Tehran, 10 November 2005 (CHN)-- The number of 7-day tourism visas issued in Hasheminejad International Airport of Mashad City has increased 100 percent compared to the first three months of this tourist service.
"By the first week of November, 700 visas were issued for the foreign tourists, that is twice of what was issued during the first months of providing visa services in the airport," says Abolfazl Mokaramifar, head of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Khorasan-e-Razavi province.
According to Mokaramifar, about 65 percent of the visas were issued for the residents of the Persian Gulf countries, 20 percent for the Central Asian tourists, 10 percent for the European countries and 5 percent for the residents of the Far East countries, south-east Asia, and Australia.
In October 2005, the Iranian cabinet ministers asked the Iranian Foreign Ministry to send representatives to Imam Khomeini and Mehrabad in Tehran, Shiraz, Mashad, Isfahan, and Tabriz' international airports to provide some facilities to issue a 7-day visa for the inbound tourists.
The airport visa facilities have been provided in all the mentioned airports, but Isfahan, and the tourists can get a 7-day visa as soon as they enter the country.
Mokarami believes that with increasing information and international advertising through the embassies and Iran's representatives in different countries, this service will attract more tourists within coming months.
Visa issuing desk in Mashad international airport started its work from June 2005 and issue 7-day visa for all the inbound tourists who enter the country through Mashad airport.
The 7-day visa, however, is not issued for a limited number of countries, including The Czech Republic and England in Europe, the US, Canada, Argentina, and for citizens of European and refugee-accepting countries who are originally from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, and Algeria.
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