World Cup host Qatar has removed the requirement that visitors get a negative COVID-19 test before leaving for the Persian Gulf state, its health ministry said on Wednesday.
Qatar had previously told fans attending the World Cup that they must show a negative COVID-19 test, regardless of their vaccination status, before leaving by air or at the border crossing.
Qatar is expecting a record 1.2 million visitors during the tournament, which will be played from November 20 to December 18.
The Health Ministry also removed the requirement for adults to show their COVID-19 status on a government-run contact tracing smartphone app called Ehteraz before entering stadiums or other establishments such as shops and restaurants.
Visitors and residents must still show the application before entering a health care facility, according to the statement.
Qatar is easing the restrictions because “the number of COVID-19 cases (continues) to decline worldwide and in Qatar, and due to the continued rollout of the Qatar National COVID-19 Vaccination Program,” the statement said.
Last week, Qatar eased its rules on masks, now only requiring those who visit health care facilities to wear them.
Qatar, which has a population of nearly 3 million people, 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.