Iran eliminates visa requirements for Indian tourists from February 4, 2024, aiming to boost tourism and global engagement. Indian ordinary passport holders can visit every six months for up to 15 days. The move extends to 33 countries, acknowledging India’s growing outbound tourism market.
Visa Waiver Conditions
Frequency and Duration: Indian passport holders with ordinary passports can enter Iran without a visa once every six months, with a maximum stay of 15 days, which cannot be extended.
- Purpose: The visa waiver is applicable solely for tourism purposes.
- Extended Stay or Multiple Entries: For longer stays, multiple entries within six months, or other visa types, Indian nationals must obtain the necessary visas through Iranian representations in India.
Entry Point: The visa waiver applies specifically to Indian nationals entering Iran via air borders.
Expanding Visa Waiver Program
Iran has expanded its visa waiver program to include 33 countries, alongside India, to encourage overseas travelers, showcasing its commitment to global interaction.
List of Approved Countries
The countries approved for Iran’s new visa waiver program include India, Russia, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and others.
Previous Visa Waiver Programs
Iran previously had visa waiver programs for visitors from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Oman, China, Armenia, Lebanon, and Syria.
Impact on Tourism
The decision is expected to boost tourism in Iran and enhance cultural exchange, with India being one of the fastest-growing markets for outbound tourism.
Iran annually receives more than 20,000 Iranian tourists visiting India, with popular destinations including Delhi-Agra-Jaipur and Mumbai-Pune-Goa.
Education and Cultural Exchange
A significant number of Iranian students pursue higher education in various fields in India, further fostering cultural exchange between the two nations.