New Delhi: The Iranian embassy in Delhi said in a statement yesterday:
The Iranian government has canceled visas for Indian citizens with effect from February 4 subject to four conditions. Under the new rules, Indians holding ordinary passports will be allowed to enter Iran without a visa once every 6 months, for a maximum stay of 15 days.
This offer is applicable only for Indians traveling to Iran by air. If Indians want to stay more than 15 days or visit multiple times within 6 months then they need other type of permit. They are required to obtain visas from Iranian embassies in India. This is stated in the report.
In December last year, the Iranian government announced the decision to waive the visa requirement for Indian citizens and citizens of 32 countries including Russia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Japan, and Singapore.
Esadullah Zargami, Minister of Tourism of the country, said that this step was taken to improve tourism in Iran and increase the number of tourists from all over the world.
According to the latest statistics, the total number of tourists in Iran has reached 44 lakhs in the first 8 months of the current Iranian year (from March 21). This is 48.5 percent higher than the same period last year. It is noteworthy that the government of Iran has already canceled the visa requirement for the people of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Oman, China, Armenia, Lebanon and Syria.