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Iran Visa

Iran Visa

Iran Visa Introduction

There are two common types of visas that you can receive: the Tourist Visa and the Visa on Arrival (VOA). You can apply for your Tourist Visa at one of Iran’s embassies and consulates, online through the e-visa website, or with the help of TAP Persia VIP Visa Services. The Visa on Arrival can be obtained on the spot at the visa counter at the airport. To speed up the visa on arrival process and to guarantee a successful application, you can apply for an Iran visa authorisation code through TAP Persia VIP Visa Services before you arrive at the airport.

 

Should you apply for the Tourist Visa or Visa on Arrival (VOA)?

Applying for a Tourist Visa requires you to handle the paperwork and payment for the visa before your trip. After a successful application, you should drop by your chosen embassy/consulate to pick up your Iran visa sticker. If you apply through TAP Persia, you may even collect your visa sticker at any one of the airports in Iran. With a Tourist Visa ready, you can have a smooth entry into Iran without any worry.

If you apply for a Visa on Arrival at the airport, you get to avoid any pre-trip hassle, but you’ll need to submit your visa application and make the payment at the airport itself. Depending on the queue, you might have to wait up to two hours before your visa is ready.

You can get your Iran visa through 4 different means

TAP Persia’s VIP Visa Services will ease the visa application process for travellers and provide assistance with our n-call customer support. You simply have to submit the visa application form online, choose a pick-up location (an embassy/consulate or an Iranian airport), pay the application fee and we’ll process the visa for you. Once it is ready, you can pick up your visa sticker at your chosen location.

Why apply through TAP Persia?

The benefits are faster visa processing, minimized chance of rejection, and speedy entry at the immigration counter. As part of our VIP services, we also offer the option to purchase the TAP Persia Travel and Health Insurance before your arrival for only 30 Euros.

Caution: Citizens of the US, UK and Canada along with the 14 countries in the list below can NOT receive their visa upon arrival and need to apply for their authorization code at the Iranian embassy or consulate in their native country prior to their arrival in Iran.

Step 1: Apply for your visa online

Complete your online Iran Visa Application Form on our website

OR

Download and complete the Iran Visa Application Form and email it to our customer support at [email protected]

Please prepare paperwork 2 weeks before travelling (US, UK and Canada 5-6 weeks)

Step 2: Choose your pick up location

You may pick up your Iran visa stamp in 2 ways:

  • Before Arrival: At the chosen consulate or embassy listed on your application
  • Upon Arrival: In any one of the Iranian airports

Step 3: Submit all appropriate paperwork

All visitors are required to submit:

  • A high quality scanned image of your passport
  • A digital passport photo
  • Resume (US, UK and Canada ONLY)
  • Complete travel itinerary & schedule (US, UK and Canada ONLY)

We do NOT require any hotel/hostel reservations or the contact information of your Iranian host.

Step 4: Pay the application fee

Check the table below for different application fees

  • The fee is payable by paypal or bank transfer
  • Your visa will not be submitted until the application fee is paid
  • Purpose of the application fee
  • On-call customer support and status updates
  • No hassle at the airport
  • No wait time for visa processing
  • No questions from the authorities

Step 5: Receive authorization code

Once your visa sticker is ready at your chosen pick up location, we will contact you via email

Wait time: maximum 2 weeks (US, UK and Canada 5-6 weeks)

Step 6: Pay your visa fee

Your visa fee must be paid upon your visa pickup and can be paid:

  • Before Arrival:  At the chosen consulate or embassy listed on your application
  • Upon Arrival: In any one of the Iranian airports in the Step 8

Your visa fee will depend on your country of citizenship, check the table below for each country respective visa fee

  • Payment options will be different based on pick up location

Step 7: Travel to Iran

You do not need any additional documentation to board your flight to Iran as all except these 14 countries are qualified for Iran’s Visa On Arrival (VOA)

IMPORTANT: Please observe Iran dress code upon your arrival in Iran

Optional Step 8: Visit the Visa On Arrival (VOA) counter

Only visit the VOA counter if you chose to pay for and pick your visa at any one of the Iranian airports in the list below.

  • Present your passport and authorization code

Your visa fee will depend on your country of citizenship, check the table below for each countries respective visa fee

Optional Step 9: Purchase your Travel & Health insurance at the airport

The Insurance fee is approximately 15 EUR. Ask the VOA counter for assistance.

If you wish to save yourself some time when you arrive at the airport, or if you travelling to Iran by land, you have the option to purchase TAP Persia’s Travel & Health insurance plan ahead of time for only 30 EUR. Be sure to click the check the insurance box  when you fill out your application with TAP Persia.

Step 10: Finalize documents and enter Iran

Upon arriving at the immigration counter, you will present the following documents

  • Passport
  • Visa sticker
  • Travel & Health insurance
  • Hotel reservations (if any)
  • Complete travel itinerary & schedule (US, UK and Canada ONLY)
  • Resume (US, UK and Canada ONLY)

Citizens of the US, UK and Canada may be asked additional questions about the purpose and length of their trip.
Once your visa receives the appropriate entrance stamp, you are free to enter Iran

Various nationalities are eligible for a 30-day Visa on Arrival, which saves them the need to apply for a Tourist Visa beforehand. However, those who choose this option will need to submit their visa application at the airport, which may subject them to long wait times, confusing paperwork and the possibility of visa rejection.

