News ID: 255061
Published: 0933 GMT June 30, 2019

Iran agrees to lift visa requirement for Chinese citizens

Iran agrees to lift visa requirement for Chinese citizens

Iran’s government agreed to allow Chinese citizens to travel to Iran without a visa in order to attract more foreign tourists, according to IRNA.

Vali Teymouri, a senior tourism official, announced on Sunday that the decision was made by President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet, and after due process it will be announced officially.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry and the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization had offered the proposal to the government.

The issue of abolishing the visa requirement between the two countries has been discussed for the past three years, but until now both Chinese and Iranians need visas to visit the other country.

Iran has taken similar steps in recent months to increase its revenues from tourism industry.

Last week, Rouhani signed a decree not to stamp passports of foreign tourists at the country’s airports in order to facilitate visits to Iran.

Government’s spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Wednesday that foreign tourists can visit Iran without their passports being stamped.

Given the fact that the US is practicing its economic terrorism plans and people, who travel to Iran may be worried that they could be put under pressure by the US, the president urged the officials to facilitate the entry of foreign tourists to the country, Rabiei said.





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