Iran waives visa fees for 2022 FIFA World Cup fans in neighboring Qatar

08 May 2022 | 08:53 | Football

Iran announced on Wednesday that it will waive visas for spectators of the 2022 World Cup final round, as it hopes to attract some football fans who flock to nearby Qatar. Iranian government spokesman Ali Bahadori-Jahromi wrote on Twitter: “The cabinet has agreed to exempt visas for the 2022 World Cup spectators in Qatar who want to visit Iran.”

“This decision is intended to encourage tourists to visit Iran during the World Cup and promote the tourism industry there,” he added.

This comes after Qatar’s Transport Minister Jassim bin Saif al-Sulaiti on Sunday and Monday visited the Iranian island of Kish and signed six cooperation agreements, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported.

Kish, a 92-square-kilometer (35-square-mile) resort island with white-sand beaches, is a 40-minute flight or six-hour boat ride from Doha.

“The Qataris are very interested in using Iran’s infrastructure at the 2022 World Cup,” Iranian Transport Minister Rostam Ghassemi said on Tuesday.

He added: “Iran must use all available possibilities to benefit from this event.

Mohammad Mohammadi, head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, said that the key point among the agreements was an agreement to increase flights between the countries, increasing from the current 72 flights to 200 flights a day.

The Qatari Transport Minister visited the passenger terminal of Kish International Airport, which is under construction, as well as the commercial and passenger port, IRNA added.

“Iran’s contribution to the World Cup will be in the areas of air, sea and passenger transportation, and accommodation of foreign and Iranian passengers,” Ghassemi said.

“We also plan to give fans and foreign tourists during their time in Iran the opportunity to visit the country’s tourist gems.”

To encourage tourism, the Iranian Ministry of Tourism has previously said that it may be possible to waive visas for visitors from Qatar for two months during the World Cup.

Visitors can apply for one or more free admission for 20 days during that period, the ministry said.

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In January, Iran made it past the World Cup finals, for the third time in a row and sixth overall.

Iran, which has never made it past the group stage, will face arch-rivals the US and UK in Group B.

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