What are the documents for applying for a visa? How long is it valid? What is Iran E-visa? Can I get an Iran visa on arrival (VOA)? We answer all you need to know about the Iran visa in this article.
Having information about Iran visa and its process brings you peace of mind and saves your time and energy. Here is an ultimate guide to collecting the Iran visa.
Read also: Travel to Iran: Tips for First Travelers
General tips about Iran visa
- If you have dual nationality you should announce it according to your travel documents and passport that you want to carry. Because If the nationality printed on the visa is incompatible with the nationality printed on the passport, the visa will be null.
- Some visa applicants may need to attend a visa interview, though some applicants may not. You should wait until your application passes all required process within 10 business days. If the embassy or consulate informs you that you must have a visa interview, you should attend the interview to complete your visa application process.
- To apply for all kinds of Iran visa, your passport should have at least six months of validity, beyond your travel date. Otherwise, you cannot submit your visa application.
- According to Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, if you visited Israel more than six months prior to your application for an Iran visa, you can get an Iran visa. Otherwise, your visa would be rejected.
- Iran isn’t stamping passports anymore except for nine countries that are eligible for Iran VOA. Hence, for other countries, they give you a separate piece of paper. To extend the visa, you will get a full page stamp.
- Israeli citizens cannot enter Iran. If your previous nationality is Israeli, you cannot collect an Iran visa as well.
Different types of Iran visa
Your purpose of the trip as well as other factors will determine what type of visa suits you best based on the laws and regulations of Iran. According to Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you can apply for eleven types of visas named entry, tourists, pilgrimage, diplomatic services, education, temporary work, transit, media, investment, marital, and medical.
If you want to travel to Iran, a tourist visa is the best choice for you. It is the most kind of visa that is issued by Iran annually.
Which countries do not need to apply for Iran visa?
Based on mutual agreement, citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Georgia, Armenia, Venezuela, Egypt, Malaysia, and China are exempt from applying for a visa to enter Iran.
So if you don’t hold a passport from any of the above countries, you must apply for your visa.
How can I get Iran visa?
Whether you want to collect your visa from an embassy or at an airport, you need to register on Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and receive a visa application reference number. You should submit the number to the officer at the embassy or the airport.
In this way, you should wait for your application to pass all required processes within 10 business days. By changing your application status, a status email will be sent to your email address. You also can check it on the Check Application Status page.
However if you apply with Exotigo, the procedure is 2-3 business day for you.
Remember that electronically submitting your online application is the first step in the visa application process. So what are the next steps? Read on!
You can apply for a visa at one of Iran’s embassies or consulates in your country. The other way is getting Iran visa on arrival (VOA) but this is possible if your country is on the list. However there is always a risk for visa rejection when you apply on your own.
Read also: How Much Money Do You Need to Travel Iran?
Who is eligible for an Iran visa on arrival (VOA)?
All citizens can get Iran VOA except citizens of Canada, UK, U.S., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Jordan, Pakistan, and Somalia.
Besides, the Iranian nationals holding other nationality’s passport are not allowed to get Iran visa on arrival.
Remember that Iran visa on arrival is issued for tourist purposes only. So diplomatic passport and official passports cannot apply for this type of Iran visa.
All nationalities who are eligible for a VOA can get a 14-day free Iran tourist visa if they remain in Kish Island, Persian Gulf.
What is the process of visa on arrival?
When you arrive Iran, at the international airports of the country, you have to fill up an application form and then you should pay your visa fee receipt at the cashier in dollars or euros in cash.
Then, you have to deliver your passport, application form, and receipt to the visa officer and wait for your turn. They will call your name and give your passport back to you with your visa in it or ask you some additional questions before handing your passport over. The whole process may take 20 Minutes to some hours.
Remember to check your visa carefully and let the officer know if there’s anything that is not true about the date or your identification.
Which airports in Iran issue VOA?
If you enter Iran from one of these airports you can get your visa on arrival:
Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA), Mashhad International Airport (MHD), Shiraz International Airport (SYZ), Tabriz International Airport (TBZ), Isfahan International Airport (ISF) are some of airports where the VOA issue.
The others are Kish International Airport (KIH), Lar International Airport (LRR), Ahwaz International Airport (AWZ), Bandar Abbas International Airport (BND), Bushehr International Airport (BUZ), and Qeshm International Airport (GSM).
