Qatar imposing ‘daft’ Covid entry rules ahead of upcoming World Cup

The build-up to the tournament, which is due to get underway in November, hasn't been without its controversy

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Qatar have been accused of imposing “daft” Covid-19 entry rules just months before they host the football World Cup.

The decision to award the World Cup to Qatar hasn’t been without its controversy, with human rights and homosexuality laws sparking widespread controversy in the build-up.

But now, just months before the tournament gets underway, it’s the Covid rules that have become the latest issue.

As many people from across the world, including Telegraph journalist Robert Jackman, attended a football match billed as a World Cup test run, they were met with new travel restrictions.

Qatar have been accused of imposing “daft” Covid-19 entry rules
Qatar have been accused of imposing “daft” Covid-19 entry rules
The World Cup is due to get underway in November
The World Cup is due to get underway in November

People entering the Gulf state must now take a lab-certified Covid test before arriving.

That is regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

Before arriving in Qatar, passengers still have to fill out the NHS vaccine certificate, passenger locator form and the country's own app, Ehteraz.

People must show the Ehteraz app before entering a restaurant or shop, according to Mr Jackman, who branded the restrictions as "daft".

The app requires internet connection in order to access their QR code.

Mr Jackman said at one point he “spent five minutes waiting for an OTP so I can access Wi-Fi to scan my QR code.”

The rules of face mask wearing in Qatar have been relaxed, with masks only being compulsory on public transport.

But it remains to be seen whether a stricter mandate will be introduced between now and the tournament getting underway.