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Official Reports: Iran Draws Over One Million Medical Tourists in a Year

Iran Welcomes 1.1 Million Medical Tourists, Aims to Reach Two Million by 1404 (2025-2026)

TEHRAN – In the past Iranian calendar year 1401 (ending on March 20), Iran served as the host for approximately 1.1 million medical tourists from various countries, as stated by an official from the Ministry of Health.

Soleyman Heidari, speaking on Friday, explained that the number of international patients in hospitals currently stands at around one percent, a figure that is steadily increasing and has become a significant revenue source for the country.

Heidari further mentioned that the capacity is projected to expand to 20 percent by the Iranian calendar year 1404 (March 2025).

Furthermore, the development of Iran’s health tourism infrastructure is leading to a rise in the number of medical tourists, he added.

According to available data, Iran consistently hosts an average of one million medical tourists annually. Last April, Mohammadreza Tarjoman, head of the Health Ministry’s tourism office, disclosed that around one million medical tourists, primarily from neighboring countries, visit Iran each year.

“The majority of inbound medical passengers come from neighboring countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan,” noted the official. Regarding hospitals and clinics, he mentioned that 200 Iranian medical centers have been authorized to treat foreign patients.

Experts believe that medical tourism in Iran presents a mutually beneficial opportunity for both the country and foreign patients. Patients receive affordable yet quality treatment services, while Iran gains significant foreign currency. Noteworthy factors contributing to Iran’s appeal include the presence of reputable surgeons and physicians, cutting-edge medical technologies, a wide range of medical specializations, cost-effective procedures, and the hospitable nature of its people.

Iran has set its sights on surpassing the yearly total of medical travelers, aiming for around two million by the Iranian calendar year 1404 (March 2025-March 2026).

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