Paper Visas to Iran to be Scrapped & Replaced by e-Visas

Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 13:56

A joint conference of Iranian tour operators with state and private sectors active in the tourism industry which aimed at presenting the demands of tourism organizations to the country's policymakers was held in Tehran.

The conference was attended by officials from Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization and lawmakers and revolved around key topics, including the value added tax, tourism infrastructure and marketing among others, Financial Tribune reports.

Amid all talks and comments, the meeting came to a climax as Hassan Qashqavi, deputy foreign minister for consular and parliamentary affairs, made "a solemn vow" that paper visas to Iran will be scrapped and replaced by e-visas by mid-May.

"We will put an end to paper visas in 74 consulates across the world as it is a time- and energy-consuming process in the modern world of electronic services," he said, ISNA reported. An electronic visa is one that is not printed on paper or in the passport but registered in a system where passport control officials at points of entry can verify it.

However, the mayor of Tabriz, the capital of East Azarbaijan Province, said despite improvements in visa issuance processes, the problems of inbound tourism will not be solved unless embassies and consulates adopt an approach that is fully centered on the attraction of tourists.


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