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30 hour layover in November (during World Cup)

30 hour layover in November (during World Cup)

Old Jun 23, 22, 3:02 am
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30 hour layover in November (during World Cup)

Interesting situation that would really appreciate feedback on.

Routing is one-way CPT-DOH-USA in J. Due to a number of schedule changes and limited availability we got rebooked yesterday with a 30 hour layover in DOH.

We thought initially could stay overnight at a hotel for one night but during WC all the hotels are sold out (or available through FIFA). Weíd be fine with staying in the lounge even for 30 hours but donít want to risk being denied boarding from SA without entry paperwork for Qatar. It appears VOA is possibly suspended starting Nov 1 and entry only permitted for WC ticket holders.

We donít need to enter Qatar but seeking thoughts on 30 hr layover staying airside? Any issues? Chance of denied boarding? I was going to call consulate today but thought Iíd ask here first.

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Old Jun 23, 22, 4:28 am
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As it is a through ticket and will show as a connection and not stopover, your luggage will be tagged through which means QR recognises that you are a transit passenger and not an arrival. Should not be an issue - 30 hrs at DOH -
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Old Jun 23, 22, 5:02 am
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Originally Posted by roadwarriorafrica View Post
As it is a through ticket and will show as a connection and not stopover, your luggage will be tagged through which means QR recognises that you are a transit passenger and not an arrival. Should not be an issue - 30 hrs at DOH -
Weíll only have carryons so luggage isnít an issue. Itís all on one ticket but in the QR app it has one flight (CPT-DOH) and then swipe to the next flight (DOH-USA, USA-USA). Nonissue though? Yeh weíd much rather leave the airport but if not allowed to not much we can do.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 5:05 am
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Originally Posted by lovefly88 View Post
Weíll only have carryons so luggage isnít an issue. Itís all on one ticket but in the QR app it has one flight (CPT-DOH) and then swipe to the next flight (DOH-USA, USA-USA). Nonissue though? Yeh weíd much rather leave the airport but if not allowed to not much we can do.
That is normal - two sectors will show as two seperate flights. You should be fine.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 5:44 am
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Originally Posted by roadwarriorafrica View Post
That is normal - two sectors will show as two seperate flights. You should be fine.
oh thatís great news. Thanks.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 8:42 am
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30 hours in the airport? That's rough.

Isn't 24 hours considered the limit for a transit? Whilst I am aware it's a limit for baggage transfer (not an issue for the OP) I question if check in at CPT will can consider the OP as a transit passenger within their usual rules. I wonder whether there is a risk that check-in will want to ensure that the passenger would be admissible to Qatar, which it appears Is difficult in November.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 1:31 pm
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30 hours in the airport? That's rough.

Isn't 24 hours considered the limit for a transit? Whilst I am aware it's a limit for baggage transfer (not an issue for the OP) I question if check in at CPT will can consider the OP as a transit passenger within their usual rules. I wonder whether there is a risk that check-in will want to ensure that the passenger would be admissible to Qatar, which it appears Is difficult in November.
Thatís specifically what I was looking for information on. We donít want to show up to CPT and be denied boarding as we cannot enter Qatar.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 2:21 pm
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Have you explored booking a room at the hotel in the airport?
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Old Jun 23, 22, 4:10 pm
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Update

Talked to Embassy today and they said we would be denied boarding in CPT. Starting 11/1 Visa only issues for WC ticket holders so she said would be impossible to get a visa.
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Old Jun 25, 22, 11:48 pm
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Talked to Embassy today and they said we would be denied boarding in CPT. Starting 11/1 Visa only issues for WC ticket holders so she said would be impossible to get a visa.
Current rules state the between November 1st and January 23rd you need what is known as a Hayya card to enter Qatar. This is basically a visa and to get one of these you need a ticket for at least one World Cup game.
I am not sure why it extends so far into January but at the same time, however, within the FAQ section where it asks 'Do I need a match ticket to apply for a Hayya Card?'
The following answer is given; 'Yes, at this stage we are inviting match ticket holders to apply for a Hayya Card. Further information in relation to non-ticket holders will be communicated in due course.'

So there is a possibility that at a later date, non football ticket holders can get a Hayya card to enter Qatar. I know that's not much use to you right now, but the rules maybe relaxed nearer the time.
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Old Jun 26, 22, 12:45 am
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Current rules state the between November 1st and January 23rd you need what is known as a Hayya card to enter Qatar. This is basically a visa and to get one of these you need a ticket for at least one World Cup game.
I am not sure why it extends so far into January but at the same time, however, within the FAQ section where it asks 'Do I need a match ticket to apply for a Hayya Card?'
The following answer is given; 'Yes, at this stage we are inviting match ticket holders to apply for a Hayya Card. Further information in relation to non-ticket holders will be communicated in due course.'

So there is a possibility that at a later date, non football ticket holders can get a Hayya card to enter Qatar. I know that's not much use to you right now, but the rules maybe relaxed nearer the time.
I saw that line in there and inquired of the embassy that point and she said 99% sure the rules will not change. Is possible though
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Old Jun 26, 22, 1:49 am
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If you have done nothing to confirm the change that now involves a 30hr layover, you now need to contact Qatar to negotiate something different, and it could be on different dates. You need to be clear with them that your original itinerary would have been valid for travel but this itinerary is not because you do not have a WC ticket.

Before you call up have a good look at schedule options and what would work for you. Have several options ready in a list. It might even involve a shift of the outbound date to give you time you need in SA. If you do not get offered something that works for you ask that the ticket is left unchanged (this is important) and hang up as it will be a lot harder to negotiate with QR if you have accepted a change after an involuntary reschedule.
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