Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport has replaced Electronic visas with paper visas since early February.
Travelers formerly received a sticker in their passport via complicated and time-consuming procedures, now are able to have e-visa faster than before.
The e-visa, instead, is stored in a computer system and linked to the passport number with no need for a label, sticker or stamp in the travel document.
“Travelers from 180 countries can now apply for an e-visa if they plan to travel through IKIA,” Hossein Panahi-Azar, deputy for Iranians and parliamentary affairs at the Foreign Ministry, said at the inauguration ceremony on Feb. 11.
He added that centralized, precise and fast procedures and more importantly, the impossibility of counterfeiting a visa are among the advantages of the new system.
“Travelers’ visas can be verified easily through the passport number,” he said. Based on statistics, some 1,200 visas are issued at IKIA every day.
“With the launch of the electronic system, the number is expected to rise by four times,” Panahi-Azar said.