Iran Joins List of Countries Offering Visa-Free Travel for Indians
Iran Joins List of Countries Offering Visa-Free Travel for Indians

In a latest announcement, the Iranian embassy revealed that Indian citizens can now enjoy visa-free entry into Iran starting from February 4, with just a few conditions to consider. Here are the key points you need to know about this development:

Entry Conditions: Indian passport holders can enter Iran without a visa once every six months, with a maximum stay of 15 days. However, it's crucial to note that this stay cannot be extended.

Purpose Limited to Tourism: The visa waiver is applicable only for individuals entering Iran for tourism purposes. Those intending to stay longer, make multiple entries within six months, or require other types of visas must apply for the necessary documentation through Iranian missions in India.

Entry Point: The visa exemption is specifically for Indian nationals entering Iran via air borders.

Recent Visa-Free Initiatives: Iran's move follows similar initiatives by other countries like Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Here's a brief overview of visa-free travel in some of these countries:

Kenya: As of January 1, Kenya has removed visa requirements for international visitors, aiming to boost tourism.

Malaysia: Since December 1, tourists from India and China can enter Malaysia without a visa and stay for up to 30 days, subject to security screening.

Sri Lanka: Visitors from India and six other countries can enjoy visa-free entry until March 31, 2024.

Thailand: Thailand offers 30-day visa-free entry for visitors from India and Taiwan until May 10, 2024.

Vietnam: Vietnam is considering visa-free entry for Indians and Chinese to promote tourism, with certain European citizens already enjoying visa-free access.

These developments signal a positive trend towards facilitating travel and tourism for Indian citizens across various destinations.

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