Hundreds of Wales fans may miss out on their second World Cup group match against Iran today after being ‘stuck in pending’ upon entry into Qatar. Wales drew their opening World Cup match 1-1 with the USA as Gareth Bale struck late on from the spot.
They now head into their second group game looking to pick up all three points to help them progress to the knockout stages. Wales will be seen as favourites given Iran’s poor performance against England as Gareth Southgate’s side ran out 6-2 winners in their opening game.
Thousands of Welsh fans packed out the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium for their game against the USA and it’s expected to be similar numbers for their game against Iran. While many travelled before the start of the World Cup, there are plenty who planned travel later on.
Fans were still entering Qatar in their droves on the eve of Wales’ second group game. But many have left been frustrated at the Hayya card application process needed to enter the country.
International visitors travelling to Qatar don’t need a visa to enter the country so long as they have a valid Hayya card. But there have been frustrations from many travelling into Qatar regarding the Hayya card application process.
There have been delays on the usual five-day process for preliminary approval and hundreds of Wales fans have now been left in limbo ahead of their second group match.
@NulaGuy tweeted his anger: “An absolute farce! 100s of Welsh fans here can’t get Hayya card approved it’s stuck in pending! All we get told is to wait. An absolute disgrace!”
@EleriSion wrote: “@WeAreFSACymru We are at Dubai airport and 78 @faw fans have been turned away and will not be going to today’s game! @BBCRadioWales @BBCRadioCymru This is an absolute nightmare for people who gained entry to Qatar for the USA game but not today as their Hayya cards are pending!”
@JustinBanner3 said: “#fawales #fifa can’t get to the Wales match today from Dubai because Hayya won’t approve. Absolute joke and no one cares as everything is someone else’s problem. Living in the dark ages and a f***ing farce. Sort it out.”
@TOzballar posted: “#hayya #HayyaCard worst experience ever ….payed everything but because of late approval lost hotell flight and ticket!!! best way to ruin ur self with ur own money.”