So you are at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA). After being on the plane, you reach Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran.  You have a connecting flight and you want to know about this Tehran airport and the process you should observe.

Here you can find information about connecting flights, and some general information about IKA. So read on and find more about these issues:

Read also: Travel to Iran: Tips for First Travelers

General information about Imam Khomeini International Airport

Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) hosts international flights in Iran’s capital. It is about 40 kilometers south of Tehran on the way to the Tehran-Qom highway. All international flight except Haj charter is hosted by the IKA while all domestic flights are landed at Mehrabad International Airport.

There are all facilities including cubical taxi stands, stores, gift shops, coffee shops, and food vendors. The IKA has two terminals, terminal 1 and terminal 2.


Do you need visa for connecting flight at IKA?

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No! Unless you do not go to exit transit during your layover, you do not need an Iran visa. In fact, Tehran does not have an online check-in system. When there is no transit desk air-side, you want to clear customs on the land-side.

In this case, you can easily enter the transit hall without any visa for up to 12 hours. As soon as you arrive, leave your passport and ticket to the airport guard who is in the transit hall and take them back when it is near your next flight. Absolutely you should have your ticket and boarding pass on both sides. With a boarding pass, you are allowed to enter the departure area where you can find coffee shops and food vendors.

If you have any baggage, they retrieve them to you and you should check them on your second flight.

Remember to observe the rules. The female traveler without hijab, covering their hair and long sleeves and pants, are not allowed to leave the plane.

Read more: Iran visa policy for different nationalities

Last but not least

You do not need a visa for your connecting flights at IKA. All you need is to wait for your next flight and give your passport and ticket to the officer for a boarding pass.


  1. That’s quite a few number of dining and lounge facilities to chill and enjoy after long flights. Free WIFI and massage chair is some more options that you can consider.

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