In order to guarantee a successful Visa on Arrival, you can apply for a visa authorisation code before your trip. With this code, you can pick up your visa at the airport within a matter of minutes.

Apply/Picking up visa from the airport’s VOA counter:

Those who wish to fill out their application or pick up their visa stickers from the Visa On Arrival (VOA) counter at one of Iran’s airports MUST present one of the following:

  • Minimum first night’s hotel reservations & contact information
  • Minimum first night’s hostel reservations & contact information
  • Contact information of Iranian host

Caution: Citizens of the US, UK and Canada along with the 14 countries in the list below can NOT receive their visa upon arrival and need to apply for their authorization code at the Iranian embassy or consulate in their native country prior to their arrival in Iran.

Step 1: Travel to Iran

You do not need any additional documentation to board your flight to Iran as all except these 14 countries are qualified for Iran’s Visa On Arrival (VOA)

IMPORTANT: Please observe Iran dress code upon your arrival in Iran

Step 2: Apply for your visa at the VOA (Visa On Arrival) counter

Complete an Iran Visa Application Form from the VOA Counter

IMPORTANT: Please observe islamic dress code upon your arrival in Iran

Step 3: Submit all appropriate paperwork

All visitors are required to submit:

  • A completed VOA application
  • Hotel reservation and contact details
  • Resume (US, UK and Canada ONLY)
  • Complete travel itinerary & schedule (US, UK and Canada ONLY)

Step 4: Pay your visa fee

Your visa fee will depend on your country of citizenship, check the table below for each countries respective visa fee

Step 5: Purchase your Travel & Health insurance at the airport

The Insurance fee is approximately 15 EUR

Ask the VOA counter for assistance

Step 6: Finalize documents and enter Iran

Upon arriving at the immigration counter, you will present the following documents

  • Passport
  • Visa sticker
  • Travel & Health insurance
  • Hotel reservations (if any)
  • Complete travel itinerary & schedule (US, UK and Canada ONLY)
  • Resume (US, UK and Canada ONLY)

Citizens of the US, UK and Canada may be asked additional questions about the purpose and length of their trip.
Once your visa receives the appropriate entrance stamp, you are free to enter Iran

The traditional way to apply for a tourist visa is through embassies or consulates in major cities. However, this option may require multiple visits and are known to take more time for visa processing. You may also need to apply for a visa authorisation code either through the Iranian embassy/consulate itself or TAP Persia VIP Visa Services.

Step 1: Contact one of Iran’s worldwide embassies or consulates and schedule an appointment

To see the list of Iran’s worldwide embassies and consulates , click here.

Check the embassy or consulate website for download your application form.

You’ll get an appointment date and will be told which additional documents (if any) to bring.

Step 2: Prepare all proper documents

All visitors are required to submit:

  • A completed Iran Visa Application (provided by the embassy or consulate)
  • A high quality scan or copy of your passport
  • A digital or 2 physical passport photos
  • Resume (US, UK and Canada ONLY)
  • Complete travel itinerary & schedule (US, UK and Canada ONLY)

Step 3: Pay your visa fee

Go to your appointment and submit all required documentation.

Your fee will depend on your nationality and the embassy or consulate you submit your application.

Step 4: Pick up your Iran visa sticker

Once your visa sticker is ready, the embassy or consulate will contact you via email

Wait time: maximum 2 weeks (US, UK and Canada 5-6 weeks)

Step 5: Purchase your Travel & Health insurance at the airport

Once you arrive, you need to purchase your Travel & Health insurance.

The Insurance fee is approximately 15 EUR.

Ask the VOA counter for assistance.

Step 6: Finalize documents and enter Iran

Upon arriving at the immigration counter, you will present the following documents

  • Passport
  • Visa sticker
  • Travel & Health insurance
  • Hotel reservations (if any)
  • Complete travel itinerary & schedule (US, UK and Canada ONLY)
  • Resume (US, UK and Canada ONLY)

Citizens of the US, UK and Canada may be asked additional questions about the purpose and length of their trip.
Once your visa receives the appropriate entrance stamp, you are free to enter Iran

We have received numerous complaints regarding Iran’s E-Visa website and application. Several travellers who chose to pick up and pay for their visas at the airport were rejected entry without proper cause.

Caution: Citizens of the US, UK and Canada along with the 14 countries in the list below can NOT receive their visa upon arrival and need to apply for their authorization code at the Iranian embassy or consulate in their native country prior to their arrival in Iran.

