A wide range of people visits Iran every year with different purposes such as leisure, education or even employment. Although citizens of a few countries can enter Iran Visa-free, citizens of the rest of the world need a Visa to enter Iran. Use the Visa Assistant Tool to check if you need a Visa, the cost, and the requirements to apply for Iran Visa. Click on Apply for Iran Visa to submit your request by filling a simple Visa Application form and get your Visa in 2 business days.
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- Do you even need an Iran Visa?
- What are the costs and requirements?
- How long does it take to get your Iran Visa?
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- Upload required documents
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This article explains and covers everything you need to know about how to get an Iran Visa. We explore every option individually and show you the pros and cons. This is a complete guideline for getting an Iran Visa and we update this article regularly.
What is an Iran Visa on Arrival?
Your first option speaks for itself. You don’t need to get a Visa before traveling to Iran. You can simply apply for an Iran Visa on Arrival (VOA) in the airport. Citizens of most countries can apply for an Iran Visa on Arrival and the process usually takes about an hour assuming the line is not too long. Although Visa on arrival is the most common option, it’s not the safest option as there is a small chance of getting rejected.
What is an Iran E-Visa and why you should get one?
Iran E-Visa is another option for you. E-Visa is an electronic Visa application system, launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 2017 to make the Visa process easier. You can submit for an E-Visa on MFA site or any eligible tourist agency. E-Visa is the most secure way to get a Visa for Iran. You get your authorization code before arriving and there is no chance of getting rejected after you arrive in the country. The Visa process will be much faster as you wouldn’t have to stand in lines and it will be cheaper than VOA if you choose to pick your Visa in an Iranian embassy or general consulate.
What do you need to prepare for Iran Visa on Arrival?
- A valid passport in good conditions
- A Travel Insurance that covers Iran, otherwise you need to buy insurance at the airport
- Your Travel Itinerary or at least the first-night accommodation
What do you need to get an Iran E-Visa?
- You need to fill a Visa application
- Send a proper passport-style ID photo
- Send a scan from the first page of your passport
Our advice is to submit on trusted tourist agency sites due to the following reasons:
It takes only 2-3 Iran business days (Saturday to Wednesday) for an agency to give you the confirmation code while in some cases it can take 10-15 days for MFA. Since getting rejected by MFA is very common, the MFA site usually asks applicants to apply through an eligible tourist agency. If the application gets rejected your travel agency can negotiate and complete demanded forms or documents and reapply, while MFA does not provide this option. You can simply Apply for Your E-Visa for a reasonable price and with 24/7 online support.
Can the US, UK and Canadian citizens travel to Iran?
Citizens of the US, UK, and Canada need to apply for an E-Visa via a trusted tourist agency and have a registered escort tour guide expecting them at the airport. According to the MFA, the process takes about 70 days. However, it is advised to apply for your travel to Iran 3 months prior to your visit as the process might take longer.
How should the US, Uk, and Canadian citizens apply for an E-Visa?
First, you should fill the Visa Application Form, send your ID photo and the scan of the passport’s first page as mentioned. In addition to that, you need to send your resume. The resume or CV should contain educational qualifications, career backgrounds, and accommodations. A detailed travel itinerary is also needed, which can be organized by your travel agency based on your interests. Check out our tours page for more information.
Do women need to wear a scarf on the passport photo (Photo ID)?
Passport photo doesn’t need to be with a scarf. However, female travelers are obliged to wear Hijab (scarf, stockings, and sleeves) when in Iran. The passport photo should follow the below rules:
- In color
- In .jpg or .jpeg file format
- Equal to or less than 500 kilobytes
- In a rectangular aspect ratio (height must be greater than width)
- Do not wear a hat, eyeglasses or head covering
- Photos digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable
- Wearing headscarf is not a must.
Do they stamp my passport in Iran?
As some countries could be sensitive about Iran stamps on passports, your passport will not be stamped. The authorities at the airport will give you the stamp and sticker on a separate document to prevent potential problems in the future.
Who can travel to Kish and Qeshm Visa-free?
