Iran extends visa free treatment to 21 days for Chinese tourist

TEHRAN, Jul. 23 (MNA) – Iran has extended the visa-waiver program for Chinese tourist from 15 days to 21 days, Vali Teymouri, Iran's deputy director for tourism affairs announced on Tuesday.

On June 29, the Iranian Cabinet approved no visa policy for Chinese tourists visiting Iran.

The decision was made to attract more foreign tourists to the country; however, it was a unilateral measure i.e. Iranian tourists visiting China still need visas.

Iran has taken some similar steps to increase its revenues from tourism under US sanctions.

In mid-June, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani issued an order to the Interior minister, according to which Iran will not put stamps on the passports of the visiting foreigners.

Cabinet Spokesman Ali Rabiei said earlier that “under its economic terrorism plans, the US is trying to frighten and stop foreign tourists from making trips to Iran.”

“Unfortunately, the US is following its economic terrorism programs against Iran and seeks to frighten everybody who wishes to travel to Iran from future problems or being sanctioned,” he said, “President Rouhani issued an order according to which Iran will not put stamp on the passports of the visiting foreign tourists.”

Iran is expected to attract one million Chinese in the near future through the visa waiver for Chinese tourists, reports say.

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