Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Good news for tourists: Iran to extend airport visa validity to ’90 days’

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Iran plans to extend airport visa validity from one month to 90 days in order to meet a great demand of foreign tourists, especially from Muslim and Arab states, Iran’s Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) Masoud Soltanifar said.

‘As the number of foreign tourist arrivals in Iran rose over the past years, ICHHTO decided to issue Iran airport visa for three-month stay.’ Soltanifar said on Monday.

Visa validity for foreign tourists arriving to Iran has already been 30 days and could be extended to another 15 days in case passengers wish to stay more, on arrival at the some Iranian airports.

According to Soltanifar, the nationals of 190 countries can obtain a tourist visa to visit Iran on arrival at the airport.

Earlier reports said that the nine countries whose citizens still need to arrange their visa through consular services beforehand are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Somalia, UK, and USA.

‘Visa On Arrival (VOAs), at present, are issued at nine airports including IKIA (Tehran), Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad, Tabriz, Bandar Abbas, Larestan, Kish and Qeshm’, Irna news agency quoted Soltanifar as saying.

‘Facilities are being prepared at airports of Orumieh, Ahvaz, Yazd and Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport as well’, he added.

Soltanifar also said Iran has currently reciprocal visa cancellation agreement with 12 states, adding that 28 countries are on the agenda for visa cancellation with reciprocity by the respective governments.

According to earlier reports, the Citizens of Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Egypt, Georgia, Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria can travel to Iran visa-free for the period of maximum 90 days.

Following the election of Hassan Rouhani as Iranian president in 2013, Iran has sought reciprocal visa waiver programmes with some countries as part of its bid to boost tourism.

 

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