Iran announces visa-free entry for Indians from Feb 4
Iran has officially announced visa-free entry for Indians starting from February 4, subject to four conditions. In an attempt to boost tourism and promote global interactions.
On Tuesday, Iran announced visa-free entry for Indians which means Indian citizens will be allowed to enter Iran with ordinary passports. Which might raise some questions in your mind about the topic. If it does not, let me bring them.
what exactly is free entry and why does any country allow visa-free entry for foreigners?
When the passport holder foreigners are allowed to enter the country without any requirement to get a visa or in other words tourists can enter an existing country without a visa we call this visa-free entry.
This visa-free thing happened throw an agreement between the countries. The countries can also decide on their own. For example, Some countries may require additional documentation, such as proof. But in short, visa-free entry simplifies travel procedures for visitors. They do not have to apply for a visa in advance. Sounds good, right?
But, why do they do this? Why do they allow foreigners to enter the country without a visa?
We will understand this with an example of our neighbour country Nepal.
Nepal is famous for its natural beauty, cultural diversity, and adventure activities like trekking, mountaineering, rafting, and wildlife safaris. This thing attracts tourists. Tourism, as you know, is not only a source of income but also employment and development. It generates foreign exchange and a great collection of taxes and revenues.
Since 1950, Nepal has allowed visa-free entry for Indians. This occurred through The India-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship. However Indian citizens still need to present some valid documents at the entry points, such as a passport or an identity certificate. Indians are not the only ones who are allowed visa-free entry. the citizens of China are also enjoying this benefit.
Now, consider what would happen if Nepal did not allow visa-free entry for Indians. Without question, tourists would still travel to Nepal, but the visa entry process makes this process complex. If I had a long holiday and I planned to travel to Nepal, the visa-free entry would make my plans successful. However, if there were no visa-free entry, then I would not choose Nepal as my travel destination; I would simply travel within my own country. That’s the benefit of visa-free entry.
it depends on the country which country is allowed visa-free entry and which does not. For example, Kenya offers visa-free travel to all passport holders worldwide to encourage tourism.
Nepal and Iran are not the only country that allows visa-free entry for Indians. There are more than 34 countries and territories, like Maldives, Thailand, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Madagascar and many more.
Now, you might have a clear picture of these things. Coming back to Iran, unlike Nepal, Iran’s visa-free entry for Indians is kind of strict.
They would allow Indian tourists but with 4 conditions. The following conditions have been listed by the Iranian embassy.
1. The visa waiver only applies to people visiting Iran for tourism purposes.
2. Individuals with ordinary passports are granted visa-free entry every six months, for a maximum stay of 15 days. It is important to note that this 15-day period is not extendable.
3. If Indian nationals want to stay longer, make multiple entries within six months, or need different types of visas, they must apply for them through the Islamic Republic of Iran’s respective representations in India.
4. The visa waiver described in this approval applies only to Indian citizens entering the country via air borders.
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1. What are the conditions for Indian citizens to visit Iran without a visa?
A. Indian citizens with ordinary passports can visit Iran for tourism purposes without a visa every six months, with a 15-day maximum stay per visit. Longer stays or multiple entries require obtaining visas through Iranian representations in India.
2. What diplomatic discussions took place between India and Iran regarding visa-free entry for Indians?
A. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s visit to Iran involved talks with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, likely addressing the visa-free program’s implementation and broader diplomatic matters between the two countries.
3. How does Iran’s visa-free program benefit Indian travellers and promote cultural exchange?
A. Visa-free entry for Indians offered by Iran allows Indian citizens to visit the country for tourism without the hassle of obtaining a visa, facilitating easier travel and encouraging more visits. This initiative fosters cultural exchanges between India and Iran, promoting understanding and appreciation of each other’s cultures and heritage.