PICS: Iran waives visa stamping rules for tourists

2018-12-05 19:39:17

Iran will no longer stamp and put a sticker on the passports of foreign tourists visiting the nation amid concerns that hostile nations will shun visitors of the Islamic Republic.

“In cooperation with the foreign ministry… ‘e-visa without sticker’ will be issued for foreign tourists and businesspeople willing to visit the beautiful Iran,” said Ali-Asghar Mounesan, head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHTO).

The move is aimed at “allowing the people of all countries to be able to visit our country without any concern,” he added.

Since 2015, people that have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen have faced restrictions when applying for visas to visit the United States.

In June, Former NATO chief Javier Solana’s online application to enter the US was rejected for having previously travelled to Iran.

Back in August, Mounesan said the decision will help boost the business of high-end Iranian hotels.

“Despite a 38-percent increase in the number of tourists visiting Iran [early this year] … the number of European visitors has decreased and this has negatively affected the performance of four-star and five-star hotels,” he said.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added many locations in Iran to its list of world heritage sites.