Best Things You Need to Know About Travel to Iran
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New Rules of Entering Iran during COVID-19 Have Been Announced (May 23, 2022)
According to the decision of the National Corona Headquarters of Iran, all foreign nationals and Iranian citizens must submit one of the following certificates to enter Iran:
- Vaccination certificate showing two doses of vaccine that the last dose belongs to at least 14 days ago. (Iran accepts all vaccines approved by the World Health Organization.)
- The negative PCR test result in English taken within 72 hours before the flight.
Note that PCR will be performed upon arrival for any passenger with suspicious symptoms. The cost of the PCR test and probable quarantine is borne by the passenger.
New Rules of Entering Iran during COVID-19 Have Been Announced (March 16, 2022)
All passengers over 12 years old can travel to Iran by presenting a COVID vaccination certificate (at least two doses) in English, that the last dose belongs to at least 14 days ago, and travel insurance that covers COVID. According to this announcement, passengers entering Iran no longer need to submit a negative PCR test result.
Oman Air Has Launched Flights from Muscat to Shiraz (Jan 23, 2022)
Oman Air has launched flights on the Muscat-Shiraz-Muscat route to increase international flights.
The flight, operated by Boeing 737, arrives at Shiraz Airport every Friday at 15:30 and leaves Shiraz for Muscat at 16:30.
It should be noted that Taban, Qeshm Air, and Salam Air airlines also operate several flights from Muscat and Sohar to Shiraz.
Iran’s Kermanshah City Had Been Designated as the Creative City of Gastronomy (Nov 14, 2021)
UNESCO has announced the list of 49 cities globally as creative cities of gastronomy on November 8th, 2021, with Kermanshah on the list.
Since 2004, UNESCO has selected creative cities into seven creative fields: design, crafts and folk art, gastronomy, literature, film, media arts, and music.
In Iran, Isfahan and Bandar Abbas have been selected as creative cities of crafts, Sanandaj as the creative city of music, and Rasht as the creative city of gastronomy.
Recently, UNESCO has recognized Kermanshah in western Iran as the 37th creative city of gastronomy worldwide. Kermanshah Province has about 80 types of traditional food, 20 types of pastry, 11 types of bread, etc.
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Establishing A New Flight on the Kish-Dubai Route (Nov 6, 2021)
Homa Airlines of the Islamic Republic of Iran established a new flight between Kish Island in Iran and Dubai. The schedule of these flights is as follows:
- Kish Airport to Dubai Airport at 16:40
- Dubai Airport to Kish Airport at 19:50
- Kish Airport to Dubai Airport at 15:20
- Dubai Airport to Kish Airport at 18:30
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From October 25, 2021, Iraqi Citizens Do Not Need to Get A Visa to Enter Iran (October 29, 2021)
Since October 25, 2021, visa-free travel between Iran and Iraq has become possible for citizens of both countries. According to this law, Iranians can travel to Iraq and Iraqis to Iran through the air border with a valid passport without getting a visa. Note that visa-free travel across land borders is not yet possible.
Hence, Iraqi citizens wishing to travel to Iran must have the corona vaccine card and a negative PCR test, taken within 96 hours before departure, to enter Iran. Besides, they can stay in Iran for up to one month without a visa.
We should note that if an Iraqi passenger enters Iran by plane without getting a visa, he/she can return to Iraq through either the air or land borders.
Interestingly, based on the Iran Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts statistics, every Iraqi tourist stays in Iran for an average of 4.9 nights.
Iran Will Resume Issuing Tourist Visa on October 23, 2021
The issuance of the Iran tourist visa and the entry of international tourists from air and land borders will be resumed on October 23, 2021, after a 19-month suspension, by order of the President of Iran.
It is noteworthy that the entry of foreign nationals through land and air borders from the mentioned date is unobstructed by presenting a vaccine card, negative PCR test, and observing the protocols and instructions approved by the Iran Ministry of Health.
In the last 19 months, the Security, Social and Disciplinary Committee of Iran’s National Headquarters of Coronavirus Disease Management has repeatedly suggested resuming the issuance of Iran tourist visas, but the Ministry of Health did not agree to the conditions of the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.
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What Is the Theme of World Tourism Day 2021?
World Tourism Day is celebrated every year on September 27 to raise awareness of the social, cultural, political, and economic values of the tourism industry and its contribution to achieving sustainable development goals.
In the last two years, the coronavirus pandemic has had a widespread social and economic impact and has damaged countries’ economies. Meanwhile, the marginalized and vulnerable groups have suffered the most.
The resumption of tourism after COVID will help improve and grow, and everyone must enjoy its benefits broadly and fairly.
Therefore, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has chosen the slogan “Tourism for Inclusive Growth” as the theme of World Tourism Day in 2021.
This approach is an opportunity to look beyond tourism statistics and acknowledge that there is a person behind every statistic. Also, The World Tourism Organization has invited its member countries, sister UN agencies, businesses, and individuals to help ensure that no one is left behind after the resumption of tourism.
The Cultural Landscape of Uramanat Has Been Registered as the 26th UNESCO Site of Iran
The cultural landscape of Uramanat (Huraman, Hawraman, or Uraman) in Iran has been registered as the 26th UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iran.
Historical attractions, antiquity, beautiful nature, unique architectural style, rural lifestyle, and other attractions of the Uraman region have led to the agreement with the global registration of its cultural landscape.
This region includes the provinces of Kurdistan, Kermanshah in Iran, and a small part of the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
According to studies, Uraman includes more than 700 villages in Iran, and currently, about 60 of its villages remain untouched.
In addition, archaeological evidence indicates that Hawraman dates back to the Middle Paleolithic, around 40,000 BC.
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Trans-Iranian Railway Has Been Registered as the 25th UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iran
The Trans-Iranian Railway, the 1,394-kilometer-long railway, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 25, 2021. Now it is the 25th UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iran.
Representatives of UNESCO member states described the Iranian railway as an engineering marvel. They also stressed the historical importance of this railway in economic and international trade and the connection between the Caspian Sea in the north of Iran and the Persian Gulf in the south; Its route is from Bandar Torkaman in northern Iran to Imam Khomeini Port in the southernmost point of the country. According to available documents, the antiquity of Iran’s railway reaches 85 years.
With exceptional natural landscapes, buildings, tunnels, stations, bridges, and even historical locomotives, Iran’s national railway route is also important in tourism.
Notably, another proposal by Iran to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List is the Uramanat (Horaman) Cultural Landscape case, which the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will soon decide about this case.
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