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How to Get Visa for Traveling to Iran (2020 Guide)

How to Get Visa for Traveling to Iran (2020 Guide)

In a little bit more than ten years, the number of tourists in Iran jumped from 300.000 visitors to six million last year. By 2025, Iran's goal is to attract 20 million visitors! With this boom in tourism, authorities are doing their best to facilitate and fasten the visa procedure. That's why getting a visa to travel to Iran has become really easy for most foreign citizens. Here's everything you need to know to get yours:

Specificities and requirements for a Tourist visa

The Tourist visa is granted for a length of thirty days in most of the cases, sometimes fourteen.

It is required to have at least six months validity on your passport to apply. The Tourist visa can, in theory, be extended twice at the Police Offices of Foreign Aliens of most big cities in Iran.

Insurance is mandatory to travel to Iran. You can either subscribe one before in your country or directly at the airport if you require the Iran Visa on arrival (VOA). Notes that the insurance of your Mastercard or Visa credit card can sometimes cover you. In that case, you simply need to print the insurance notice, mentioning your dates of travel and clearly stating Iran as your destination.

Iran Visa on arrival (VOA) procedure

Most countries can currently benefit from VOA - Iran visa on arrival, which makes the visa application really simple. Only ten countries are excluded from this procedure (see exceptions to VOA below).

While it's not mandatory, it is highly recommended to first submit an application online, on the dedicated website of the Foreign minister of Iran (http://e_visa.mfa.ir/en ). Since it's more probable that your request is rejected if you do so personally, you'd better ask an official travel company to do it for you (request your Visa authorization code here). It is advised to apply a few weeks in advance, even if it's still possible two days prior to arrival. For the application, you simply need a digital copy of the first page of your passport, a digital personal photo, and the contacts of your first night's stay. Following the application, you will receive an e-visa authorization number.

Currently, most of Iran's main airports deliver VOA, among which of course, Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA). Once at the airport, you simply have to submit your documents along with your e-visa authorization number to the airport's visa desk. The procedure can take from fifteen minutes to one hour, depending on the airport and the flight.

Iran Visa on Arrival (VOA) sample
Iran Visa on Arrival (VOA) sample

Here are all the airports in Iran deliver Visa on Arrival:

  • Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran (IKA)
  • Mehrabad International Airport, Tehran (TEH)
  • Shahid Dastghaib Airport, Shiraz (SYZ)
  • Shahid Hasheminejad International Airport, Mashhad (MHD)
  • Shahid Madani Airport, Tabriz (TBZ)
  • Shahid Beheshti Airport, Isfahan (ISF)
  • Kish International Airport, Kish (KIH)
  • Bandar Abbas Airport, Bandar Abbas (BND)
  • Shahid Sadooghi Airport, Yazd (AZD)

You'll have to pay the visa fees, which depend on your nationality. Most of the time the cost is about 75 euros, up to 150 euros, and must be paid in dollars or euros in cash. After these simple formalities, you're free to pass through the customs and start enjoying your trip to Iran!

Note that if you intend to extend your stay in Iran, it is recommended to apply for a Tourist visa at the embassy rather than opting for the VOA. This latter can be harder to extend and the extension often limited to fourteen more days. To learn more about how to extend your Iran visa and where you can do it in Iran please check our blog post "How to extend your Iran Visa".

On information purposes, here are the VOA’s fees for the 80 nationalities who can pretend to it (subject to modifications):

 

COUNTRY

FEES

(EUR)

COUNTRY

FEES

(EUR)

