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Iran Removes Visa Requirements for Indian Travellers

Iran’s Cabinet lifts visa requirements for tourists from 33 nations, welcoming Indian travellers among others. This move, as shared by IRNA, aims to elevate tourism and attract a global influx of visitors, noted Ezzatollah Zarghami, Iran’s minister of cultural heritage, tourism, and handicrafts.

Zarghami highlighted the role of tourism promotion in counteracting negative perceptions of Iran, stating that it can effectively counter “Iranophobia campaigns.”

Beyond India, Iran’s visa waiver extends to various countries such as Russia (for group visits), UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and more. This initiative follows earlier visa exemptions for nations like Turkey, Azerbaijan, China, and others.

Statistics from IRNA reveal a significant surge in foreign arrivals to Iran, totalling 4.4 million within the first eight months of the ongoing Iranian year, marking a remarkable 48.5% increase from the prior year’s equivalent period.

For Indian passport holders, the tally of visa-free entry countries stands at 27, with recent inclusions encompassing Kenya, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.

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