A man holding an open passport in front of his face with the stamp of Iranian visaA man holding an open passport in front of his face with the stamp of Iranian visa

How to Get Iran Tourist Visa?

Time to read: 10 Mins | Published on December 21, 2019
We gathered the latest update for getting Iran E-visa. It includes necessary information about Iran visa application form online for getting a visa in advance.

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Increasing the interconnections between different countries and cultures are important. Therefore, authorities started to facilitate entering their countries. Recently, Iran government took several steps to make Iran visa policy easier. For instance, tourists can travel to Iran without a passport stamp. In addition, 11 nationalities can enter Iran without a visa. Also, citizens of about 70 countries can get their visas at Iran International airports. Here we listed important Iran visa information you would need.  Following these important steps will guarantee your success.

Who Needs Iran Visit Visa?

Recently, the authorities are trying to facilitate getting an Iranian visa. So more nationalities are exempt from Iran visit visas. Also, more zones are eligible for visa-free traveling. Here is the list:

Visiting Iran without a visa

1. Citizens of 11 countries can travel Iran without a visa. These Iran visa-free countries are (the 2019 update):

    • Azerbaijan
    • Bolivia
    • Turkey
    • Syria
    • Lebanon
    • Georgia
    • Armenia
    • Venezuela
    • Egypt
    • Malaysia
    • China

2. Citizens of all countries (except Israel) can enter all free zones with a 14-day free Iran visa on arrival (VOA). They are:

    • Kish Island
    • Qeshm Island
    • Chabahar
    • Makoo
    • Bandar Anzali
    • Aras

3. Iranian who didn’t renounce their Iranian citizenship (they have Iranian passport) can enter Iran without a visa.

What are Iran visa types?

Likely, you can’t enter Iran without a visa. So you need Iran visit visa. Iran visa types are:

  1. Business visa
  2. Transit visa
  3. Tourist visa
  4. Visa on arrival
  5. Entry visa
  6. Pilgrimage visa
  7. Education visa
  8. Temporary Work visa
  9. Media visa
  10. Investment visa
  11. Marital visa
  12. Medical visa

If you are going to visit Iran, the best option is Iran tourist visa. But how you can get Iran visit visa? Now you have two different ways:

Two Methods of Getting Tourist Visa

1. Get a visa in advance: You can go to Iran consulate in your city and ask Iran tourist visa.

2. Get on arrival visa (VOA): You can acquire your visa at Iran international airports. (except 11 countries

Both types have their pros and cons. We’ll get into the necessary details about these types. Notice that Iran tourist visa validity is 30 days and can be extended another 30 days.

How to Get Iran Travel Visa in Advance?

In this type, a traveler must apply for a visa before traveling to Iran. They have to go to Iran consular office or embassy in his/her country. A tourist can apply for a visa in person or through a travel agency. Here we discuss the details.

Benefits

Less risk: It’s less likely that your visa application gets denied. There are several reports from travelers who applied in person that their visa was rejected.

More time saving: If you get already your visa, at the airport you can enter the country immediately. In some cases, the VOA process takes several hours.

How to get Iran in advance visa through a host or travel agency?

To get in advance visa, you need to follow these steps:

1. Choose a travel agency or tour operator.
Firstly, you need to choose a travel agency to start this process. Our agency, IranAmaze, has prepared Iran visa service for you. So you can fill out our Iran visa application form. You should answer all questions accurately and completely. You need to have several things prepared before starting the process. These are the necessary items:

    • A digital image of the first page of your passport. This copy is required to be:
      • In JPEG or PDF format
      • In color
      • Less than 500 KB
      • Clear and readable
      • In a rectangular aspect ratio

It’s needless to say, having a passport with at least 6 months’ validity and 2 blank pages are necessary.

    • A personal digital photo. This photo is required to be:
      • In JPEG or  JPG format
      • In color
      • Less than 500 KB
      • Taken within last month
      • In a rectangular aspect ratio
      • Taken in front of a white background
      • The photo must be full-face, with open eyes, without eyeglasses or hat

2. Visa service fee: you should pay this charge to the agency that applies visa for you. Iran visa service fee for travelers who take Iran tours with IranAmaze is free. However, you can get a visa without taking tours. If you don’t want a tour, Iran visa service fee for US, UK and CA citizens is 100 euros, and for others, it is 20 euros.

3. Iran visa authorization code: Iran visa code that is also known as “reference code” or “Iran visa grant notice”, is a necessary code for getting the visa. It takes about 2-10 working days. For US, UK and CA citizens, it takes about two months.

