Iranian visa can be issued to the tourists who travel to Iran, their friends and family. It can be issued for one person or a group.
The visa is issued for 30 days and it could be extended and is valid for 3 months. In order to get a Visa, you should refer to your consulate and there is no need for referring to Iran. But note that the application shouldn’t be outside your country and that would waste your time and to be honest, it takes some time to get an Iranian visa.
As you plan to travel to Iran you should apply for a visa a few weeks in advance and depending on your nationality you can contact the Iranian embassy to be informed for the exact length of time.
At the end of the trip, your visa preparation is done by the travel agency.
US citizens must apply in advance for a pre-arranged tour, get a tour guide or introduce a relative who can take responsibility, so US citizens cannot travel to Iran individually.
You can receive two common types of visa: the Tourist Visa and the Visa on Arrival (VOA). You can apply for your Tourist Visa at one of the embassies or consulates of Iran online through the e-visa website, or with the help of Hogo Travel Visa Services. You can get a Visa on Arrival on the spot at the visa counter at the airport. To shorten the process of Visa on Arrival and to guarantee that you can get your visa successfully, you can apply for an Iran visa authorization code through Hogo Travel Visa Services before your arrival in Iran.
- 1 What type of visa should I apply for? The Tourist Visa or The Visa on Arrival (VOA)?
- 2 Travelers who enter through one of Iran’s border crossings:
- 3 You have to apply through either:
- 4 Embassies and Consulates of Iran (airport, and land entry)
- 5 Those who already own the insurance:
- 6 Do Afghanistan and Bangladesh citizens have to apply via the consulate or the embassy?
- 7 Entries that issue Visa on Arrival in Iran:
- 8 Documents needed for Iran Visa on Arrival:
- 9 Does Kish Island require a Visa:
- 10 Citizens of Canada, UK, US and the travelers who have visited Israel:
- 11 The time it takes to get an Iran Visa:
What type of visa should I apply for? The Tourist Visa or The Visa on Arrival (VOA)?
Applying for a Tourist Visa requires some effort to do the paperwork and pay for visa expenses beforehand. After a successful application, you should go to the embassy or consulate to pick up your Iran visa sticker. If you apply through Hogo Travel, the process becomes easier and we do all the necessary requirements and paperwork. You can do your own works and let us make your trip to Iran enjoyable.
If you want to apply for a Visa on Arrival at the airport, you get to avoid any pre-trip difficulties, but it requires you to submit a visa application and make the payment after you refer to the visa counter of the airport. Depending on the number of visa applicants, there might take up to two hours until your visa is ready.
Travelers who enter through one of Iran’s border crossings:
If you wish to pick up your Visa Sticker at one of Iran’s embassies or consulates before your arrival at Iran’s border crossings, you need to have your authorization code with you when you go to the embassy or consulate.
Depending on the sort of visa you apply for, if you arrive at the embassy and tend to fill the visa application form before your arrival in Iran the embassy might refuse to accept your application
You have to apply through either:
- E-visa Website, there are some reports that the status of some of the applications has remained PENDING, and if this happens, there is no way of reviewing it again, or
- Contact Hogo Travel to receive your authorization code by email before getting your Visa Sticker.
Embassies and Consulates of Iran (airport, and land entry)
This is a time-consuming and classic process in which you must visit the embassy or the consulate several times. But some problems still remain, you may need a visa authorization code which you can apply to get either through the Iranian consulate or embassy or Hogo Travel Visa Services.
Step 1: Go to one of embassies or consulates of Iran and make an appointment
Find where the embassies or consulates of Iran are in different parts of the world
Download your application form from your chosen embassy or consulate.
They will schedule a meeting and inform you about the additional documents needed to bring with you.
Step 2: Make sure all the documents are prepared
You need to submit the following documents in order to apply for Iran Visa:
A completely filled Iran Visa application form (obtained from the embassy or consulate)
A high-quality personal digital photo or a copy of your passport
A digital photo or 2 physical photos
Detailed resume (Only US, Canada, and UK)
Complete travel itinerary (Only US, Canada, and UK)
Step 3: Pay your visa expenses or visa fee
Now, you should go to your appointment, submit all the required documents and pay your visa fee. The visa fee depends on the embassy or consulate to which you handed in all the required documents and also your nationality.
