World Cup 2022: Can England fans drink in Qatar? Fans to be served alcohol for up to 19 hours a day inside Arcadia Festival but not in stadiums, with beer set to cost £12

    England fans will be flocking to the World Cup this week as the Three Lions eye glory in Qatar.

    Gareth Southgate’s side will be among the favourites in football’s biggest competition, which will be the first to be held in an Arab nation.

    Football fans will need to be aware of drinking rules if they travel to Qatar

    Football fans will need to be aware of drinking rules if they travel to Qatar

    England fans will fly out to support the Three Lions will be reminded that they’re visiting an Islamic country and must respect their rules and customs.

    With that in mind, will supporters have the chance to have a celebratory beer if the Three Lions finally win something? talkSPORT.com has the info…

    World Cup 2022: Can fans drink in Qatar?

    Alcohol isn’t illegal in Qatar, but there is zero tolerance for drinking in public and being drunk in public is a crime.

    Alcohol is available to buy for over 21-year-olds from licensed hotel restaurants and bars.

    There is also a single state-controlled off-licence, but any visiting fan should be aware it’s for residents only.

    Supporters also can’t smuggle drink into the country or outside designated zones or risk being deported or fined.

    However, the rules have been somewhat relaxed during the World Cup, with organisers announcing beer will be available throughout the day and night at a fan festival.

    The Arcadia Festival, which will feature a giant 50-tonne fire-breathing spider, will serve beer for 19 hours a day between 10am and 5am, The Times reports.

    The Arcadia Festival is about two miles outside of Doha and is also a couple of miles away from England’s base in Al Wakrah.

    Beer is also available at the official FIFA Fan Festival.

    ESPN report there will be specially designated ‘sober zones’ for supporters who drink excessively.

    Qatar’s World Cup chief executive, Nasser Al Khater said: “There are plans in place for people to sober up if they’ve been drinking excessively.

    “It’s a place to make sure that they keep themselves safe, they’re not harmful to anybody else.”

    Qatar also remains very strict on the use of drugs and there are no exceptions for foreigners.

    If England fans are caught smuggling cocaine into the country, they could face the death penalty.

    It is more likely they will be arrested and thrown in prison, but the threat of death is very real for those supporters who try and smuggle cocaine into Qatar for the World Cup.

    Fans have been implored to drink in moderation if they are at the World Cup

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    Fans have been implored to drink in moderation if they are at the World Cup

    World Cup 2022: Will alcohol be served in stadiums?

    FIFA have also confirmed ticket holders will have access to alcohol within the stadium perimeter both before and after games.

    However, only non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks will be available inside the stadium bowl, although alcohol will be available in hospitality boxes.

    Non-alcoholic beer will set fans back £7, with bottles of water to cost £2.30.

    Despite the relaxation in drinking laws, do NOT expect to see scenes like this from Jack Grealish if England win in Lusail

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    Despite the relaxation in drinking laws, do NOT expect to see scenes like this from Jack Grealish if England win in Lusail

    World Cup 2022: How much will alcohol cost?

    Fans will have to fork out a hefty £11.60 for a pint of beer in Qatar during the World Cup.

    Tournament organisers are also limiting supporters to just four drinks, in a bid to stop binge drinking.

    It had been thought that the price of a beer would cost between £5-£7 with the cost of a pint to be lowered for the global competition.

    But Fifa’s official beer supplier Budweiser will be charging almost £12 for just a 500ml glass.

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    There will be Q&As with talkSPORT talent, you’ll be part of our live broadcasts, and there will be plenty of food and drink on offer too.

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