Published on : Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Iran has been slowing gaining popularity as a popular offbeat destination for globe-trotting Americans. However, now many travel companies have to cancel trips there as an aftermath of President Trump’s travel ban and visa complications.
Trump restricted travel for Iran and six other Muslim countries. As retaliation, Iran said it would no longer issue visas for Americans, though the country’s foreign minister suggested there might be exceptions. However, Trump’s travel ban is being challenged in U.S. courts, but uncertainty persists over travel in both directions.
Iran says it gets 5 million tourists annually, mostly from neighboring countries like Iraq. Americans comprise far less than 1% of Iran’s tourists. The U.S. Tour Operators Association listed Iran among 2017’s top 10 upcoming destinations along with Myanmar and Cuba. Iran itineraries often include luxury train travel, the Caspian Sea, bazaars, castles, museums, mosques and other religious sites ranging from Zoroastrian to Sufi.
Renowned travel companies like Explore and Cox & Kings, are proceeding with trips because clients include travelers from around the world, but they’re recommending U.S. passport holders to consider other trips. Others companies are hoping and waiting for the best.