Qatar to suspend entry of visitors during World Cup

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Qatar will suspend the entry of visitors through its air, land and marine borders from November 1 to December 22.

The country's Ministry of Interior said the move is aimed at ensuring the smooth and successful organisation of the FIFA World Cup, which runs from November 20 to December 18.

The latest decision will not affect Qatari citizens, residents and GCC citizens holding a Qatari ID card, as well as holders of personal visas and work entry permits, and approved humanitarian cases.

The holders of Hayya Card, which is issued to those attending the World Cup, will also be allowed to enter Qatar during this period, and can stay in the country until January 23.

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