4. Collect visa: once you received the Iran visa authorization code, you can choose to pick up your visa at Iran embassies or consulates or airports. You can collect it in any country of your choice. Just mention it in your form.

You can collect your visa at:

  • Iran embassy/consulate. If there is an Iran embassy in your country, you can choose it. It’s not necessary to collect the visa in person. You can post your documents and wait for the result.
  • Iran international airports. If your country isn’t in the above list, likely, Iran doesn’t have embassy/consulate over there. So you can collect your visa at Iran airports. But notice citizens of some countries cannot collect their visa at Iran airports. More information is in the “getting VOA” topic. Here, you have to choose Iran embassy/consulate in nearby countries.

Collecting visa at Iran airports: You can collect your visa at these airports:

  • Imam Khomeini Airport (IKA)
  • Tehran Mehrabad Airport (THE)
  • Shiraz International Airport (SYZ)
  • Mashhad International Airport (MHD)
  • Tabriz International Airport (TBZ)

Necessary documents for collecting visa:

whether you collect your visa at Iran airports or an embassy, these documents are needed:

    • Iran visa authorization code
    • A passport with at least 6 months validity
    • A copy of your passport
    • Iran travel insurance: Without Iran travel insurance, you can’t collect your visa from Iran embassy/consulate or visa office at the airport. Pay attention that Iran is clearly mentioned in the insurance. Some companies mention “Asia” or “Middle East”, but it’s not enough for the officer. In other words, just “Iran” is acceptable.
      Travel insurance fee depends on your nationality and how many days you want to stay in Iran. It’s about 10-15 Euros.
    • Iran visa fee: it depends on your nationality. You should pay something between 30 to 145 euros.

Either you pick up your visa at the embassy or airport, all ORIGINAL documents are needed.

How long does it take to get my visa after collecting my documents? It takes 2-3 days, but in some cases, it took 2-3 weeks.

How to get Iran in advance visa in person?

It’s very similar to getting Iran tourist visa through an agency. But there are some important differences:

  1. The process is the same, but you fill out Iran visa application form from MFA website in person. You should wait for the Iran visa code.
  2. It takes at least 2-3 weeks to get the code. But through a travel agency, it was about 2-10 days.
  3. Recently, there are several reports from travelers who applied in person, and they are refused. Authorities told to choose a travel agency in Iran for applying for the visa and getting the code.
  4. If you choose to get your visa in person, expect at least 6 weeks as the wait time to get your visa.
  5. The only benefit is a free visa service fee. It’s about 20 euros that you don’t pay to Iran travel agency. In conclusion, it’s a high-risk choice, and we don’t suggest it.

How to Get Iran Travel Visa on Arrival ?

Diplomatic ties between different countries have a substantial impact on visa application conditions. In the last topic, we discussed getting visa in advance. But many nationalities can get their visa at airports. This visa is called Iran travel visa on arrival or VOA. This type of visa is attractive because you can get your visa without the usual hassles of booking visa appointment. Also, this type is suitable for travelers who decide to visit Iran suddenly. The validity of Iran travel visa on arrival is 14-30 day, and you can extend it for 14 days.

Some Risks

1. You can’t rely on it 100%. Maybe you would be rejected at Iran airport so you will lose your flight money.

2.Waiting at airports can be another good reason to apply for visa in advance.

Which airports are qualified for an Iran travel visa on arrival?

  1. Imam Khomeini Airport (IKA)
  2. Tehran Mehrabad Airport (THE)
  3. Shiraz International Airport (SYZ)
  4. Mashhad International Airport (MHD)
  5. Tabriz International Airport (TBZ)

We recommend choosing Imam Khomeini Airport for getting VOA.

Which countries cannot get Iran travel visa on arrival?

  1. US
  2. UK
  3. Canada
  4. Iraq
  5. Pakistan
  6. Afghanistan
  7. Bangladesh
  8. Jordan
  9. Colombia
  10. Somalia

Iraqis can get VOA only at Mashhad airport.

What are the Iran visa requirements for Iran travel visa on arrival?

If you didn’t apply beforehand and you don’t have an Iran visa authorization code, you need:

  1. Your passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. A personal photo. It’s attached to the application visa form.
  3. Return flight ticket within the next 30 days
  4. Hotel or hostel reservation voucher. Take care to have your hotel/hostel contact. Consulate officers may call the hotel.
  5. Iran travel insurance: Iran must be mentioned clearly in the insurance. “Asia” or even “Middle East” is not acceptable. If you don’t have Iran travel insurance, you can purchase it at the airport. It costs about 15 euros.
  6. Iran visa fee: you have to pay it at the airport. It depends on your country, and it’s 30-145 euros.
  7. Travel itinerary: it’s better to have a printout of your travel itinerary. The officer can check the detailed plan and your destinations. So it can reduce the risk of rejection.

