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Iranian Nationals

Volume 984: debated on Monday 12 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to implement the decision of EEC Foreign Ministers to impose visas on Iranians coming to the United Kingdom.

The 1973 visa abolition agreement with Iran is being suspended and I have today laid before Parliament a statement of change in the immigration rules, the effect of which is that from 19 May all Iranian passport holders wishing to enter the United Kingdom will need to obtain visas before travelling. This applies also to Iranian passport holders already in this country who go abroad and wish to return.