TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s parliament plans to ban Iranian tourists from visiting European Union countries as a counter-measure for EU sanctions against the Islamic state, state media reported Wednesday.
According to the vice-chairman of the parliament’s energy committee, Nasser Soudani, the parliament has already prepared a “three-phase preemptive embargo package” against certain European states in retaliation of the sanctions against Iran.
In the first phase of the package, the EU states will be deprived from Iranian oil and in the second there will be a general ban on importing goods from EU states, he said.
“In the third phase Iranian tourists will be banned from visiting those (EU) states which impose sanctions on Iran,” the lawmaker added.
It would be the first time that the Iranian administration would impose such a ban on its nationals. Soudani however did not explain how the ban would be be implemented in practice.
The EU has imposed several sanctions on Iran due to the Tehran’s uncompromising stance in the nuclear dispute, including an oil embargo which decreased the country’s revenues by at least 25 per cent.