Iran Visa Fee

You pay the fee to the Iran embassy. It depends on your nationality, but it would range from 30-145 euros. In this table, we listed the details:

NoCountryFee (euro)
1New Zealand150
2Sierra Leone- Chile145
3China – Taiwan100
4South Africa- Ukraine80
5Germany- Austria- Spain75
6Poland- Hungary- Belgium75
7Netherland- Romania- Denmark75
8France- Finland- Cyprus75
9Czech- Latvia- Luxemburg75
10Ghana- Qatar- Cuba- Gabon- Guinea75
11Zambia- Mongolia- Moldavia70
12Madagascar- Malawi- El Salvador60
13Philippine- Panama- Fiji- Nigeria55
14Macedonia- Bosnia- Kazakhstan50
15Indonesia- Tunis- Zimbabwe- Kyrgyzstan- Mexico- Niger- Venezuela- Palestine45
16Belarus25
17Armenia- Bahrain10
18Australia145
19UAE-Uganda- Chad- Vietnam100
20Serbia85
21Brazil – Hong Kong80
22Italy- Ireland- Bulgaria- Greece75
23Sweden- Switzerland- Portugal75
24Thailand- Singapore- Oman75
25Island- Slovenia- Estonia- Slovakia75
26Lithonia- Malta- Norway75
27Russia- Uzbekistan- Argentina70
28Japan- Turkmenistan- Guyana60
29Cameron- Kenya- Kuwait- Tanzania60
30South Korea- Croatia- India50
31Paraguay- Senegal50
32Ecuador- Nepal- Yemen- Eritrea40
33Tajikistan- Algeria- Bhutan- Morocco- Libya- Egypt- Saudi Arabia30
34Malaysia10

If you want to get in advance visa through an Iranian travel agency, you need to pay the “visa service fee” to the agency. It is about 20 euros. The charge of Iran visa for US citizens, UK citizens, and Canadian citizens is about 100 euros.

As we told, if you take IranAmaze travel tours, Iran visa service fee is free.

How to get Iran tourist visa: The ultimate information in 2020

Fatemeh Tabatabaei

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FAQ

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How long is an Iran tour visa valid?

For VOA it’s from 14 to 30 days. For in advance visa, the maximum days you can spend in Iran is 30 days.

Can I extend my Iran tourist visa?

Yes, it’s pretty easy. You can extend your tourist visa for another 30 days. But it’s hard to extend it again, up to 90 days. If you have a 15-day VOA, you can extend it to 30 days. But it’s a little bit difficult. You can extend your visa in Tehran and almost all major cities.

Why is an Iran visa application rejected?

Rejection process isn’t evident. But recent reports confirm the following circumstances may affect visa application:

    • No Israelis are allowed to enter Iran. In addition, any traveler who has ever visited Israel possibly can’t get an Iranian visa.
    • Business visa application is denied, and after that, you apply for a tourist visa. It’s likely your tourist visa will be rejected.
    • If you’re a political activist against Iran in times past.

You must follow the visa rules. Prepare all Iran visa requirements and fill out the application form carefully and honestly. You have to explain the purpose of travel and your itinerary should prove your claim. Invalid Iran visa grant notice can be a reason for Iran visa denial.

Can American, British and Canadian travel to Iran?

Yes. But, American, British, and Canadian cannot get VOA. Besides, take care American, Canadian and British visa holders must apply through an Iranian travel agency and the process will be longer. It’s better to mention that Iran is safe. And all nationalities are welcomed here.

How long does it take to get Iran tourist visa?

If you apply through a travel agency, it takes about 2 weeks.
You can get VOA once you arrived in Iran at the airports.

What is the best time to apply for Iran visa?

You should apply 1-2 months beforehand.

If there is no Iran embassy/consulate, what can I do?

You have to choose Iran embassy/consulate in nearby countries. Also, you can get VOA. But some nationalities are not eligible to get VOA. Please check it before your travel.

How to get Iran multiple entry visa?

It’s possible to get, but it’s difficult. Foreign Minister Affair claims it’s possible to get multiple visa. But there are many reports about the rejection of multiple visa applications.

Is my nationality important in Iran visa application process?

According to the rules, all nationalities excluding Israeli passport holders can apply for Iran visa. Other nationalities can enter Iran without a visa, with visa on arrival or in advance visa.

How long after getting Iran visa I can enter Iran?

Once you get a visa you can enter Iran. You must enter Iran within 2 months. Otherwise, the visa will expire.