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Iran introduces visa waivers for 33 countries to boost international tourism


Date: 16 December 2023


Iran has initiated a unilateral visa waiver program for citizens of 33 countries, aiming to enhance foreign tourism. This significant move is part of the country's broader strategy to engage more deeply with various nations globally and reflects its commitment to cultural and economic exchange.

The plan, which was announced recently, includes neighboring nations, key partners in various international coalitions, and countries from diverse regions such as Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. This initiative is expected to facilitate easier access for tourists to Iran's rich cultural, historical, and natural attractions, further showcasing the country's vast heritage and modern advancements.

The countries benefiting from this new policy are:

Asia: India, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam.

Africa: Tunisia, Mauritania, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Seychelles.

Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Belarus, Russia (group visas).

Latin America: Brazil, Peru, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela.

The visa waiver program is expected to significantly increase tourist arrivals, contribute to economic growth, and enhance Iran's image as a culturally rich and welcoming nation. This move is aligned with Iran's vision of building stronger international relationships and promoting cultural diplomacy.