Iranian tourists not prevented from coming to Jordan — Fayez

Shrine of Jafar al tayyar
Jaafar bin Abi Talib Shrine. (Photo: Wikipedia)
AMMAN — Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Al-Fayez has said that Jordan has no policy to prevent Iranian tourists, Shiite Muslims in general, from coming to Jordan to visit Muslim shrines in the south of the country, Khaberni reported.اضافة اعلان

“We allow everyone to come, but there is a protocol involved in visiting these sites,” Fayez said in an interview with France 24 channel.

Jordan has several Islamic shrines and sites, including the tombs of the Prophet’s companions Jaafar bin Abi Talib, Zaid bin Haritha, and Abdullah bin Rawahah. These sites occupy a special place for Shiite Muslims.

Official figures show that Jordan had received a few hundred Iranian visitors during the past two years, according to Fayez, who explained that the conditions for obtaining visas differ from one nationality to another, stressing that “there is no policy to ban visiting Shiite Muslims or Iranians.”

Fayez said that the Kingdom is seeking to return to pre-COVID-19 figures in terms of tourism revenues. Tourism contributed 13 percent to Jordan’s gross domestic product before the pandemic.

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