Federal Government of Nigeria has warned all visiting soccer fans from Nigeria to avoid being defrauded by people who may trick them with fakes news of being able to convert or transfer their special 2022 Qatar World Cup Visa or Entry Permit to working permit.
Following the FIFA 2022 World Cup scheduled to begin few hours from now in Qatar, the Nigeria Embassy in Doha, Qatar in a press statement dated November 17, 2022, urged all Nigerians visiting the country for the soccer fiesta to comply with all relevant guidelines and requirements before embarking on any trip in the country.
“As soccer loving fans eagerly await the commencement of the 2022 FIFA World Cup holding in Qatar, the Embassy of Nigeria in Doha, Qatar warmly welcome fans from Nigeria that will be traveling for the tournament.
“The Embassy wishes to strongly advise that Nigerian fans traveling for the soccer fiesta should endeavour to obey and respect the laws of the host country while in Qatar and ensure that they comply with all relevant guidelines/requirements for visiting fans before embarking on any trip.
“Moreso, the Embassy wishes to state unequivocally that the special world cup visa called Hayya card and Entry Permit cannot and will not be changed or transferred to work visa or permit.
“Nigerian should therefore not fall victim to unscrupulous elements spreading fake news in that regard to rip off innocent Nigerians.
“On a final note, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria encourages all visiting Fans to enjoy the best experience at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup”, the Nigeria Embassy in Qatar said.
It would be recalled Qatar was declared winner to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 2010 in South Africa.
It is estimated that Qatar has spent over 220 billion dollar for the past 12 years to prepare for the soccer fiesta.
Most of the monies were estimated to be used to build new infrastructures, transportation systems among others including new stadia.
The final match to end the 2022 soccer fiesta is scheduled to be played at 80 thousands capacity stadium newly built in Qatar.
This is the first time for FIFA World Cup to be held in the Middle east or Arab world.