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2022-April-14  14:56

Iran to Grant Free Visas to Qatar Visitors during World Cup 2022

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran announced that it has waived visa fees for foreign nationals visiting Qatar during the World Cup 2022.

Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi said that issuing free of charge visas for World Cup visitors will be in line with agreements reached with Qatar during a trip to Doha last month by Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi.  

“This (Cabinet) bill can have an effective role in attracting and encouraging World Cup visitors to travel to Iran and to boost the country’s tourism industry,” he wrote on his twitter page on Wednesday.

The Iranian foreign ministry had said earlier this week that the new visa scheme would apply to all World Cup visitors except nationals of the US, Britain and Canada as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Somalia and Sri Lanka.  

The report said that visas issued under the scheme will be valid for two months and for 20-day stays and visitors will be able to apply for one, two or multiple entries.

Iran has been working closely with Qatar to help the country in its preparations to host the World Cup from November 21 to December 18.

Authorities say the Southern Iranian island of Kish could be a major destination for World Cup visitors seeking to travel to Iran.