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Iran declares visa-free travel for 28 nations

International Desk  | banglanews24.com
Update: 2024-02-04 12:46:00
Iran declares visa-free travel for 28 nations Starting February 5, nationals from 28 countries will be granted visa-free entry in Iran. [Photo: Collected]

Iran has recently made a notable announcement, allowing tourists from 28 countries to visit without needing a visa.

This new rule, effective from February 5, is aimed at boosting tourism and strengthening international connections.

The list of countries benefiting from this visa-free entry includes well-known nations like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Brazil, and India.

However, it’s important to mention that this visa waiver applies only to those entering Iran by air, and not to travelers coming through land borders.

Specifically, Indian citizens can now enjoy visa-free entry if they arrive in Iran by plane. However, those entering through land borders will still need to obtain visas.

This decision is part of Iran’s broader effort to facilitate tourism and improve its global relations.

In previous year, the country removed visa requirements for citizens from 33 nations, showcasing positive developments in its diplomatic ties, especially with Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia.

The recent improvement in diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, facilitated by China, has further contributed to this positive trend.

Citizens from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, and Bahrain will also benefit from visa exemption, aligning with ongoing efforts to strengthen diplomatic ties.

Iran has actively taken steps to encourage tourism, offering visa-free entry to citizens from Türkiye, Azerbaijan, Oman, China, Armenia, Lebanon, and Syria.

The Ministry of Tourism’s proposal in 2022 to eliminate visa requirements for passport holders from a total of 68 countries reflects the government’s dedication to simplifying travel and promoting tourism.

Looking forward, there are indications that Iran may expand the list of countries with visa-free travel, with potential additions such as Argentina, South Africa, Jordan, Uruguay, and more.

The criteria for inclusion may consider factors like population size and income per capita.

Source: BOL

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