Iran and Russia agreed on a draft memorandum of understanding which envisages facilitation of visa issuance for group tours.
The draft document was prepared by Ali Chegini, director general for consular affairs of Iran’s Foreign Ministry and his Russian counterpart Yevgeny Ivanov in Tehran on the sidelines of the fifth session of the Iranian-Russian commission for consular collaboration, ISNA news agency reported Nov. 23.
The two sides also called for further talks for boosting consular relations.
Earlier this year, the two countries put into legal effect an intergovernmental agreement on simpler rules for trips to Russia and Iran by certain categories of Russian and Iranian citizens, including businessmen, culture figures, researchers, teachers, students and tourists.
Ivanov in an interview with Tasnim news agency on Nov. 23 expressed hope that the draft will be finalized for signing within four months.
He further said Russia had issued 80,000 visas for Iranian citizens during the first 10 months of 2016, which indicates a 100-percent increase year-on-year.
Both Iran and Russia enjoy big tourism potential and the two countries can take advantage of that, Ivanov said, adding it is planned that group tours from Iran, including 5-50 people, will be permitted to stay in Russia without visa for 15 days.