“Since 2017, foreign tourists have entered Iran without their passports stamped regarding their arrival in Iran.” Announced Ali Asghar Moonesan, the chief of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHTO). stamping foreign tourists’ passports
Not stamping foreign tourists’ passports is to alleviate tourists’ concerns over US sanctions on those who visit Iran.
“Issuing Electronic Visa without the arrival and departure stamp has been done for some years due to promoting the Electronic Visa program. This helps foreign tourists get their visa without the assistance of Iranian agents.” Moonesan added. “Hence, we haven’t stamped foreign tourists’ passports that entered Iran since January 2018 in the Tehran and Mashhad international airports. Shiraz international airport has also performed this plan since Ramadan this year. Besides, all international airports across Iran will start carrying out the above-mentioned plan from September 2018.”
“Full Electronic Visa without the arrival or departure stamp is a plan practiced in some other countries as well. Consequently, Iran Foreign Ministry, with the approval of the Council of Ministers and the support of the Foreign Minister carried out this plan to set the highest standards of Electronic Visa. Right now, Iranian authorities issue Electronic Visa in 110 places such as international airports of Iran. Plus, the agencies of the Islamic Republic of Iran all over the world do the same,” Moonesan announced.
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“This visa doesn’t contain any sticker or arrival and departure stamp in tourists’ passports; it’s a part of Electronic Visa. However, the validation and the duration of the visa is still the same without any change.” He said in remarks the Electronic Visa.
“The website of Electronic Visa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the potential to issue Electronic Insurance.” Announced Karimi, the chief of Passport and Visa Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“In case there hadn’t been sanctions and we hadn’t had problem with banks in some countries, the applicants wouldn’t have needed to visit the agencies in person to obtain their visa. Instead, they could have electronically received it via an online payment and travel to Iran easily.”
Karimi also explained about the free of charge 72-hour transit visa which the other Iranian authority had declared it. “Transit visa has been issued for a long time according to the laws and regulations. It issues within 7 and 3 days for individuals traveling by land and air, respectively. The code for this visa is “G” and it is of old visas in Iran. Its price varies for the tourists of different countries. In fact, the price depends on state regulations regarding the admission of Iranians as tourists in their country.”