Qatar’s health ministry announced on Wednesday that it will no longer require visitors to have a negative COVID-19 test before visiting the Gulf Arab state.
Previously, Qatar instructed World Cup fans to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, regardless of vaccination status, before departing by air or crossing the border.
Qatar is expecting an unprecedented 1.2 million visitors during the Nov. 20-Dec. 18 tournament.
Qatar residents are no longer to take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of returning to the country from abroad.
The health ministry also dropped a requirement that adults show their COVID-19 status on a government-run contact tracing smartphone application called Ehteraz before entering stadiums or other establishments like shops and restaurants.
Visitors and residents must still show the application before entering a healthcare facility, the statement said.
Qatar is easing restrictions because “the number of COVID-19 cases (is) continuing to drop around the world and in Qatar, and the ongoing roll-out of Qatar’s National COVID-19 Vaccination Program,” the statement said.
Last week, Qatar eased its mask rules and now only requires masks for people visiting healthcare facilities.
Qatar, which has a population of nearly 3 million, has recorded more than 440,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 692 deaths from the virus, according to data from the Ministry of Public Health.