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Package Tours to Turkey Unlawful

Package Tours to Turkey UnlawfulPackage Tours to Turkey Unlawful

Turkey has not reopened its borders for Iranian tourists and only allows Turkish citizens and holders of work visas to enter the neighboring country, the spokesperson of Iran Civil Aviation Organization said. 
Reza Jafarzadeh added that offering package tours, as well as transportation and accommodation services, before flights are authorized is unlawful. 
“Airlines must have adequate control over ticket sales. They are only allowed to sell tickets after securing flight permits to foreign countries. Passengers are also advised to check the flight status at before purchasing tours or tickets,” he was quoted as saying by Mehr News Agency.  
Late June, Secretary of the Association of Iranian Airlines Maqsoud Asadi-Samani said a domestic airline would resume flights between Tehran and Istanbul as of August 1, while Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier airline of Turkey, has already started selling tickets for the same route as of July 16.
“At present, Qatar Airways is selling Tehran-Doha-Istanbul tickets, prices of which range from 60 million rials [$267] to 150 million rials [$669]; the prices of Turkish Airlines tickets for direct flights between Tehran and Istanbul, from July 16 onward, are valued at 25 million rials [$111] to 38.5 million rials [$171],” he said.
Asadi-Samani noted that the Iranian airline is offering tickets valued at 15-19 million rials ($67-85).

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