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New Delhi, December 14, 2023: In a move to boost tourism, Iran has declared its intent to eliminate visa requirements for visitors from 33 new countries, including India. This announcement was made by Iranian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Ezzatollah Zarghami, emphasizing the goal of attracting more global visitors.

Iran’s decision aligns with a growing trend, as other nations like Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam have already implemented visa waivers for international travelers.

Iran’s Visa-Free Offer:

Iran aims to enhance tourism arrivals by cancelling visa requirements for visitors from 33 countries, with India being a notable addition. The move is anticipated to make travel more accessible and appealing for tourists worldwide.

Global Trend of Visa-Free Travel:

  • Kenya

From January 1, 2023, Kenya will no longer require visas for international visitors, aiming to boost its crucial tourism sector. President William Ruto highlighted the significance, stating that no one from any part of the world needs to apply for a visa to visit Kenya.

  • Malaysia:

As of December 1, 2023, tourists from India and China can enter Malaysia without a visa and stay for up to 30 days. Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim emphasized the exemption’s subject to security screening, ensuring the safety of visitors.

  • Sri Lanka:

Sri Lanka has introduced a visa-free entry initiative for visitors from India and six other countries, including China, Russia, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand. This initiative will be effective until March 31, 2024.

  • Thailand:

Thailand has initiated a 30-day visa-free entry for visitors from India and Taiwan starting November 1, 2023. The initiative is set to continue until May 10, 2024, making travel more convenient for tourists.

  • Vietnam:

Vietnam is contemplating visa-free entry for Indians and Chinese to boost tourism. Currently, citizens of certain European countries enjoy visa-free access, while others can obtain e-visas with a 90-day validity and multiple entry options.

These developments mark a positive shift in international travel, providing Indians with more opportunities to explore diverse destinations without the hassle of visa applications.

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