- Iran visa on arrival at seaports and land borders
If you want to cross seaports or land borders to enter Iran, the wise decision is not to rely on Iran VOA. You can apply E-VOA or double-check the VOA service on the specified border you want to cross. Since issuing VOA policy at the Iranian border may change temporarily due to political and strategical relation between two countries.
However, you can receive an Iran VOA visa in the southern part of Iran at Shahid Bahonar Harbor in Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan Province issues Iran VOA.
In the north of Iran, cyclists and tourists can receive Iran VOA in Astara, Iran-Azerbaijan border in northwestern Iran.
Which documents do I need for Iran VOA?
1. A valid passport with at least 6 months validity
2. Two passport photos to be attached to the Iran visa application form:
Although visa officers take the needed picture with a digital camera but having photos make the procedure faster and easier (female travelers the picture should be with Hijab)
3.Visa fee in cash, to be paid to the airport’s Iran Visa & Passport Office
Iran VOA fee depends on your nationality. At the moment it’s somewhere between 75-150 euros. However, it may be slightly different. Here you can find the fee for your nationality:
4. A confirmed return ticket/hotel voucher
It is not necessary but if you have a rigid plan, your return ticket is a good document. However, a lot of travelers do not have a definite plan and any return ticket and it is fine.
Sometimes, the officer may ask about the hotel reservation. It is a good idea to bring the hotel reservation or voucher you booked for the first days of your sojourn with you.
5. Travel/medical insurance
It is needed for any kind of Iran visa. The terms “Middle East” or “Asia” are not acceptable. Your insurance company should announce that the visa is valid for Iran. Although you can buy insurance at the airport from 14 to 34 euros or buy it in advance through a travel agency.
Here we offer you an easy way to buy your insurance in advance. On Exotigo, the process of buying insurance takes less than five minutes to apply and pay online. We’ll email you your policy within two business days. In this way, you don’t get caught with the wrong insurance anymore since we guarantee your policy’s validity in Iran.
How long is Iran visa valid for?
On the Iran visa sticker, you can find the visa validity. Most of the time it is valid for 30 days. However, if you do not travel Iran in that period, you should re-apply for a new visa.
When you should get an Iran visa in advance from an embassy?
If you want to enter Iran from the land border, it is wise to get your Iran visa in advance. Since at Iran border with Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Armenia, and Turkey there is no office to issue Iran VOA.
If you are the citizen of the country who is exempt from Iran VOA, you should apply for a visa at an Iran’s embassy or consulate in your country.
Besides, if you get your visa in advance, you don’t have to wait for VOA at the airport anymore and you can enter the country immediately. Also, if you don’t have a return flight, you are not concerned anymore about the issuing of your visa.
- Document you need to collect for Iran visa at an embassy:
1.Passport with a minimum of 6-months’ validity
2. A copy of passport
3. two photo size pictures (female travelers the picture should be with Hijab)
4. Visa application form (to be filled at the embassy)
5. Visa application reference number, which you get from the E-visa website of the Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Visa for Americans, UK and Canadian citizens
As you may know, the MFA requires Americans, British and Canadian nationals to make a tour from arrival to departure.
Britons and American citizens should have a confirmed itinerary, which should be requested from a valid tour company. We, at Exotigo, provides you with different kinds of tour packages. You can find your favorite tour and book it on Extogio.
Apply online for your Iran visa!
We, at Exotigo, are happy to assist you to get Iran visa in no time. All things you should do is to fill in the online visa application form in five minutes. It usually takes no more than 3-5 working days, and we provide you with an authentication code by which, the visa is at your hand, and you can collect your visa at an Iranian embassy or an airport in no time.
We are with you all along the process, and you can check your visa status 24/7 on our website. Our support team is open to any questions you have during the process. Plan for your trip to Iran, looking forward to seeing you soon!
How can I extend my visa?
Very easily. If you get a 1-month visa, you can extend it twice for 30 days. This means that you can travel to Iran for up to 90 days.
You can extend your visa at any Immigration Visa Office in any provincial capital. Yazd or Esfahan are very popular places to extend your visa among travelers.
Last but not the least
You can apply for an Iran visa at an embassy or if your country is eligible for VOA, collect it when you arrive in Iran. Reading the article, you see the process is not complicated and you can follow it very easily. We, at Exotigo, can assist you to collect your visa even more stress-free.
Don’t hesitate to ask any questions. Our support team is ready to answer you!