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Head to the airport early to avoid the Eid rush, Qatar travelers told

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Hamad International Airport
Hamad International Airport

With Eid Al Adha just around the corner on Sept. 12, a busy travel season has already begun in Qatar.

In an announcement to passengers this week, Hamad International Airport has advised travelers to expect the holiday rush to last from now until Sept. 14.

On its website, it advised people to arrive three hours before their flights and use e-gate if possible to avoid lines.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Check-in at the airport will close 60 minutes before departure, so passengers are also encouraged to check-in online in advance if possible.

Additionally, anyone who is dropping off or picking up passengers has been advised to use the short-term car park. That offers 30 minutes of free parking and costs QR5 per hour thereafter.

Security

However, HIA did not comment on the ongoing security in the area.

Guards have been periodically stopping non-travelers from entering the departure and arrival terminals over the past few months.

Currently, access to the departures terminal appears to be more restricted than at arrivals.

This week, two guards at departures told Doha News that no one was allowed inside unless they were traveling out of HIA.

Hamad Airport security
Hamad Airport security

However, speaking to Doha News, one security officer admitted the policy was being unevenly enforced.

She said those who need to accompany children into the terminal are generally allowed inside, but need to have identification on hand.

She added that people in national dress are also usually permitted entry, even without ID.

Meanwhile, a new bag scanner has been set up for all entrants at the arrivals terminal, which is generally now accessible to all. However, many people are still being asked for their passports or ID cards.

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