Iran approves visa-free travel for Chinese tourists  

Chinese tourists will no longer require a visa for traveling to Iran.

Iran’s government has approved a visa waiver program for Chinese tourists. According to Vali Teymouri, the deputy head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), the decision was made by President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet and it will be announced officially after due process.

The authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran have decided to abolish entry visa to Iran unilaterally for Chinese nationals with the purpose of attracting more Chinese tourists to the country.

Iran’s Tourism officials have been trying to take some similar measures to boost the tourism sector to increase revenues under U.S. sanctions. For example, Iran announced earlier that the foreign tourists’ passports will no longer be stamped to skip the U.S. travel ban.

Contrary to all sanctions, ancient Iran witnessed considerable growth in tourist arrivals in the last fiscal year (ended March 20, 2019) comparing the preceding year.