Fans travelling to Qatar and the surrounding region
Qatar is committed to hosting a safe and successful tournament and officers from the UK travelled to Qatar in the run up to the tournament to build relationships, share experiences and begin working together ahead of the FIFA World Cup™ 2022.
We want the FIFA World Cup™ 2022 football tournament to be a trouble-free tournament and we are working in partnership with local authorities and agencies to help achieve this.
The overwhelming majority of football fans who go to the matches or stay at home to watch games are law-abiding and peaceful and we want everyone to enjoy the tournament. However, if you are thinking of causing trouble – think again – forces are working together to identify troublemakers and will detain those identified if necessary before and during the competition. UK police forces have considerable experience of football related policing, and deploy to every England and Wales away fixture, as well as tournaments.
We would strongly advise supporters not to travel to Qatar if you do not have match tickets and accommodation.
Football banning orders
We will be speaking to everyone who has a banning order, advising them of the consequences of breaching their bans. Those who are subject to football banning orders will be required to surrender their passports to their nominated police station.
There will be police officers in the UK and in both Qatar and Dubai gathering intelligence, so any fans seen to be misbehaving could be subject to a football banning order on their return to the UK, as well as being arrested and potentially charged for offences abroad.
Plan in advance for travel
If you are travelling, it is important to plan in advance for travel. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s website provides clear guidance on visas or Fan-ID requirements to enter the country (you must have a Hayya card to enter the country), COVID-19 rules and the need to plan in advance for travel and accommodation within the cities.
When you are in Qatar
We would urge any fans to be mindful and aware of the local culture and be good guests. Wilfully acting in a way to cause offence could result in a heightened risk to your personal safety.
The availability of alcohol, and associated laws, will be different to previous tournaments. Fans are urged to adhere to local laws around the consumption of alcohol.
There is zero tolerance for drugs-related offences. The penalties for the use of, trafficking, smuggling and possession of drugs (even residual amounts) are severe. Punishment can include lengthy custodial sentences, heavy fines and deportation.
It is worth being aware that typical punishments for offences and crimes in Qatar are significantly stronger than those of the UK.
There will be a team of Supporter Engagement Officers in Qatar who will be speaking to fans and giving advice about local culture and different behaviour expectations. These engagement officers will also be working with and advising the Qatari police on what cultural differences they can expect to see from England and Wales fans.