FIFA World Cup 2022 is in full swing with football fans flocking from all around the world to watch the most loved sport, held in Qatar. With the onset of the football craze in the region, Saudi Arabia has announced that Muslims holding FIFA world cup tickets are eligible for a free visa to perform Umrah, having considered that they also hold the digital pass “Hayya Card”.
This is great news for those who have been planning a much-awaited Umrah trip, either solo or with their family.
International visitors planning to visit Qatar to watch the FIFA World Cup 2022, need to register themselves at a digital app called the Hayya App. This is a mandatory step to enter the country.
Every fan booking a ticket will also receive a notification to apply for Hayya. They will be prompted to download the Hayya App and register their details to become Hayya Cardholders. Travelers won’t be able to board planes or enter the country without the digital pass.
You can apply for your Hayya Card here Qatar2022.qa/Hayya
The benefits of Hayya Card holders are;
The Hayya pass will give you additional benefits, not only in Qatar but in the region. Countries like Oman, Jordan, and UAE offer multi-entry permits for tourists with Hayya cards.
Saudi Arabia offers a visa-free travel to all Muslim Hayya cardholders who are willing to perform Umrah, with the state covering all e-visa costs. The visa is free, but they need to pay for their medical insurance at the visa counter and can stay up to 2 months.
This visa will be valid for entry into Saudi Arabia 10 days before the start of the World Cup, which begins on November 11 and ends on December 18, 2022. This is a great opportunity for those who have been planning their much-awaited Umrah trip.
The Hayya card also gives access to free public transport from 10 November to 23 December – on the metro, bus, and tram.
Ooredoo Qatar is welcoming international fans with a free sim card with 2022 local minutes, 2022 local SMS, and 2022 MB local data – valid for three days upon activation.
Ready to hit the road or sky? With the recent announcement by the Saudi government on a free Umrah visa, here are 3 travel options for those planning to perform Umrah from Qatar.
The football fever is here. With a huge influx of passengers around the world, airline operators like Fly Dubai, Saudi airlines, and Oman Air have partnered with Qatar Airways to offer multiple flights for match-day shuttles. For stress-free travel, you can opt for a flight to Jeddah or Riyadh which is a 2-hour journey approximately.
If you love long drives and want to satiate your appetite for an adventure on the road, you can drive to Saudi in your own car. The excellent road conditions are a great way to enjoy the road trip. Make sure you have a valid driving license or an international driving license that is permitted by both countries.
Drive towards the Salwa Border crossing ahead of time, as it takes about 2 hours to pass through the traffic and enjoy a memorable drive to Riyadh or Jeddah.
Looking for the best hotels that are closer to Al Masjid Al Haram and have rooms with a beautiful view of Al Ka’aba?
Makkah has plenty of hotel options with closer proximity to the Grand Mosque. But if you want to make your journey special and memorable, you should definitely pick one of the hotels with the beautiful sight of Al Ka’aba.
Here are the 5 best Makkah Hotels that overlook the grand view of the Holy Ka’aba
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