Iran Visa

Requirements for Iran Visa

Traveling to Iran requires a visa; unless you are a citizen of Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Bolivia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Malaysia, Egypt, or Venezuela. These countries are exempt from applying for Iran visa if they are going to stay less than three months. However, citizens of a few countries cannot enter Iran due to some political issues. For more information, you can visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, .

The Islamic Republic of Iran issues 11 types of visas based on the purpose of the trip and staying duration. In order to understand which type of visa applies best to you, which documents are required, and the other details please check or contact, an E-Visa website supervised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran; or the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in your country. Please note that the required documents and visa issuance process may change on short notice; therefore, contacting the Embassy is a must before starting the process.

Please note that the nationals of the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada have to arrange a guide that is recognized and approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran in order to obtain a visa. This guide will be in constant attendance during their visit to Iran.

Visitors must make sure they have at least 6 months of passport validation beyond the date of their trip completion, and enough pages for the required visa and travel stamps. Also, please consider that obtaining a visa is a time-consuming process and you must allow at least three months for it, before the date of your travel. For more information consult

Moreover, females over nine years of age are required by Islamic law to be covered. Hence, the females over nine must attach a photo of themselves wearing a headscarf to their visa application form.

Who Can Get Iran Visa on Arrival (VOA)

All tourists, except citizens of Somalia, Colombia, the United States of America, Britain, Canada, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan have the possibility to obtain airport visas.

Citizens of Bangladesh and Afghanistan must visit the representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran in their respective countries and apply for visa in person. In case these nationals live in other countries (other than Bangladesh and Afghanistan), they can apply for an Iranian visa by presenting valid documents related to their residence in those countries.

The citizens of the United States of America, Canada, and Britain must contact the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization of Iran for further considerations, after applying for a visa online.

Citizens of Israel are not allowed to enter Iran under whatever circumstances. However, those applicants who were only born in Israel and bear the citizenship of another country may be issued a visa under special circumstances.

It is possible to obtain an airport visa at the following International Airports: Imam Khomeini (Tehran), Mehrabad (Tehran), Mashhad, Shiraz, and Tabriz.

Required Documents

  1. A digital image of the first page of the traveler’s passport. Images should:
    • Be in color
    • Be in a JPG or JPEG file format
    • Not exceed 500 KB (kilobytes), and not be less than 10 KB in size
    • Be in a rectangular aspect ratio with a minimum width of 800 pixels and a minimum height of 600 pixels (height must be less than width)
    • Be sharp without any pixels showing
    • Be in a proper exposition; not too dark and not too bright
    • Have a proper clarity with all characters readable
    • Be properly aligned
  1. Digital personal photo. The photo should:
    • Be in color
    • Be in a JPG or JPEG file format
    • Not exceed 500 KB (kilobytes), and not be less than 10 KB in size
    • Be in a rectangular aspect ratio with a minimum width of 400 pixels and a minimum height of 600 pixels (height must be greater than width)
    • Have the applicant’s face occupy 70-80% of the photo
    • Be taken within the last 6 months, so that it reflects the applicant’s current appearance
    • Have a plain white or off-white background
    • Be taken in full-face view facing the camera
    • Be taken in a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
    • Be taken in normal clothing worn on a daily basis
    • Not be taken in uniforms, unless religious uniforms worn on a daily basis
    • Be without a head covering or scarf that obscures the face, the hair or hairline, unless it is worn every day for religious purposes
    • Show the face completely, without any parts of it obscured or any shadow cast on it because of the head covering
    • Be taken without the person wearing any electronic supplies such as headphones, speakers, EarPods or any other wireless hands-free devices
    • Show the eyes of the applicant completely, that is, without eyeglasses, unless under special circumstances such as an illness, surgery, or protection, and with a doctor’s prescription. In such cases, a written statement by a medical professional or a health practitioner is required. In the photo thereof,
      • The frame must not cover the eyes
      • There should be no glare on the glasses, making it hard or impossible to see the eyes
      • No shadows should be cast on the glasses and there should be no light reflections from the surface of the eyeglasses.
    • Be taken solely for being issued an Iranian visa. Digitally scanned photos of official documents are not acceptable.
    • Generally speaking, it is the Embassy or Consulate of the Islamic Republic of Iran that accepts or rejects the photos of applicants. Therefore, applicants must check the acceptance of their photos with their local embassies.
    • If the applicant has gone through minor appearance changes during the past six months (such as getting a new haircut, growing beard and/or mustache, or dying the hair), the Iranian Embassy or Consulate will not require a new photo. However, if the applicant’s appearance has changed significantly, due to any of the following reasons, they will have to take a new photo, even if their present photo is not older than 6 months,
    • The applicant has to submit a new photo if they have
    • Undergone a significant facial surgery or trauma
    • Added or removed numerous or large facial tattoos
    • Lost or gained a significant amount of weight
    • Made a gender transition
    • If the applicant is under the age of 16 and has undergone facial changes because of the growing process, he or she will most probably not be required a new photo.
    • For toddlers and babies, no other person should be captured in the photo other than the child. The background must be plain white and the child should be looking at the camera with his or her eyes open.
  1. Passport (valid for 6 months after the departure date from Iran)
  2. Travel itinerary, in case the traveler has already arranged one.
  3. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae, travelers might be required to present information about their education, career, and work history.
  4. Information about your host or the hotel where you will stay in Iran.
  5. Other information. Depending on the type of the requested visa, some applicants will be required to submit additional information while completing an online visa application.


