Iran and Russia have signed an agreement on introducing simpler rules for the issuance of travel visas to tour groups, IRNA news agency said.

The directors of consulate departments of the Iranian and Russian Foreign Ministries, Ali Chagani and Yevgeny Ivanov signed the agreement on Tuesday in the course of the fifth session of the Iranian-Russian commission for consular collaboration.

The two sides spoke for continued dialogue between the Iranian and Russian consular serives.

On February 6, 2016, the two countries put into legal effect an intergovernmental agreement on simpler rules for trips to Russia and Iran by certain categories of Russian and Iranian citizens.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani signed to the document on November 23, 2015 during Putin’s visit to Teheran. It envisions simpler regulations for the obtaining of visas by businessmen, cultural personalities, researchers, teachers, students, and tourists.