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Qatar warns World Cup fans about smuggling alcohol into the country

By 09/08/2022 3:52 PMNo Comments

Take note of this advice if you intend to drink and support your country in Qatar.

Soccer fans visiting the 2022 Men’s World Cup would not be allowed to bring alcohol into the country for personal consumption, as the chairman of the country’s safety and security committee warned worldwide soccer fans at a press conference against attempting to smuggle alcohol into the Arab country.

“There are specific measures,” Col. Jassim Abdulrahim Al Sayed of the safety and security operations committee said.

“I think alcohol will not be allowed through the airport and suitcases,” Sayed added.

Although alcohol consumption is strictly banned in Qatar — you can potentially be imprisoned for six months and fined up to 3,000 riyals ($800) for drinking in public — the World Cup will not be completely dry.

Budweiser, a major World Cup sponsor, has agreed to pour beers at stadiums and designated fan zones for the tournament, which begins on November 20.

And alcohol is available in hotels.

However, don’t expect to start drinking until after 6:30 p.m. time zone.

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