Step 4: Get your Iran visa sticker
When the visa sticker is ready, the consulate or embassy will let you know through an e-mail.
Your visa sticker may take up to 2 weeks to be ready. (For US, Canada, and UK citizens 5-6 weeks).
Step 5: Pay your Travel and Health Insurance fee at the airport
Upon arrival at any of Iran’s International Airports, you need to buy your Travel and Health Insurance.
The cost of Travel and Health Insurance is about 15 Euros.
Step 6: Submit all the required documents and begin your journey
When you arrive at the immigration counter, you need to submit all the following documents:
Travel and Health Insurance
Hotel Reservation (if any)
Complete travel itinerary (Only US, Canada, and UK)
Detailed Resume (Only US, Canada, and UK)
Further questions about the purpose and length of their trip may be asked from the visitors of the US, Canada, and UK.
After obtaining the appropriate entrance stamp, you are free to begin your journey to Iran.
Note: Citizens of Afghanistan and Bangladesh who want to visit Iran should refer to the embassy or consulate of Iran in their own country and fill the application form in person.
Those who already own the insurance:
If you do not want to purchase the insurance at the airport, the Terms & Conditions of your valid insurance plan must be available to the immigration officials by inspection.
Your insurance must EXACTLY have one of the phrases:
- Islamic Republic of Iran
- Iran or
- I.R. Iran
,or any combination of these three above mentioned phrases written inside the Terms & Conditions under the countries in which this sort of insurance plan is available and active.
Do Afghanistan and Bangladesh citizens have to apply via the consulate or the embassy?
Unfortunately, citizens of Afghanistan and Bangladesh who want to get a tourist visa MUST complete their applications IN PERSON at the Iranian embassy or consulate in their own country.
Entries that issue Visa on Arrival in Iran:
Imam Khomeini International Airport
Isfahan International Airport
Shiraz International Airport
Tabriz International Airport
Mashhad International Airport
Kish International Airport
Bandar Abbas International Airport
Qeshm international Airport
Documents needed for Iran Visa on Arrival:
- A high-quality copy of your passport
- Two passport photos
- Hotel reservations and contact details of your first night of stay or the contact information of your host in Iran
Note: Citizens of these 11 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Malaysia, Egypt, Georgia, Lebanon, Venezuela, Syria, Turkey, and Serbia can visit Iran WITHOUT VISA.
Note: Citizens of these 13 countries can NOT get Visa on Arrival and should get one before the trip: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Colombia, Nepal, Somalia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Jordan, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Citizens of the mentioned countries should refer to the nearest Iranian embassy or consulate to make pre-travel arrangements before their arrival in Iran.
Does Kish Island require a Visa:
All tourists, except citizens of Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Colombia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Jordan, Iraq, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Yemen, and Somalia can stay in Kish and Qeshm Islands for the period of 14 days or less without getting any visa.
Upon arrival at Kish International Airport, foreigners can merely present their valid passports. They may ask about the purpose of your trip. Just make sure to bring all the required documents such as hotel reservations, and etc in case the customs officers make any further inquiries. After taking your photograph and fingerprints by officials, your passport will be stamped and now you can explore Kish Island’s attractions for up to 14 days.
Citizens of Canada, UK, US and the travelers who have visited Israel:
Due to political issues, Canadian, British, and American citizens are required to be escorted by a government-approved tour guide during the whole trip. They cannot travel to Iran solely or independently.
Passport or travel documents holders or those containing a visa/stamp from Israel up to 12 months prior to their application for traveling to Iran cannot get any form of Iranian visa.
Note: Citizens of the US, UK, and Canada must also submit a detailed resume.
The time it takes to get an Iran Visa:
It does not take more than 2 weeks but for the citizens of US, UK, and Canada it takes about 5-6 weeks.
Note: Once your Iran Visa has been issued, you have up to 3 months to pick up and travel to Iran.
Just make sure that you obtain the necessary information about Persian visa before traveling.