UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.3694
TO BE ANSWERED ON 25.07.2019
INDIA- IRAN JOINT CONSULAR COMMITTEE MEETING
3694. SHRIMATI SHANTA CHHETRI:
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) whether he has, in the India-Iran Joint Consular Committee Meeting held recently, pledged for mutual legal assistance on civil and commercial matters with Islamic Republic of Iran extending longer duration of e-Visa for nationals of each other on reciprocity
and visa facilitation for greater people to people contacts; and
(b) if so, the details thereof?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]
(a) & (b) An Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance on Civil and Commercial Matters is presently being negotiated with Islamic Republic of Iran. During the India-Iran Joint Consular Committee Meeting (JCCM) which was held in New Delhi on May 14, 2019, the
proposed Agreement was discussed with a view to its expeditious conclusion.
During the India-Iran JCCM both sides agreed to take steps to further streamline visa issuance process on reciprocal basis to facilitate people to people contacts and promote friendly exchanges. Iran is one of the 167 countries to whom the Indian e-Visa facility
has been extended. Pursuant to discussions in JCCM, Iran has now extended the Visa on Arrival facility for Indian nationals from 30 to 90 days. Further, Indian nationals can now receive one-year multiple-entry Entry Visa from the Missions and Consulates of
the Islamic Republic of Iran located in India.