Issuing electronic visas for foreign tourists is Iran’s response to the restrictions imposed by the US government on the country’s tourism sector.
Ali Asghar Mountain is the Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), according to him “the plan to issue e-visas has been implemented since Thursday, November 22.“
“The plan was set in motion following the arrangements made with the Iranian Foreign Ministry as well as the Law Enforcement Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said.
“The goal was to facilitate the process for foreign tourists, with the ultimate drive being the attraction of more tourists,” he said.
According to Mojtaba Karimi, the Head of Foreign Ministry’s Visa and Passport Department, “electronic visas would be issued without any entry or exit stamp affixed on them. “
E-Visas gained significance in the eyes of the Iranian officials only after Washington announced that those travelers who would visit certain countries including Iran, would face restrictions upon entering the US.
Iran is set to issue electronic Visas for foreign tourists in 110 domestic and international airports. In terms of duration, there is no real difference between Iran’s electronic and normal visas. The only advantage of the new Visa is that it provides foreign tourists with a chance to visit Iran without any concern whatsoever.
The plan to use Iran e-visas was actually a pilot project, tested about two years ago in one of the international airports inside Iran.
According to a new report on global security, Iran has managed to establish itself as “safe enough country, such as the likes of European countries”.
Iran is among the world’s top tourist destinations, with a variety of ancient sites which include 17 places listed by the UNESCO.
Over six million tourists had traveled to Iran over a period of six months starting March 2018, these are the official figures released earlier in the year. This was higher than the same period last year, by as much as 50 percent.