Kish and Qeshm are two wonderful Islands with glorious nature, modern shopping centers, and hospitable people. Citizens of most countries can visit these free-trade zones for 14 days Visa-free. There is the option of extending your Visa up to 6 months but you should submit your request before the 10th day of your stay. Of course in order to leave free-trade zone cities for traveling to other parts of Iran you need to get an Iranian Visa in the Foreign Affairs Representative Offices.
Can the US, UK and Canadian citizens travel to Kish without applying for Visa?
The answer is yes! Citizens of the UK, US and Canada can visit Kish and Qeshm Islands Visa-free but they must have a registered tour guide waiting for them in the airport. We suggest contacting a travel agency to hire a trusted and registered tour guide. Contact our Support Team for more information.
What other countries except for the UK, USA, and Canada, cannot get an Iran Visa on Arrival?
Citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Jordan, Pakistan, and Somalia cannot get an Iran Visa on Arrival. Citizens of these mentioned countries must apply for an E-Visa which takes the normal time of 2-3 Iran business days. They don’t need to send their resume (CV) or have a registered tour guide expecting them in the airport.
Note: You cannot get an Iran Visa if you were born in Israel or want to apply with an Israeli passport.
Which countries do not need a Visa for Iran?
The citizens of the following countries don’t need a Visa to visit Iran:
- China (only for 15 days)
- Syria (only if they are flying directly from Damascus)
How much does Iran Visa cost?
The Iran Visa fee differs depending on your nationality and the Place of Visa Issue (where you intend to collect your visa and pay the stamp fee). You can use Termeh Travel’s Visa Fee Finder to check the cost for your Iran Visa.
How long is an Iranian Visa valid for?
An Iran visa is valid for 30 days, however, you can extend your visa before the 30 days finishes.
How should I extend my Iran visa?
You can extend your Iran visa twice which brings your stay in Iran to a total of 90 days. The cost of visa extension is less than five euros each time. In order to extend the visa, the applicant should visit the Passport and Immigration Office in major cities, provided below:
- Address: Qom, Shahid Lavasani St
- Phone: 025 3772 3838
- Bahonar boulevard, Valieasr Alley
- Phone: 035 1724 4055
- Address: Razavi Khorasan Province, Mashhad, District 9
- Phone: 051 3822 5280
- Address: Fars Province, Shiraz, Modaress boulevard
- Phone: 071 3725 0028
- Address: Tehran Province, Tehran, Shahr Ara Street
- Phone: 021 6693 5058
- Address: Isfahan Province, Isfahan, Rudaki Bypass
- Phone: 031 3218 4547
How long does it take to get an Iranian Visa?
You can get an E-Visa which takes 2-3 Iran business days (Saturday to Wednesday) if you contact a trusted travel agency like Termeh Travel.
Note: For Citizens of the US, UK or Canada it might take up to 3 months to apply for an Iran Visa.
Does Iran accept dual citizenship?
If you have dual citizenship, one from the UK, US or Canada and one from other countries, for example, Germany, you don’t need to mention the US, UK or Canadian Passport. You can use your German passport to get a Visa on Arrival or get an E-Visa.
How should I get an Iran Visa if I’m traveling by land?
Tourists who want to travel to Iran by land should apply for an E-Visa. In the application form, they should select their desired embassy or consulate (the closest one to their city) in “Place of Visa Issue” section, you can use Termeh Visa Assistant Tool for your Place of Visa Issue. E-Visa usually takes 2-3 business days to be confirmed. After the confirmation, they have 30 days to visit the embassy or consulate and get their Visa.
Note: The Visa itself is valid for 90 days and you need to travel to Iran in this period.
Do Indians need a Visa for Iran?
The answer is Yes. India used to be among the countries that couldn’t get an Iran Visa on Arrival. Fortunately, since 23rd July 2018, Indians can get a VOA in Iran’s International Airports and the process is the same as other countries.
What are the Iran visa requirements for Pakistani citizens?
The requirements are the same as any other country. You can find them using our Visa Assisstant page.