Iran, Russia agree on visa-free stay for tour groups

Iran, Russia agree on visa-free stay for tour groups ... 07/04/2017 Fun

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Giant lamassu statues guarding the Gate of All Nations against a blue sky with dramatic white clouds in ancient Persepolis, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire in Shiraz, Iran. (Shutterstock/File)

* * * Iran and Russia have eased visa requirements for Iranian nationals visiting Russia and vice versa, following an agreement signed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian President Vladimir Putin in late March.
Tehran Times reported on Monday that "based on the agreement, tour groups of 5 to 50 people heading to Russia from Iran or vice versa will be granted a visa-free stay of up to 15 days".
The move is expected to increase tourism between the two countries.
Russia's Tour Operators Association executive director Maya Lomidze said that Russia was welcoming more Iranian visitors following the launch of direct flights from Iran to St. Petersburg, Moscow and Sochi. (vod/kes)
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