The Iran Project

Iran enjoys proper capacities for luring foreign tourists: Qashqavi

Tehran, May 4, IRNA – Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates Affairs Hassan Qashqavi said on Wednesday that Iran enjoys proper capacities for luring foreign tourists to visit the country.

Qashqavi, who is in Copenhagen, made the remarks in a meeting attended by several Iranian citizens residing in Denmark.

He reiterated that Iranians residing abroad could play a pivotal role in attracting more foreign tourists to Iran.

Pointing to provision of facilities for issuance of 11 models of visas in Iran, family visa for instance, he added the five-million population of Iranians living abroad, enjoy proper capacities for luring at least 25 million tourists to visit the Islamic Republic.

Referring to successful Iranian achievements in the national and religious fields abroad, he urged Iranians living in the Netherlands to safeguard their religious identity and convergence.

Qashqavi traveled to Denmark on May 1, 2016, at the invitation of his Danish counterpart for a three-day visit.

Since arrival in the Denmark, Qashqavi has held separate talks with several high-ranking Danish officials.

Last week, Qashqavi said negotiations with 30 countries to ease visa formalities are underway and some 4.5 million of foreigners obtained Iran’s visa last year.

During the period, the number of Iranians, who obtained European visas, increased by 30 percent and some 50 percent for non-European countries indicating credibility of Iranian passports and easing visa issuance, he said.

Countries such as Turkey, Syria and Bolivia are among countries which do not require visa for both sides’ nationals, he said.

Iran has unilaterally canceled visa for Azeris and Egyptians, and Lebanese nationals can obtain a 30-day airport visa at no cost, he said.

Malaysian nationals can collect a 15-day airport visa at no cost as well, Qashqavi said.

Countries except the US, Britain, Canada, Jordan, Somalia, Colombia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India (Excluding Iraq who can obtain air port visa at Mashad airport) other countries can obtain a 30-day airport visa upon arrival, he said.

Medical treatment visa will be issued half the price of tourist visa for the patients and their companions, he said.


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