  1. Prepare all the required documents as well as the information about your previous IR.IRAN visas, if you have previously traveled to the country.
  2. Visit to complete your online visa application at least two days prior to the trip. Make sure you visit every page, follow all the instructions, and provide answers for all the questions, otherwise your application will not be accepted.
  3. Note that the answers should be filled in the English language and letters such as ñ, é, ü, or ç, etc. are not acceptable.
  4. Once you finish providing all of your information, the program lets you check your answers. Make sure all information is entered accurately.
  5. After checking your information, you can submit your application. At this stage, an email verification page will appear on your screen where you must enter the verification code sent to your email. In case you have not received a verification code, check the email address you have entered, edit it if required, and resend the verification code.
  6. When you complete the email address verification process, a confirmation page with a barcode will appear on your screen. Please print the page and write down the Tracking Code displayed on the page carefully. The tracking code will be required to let you check your application status.
  7. At this stage, some applicants may be required to attend a visa interview.
  8. Submit a hard copy of the submission notice at Visa On-Arrival counter of the airport.


CountryVisa CostCountryVisa Cost
New Zealand150 eurosRussia – Uzbekistan – Argentina70 euros
Australia145 eurosZambia – Moldova – Mongolia70 euros
Sierra Leone – Chile120 eurosJapan – Turkmenistan – Guyana60 euros
Emirates – Uganda – Chad – Vietnam – China100 eurosCameroon – Kenia – Kuwait60 euros
Serbia85 eurosMalawi – El Salvador –Madagascar60 euros
South Africa – Ukraine – Brazil – Hong Kong80 eurosThe Philippines – Nigeria – Panama – Fiji55 euros
Germany – Austria – Spain75 eurosSouth Korea – Croatia50 euros
Italy – Ireland – Bulgaria – Greece75 eurosMacedonia – Bosnia – Kazakhstan50 euros
Poland – Hungary – Belgium75 eurosParaguay – Senegal50 euros
Sweden – Switzerland – Portugal75 eurosParaguay – Senegal50 euros
The Netherlands – Romania – Denmark75 eurosIndonesia – Tunisia – Zimbabwe – Kyrgyzstan – Mexico – Niger – Venezuela – Palestine45 euros
Thailand – Singapore – Oman75 eurosEcuador – Nepal – Yemen – Eritrea – Sri Lanka40 euros
France – Finland – Cyprus75 eurosTajikistan – Algeria – Bhutan – Morocco – Libya – Egypt (for more than 20 days) – Saudi Arabia30 euros
Iceland – Estonia – Slovenia – Slovakia75 eurosBelarus25 euros
Czech Republic – Latvia – Luxembourg75 eurosArmenia – Bahrain10 euros
Lithuania – Malta – Norway75 eurosMalaysia (for more than 15 days)10 euros
Ghana – Qatar – Gabon – Guinea – Cuba75 euros