Iran to start issuing e-visa to Kurdistan tourists to facilitate travel

Iran to start issuing e-visa to Kurdistan tourists to facilitate travel

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Tourists from the Kurdistan Region seeking to visit Iran will soon be able to obtain their travel documents online, an Iranian diplomat announced on Tuesday.

“Tourism is excellent for both sides and will deepen bilateral ties. This is why we have made every effort to facilitate [travel] for tourists,” Murtaza Abadi, Iranian Consul-General to Erbil, was quoted as saying by Mehr News Agency.

As a first step, the official added, Iran would suspend issuing physical visas and replace them with electronic ones.

Individuals from the Kurdistan Region were previously required to pay a visit to Iranian consulate offices to apply for a visa, submitting documentation required for the process in person.

An e-Visa would serve as an alternative to this, with would-be travelers being able to apply online with electronic copies of the required identification papers, cutting down on processing times.

In order to avoid long queues and crowds at the border, especially during the Kurdish New Year, the Erbil consulate hopes to roll out the online system before March 21, Abadi asserted.

Many tourists from the Kurdistan Region travel to Iran yearly for tourism, especially to the Kurdish provinces, Tehran, and resort areas north of the country on the Caspian Sea.

In turn, many from Iran, among them the Kurds (Rojhilatis), flock to the Kurdistan Region to visit its various resorts across three provinces, especially, during the spring season.

Source: irantourismnews

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I think losing your travel documents, money, and your phone in a foreign country is on the top place in the list of top things you must be scared of when you go abroad. You can google the list of the cities famous for their pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Now, if you’re coming to Iran, hearing the financial news in Iran might worry you a little; and in fact, the tourist centres and crowded areas are no exception in this case. But statistics show that Iran is almost a lot better and safer than other countries in this case. But, only in case you want to travel with peace of mind, keep these points in mind: • You don’t have carry your passport with you to everywhere you go; only a copy of that would suffice. No one usually asks for it. • You will need cash, but you shouldn’t carry all the cash you have with you. • I suggest you to put your eggs in different baskets, I mean split your money and put it in different places so in case you get robbed, you will have some money left. • It’t better to use bags and handbags instead of backpack in crowded places like bazaars; so you can always watch the zippers. • And always keep an eye on your phone!