Algeria citizens | Iran visa for Algerians

30

Angola citizens | Iran visa for Angolans

85

Argentina citizens | Iran visa for Argentines

70

Armenia citizens | Iran visa for Armenians

20

Australia citizens | Iran visa for Australians

145

Austria citizens | Iran visa for Austrians

75

Bahrain citizens | Iran visa for Bahrainis

20

Bangladesh citizens | Iran visa for Bangladeshis

40

Belgium citizens | Iran visa for Belgians

75

Brazil citizens | Iran visa for Brazilians

80

Bulgaria citizens | Iran visa for Bulgarians

75

Cameron citizens | Iran visa for Cameroonians

60

Chile citizens | Iran visa for Chileans

120

China citizens | Iran visa for Chinese

100

Croatia citizens | Iran visa for Croatians

50

Cyprus citizens | Iran visa for Cypriot

75

The Czech Republic citizens | Iran visa for Czechs

75

Denmark citizens | Iran visa for Danish

75

Dominican citizens | Iran visa for Dominicans

70

Eritrea citizens | Iran visa for Eritreans

40

Estonia citizens | Iran visa for Estonians

75

Ethiopia citizens | Iran visa for Ethiopians

25

Finland citizens | Iran visa for Finnish

75

France citizens | Iran visa for Frenchs

75

Gabon citizens | Iran visa for Gabonese

75

Germany citizens | Iran visa for Germans

75

Ghana citizens | Iran visa for Ghanaians

75

Greece citizens | Iran visa for Greeks

75

Hong Kong citizens | Iran visa for Hong Kongers

80

Hungary citizens | Iran visa for Hungarians

75

India citizens | Iran visa for Indians

90

Indonesia citizens | Iran visa for Indonesians

45

Iraq citizens | Iran visa for Iraqis

50

Ireland citizens | Iran visa for Irish

75

Iceland citizens | Iran visa for Icelanders

75

Italy citizens | Iran visa for Italians

75

Iran visa for Ivory Coast citizens

60

Japan citizens | Iran visa for Japanese

60

Kenya citizens | Iran visa for Kenyans

60

Kuwait citizens | Iran visa for Kuwaitis

60

Lithuania citizens | Iran visa for Lithuanians

75

Magnolia citizens | Iran visa for Mongolians

70

Mexico citizens | Iran visa for Mexicans

45

Morocco citizens | Iran visa for Moroccans

30

Iran visa for Morris citizens

60

Mozambique citizens | Iran visa for Mozambicans

40

The Netherlands citizens | Iran visa for Dutch

75

New Zealand citizens | Iran visa for New Zealanders

150

Nigeria citizens | Iran visa for Nigerians

55

Norway citizens | Iran visa for Norwegians

75

Oman citizens | Iran visa for Omanis

75

Palestine citizens | Iran visa for Palestinians

45

Philippines citizens | Iran visa for Filipino

55

Poland citizens | Iran visa for Polish

75

Portugal citizens | Iran visa for Portuguese

75

Qatar citizens | Iran visa for Qataris 

75

Romania citizens | Iran visa for Romanians

75

Russia citizens | Iran visa for Russians

70

Iran visa for Saudi Arabia citizens

30

Senegal citizens | Iran visa for Senegalese

50

Serbia citizens | Iran visa for Serbians

85

Sri Lanka citizens | Iran visa for Sri Lankans

40

Singapore citizens | Iran visa for Singaporeans

75

Slovenia citizens | Iran visa for Slovenes

75

Slovakia citizens | Iran visa for Slovaks

75

South Africa citizens | Iran visa for South Africans

80

South Korea citizens | Iran visa for South Koreans

50

Spain citizens | Iran visa for Spanish

75

Sudan citizens | Iran visa for Sudanese

60

Sweden citizens | Iran visa for Swedes

75

Switzerland citizens | Iran visa for Swiss

75

Tanzania citizens | Iran visa for Tanzanians

60

Thailand citizens | Iran visa for Thais

75

Tunisia citizens | Iran visa for Tunisians

45

Uganda citizens | Iran visa for Ugandan

100

Ukraine citizens | Iran visa for Ukrainians

80

The United Arab Emirates citizens | Iran visa for Emiratis

100

Uzbekistan citizens | Iran visa for Uzbeks

70

Venezuela citizens | Iran visa for Venezuelans

45

Yemen citizens | Iran visa for Yemenis

40

 

No stamp on your passport any longer when travelling to Iran

Since mid-2018, travellers' passports are not stamped any longer. It means that once you've left Iran, there will be no trace of this travel on your passport. This measure aims to facilitate people to travel to Iran, by avoiding the potential restrictions from a third country.

Exceptions to Iran VOA

VOA is issued for tourism purpose only and thus, to ordinary passports.

Even though, there are some limitations to obtain an Iran Visa on Arrival, among which:

- Travellers whose visa for Iran have been rejected previously.

- Journalists, diplomatic and official passports,... who have to apply for a specific visa.

- Holders of a passport containing an Israeli stamp or visa.

- Other restrictions might affect citizens from Colombia, Somalia, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Those nationalities are recommended to apply for a Tourist visa at the embassy.

Map of Visa policy of Iran for countries
Map of Visa policy of Iran for countries

Procedure to apply at the embassy

If you have to apply to the Iranian embassy of your country, please carefully check the requirements according to your nationality.

The Tourist visa delivered at the embassy is valid for three months, and the authorized length of stay in Iran is the same as the Visa on Arrival, namely one month. The delays to obtain a visa depend on each embassy but is usually about two weeks.

United States, United Kingdom and Canada: Conditions to travel to Iran

It is mandatory for American citizens, as well as Canadian and British, to be accompanied by an authorized guide during their trip to Iran. Thus, to obtain a visa, citizens from those countries must contact an official tour agency or an official private tour guide to get through the visa procedure.

Israeli citizens willing to travel to Iran

Citizens holding an Israeli passport are currently not allowed to enter Iran.

The case of dual Iranian nationality

Iran does not recognize dual citizenship, so foreign citizens whose mother, father or husband are Iranians, are themselves considered as Iranian. Hence, they must enter the country with their Iranian passport.

Visa-free countries 

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Egypt, Georgia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela, and China

According to several agreements between Iran and other countries, some nationalities can enter Iran to travel without any visa. The stay varies from fifteen days to three months. It applies to the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Egypt, Georgia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela, and China.

It's also possible for every citizen to enter one of the Iranian free trade zones (Such as Kish Island, Chabahar, Maku, etc.) without a visa, for a maximum stay of two weeks.

Read this article to know more about Visa-free countries and Iranian free trade zones. 

Also for more information about Iran visa extension read this article.

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