After almost 20 months of closure, Iran has reopened its doors to tourists, health tourists and medical tourists vaccinated against Covid-19.
The country’s anti-virus taskforce approved the reopening on the advice of the tourism ministry.
Iran had shut its borders to foreigners in March 2020, with the exception of medical and business trips.
Tourists who have received two doses of anti-Covid vaccines and who can present a certificate for a negative PCR test conducted within 96 hours can obtain a visa.
This does not include travellers from countries considered to be high-risk by the World Health Organization.
Arab states of the Persian Gulf are interested in visiting Iran and in particular, the holy city of Qom, which presents a good opportunity for health tourism and medical tourism. Considering the province’s capacity in health care, it is beginning to market health tourism and medical tourism.
The developing medical tourism industry is one of the most important fields of Iran’s travel sector, which is trying to prove its capabilities and capacities in attracting medical and health tourists to the country.
Many domestic experts believe that medical tourism in Iran is a win-win opportunity both for the country and foreign patients, as they are offered affordable yet quality treatment services and the country gains considerable foreign currency.
Iran’s two most popular medical tourist cities are Tehran and Mashhad. Iran gets patients from neighbouring countries including Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan
The Islamic Republic has set its goals to take its yearly medical travellers to around two million by 2025.