The Iraqi government is to abolish entry visa fees for Iranian visitors, as part of efforts to boost tourism. The general policy of the country currently aims at promoting tourism through providing facilities for visitors to Iraq such as abolishing entry visa fees,” Ali al-Alaq, secretary general of the Iraqi cabinet.
Visa fees for Iranians currently range from 10-20 dollars per person. The Iraqi government has been courting tourists for a number of years now, amid a decline in sectarian violence.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of Iranians take part in the various Shiite rituals across Iraq.