The issuance of an Iranian tourist visa, which was suspended simultaneously with the coronavirus outbreak and by order of the National Anti-Coronavirus Headquarters, will be resumed shortly.
This was announced by the Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts at the farewell and introduction ceremony of the deputy ministers of Cultural Heritage and Tourism of this ministry, “After the talks I had with the president, the visa ban will be lifted.” He also accepted this fact, and of course, he had concerns about the Coronavirus, to which I made the necessary clarifications to him. Many countries in the world have started issuing visas, and it will be better for us if we start dealing with this issue as well.”
Ezatullah Zarghami also said: Tourism is a right for all people around the world and plays a special role in public diplomacy. This industry can improve dark diplomatic relations and maintain good relations between governments.
The issuance of an Iranian tourist visa was halted by order of the National Anti-Coronavirus Headquarters at the same time as the outbreak of the virus and increased restrictions on foreign tourists traveling to Iran. For more than a year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Headquarters have been negotiating to resume the issuance of tourist visas and even approved it in the committees of the National Headquarters, but each time it was opposed in the meetings of the headquarters. Tourist activists repeatedly appealed to the National Headquarters to allow tourists who had received two doses of the vaccine to travel to Iran, following strict requirements and medical protocols. Currently, Iran only issues visas for medical, business, and educational purposes.