Published on : Thursday, August 8, 2019
Lately, the government of Iran passed law raising visa restrictions for Chinese visitors. The judgment came in response to a joint appeal made by the Foreign Ministry and the ICHTO as the country is all set to discover new sources in terms of revenues in the middle of the unilateral US sanction. Before this proclamation for visa-free travel, the Chinese tourists were required to obtain visa upon their arrival in Iran. In the meantime, Iranians still require receiving visas to travel to China.
“China is a large country with many complexities; that is why it seldom signs visa waivers with other sides. But Iran is a friend country to China. Therefore, we will for sure make efforts to create some facilities for the visit of Iranian nationals to China,” the ambassador assured.
He also observed that in his meeting with the Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, he had highlighted that he would work as Iran tourism’s ambassador in China and would attempt to develop tourism relations between the two countries.
“Iran is home to many tourist attractions. It has 22 cultural heritage sites and two natural sites on the UNESCO list, which has placed the country on the tenth place. But ordinary people in China are not informed of Iran’s tourism capacities,” said the ambassador. “The Chinese embassy in Tehran is responsible for developing tourism ties between the two countries and introducing Iran’s tourist attractions to the Chinese people.”
He further added that he has a meeting with the head of the cultural heritage organization of Iran and will discuss the issue with him.
He explained that he joined as the ambassador to Tehran two months back, and has by now informed the Foreign Minister Zarif that he expected he would be able to visit all 31 provinces and 24 UNESCO-inscribed heritage sites of Iran during his mission.