Iranian diplomatic offices across Pakistan have announced the removal of visa fees for Pakistani nationals traveling through Iran to participate in the Arbaeen pilgrimage in Iraq.

Iran Press/Asia: This decision aligns with the commencement of the sacred months of Muharram and Safar, leading up to the Arbaeen, a significant period of mourning for Shia Muslims.

During Arbaeen, millions of Shia devotees undertake a pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Imam Hussain (AS), the third Shia Imam, in Karbala, Iraq, marking one of the largest annual gatherings in the world.

To facilitate this spiritual journey, the Iranian embassy in Islamabad, along with consulates in Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, and Karachi, are expediting visa processing for Pakistani pilgrims. This special visa arrangement allows for two entries into Iran within a 45-day period from issuance, with each stay not exceeding 15 days.

However, the issuance of this visa is contingent upon the pilgrims holding an Iraqi visa.