Qatar will no longer require visitors to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test as part of traveling to the country, the government said Wednesday, ahead of hosting the soccer World Cup finals starting next month.

The country's health ministry said it made the decision, which will take effect on Tuesday, as the number of infection cases with the novel coronavirus has continued to fall around the world and in Qatar.

The FIFA event, one of the world's largest sports extravaganzas, will kick off on Nov. 20 and run through Dec. 18 in the Middle Eastern country.

Photo taken in Doha on Aug. 16, 2022, shows a countdown clock for the World Cup football tournament in Qatar. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo