Tehran (IP) - The Iranian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts said the country would set drop the tourist visa requirement for 50 countries.

Iran PressIran news: On the sidelines of the cabinet session on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, Ezzatollah Zarghami told IranPress: "visa waiver has a relative advantage for us to attract tourists, so the visas of about fifty countries in five groups are supposed to be canceled even unilaterally."

Zarghami said: "Some people think that deoping visa requirement, even unilaterally, is not true in terms of diplomatic protocols at the political level, yet as the one in charge of the country's tourism, I do not consider it wrong."

He exampled the countries with a good record in the field of tourism, which unilaterally dropped visa requirements, such as the UAE which canceled visas for more than 130 countries, and Turkey which did it for more than 80 countries. 

Referring to the problems due to the lowering of internet speed during the recent unrest in Iran because of espionage probabilities, the minister said that the issuance of collective visas was proposed. 

Zarghami added: The visa waivers are allowed for the Islamic, neighboring countries, and those countries which are growing economically.

He also supported the performance of genuine concerts in Iran, for the country enjoys a high place in the art. 


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