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Iran offers visa fee waiver for World Cup 2022 spectators

14 April 2022

Iran has announced that it will waive visa fee for spectators of the 2022 World Cup Finals, as it hopes to draw in some of the football fans entering the adjacent Qatar.

The cabinet agreed to make visas free for spectators of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar who wish to visit Iran,” tweeted the spokesman of the Iranian government, Ali Bahadori-Jahromi.

The decision aims to encourage tourists to visit Iran during the World Cup and boost the tourism sector, said Ali Bahadoori-Jahromi.

This comes after Jassim bin Saif al-Sulaiti, the Qatari Transport Minister visited Iran’s Kish Island and signed six cooperation deals, reported IRNA news agency.

Kish is a 92 sq. km resort island with white sand beaches, and is 40-minute flight or six-hour ride by boat from Doha.

The Qataris are very interested in using Iran’s infrastructure in the 2022 World Cup,” said Rostam Ghassemi, Iran’s Transport Minister, adding that Iran should use all the capabilities it has to benefit from this event.

Among the major deals is to increase flights between the countries, rising from 72 at present to as many as 200 per day, said Mohammad Mohammadi, the Head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation.

The Qatari Transport Minister visited the passenger terminal of Kish International Airport, which is currently under construction.

Iran’s contribution to the World Cup will be in the areas of air and sea transport, apart from accommodation of Foreign and Iranian passengers, Ghassemi said.

During their stay in Iran, the tourists will also have the opportunity to visit the country’s tourist gems.

To encourage travel further, Iran’s tourism ministry had said that visas would be waived for inbound visitors from Qatar during the two months of World Cup.

Visitors can apply for free single or multi-entry passes for 20 days, during this period.

In the month of January, Iran qualified for the World Cup finals, the third in a row and sixth overall. Iran, which has so far never reached this stage, will now face the United States and England in Group ‘B’.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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