Iran has reopened its doors to tourists vaccinated against Covid-19 after nearly 20 months of closure due to the pandemic, media in the Islamic republic said on Monday.
The country’s anti-virus taskforce approved the reopening on the advice of the tourism ministry, an official said on the ministry’s website.
The Middle East country, which was hit by the pandemic, closed its borders to foreigners except for medical and business trips in March 2020.
According to the Customs Administration, the average number of international trips to and from Iran has decreased by 80 percent as of March 20, 2021.
According to the ministry, Iran’s tourism sector recorded a deficit of $1.2 billion during 2020-2021.
“Tourists who have received two doses of anti-Covid vaccines and who can submit a certificate for negative PCR test within 96 hours can obtain a visa,” the ISNA news agency said.
This does not include travelers from high-risk countries by the World Health Organization.
The number of daily Covid-19 cases in Iran has declined in recent weeks after peaking in August.
Iran has recorded more than 5.86 million cases of Covid infections and more than 125,000 related deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health.
Officials have acknowledged that the actual number of deaths due to coronavirus in the country is likely to be much higher.
About 51.1 million people have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine so far, out of a population of 83 million people, 30.1 million have been fully vaccinated.
Iran allowed worshipers to attend the main weekly prayer Friday for the first time in 20 months.
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