Tehran has waived the visa requirements for 33 nations.


The Iranian Students News Agency reported on Thursday that Iran announced it was removing visa requirements for 33 countries, including Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, with which it had strained relations for years before a recent reconciliation. Tehran has waived the visa requirements for 33 nations.

According to the semi-official ISNA, “the Ministry of Tourism believes that an open-door policy will demonstrate Iran’s determination to engage with various nations of the world.”

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It was stated that the decision would increase the number of countries and territories whose citizens can visit Iran without a visa to 45.

The action further defrosts the strained diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, strained for years between the two oil-producing Gulf adversaries.

Over the last decade, Riyadh and Tehran have formed alliances with opposing factions in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Western officials have attributed attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure to Iran and its Arab proxy forces in recent years, which have the potential to escalate the conflict in the Middle East. Iran denied any responsibility for the assaults.