How Can American Travel To Iran?

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Traveling to this culturally and historically rich country may encourage tourists to take Iran tours for US citizens. But can Americans travel to Iran?

Traveling to this culturally and historically rich country may encourage tourists to take Iran tours for US citizens. But can Americans travel to Iran?

Iran is the home to 24 UNESCO-registered historical sites. So if you’re wondering whether Americans can travel to Iran, the answer is YES. But under a few conditions. We’ll tell you in the article.

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Iran Visa For US Citizens

In recent years Iranian authorities have attempted to reduce the Iran visa process and as a result, the process has become shorter, and many citizens can get Iran Visa On Arrival (VOA). Also, citizens of several countries can travel to Iran without a visa.

Americans can travel to Iran, but due to the political problems between Iran and the US, US passport holders must be aware of some points:

  • If you are a US citizen, it’s not possible to travel to Iran without a visa or with VOA.
  • In addition to the regular information you provide for the visa, US citizens need to send their resumes over the last 10 years.
  • Getting the 30-day tourist visa takes a little bit longer for US citizens, and it’s about 2-3 months, but it can’t discourage you from visiting Iran.
  • As an American, you need to apply through an Iran travel agency and book a tour or have a private guide. If you have local friends and family, you can introduce them as your host. However, Americans can travel to Iran only with a guide present by their side at all times.

Refusal Of Iran Visa

Americans can travel to Iran. However, if you visit Israel, it can lead to a rejection of an Iran visa. So, if you have a visa or stamp from Israel, change your passport and apply for a new clean one.

Israel authorities have been stamping on a separate paper since 2013, and it can avoid the problems. So, if you’re applying for an Iran visa, check your passport for the Israel stamp.

Iran Visa For US Citizens With Iranian-American Nationality

If you’re traveling to Iran with your American passport, you have to follow the same travel regulation as US passport holders. Also, the Americans who have American fathers need to obtain an Iran visa.

Can Americans Travel To Iran As Solo Travelers?

Unfortunately, the answer is No. Americans can travel to Iran, but a guide needs to accompany them during their stay in Iran.


You indeed need an organized itinerary, but it’s not a rigid and inflexible plan. Try to discuss your favorite sites and cities with your tour guide to have an enjoyable itinerary. If you like to break away from your group to explore new things, your guide needs to join you.

The closest option to solo travel is traveling with an Iran private tour. In the private tour, your guide is your translator and sometimes your driver. A private tour includes you and your guide. So, your guide can organize the plan as you wish and make it flexible. It’s more expensive than group tours, and it doesn’t give you the same experience as solo travel. Still, it’s the best available option instead of solo travel for Americans traveling to Iran.

If you can’t pay for a private tour, but you need to have a flexible itinerary, small group tours to Iran are another option. Via the small group tours, you can save money and travel around Iran with a small group.

Flights To Iran From The US

In 1976 the first non-stop flight flew between New York and Tehran. Direct flights were flying between Iran and the US until 1980. After stopping direct flights, the tourists who traveled to Iran from the US had to travel through Iran’s neighboring countries or Europe. If you want to travel to Iran from the US, you can choose any international airport in the United States.

If you want to know about the prices, the price of flights to Iran from the US depend on the time and airline (like any other destination!)

Imagine that you’re coming to Tehran from Washington, and it’s not high season. If you don’t care about the journey duration, you can find a flight as cheap as 600$.

Different airlines are offering flights to Iran from the US, for example, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, or Lufthansa. You can even choose multiple airlines to find the best deal.

Is Iran Safe For American Tourist

The first impression of Iran on travelers is Iranian hospitality. No matter who you are or which country you are from, you’re always welcomed here as a guest.

Due to Iranian culture and etiquette, hospitality is a moral value, and it’s vital for Iranians. That’s why Iranians care about their guest’s experience. Contrary to what the mass media is broadcasting about Iran, the country is safe for everybody, both Americans or non-Americans.

Read More : Is Iran Safe For Tourists?


Some Practical Tips For Traveling Iran as US Citizen

If you chose Iran as your destination, you may want to know some tips about this country. So here, we have listed some valuable information for American tourists in Iran.

  • Uber doesn’t work in Iran, but we have our special own taxi services which works like Uber. For example, Snapp or Tap30. Generally, we have every online service here, but the Iranian version!
  • International debit cards don’t work here. You can carry cash (which isn’t suggested) and/or use the Iranian tourist card. Furthermore, IranAmaze can make all the arrangements for getting the Iranian debit card for you.
  • A lot of people can speak English in big touristic cities like TehranShirazIsfahan, etc. However, English isn’t the official language in Iran.
  • Due to the religious and cultural etiquette, there is an Iran dress code. In our comprehensive guide, you can learn more detail on how to dress for your vacation in Iran.
  • Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are blocked in Iran. So, if you need them, download several VPNs.
  • Although the official currency in Iran is Rial, locals use Toman commonly. One Toman is equivalent to ten Rials. So Rial has one zero more than Toman. For example, the driver asks for 10,000 Tomans. Just add one zero, and you have the price in Rial (100,000 Rials)

If you need to use the internet when you are outdoors, buy an Iranian SIM at the airport. It’s pocket-friendly (about 300,000 Rial) and works for one month. The internet is fast in almost every city. IranAmaze can provide this for you as well as an additional service.


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