Friday, 03 December 2021 01:39 GMT

Iran, Russia to sign visa waiver for group tours soon - Envoy

(MENAFN- Trend News Agency ) Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali said that during an upcoming visit of Iran's Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, Ali Asghar Mounesan to Moscow, will sign visa waiver for group tours, Trend reports citing İRNA .

Jalali said in an interview with IRNA on Saturday that Iran's Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, Ali Asghar Mounesan will visit Moscow on Sunday - tomorrow - to sign visa waiver for groups between Iran and Russia.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Oct 16, 2020, that visa waiver for Iranian tourist groups will take effect in the near future.

Speaking at a weekly press conference, Maria Zakharova in response to IRNA reporter said that Iran and Russia have signed agreement on visa waiver for tourist groups on March 27, 2017.

"Visa waiver for tourist groups will take effect after Russian tourist agency determine an Iranian partner to regulate carrying out the agreement," she said, noting that the agreement was signed by the Iranian and Russian foreign ministers during the visit of Mohammad Javad Zarif to Moscow on March 27, 2017.

She said that as per the agreement, tourist groups, including five to 50 people are allowed to visit Russia for 15 days.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin inked a visa-free agreement for tourist groups.

Last February, Iran's tourism ministry announced that it would follow up the agreement at the [27th edition] Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT), which was held from March 17 to 19.

Based on the 2017 agreement tour groups of 5 to 50 people heading to [easternmost parts of] Russia from Iran or vice versa are granted a visa-free stay of up to 15 days.


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