while the other tickets would not be out before early 2021.
Hence, the next step for the visitors would be to finalize their tickets once the sale goes live.
Now, this is where things get interesting. You have already got your hands on the official tickets of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Now it's time to gather the necessary travel documents. A passport would obviously be required. However, when it comes to the Visa, it will be interesting to see what Qatar comes up with for the FIFA World Cup.
Usually, the visa fee is waived off for the host country whenever there's a popular event like the world cup. Likewise, in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia came up with an idea to distribute fan ids to the visitors in order to counter the black market resale of tickets.
The Fan IDs were made mandatory in order to enter the stadiums. Similarly, Brazil in 2014 allowed visitors with official tickets to get a Visa for free. Hence, it will be interesting to see what Qatar comes up with in the case of Visa and other documents.
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Traveling To Qatar
Traveling to Qatar would not be a hassle as far as the world cup is concerned. However, that will be the next thing you need to be mindful of. Flights may take up a huge part of your budget for the trip.
Although there are many cheap flights available to Qatar from different parts of the world owing to the central location of the country in the world, visitors can always look at other options like flights with layovers or miles as these are comparatively cheaper options.
Besides, in wake of the world cup and predictions of over a million visitors coming to the country, the Hamad International Airport and Qatar Airways have joined hands to bring a staggering 1300 flights into the country in a day for the whole month.
This would certainly provide cheap flight options to the visitors as not only they would be able to book a flight to Qatar easily, but also the prices may not be as high considering there's a world cup event happening.
Perhaps the last step in terms of planning your whole trip to Qatar for the world cup, finding accommodation may turn out to be a challenge during the world cup as not only the budget would be a factor, but the availability of enough hotel rooms may also play a role in Qatar. As per an estimation, the country doesn't have enough options for accommodation for the FIFA World Cup and is working on adding cruises and other hotels before the world cup.
Cruise ships would be able to accommodate about 40,000 guests while the country is also constructing many new hotels in order to meet the requirements. There are multiple reports that suggest the Qatar government has got in touch with the organizers of the British music festival, Glastonbury to set up luxury tents in the desert for visitors.
Hence, finding the right place to stay and saving money should be the aim. You may even opt for dormitories or hostels as they are definitely more economical options in the country.
Planning a trip for any World Cup may seem tough but there are always options to make it easy. The FIFA World Cup in Qatar is not only special in terms of its slot and preparations but also in terms of its location.
The world cup is held in the central most location of the world which would allow visitors from all parts of the world to come and enjoy the spectacle. As for your planning, the above steps will surely help you plan your perfect FIFA 2022 trip while helping you save some money on your trip as well.
Qatar will be the host nation for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be the first-ever winter world cup in the Northern Hemisphere, beginning on November 21st and ending on 18th December.
Qatar has officially confirmed the completion of the Education City Stadium which is one of the venues, while the construction of other stadiums is still underway and expected to be completed on time.
Although the sale hasn't begun yet, the tickets for the FIFA World Cup 2022 are expected to range from $105 to $1200.
Yes, Qatar is one of the safest countries in the world and boasts of its low crime rate with violent crimes being a thing of rarity.