Indian fans traveling to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be able to contact a dedicated Indian Embassy hotline in case of an emergency or to seek necessary assistance.
Fans can call the Indian Embassy FIFA Fans Hotline or send a WhatsApp message to the mentioned numbers. They can also contact the Indian Embassy or the Indian Embassy Help Desk at the International Consular Center (ICSC), Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), West Bay.
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The following numbers are listed for calling or sending WhatsApp messages: +974 3993 1874, +974 3993 6759, +974 3993 4308.
Fans can also call +974 5564 7502 or +974 5566 7569 or contact the International Consular Service Center Helpdesk on +974 4012 4809, or contact the Embassy of India via e- official email – indemb.fifahelpline@gmail. com.
The Indian Embassy in Qatar is located at Villa No. 86 & 90, Al Eithra Street, Area 63 Onaiza, Doha.
Football’s premier event, the first to be held in the Middle East, kicks off on November 20, with 32 teams competing against each other. The final will take place on December 18 at the Lusail stadium.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), organizer of the World Cup, has already opened the International Consular Services Center (ICSC) at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center (DECC).
The ICSC will support fans coming for this year’s World Cup from the 31 nations that have qualified for the event as well as hosts Qatar and India.
“The center will provide embassies with a centralized and accessible location to resolve consular issues facing their fans, with key links to various national entities,” said Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, SC, after its launch.
“The center provides a new model of international collaboration for consular services at mega-events – a model for future event organizers. Above all, it is a living example of the power of the World Cup to bring together countries and people from all corners of the globe under one roof,” he added.
To date, three million tickets have been sold, representing 95% of sales.
A significant number of people from India purchased tickets and by the end of the two ticket sales phases, of the 1.8 million tickets sold, over 23,500 were purchased by fans in India.
After the first ticketing phase, India ranked seventh in ticket sales.
Top 10 countries where tickets were purchased are: Qatar, United States, Saudi Arabia, England, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, France, Brazil and Germany .
At Russia 2018, nearly 18,000 Indian fans attended. Among all non-competing countries, India had the third highest number of fans in Russia, behind the United States and China.
The Indian Embassy has also issued a travel advisory on transporting medicines to Qatar while listing the names of banned medicines which may cause trouble for fans.
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“All travelers to Qatar are advised to exercise caution in carrying medication. In this context, the following is advised: (1) It is prohibited to carry medication containing narcotics or psychotropic substances when arriving in Qatar. State of Qatar These include drugs like Lyrica, Tramadol, Alprazolam (Xanax), Diazepam (Valium), Zolam, Clonazepam Zolpidem, Codeine, Methadone, Pregabalin.
The notice warns fans that carrying banned drugs can land them behind bars.
The full list of prohibited/prohibited medicines can be viewed at: indianembassyqatar.gov.in/users/assets/pdf/announcement/prohibitedmedicines.pdf
He also advised traveling fans not to carry banned substances and those intended for personal consumption must be accompanied by a prescription from a reputable doctor.
“Do not carry medicine for your friends and family. Medicines that are not prohibited and intended for personal use should only be issued on prescription for a period of 30 days by a recognized doctor or a reputable hospital,” adds the travel advisor.
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