Iran Wants Reciprocal Visa Waiver With Iraq

Iran Wants Reciprocal Visa Waiver With Iraq

A deputy foreign minister expressed Tehran’s willingness to ease visa requirements for incoming tourists from Iraq, if the Baghdad government were to agree to do so for Iranians traveling to the Arab country.
“I have announced in my latest consular trip [to Iraq] that we are willing to remove the visa requirements or take any measure reciprocally,” Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriate Affairs Hassan Qashqavi told reporters on Saturday, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“Iran will abolish visa requirements for Iraqi citizens, once Iranian pilgrims are allowed entry into Iraq without having to pay any fee for a visa,” he added.
The senior diplomat emphasized that all Iranian pilgrims planning to visit Iraq this year for the mourning rituals of Arbaeen on Nov. 20 still need to apply for a visa that costs $40.
Arbaeen marks the 40th day anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the third Shia Imam.


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