Neighbors Exploit Norouz to Boost Tourism

Neighbors Exploit Norouz to Boost TourismNeighbors Exploit Norouz to Boost Tourism

With the approach of Norouz holidays (Iranian New Year holiday season from March 21 to April 2), neighboring countries are taking measures to facilitate travel for Iranian citizens and increase their arrivals.

Azerbaijan has taken the initiative to offer visas on arrival to Iranian citizens since March 16.

“Travelers are no longer required to apply for a visa at the consular offices in Iran,” Javad Jahangirzadeh, an attaché at the Iranian Embassy in Baku, was quoted as saying by ISNA.

Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport and five more in Ganja, Lankaran, Nakhchivan, Qabala and Zaqatala cities, issue airport visas for Iranian travelers.

The autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Region is also seizing the opportunity to improve its inbound tourism by lifting visa charges for Iranians during the period.

By order of the region’s Interior Minister Karim Sanjari, Iranian travelers will be exempt from the 25,000-dinar [$21] fee as of March 17 until April 1.

The scheme is temporary and regulations will be resumed after the designated date.

The Iranian Consulate in Erbil, the capital of the region, had earlier reduced the costs of a visa for Iraqi Kurdish citizens from $42 to $38.


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