Obtaining Iran tourist visa looks a little complicated to most travelers, as there is not much clear information about it in the online word … However, the Iranian Government is trying to ease the process for many nationals. For Example, In a move to alleviate tourists’ concerns over US sanctions on individuals visiting Iran, the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs has started a program to not stamp the passports of the tourists arriving in Iran; with entry and exit stamps new rules which are not put on the passports of the visiting tourists any more, Iran is going to remove tourists’ concerns about visiting Iran because of US sanctions.
Almost all nationals require a visa to enter Iran, except only 9 nationalities:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Georgia, Malaysia, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela, China
If you are not among nationals of above countries, you'd better keep reading this article.
➤ Please note: Kish Island is an exception. This island is considered a free zone and no visa is required for visitors who fly in Kish and stay only there. They can get a 14-day permit but just to stay in Kish.
According to the newest regulations of Iranian MFA (as of June 2019) almost all nationals can get an Iran VOA (Visa on Arrival) through 6 international airports in Iran:
IKA : Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport
Except for citizens of:
Canada, UK, US, Canada, Afghanistan, Nepal, Colombia, Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka.
➤ Please note: If you are eligible for Iran VOA, While entering Iran via any international airport (not land borders), you can easily ask the authorities to stamp your visa on a separate piece of paper. This is particularly useful for business people who concern US sanctions against Iran or for people who travel to US frequently.
➤ Please note: Iransafar Travel Co. can provide you with visa code letter. Please fill the Iran visa application form here
VOA fee for different nationalities
1) When you enter the country overland.
2) When you are flying from Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan or Turkey, you must apply for your visa in advance.
3) To prevent time lose at the airport, specially after a long flight.
4) To secure your visa
5) If You are a Canada, UK, US, Afghanistan, Nepal, Colombia, Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka citizen, you will need to apply your visa through an Iranian travel company.
Basically, In order to obtain Iranian visa, you will need to get a visa authorization code which can only be applied by a licensed Iranian tour operator. check out a visa code letter example here
As soon as you obtain the authorization letter, you will be able to collect your visa at the given consulate or at the relevant Iran airport.
➤ Please note:
✔️ Important note:
Citizens of Afghanistan and Bangladesh cannot apply for visas through Travel agencies and need to apply for visas in person to Iranian consulates in Iran.
Citizens of Iraq can only obtain VOA visas at Mashhad International Airport.
In case you do not have a previously issued visa authorization code letter (Visa Grant Notice), please be advised that it is not possible to issue an Iranian airport visa on Fridays or on national holidays, so please be careful with your arrival time in Iran
As you may know, Americans, British and Canadian nationals require to book a tour from arrival to departure; essentially this means you need a certificated guide while you are in Iran.
Citizens of these countries need to have a confirmed itinerary, which should be requested from a valid tour company. For this, they should send a passport copy, passport photos, and a profession & educational CV to the Iranian tour operator.
Typically, getting the Visa authorization code for these applicants take around 30 working days.
Multiple-entry visas are only available to people who travel to Iran for business. This type of visa is issued depending on the number of individual trips last year and has different credits. The validity of this visa varies depending on the foreign national and the number of trips made between 3 months, 6 months and up to one year.
The minimum number of trips required to obtain a Multi-Iranian visa is as follows:
There is an e-visa system for Iran under construction. In 2017, a website was launched where you can actually apply for your visa saving you from getting a letter of invitation. However, the website is not operating yet (as of Sept 2019)
To be honest, despite all the negative press, travel to Iran has become very easy over the past few years, and the Iranian government has made some changes to the regulations in the tourism industry in the hope of attracting more visitors.
For most nationals It takes Max. 10 days for a tourist visa and 2 weeks for a business visa.
No - Israeli nationals cannot get an Iranian visa at all.
The entry validity is calculated from the time of visa issuance and the validity of the stay is calculated from the time of entry, which can be extended but the validity of the entry cannot be extended.
Yes, All eligible nationals for Iran airport can apply for regular visa at Iranian consulates.
Yes, Iranian visas can be extended, depending on the nationality of the guests.
Yes we guarantee 100% refund of visa service if visa is refused.
Yes - Iran is definitely one of the safest countries in the world, you can safely travel in Iran.
Those who intend to obtain an Iranian visa need to have a sponsor (inviter) in Iran, Iransafar Tours can be your inviter/sponsor and will guarantee your visa work in the shortest possible time.
If your visa application process is done through Iransafar Tours, there is no need to book a hotel, but you need to provide some information on where you stay in Iran to be written on your application form. (Note: US, British and Canadian nationals need to book all hotels in advance)
No - Citizens of all countries (Except Israel) do not need a visa to enter the Free Zones of Iran.
The closest embassy is the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC (Office for the Protection of Iranian Interests) in Washington DC. The visa service can be done via express courier service.