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How to get visa to visit Iran


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When you start planning a trip to any country, one of the main concerns would be the visa process include getting the visa of Iran.

Fortunately, the process of getting the Iran visa for most nationalities is a piece of cake and Iran government tries to make the process even easier by making more flexible policies, for example From November 2018, the head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), announced that the country will no longer stamp Iran visa or put stickers to passports of foreign tourists in a bid to ease their concerns about traveling to other countries after leaving Iran. In June 2019 President of Iran ordered the Interior Ministry to implement the decision on not stamping Iran visas on passports of foreigners.

 You may be overwhelmed by tons of questions when you think about getting the Iran visa, maybe the process seems complicated for you.

In this article we tried to cover the most popular questions you may have in case of getting Iran visa, as listed here;

 

-      Which nationalities can enter Iran without getting Iran visa?

-      What are the process of getting Iran visa on arrival (VOA) and its exceptions?

-      When do you need to apply for an Iran tourist visa in advance?

-      What fees you should expect for your Iran visa?            

-    What is the process of getting Iran Visa for Americans, UK, and Canadian citizens?

-      How to apply for an Iran tourist visa in advance?

-      What are the rules for Iran Visa Extensions

-      Why you should choose Iran's Travel to get your Iran visa?

 

 

1- Which nationalities can enter Iran without getting Iran visa?

Tourists from most countries must get Iran visa from Iranian diplomatic missions, although there are citizens of 14 countries who can visit Iran without getting Iran visa;

Turkey                  180 days       

Armenia               90 days within 180 days

Syria                     90 days within 180 days

Georgia                45 days

Bolivia                  30 days

Azerbaijan            30 days

Oman                   30 days

Lebanon              30 days

Macau                  21 days

Hong Kong          21 days

China                   21 days

Egypt                    20 days

Malaysia              15 days

Venezuela            15 days

 

2- What are the process of getting Iran visa on arrival (VOA) and its exceptions?

Passport holders of most countries can obtain Iran visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days (extendable), at the following airports;

Bandar Abbas International Airport (Bandar Abbas)

Isfahan International Airport (Isfahan)

Kish International Airport (Kish Island)

Mashhad International Airport (Mashad)

Qeshm International Airport (Qeshm Island) [24]

Shiraz International Airport (Shiraz)

Tabriz International Airport (Tabriz)

Imam Khomeini International Airport (Tehran)

Mehrabad International Airport (Tehran)

Urmia Airport (Urmia)

Ahvaz International Airport (Ahvaz)

Kerman Airport (Kerman)

Larestan International Airport (Lar)

  

To obtain Iran visa on arrival, you must already have made an application, at least 2 days prior to arrival, at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affair's E-Visa website and present the submission notification at the airport's visa desk on arrival.

  If you need the help of an Agency in this case just fill out the Iran visa form on Iran's Travel website and we do the process for you as fast as possible.

 -- the requirements of getting Iran visa on arrival (VOA)

- Hotel reservation – You need the print of hotel reservation at least for the first night with you. If you'll stay in Iran at a friend's place, don't forget to have their contact email in hand. Maybe at the airport, they want to contact them so your friend should be available.

- Travel Insurance – All travelers must have valid travel insurance for Iran. If you do have it, you should bring any documents which prove it. If you don’t, you can buy Iran travel insurance at the airport.

3- Which nationalities can't get VOA services?

Visa on arrival is not applicable to citizens of the following countries; who must get the Iran visa in advance:

 Canada, The UK, US, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Nepal, Pakistan, Somalia, and Sri Lanka

Needless to say; citizens of Israel can’t enter Iran.

  According to MFA, if there is any evidence on your passport that you've been in Israel, getting Iran visa will be granted as long your last visit to Israel was more than six months ago. It is recommended to renew your passport.


4- How many fees you should expect to pay to get your Iran visa?            

Depending on your nationality, you should pay 10-150 euros for getting an Iran visa on arrival (VOA).

If an Agency registered for your Iran visa grant notice, they can tell you how much MFA would charge you? Just ask them. MFA also every year publish the specific amount which citizens of each country should pay as Iran visa fee.

 

As you may know,  debit/credit cards of other countries aren’t accepted in Iran so you must have enough cash in the airport for the Iran visa fee.

5- When do you need to apply for an Iran tourist visa in advance?

There are some exceptions for travelers to get Iran Visa on arrival, so travelers have to or in some cases prefer to get their Iran visa grant notice in advance;

1-- Enter Iran from Iran borders

If you are coming from Afghanistan, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan or Turkey, you must apply for getting your Iran visa in advance.

 

2 -- Don’t prefer to spend several hours at the airport

If you already have your Iran visa, you can pass the gates immediately. The process of getting the Iran visa on arrival (VOA) takes much more time depends on how crowded is the airport when you arrive.

3 -- Reduce the risk of rejection when you want to get the visa

There are some reports from travelers who claimed that their Iran visa on arrival (VOA) was not granted because they didn’t have a return flight ticket or because the authorities could not contact their host or any other excuse.

The percentage of people in this situation is very low but still, there might be some small risk. If you want to make sure, get your Iran visa in advance.

 

4 -- American, British or Canadian Passport holders

If you are passport holders of these three countries, you are not eligible for an Iran visa on arrival (VOA), so you will have to arrange to get your Iran visa via a travel agency.

 

6- What is the process of getting Iran Visa for Americans, UK, and Canadian citizens? 

The MFA requires Americans, Canadian and British passport holders to make a tour from arrival to departure, essentially this means they must book a guided tour to Iran through a licensed travel agency in Iran.

First of all agencies will help you to prepare a confirmed itinerary includes hotels and sites you will see in Iran.

Then you will fill up the Iran visa form and send them a resume about your job and your education status.

And the process of getting Iran visa will start by the agency and It takes about 30 working days to get your Iran visa grant notice which you can collect your Iran visa easily in Iran Embassies (consulates).

 To book a tour to Iran from our travel agency check our suggestions on Iran tours, all of them are flexible and changeable by your demand. 

7- How to apply for an Iran tourist visa in advance?

Iran's Travel will help you to obtain your visa as soon as possible, Read the process of getting Iran visa here; http://iranstravel.com/Iran-Visa 

And we are always available if there was any question; http://iranstravel.com/contact-us

 

8- What are the rules for Iran Visa Extensions

 You can extend your Iran visa easily twice for 30 days, it means you can stay in Iran for up to 90 days. The Immigration visa office in any provincial capitals would extend your Iran visa.

 

Ø  Why you should choose Iran's Travel to get your Iran visa?

v  Iran's Travel charges just 20 Euro to get your Iran Visa Grant notice which is the cheapest price among agencies.

 

v  Iran's Travel receives the payment after we registered for your Iran visa and MFA issued your Authorization code (Iran Visa Grant notice), so if your Iran visa request rejected in any reasons we won't charge you any money.

 

v  Iran's Travel won't charge you any money if you book tour (at least 5 days) with us.