Russia-Iran Visa Free Tourism On The Cards

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Moscow hopes to finish work on an agreement on visa-free tourist trips with Iran in the near future, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

According to Zakharova, Russia’s Federal Tourism Agency is working with the Iranian partners on mechanisms of the implementation of the arrangements under the agreement. “We hope this work will be finished soon and the agreement will come into force,” she said, adding that the decision on the beginning of the agreement’s implementation would depend on the epidemic situation in Russia and Iran and on coronavirus lockdown measures in the two countries.

The agreement on visa-free group tourist trips was signed on March 28, 2017 during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Moscow. Iran has signed a Free Trade Agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union, which while mainly involved with energy, opens the door for more personal level trade in handicrafts and other commodities such as fruits, textiles and the tourism sector overall.

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