2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Level 1 - Practise health precautions (more details)

Original publication date: October 3, 2022

Updated: November 16, 2022

Current Situation

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is being hosted by Qatar from November 20 until December 18, 2022. The event will take place in 5 cities: Al Khor, Doha, Al Rayyan, Lusail, and Al Wakrah.

Large crowds are expected, which can increase the risk of accidental injury and the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, MERS-CoV, colds and influenza (the flu).


Before your trip

During your trip

Be aware of your surroundings

  • The risk of accidental injury increases in large crowds.
  • Locate the exit routes and medical facilities.
  • Avoid densely congested areas with limited emergency exits.

 Reduce your risk of becoming ill or spreading illness while travelling

  • Consistently follow individual public health measures.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available. It's a good idea to always keep some with you when you travel.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
    • If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Eat and drink safely,and avoid close contact with animals, especially camels.
  • Avoid close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness.
  • Protect yourself from HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
    • Using condoms during vaginal, anal and oral sex reduces your risk of getting HIV or other sexually transmitted infections.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Protect your skin from sun exposure and stay hydrated.
  • Protect yourself from insect bites during the day and night.

Understand local laws

Drive with caution

  • The leading cause of death among international travellers is traffic accidents.
  • Expect traffic congestion and road closures.
  • Avoid driving on unfamiliar and/or rural roads, especially at night.
  • Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 Monitor your health

  •  If you feel sick during your trip, stay in your lodgings and avoid large gatherings.
  • See a health care professional if you feel very unwell. For more information on medical care while abroad see the sickness or injury.

Returning to Canada

If you become unwell on your return flight to Canada, tell the flight attendant before you land or the border services officer as you enter the country. They will notify a quarantine officer who can assess your symptoms.

Registration of Canadians Abroad

Sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or an emergency at home.

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