The application for issuing the Iran visa on arrival for touristy purposes can be made directly at some of the main entry points such as international airports or even in some of the southern ports of the Persian Gulf. The number of these entry points is increasing, but for now the following airports / ports are among the so-called places where they issue visas on arrival for tourist travel to Iran:
IKA: Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran
SYZ: Shiraz International Airport
ISF: Isfahan International Airport
MHD: Mashhad International Airport
TBZ: Tabriz International Airport
BND: Shahid Bahonar Port in Bandar Abbas
KIH: International Airport in Kish
Since it is not possible to guarantee the issuance of the Iran visa on arrival, we recommend that you apply for it at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran or the Iranian Consulate in your country. Those interested in obtaining Iran visa on arrival should keep in mind that to expedite the issuance the visa at Iranian international airports such as IKA, they must take the following measures (at least two days before of the trip):
- Apply for an e-Visa application.
- Present a paper copy of the dispatch notice at the Visa counter upon Arrival at IKA airport or other entry points. The notice would be available once after completing the online visa application form. You can ask a tourist agency to fill it in for you. Persia Top Tours Visa Department can help you in this way.
Documents required for issuing Iran visa on arrival
To apply for an Iranian visa, it is absolutely necessary that each applicant presents himself on the day of the appointment at the visa center already in possession of all the following documents:
- Completed application forms (they can be requested and filled in directly at the consulate or downloaded from the embassy website or Foreign Ministry of Iran website and filled in previously);
- Two passport-sized photos.
- Passport with residual validity of at least 6 months at the time of entry into the country (two consecutive free pages and no entry stamp in Israel);
- Health insurance covering the entire duration of the stay in Iran (already stipulated or to be stipulated at the airport in Iran);
- Round trip ticket;
- Confirmation of hotel reservation in Iran (The reservation can also be for one night only, the important thing is that there is);
* Please note
Documents must be produced in original and delivered in English (or translated into Persian).
To make an appointment, you can register on the embassy website or go to the Iranian Consulate personally, take the number and wait for your turn.
After being called to deliver the documents and leave handprints, hopefully, the consular fee of 75 euros per person is paid and a receipt for the withdrawal of the passport with a visa is given. This receipt must be kept carefully because with it anyone can collect the passport, even those who are not the owner.
It takes about two weeks to collect the passport with the Iran visa valid for a stay of up to one month.
Who can apply for Iran visa on arrival?
Iranians are hospitable and invite all the people of the world to visit their wonderful country. The procedure for applying for an Iranian tourist visa for citizens of many countries has been greatly facilitated by the Iranian government and the proposal for reciprocal visa waiver programs with some nations is announced.
Most, but not all, citizens of all countries can apply for an Iran visa and get it probably without any problems. The Iran visa on arrival usually lasts for 30 days. The procedure for obtaining an Iranian visa as for any other country depends on your nationality. Currently it is possible to obtain a visa on arrival for Iran for citizens of 70 countries of the world among which are:
Azerbaijan, Albania, Germany, Argentina, South Africa, Austria, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Spain, Australia, Slovenia, Slovakia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Ukraine, Italy, Ireland, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunetti, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Portugal, Peru, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, China, Denmark, Russian Federation, Romania, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, France, Palestine, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Croatia, South Korea, North Korea, Cuba, Kuwait, Georgia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Poland, Malaysia, Hungary, Mongolia, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Venezuela, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Yugoslavia and Greece.
There are some restrictions on issuing visa on arrival for citizens of some countries. All European citizens can apply for an Iran visa on arrival at the entry points except British citizens.
Compared to other continents, citizens of Somalia, Jordan, Colombia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan cannot obtain a visa at the airport and must apply at the Iranian Embassy or Consulate of the country where they are resident. Also, citizens of UK, Canada and USA cannot get Iranian visa on arrival and must submit their visa application 30-50 days prior to arrival and their travel must be arranged in a group. For the duration of their trip to Iran they must be accompanied by an authorized tour guide.
** Please note: “This is provisional information. Please check with the airline or travel agency before traveling to Iran. Laws and regulations can be changed without notice “.
Countries whose citizens are visa-free for short stays
There is an exemption from the entry visa requirement for stays from 15 to 90 days for tourism, mission, business, invitation, sports competition and study for citizens of Lebanon, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia and Syria. On the expiry date of the residence permit, it is possible to request renewal from the Immigration Police.
Anyway, the most reliable way to obtain Iran visa, is applying via a local agency. If you need any help, we at Persia Top Tours, can help you organize your visa obtaining process in the best secured way.