Iran ready to annul visa requirements with neighbors


Iran says it stands ready to revoke visa requirements for visitors from neighboring countries if the other side does the same for Iranian nationals.

“The Islamic republic of Iran is prepared to waive visa [requirements] or facilitate the process of issuing visas for all countries, especially the neighbors, if they take similar action,” said Hassan Qashqavi, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Iranian Expatriates’ Affairs.

Qashqavi cited Kuwait as an example, saying that Iran is planning to annul visa requirements for Kuwaiti nationals as the Arab country no longer requires Iranian visitors to obtain visas.

The high-ranking Iranian diplomat, who was addressing a national conference on health tourism, said that Iran has nearly halved tariffs for issuing health visas compared to the fees charged for ordinary visas.

“…this shows Iran’s cooperation … to ease traveling to Iran for foreign nationals,” he said.

He noted that Iran is a safe destination for foreign tourists as there has been no report of any incident for foreigners visiting the country over the past few years.

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