(Persia Digest) – In order to counter US sanctions and promote its tourism industry, Iran has decided not to stamp the passports of tourists traveling to the country.

The Head of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran announced that a request has been placed with the cabinet, signed by him and the Minister of Industry, and approved by NAJA law enforcement and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to counter US sanctions and appease worries of foreign tourists traveling to Iran by not stamping their passports at ports of entry.

Ali-Asghar Munesan explained that this measure has been taken for ease of travel to Iran by tourists who may otherwise be concerned about traveling to the country for fear of American sanctions.

According to Munesan, NAJA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have approved the plan and await cabinet approval for implementation.

Persia Digest reports that the US Congress ratified a bill in 2016 for 38 countries with US visa waivers to limit their travel to the US if they travel to Iran and a number of other countries.


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The bill was signed by former US President, Barack Obama, and implemented for the citizens of all 38 countries, banning them from entering the US without a visa within five years of traveling to Syria, Iraq, Iran, Soudan, Libya, Somalia, and the Yemen. The visa waiver will be canceled and they have to apply for entry to the US.

If the new decision is implemented by the Iranian government, the citizens of these 38 countries can travel freely to Iran with no more concerns for traveling to the US.

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