Israelis will be able to enter Qatar for FIFA World Cup 2022

Israelis will be able to enter Qatar during the International Federation of Association Football’s (FIFA) 2022 World Cup event in November, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, and Sports Minister Chili Tropper said in a joint announcement on Thursday.

“We are bringing today another political achievement that fills the hearts of fans,” said Lapid. “The love of soccer and sport connects people [and] between states and the World Cup in November opens for us a gate to new warm relations. I congratulate all the partners and await the beginning of the competition.”

A major achievement

The political achievement comes after several months of negotiations with FIFA.

Naftali Bennett meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino on October 12, 2021. (credit: CHAIM TZACH/GPO)

After purchasing tickets, fans football fans will be able to apply for a Fan ID online. Once approved, the Fan ID will serve as an entry visa and allow for booking accommodations and flights.

“Sport has the power to cross continents and connect between people and states,” said Tropper. A lot of Israeli fans are happy today.”

There was longstanding speculation whether Israelis would be able to attend the 2022 World Cup since Qatar was announced as the host.

Qatar does not approve visas for Israeli passports, and ordinarily Israelis must use foreign passports to enter.

“Qatar is an important state internationally, that also contributes to the stability of our region,” Gantz said. “I hope that the visit of Israeli to the state will strengthen the familiarity between the citizens of the two states.”