Iran Tourist Visa – Application, Requirements and Duration

Did you choose Iran as your tourism destination? That’s a good choice because Iran is a beautiful country with a rich history and amiable people. An Iran Tourist Visa will give you at least 30 days to see beautiful cities like Bourojerd with its breathtaking snow peaks, Persian houses, and lovely mosques.

It would be almost impossible to see all of Iran for the 30 days that a tourist visa will give you because not only is the country extensive and densely populated (with over 86 million people), but every part of the country is beautiful and fascinating.

To visit Iran, start by obtaining a tourist visa. Iran’s tourist visa is a bit different from the usual because there are very few countries whose citizens may visit Iran without a visa. Now that you have chosen Iran as your destination for tourism, you should know many things before you visit. This article will look at the Iran Tourist Visa – Application, Requirements, and Duration.

About Iran Tourist Visa

Foreign nationals who want to enter the country for sightseeing or to visit relatives obtain an Iran Tourist visa.

To obtain an Iran Tourist Visa, you must first contact an Iranian Travel Agency, which will issue you a Letter of Invitation called an Iran Visa Code. The agency will, in turn, apply to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Once approved, the agency will send you a visa code which you will take to the Iran Embassy or Consulate for your visa.

Who can apply for an Iran Tourist Visa?

Citizens of the following country must apply for an Iran Tourist Visa to visit the country:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Libya
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Yemen

Are you eligible for an Iran Visa on Arrival (VOA)?

There are few countries whose citizens are not eligible for a Visa on Arrival. If you are a citizen of the countries listed below, you will not be able to obtain a VOA from an Iranian International Airport.

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Pakistan
  • Somalia
  • UK
  • USA

However, you may not want to risk getting a VOA because your application can still be denied at the airport. So it is advisable to get a consular visa.

Requirements for an Iran Tourist Visa

The following are general requirements for a Tourist Visa to Iran:

  • Iran Tourist Visa Application Form
  • Your passport with a validity of at least six months
  • Two copies of your recent photo of the 3.5 x 4.5cm measurement
  • Return flight ticket
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Payment of visa fees

Additional requirements for US, UK, or Canadian Citizens

The United States, United Kingdom, and Canadian nations must fulfill certain conditions to visit Iran

  • They must have their itinerary approved by the travel agency
  • They can only enter and leave the country through air borders
  • A detailed resume must accompany their application. This is a 2-3 page document listing your education and employment history. It’s almost like a curriculum vitae for a job application. The write-up must be in short paragraphs and indicate your hobbies and interests. If you are not employed, you must indicate this in your resume. Bear in mind that your application could be rejected for an unsatisfactory resume.

How to apply for an Iran Tourist Visa

The first thing you must do before applying for an Iran Tourist Visa is to get a sponsor. In this case, it will be an Iranian tour agency. The sponsor will issue a letter of invitation to you. With this letter and the rest of the required documents, you can apply for a visa at any Iranian embassy in your country.

Step #1. Get an Iran Visa Code

The visa code is the letter of invitation that will be sent to you by the travel agent or a friend who will sponsor you. If you receive the visa code, your sponsor has applied to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has been approved. However, if you prefer to apply for the visa code by yourself, you can do this through the website of MFA.

Step #2. Submit your documents to the embassy of Iran

Visit your country’s Iran embassy or consulate with your visa code and other required documents. If there is no embassy or consulate of Iran in your country, you may have to go to another embassy that has an arrangement with Iran to receive its visa applications. For example, the United States has an Iranian Interests Section in the Embassy of Pakistan. This is where US citizens go to submit their visa applications.

Please note that some Iran embassies would prefer that you apply by mail. However, you cannot complete your visa application electronically. Therefore, it would be best if you went to the embassy for the visa.

Electronic Visa Application

If you want to start your online application, this is what to do:

  • Scan your passport as a picture
  • Scan your photograph too. Let your face take up about 80% of the space.
  • Fill out your visa application form
  • Submit the application
  • You will receive a verification code by email, and you must type it onto the verification page
  • After you verify your email, you will see a confirmation page with a barcode
  • Print the page and write down the tracking code
  • Use the tracking code to track your application
  • With the code, visit the Iranian embassy in your country and other required documents, and submit your documents to receive your visa.
  • You may have to enter a visa interview.

How to apply for Visa on Arrival

The procedure for a VOA is similar to that of an electronic visa application, but after your application is processed, you will receive a Grant Notice if approved.

Print out the Grant Notice and take it with you when you travel. Don’t forget the required documents.

Remember that your application for a visa on arrival can still be denied at the Iranian airport. Therefore, choosing a consular visa in place of a VOA is always advisable.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the Iran Tourist Visa fee?

The visa fee depends on your nationality, the embassy, and the visa process. Usually, the fee is between 30 to 150 Euros.

What is the processing period for an Iran Tourist Visa?

It takes from five to seven working days to receive the Visa Code from your sponsor. But US, UK, or Canadian citizens will wait a little longer as theirs may take between 1 and 3 months. Once you have the visa code, you can apply for a visa, which will take between one to 14 days, depending on your nationality.

However, if you are eligible to apply for a Visa on Arrival, you can get this within a few hours of getting to Iran.

What is the validity period of an Iran Tourist Visa?

An Iran Tourist Visa is valid for 30 days starting from the day of your arrival in Iran.

Can I extend my Iran Tourist Visa?

You can extend your tourist visa for another 30 days if you want. All you have to do is visit the Police Department of Aliens Affairs in a major Iranian city. But that is if you have a consular visa or a VOA. Take note that if your original visa is for 30 days, you will get an additional 30 days, but if you’re in Iran with a 15 days visa, you can only get a further 15 days.

What should I expect when I visit Iran as a tourist?

You will be stunned when you arrive in Iran! The first surprise will be the Iranian inter-city transport system. Petrol price in Iran is unbelievably low, making public transport a realistic option for many people. For example, the Tehran-Kashan route is a 2-hour trip that costs 160000 Rials (3.72 Euro), and there’s even a complimentary pack of snacks to go with your bus fare. Even more interesting is that buses are spacious and the seats can be adjusted to form a bed.

If you are a woman, you must wear a hijab, though you can dress as colorfully as you want. Just know that if you take off your hijab in public and a religious policeman catches you, you will only be made to put it on again.

Conclusion

In addition to what you should expect when you visit Iran, you may find that non-Iranian websites do not operate in the country. So don’t struggle to log in to your Facebook, Instagram, or Youtube account unless you have downloaded a VPN app before arriving.

Also, don’t let your trip stop at Tehran, Shiraz, and Esfahan. There are other unique places like Kashan and Yazd. Let your tour guide know you want to pack a lifetime of Iran into this one visit. Sure enough, you’ll have a very memorable holiday in Iran. Have fun.

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