The Embassy of Nigeria in Doha has advised Nigerians travelling to Qatar for the World Cup to adhere to the rules of the host country.
The Mission issued the advisory on Thursday ahead of the commencement of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Sunday.
It also admonished Nigerians not to fall prey to visa fraud, noting that the special World Cup visa called the ‘Hayya card and entry permit’ could not be changed to a work visa or permit.
The statement read, “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 welcomes fans from Nigeria that will be travelling for the tournament.
“The Embassy wishes to strongly advise that Nigerian fans travelling 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.
“More so, the Embassy wishes to state unequivocally that the special world cup visa called the Hayya card and entry permit cannot and will not be changed or transferred to work visa or permit. Nigerians 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.”