Any person, but the exceptions mentioned earlier, is granted a tourist visa if they intend to travel in Iran or to visit family and friends under the regulations of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The length of a tourist visa is 30 days which is expendable in Iran. The visa expires after 3 months passes the date of issue.
There is no need for any reference from Iran, depending on your nationality and the referred consulate, to apply for a visa and submit your documents and receive it. But sometimes your efforts could be futile especially if you are applying out of your country. It is due to the fact that most consulates need an authorization letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran. When you acquire this letter, you have literally passed the hard part and there isn’t much left to do. Normally it takes 1 or 2 days to gain your visa after having your visa code.
** Almost all nationalities except Israeli nationals can get a visa to visit Iran. American, Canadian, British nationals need to be included in a guided tour in order to be granted a visa, but any other nationality can travel to Iran without the need for being in a tour or even any reservations ahead of time.
The consulate is granted the permission to issue a visa for you when the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs receives a formal application which is based on your submitted data. You have to be extra careful when submitting your detailed information since they have to match your passport and documents details and they will be sent to the consulate to collect the visa.
A confirmation email will be sent when your application is received so that you assure your application has been successfully received and also recheck your details. Your application is simultaneously being submitted to MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). You are expected to inform us if you don’t get this email in 24 hours.
You are charged EUR35.00 for the service whose bill and payment procedures are sent to you in your confirmation email. Have in mind that this charge and the visa fee charge collected by the consulate in order to stamp your visa are totally different (step 5). Depending on your payment option a transfer fee might be added to your bill for transferring money to Iran.
At the end the result is the authorization letter which will be sent to the consulate you have included in your form. In order to collect your visa, you are given a reference code to your letter which is called “Visa Authorization Code”. Each code is only acceptable to the consulate it has been issued for, and it expires in 3 months. It is possible to change the consulate with an extra charge if you ask us to do so.
Receiving the code, you need to go to the consulate with your passport which is at least 6 months valid, the completed visa application form (which can be picked from the consulate or be downloaded from their website), 2 new passport size photos (with covered hair for ladies, at some consulates), the visa fee (depending on your nationality) and the authorization reference code, (Always check the needed documents with the consulate, as each consulate is different from to another.) it is possible to do the procedure in this step via email. You can always contact the consulate for more information. Here is the list of all Iranian consulates.
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Nationals of the following countries holding ordinary passports and wishing to visit Iran, can obtain a two-weeks Tourist Visa Upon Arrival at the airports of :IKA : Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport
|New Zealand||North Korea||Norway|
|Saudi Arabia (KSA)||Singapore||Slovak (Rep.)|
|United Arab Emirates||Uzbekistan||Venezuela|
|Vietnam||Yugoslavia Fed. Rep.|
If you meet all the conditions explained above, you may fill the below form in order to get a pre-approval for an airport visa. You will be also given a document with which you can board the flight for Iran without a visa in your passport.
The service cost is EUR60.00 per person
Foreigners with the intention of business, commercial, cultural, or industrial are required to hold an “entry” visa which is basically a “business” visa.
People intending to participate in various conferences such economical or cultural, or they are visiting Iran for sporting events, are also supposed to apply for entry visa. An invitation letter from the company/organization you are planning to visit is necessary.
If time is not an issue and you have at least 8 weeks before your planned trip to Iran, it is possible to apply for a visa in the nearest Iranian embassy.
Should you apply for a press visa independently, you are to contact the nearest Iranian embassy to your current residential address and get an application form or download one. Click here for a list of Iranian Embassies.
The next step is obtaining your invitation letter from the business sponsoring you in Iran.