KUWAIT: GCC citizens and residents will be allowed to enter Qatar without the need to register for the Hayya card, the Qatari interior ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry, in a statement carried by the Qatar News Agency (QNA), said Gulf citizens and residents coming to Qatar from all border points will be allowed into the country without registering for digital Hayya cards. However, the card, along with the ticket, is required to attend World Cup matches, affirmed the ministry.

Those arriving in Qatar via land and are eager to use public buses to reach their destinations are welcome to do so, indicated the ministry, noting that parking for vehicles at border points will be provided without fees. It added that GCC citizens and residents eager to enter the country using their private vehicles will be allowed from December 8; however, they must register on the interior ministry's website 12 hours prior to their arrival, without the need to pay fees.

The statement affirmed that these measures were taken to allow people in the region to enjoy the festivities related to the World Cup and fan areas, reiterating that those wanting to attend matches must have the Hayya card. - KUNA