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EghtesadOnline: After a gap of 27 years, direct flights between Iran and Serbia resumed on Saturday, when an Iran Air jet touched down at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla airport, Serbian media reported. Iran Air is offering a direct service between Tehran and Belgrade twice weekly, with all flights fully booked until the end of the summer, the reports said.

A second Iranian carrier, Qeshm Air, is also planning to launch a service between the two capitals starting from March 19, AFP reported.

In August 2017, Iran and Serbia agreed to liberalize visas for travel between the two countries, sparking a surge in interest on the part of Iranians. According to the Serbian non-governmental refugee support project Info Park, an estimated 600 Iranians could arrive in Belgrade in a single week, based on the current transport capacity, Financial Tribune reported.

Checks would be reinforced in Tehran and various bilateral deals would be signed with the aim of clamping down on illegal migration, the ministry said.

Since the visa requirements were lifted, around 7,000 Iranians have travelled to Serbia, of which 485 have applied for asylum, the ministry said.

 

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