Iran lifts visa for Azerbaijani citizens

Iranian ambassador Bahrami said the new procedure will take effect on January 1.

Iran lifts visa for Azerbaijani citizens

Iran unilaterally lifted visa regime for Azerbaijani citizens, Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan Mahammad Bagir Bahrami said at a press conference Monday, Azeri reports said.

The ambassador said Azerbaijani citizens could travel to Iran without visa and stay there for a month. "If they needs to stay there more than one month, they should return home and then to travel to Iran again".

Ambassador Bahrami said if this experience gave positive result, Iranian side could prolong this term until three months.

Bahrami said the new procedure will take effect on January 1.

He said that if the change proves successful, the Iranian side may prolong to three months the period that Azerbaijanis may spend in Iran without a visa.

Bahrami said he hopes Azerbaijan will reciprocate and lift the existing visa requirement for Iranians who wish to travel to Azerbaijan.

According to unofficial estimates, up to 25 percent of Iran's population of 70 million are ethnic Azeris.

They constitute a majority in the northwestern provinces of East and West Azerbaijan, which border the republic of Azerbaijan.


Agencies

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