Sex toys, pornography - List of things banned in Qatar during FIFA World Cup 2022

Apart from this, there will be a sin tax on alcohol which will make a pint of beer in the fan zone cost £13.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 14 November 2022 02:03 PM

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FIFA World Cup 2022 is all set to be hosted in Qatar from 20 November. As many as 32 teams will be taking part in the quadrennial event. And the fans of these teams will visit this Middle Eastern country to cheer for them. Qatar is expecting around 1 million fans from different parts of the globe during the FIFA World Cup 2022. 

With the football World Cup being held in a middle east country for the first time, there are quite a few concerns. While human rights organizations have raised questions about the rights of fans travelling to the country, especially LGBTQ+ individuals and women, Qatari officials have come up with a long list of prohibited acts and items during the tournament.  

The Qatari Foreign Office issued guidance to fans urging them to 'respect local traditions and customs' by refraining from 'public displays of affection, drunken behaviour and dressing modestly'. The fans have been asked to avoid carrying any pornography and sex toys, pork products and religious books.

Fans are also advised to avoid purchasing duty-free booze since the import of alcohol is illegal. Anyone found indulging in the same will not only have their stash confiscated but could also face imprisonment. Any drugs being found during the luggage scan must come with a prescription note or will be confiscated.

Apart from this, there will be a sin tax on alcohol which will make a pint of beer in the fan zone cost £13. Meanwhile, the price of alcohol in high-end hotels is expected to cross £80 a beer during the semi-finals and final, thanks to the 'sin tax'. Also, the alcohol purchased can only be consumed in designated zones as drinking anywhere else, betting, swearing, vaping and any public displays of affection can lead to arrest.

Also, Police 'peacekeepers' will be deployed during the tournament to help football fans avoid arrest at the World Cup. Specialist UK officers will be there to intervene and 'calm down' fans on breaching morality laws.

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