Step 1: Apply for your visa online

Complete your application here

Please prepare paperwork 2 weeks before travelling (US, UK and Canada 5-6 weeks)

Step 2: Choose your pick up location

You may pick up your Iran visa stamp in 2 ways:

  • Before Arrival: At the chosen consulate or embassy listed on your application
  • Upon Arrival: In any one of the Iranian airports in the  list below

Step 3: Submit all appropriate paperwork

All visitors are required to submit:

  • A high quality scanned image of your passport
  • A digital passport photo
  • Resume (US, UK and Canada ONLY)
  • Complete travel itinerary & schedule (US, UK and Canada ONLY)

Step 4: Receive authorization code

Once your visa sticker is ready at your chosen pick up location, the website will contact you via email

Wait time: maximum 2 weeks (US, UK and Canada 5-6 weeks)

Step 5: Pay your visa fee

Your visa fee must be paid upon your visa pickup and can be paid:

  • Before Arrival:  At the chosen consulate or embassy listed on your application
  • Upon Arrival: In any one of the Iranian airports  (Step 7)

Your visa fee will depend on your country of citizenship, check the table below for each countries respective visa fee

  • Payment options will be different based on pick up location

Step 6: Travel to Iran

You do not need any additional documentation to board your flight to Iran as all except these 14 countries are qualified for Iran’s Visa On Arrival (VOA)

IMPORTANT: Please observe Iran dress code upon your arrival in Iran

Optional Step 7: Visit the Visa On Arrival (VOA) counter

Only visit the VOA counter if you chose to pay for and pick your visa at any one of the Iranian airports in the list below.

  • Present your passport and authorization code

Your visa fee will depend on your country of citizenship, check the table below for each countries respective visa fee

Step 8: Purchase your Travel & Health insurance at the airport

The Insurance fee is approximately 15 EUR.

Ask the VOA counter for assistance

Step 9: Finalize documents and enter Iran

Upon arriving at the immigration counter, you will present the following documents

  • Passport
  • Visa sticker
  • Travel & Health insurance
  • Hotel reservations (if any)
  • Complete travel itinerary & schedule (US, UK and Canada ONLY)
  • Resume (US, UK and Canada ONLY)

Citizens of the US, UK and Canada may be asked additional questions about the purpose and length of their trip.
Once your visa receives the appropriate entrance stamp, you are free to enter Iran

Forms and Specifications

Getting your visa is now easier than ever. With a few pieces of informations, you can complete your visa application and be on your way to explore the mystical, ancient and beautifully colorful land of Iran. No wait time for visa processing, no hassle at the airport, no questions from the authorities. Even citizens of the US, UK and Canada are eligible for an Iranian tourist visa.

Having a safety plan is always a fundamental requirement for having a stress-free and relaxing vacation. TAP Persia Travel Insurance helps travellers rest easy, knowing that they are covered in the event of unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances. TAP Persia Travel Insurance provides liability coverage for those who wish to minimize the risk of travelling to a new country. Click to here to apply for your travel insurance and explore Iran with peace of mind.

Visa Application Fees

US, UK & Canada (Land or Airport Entry) 60 Euros
Airport Entry 30 Euros
Land Entry 20 Euros

Having too much fun? Want to explore Iran even longer? You can extend your stay by up to 60 days. Click here to find out what you need to do to extend your visa.

NOTE: Those who already have insurance

If you do not wish to purchase your insurance at the airport, you must have the Terms & Conditions of your valid insurance plan available for inspection by the immigration officials.

Your insurance must explicitly have the phrase “Iran” or “Islamic Republic of Iran” or “I.R. Iran” or any other combination of these three phrases EXACTLY written inside the Terms & Conditions under countries in which this insurance plan is active available.

 

NOTE: Travellers entering through one of Iran’s land border crossings

If you plan to pick up your Visa Sticker at one of Iran’s many embassies or consulates before you arrival at Iran’s land border crossings, you MUST have your authorization code in your hand when you visit the embassy or consulate.
Depending on the type of visa you are applying for, if you arrive at the embassy wishing to fill out your visa application form at the embassy before you arrive in Iran, the embassy may deny your application.

You must apply through either:

  • E-visa Website. Some travelers have reported that the status of their application has remained “Pending”, and in this case, there is no way to follow up on it.
  • TAP Persia VIP Visa Services and receive your authorization code by email before your Visa Sticker pick up

 

Note: Citizens of Afghanistan and Bangladesh MUST apply via embassy/consulate

Unfortunately, citizens of Afghanistan and Bangladesh wishing to get a tourist visa must complete their applications IN PERSON at the Iranian embassy or consulate in their native country.

Visual Policy of Iran Visa – Map Demonstration

Entry points that issue visa on arrival (Effective 2018)

Bandar Abbas International Airport
Imam Khomeini International Airport
Isfahan International Airport
Kerman Airport
Kish International Airport
Mashhad International Airport
Qeshm international Airport
Shiraz International Airport
Tabriz International Airport
Urmia Airport

Documents required for Iran Visa on Arrival (VOA)

A high quality copy of your passport
2 passport photos
Hotel reservation and contact details for the first night of stay or the contact details of your host in Iran

Citizens of the following 11 countries can visit Iran without a visa (Visa Free)

Armenia    90-180 days
Azerbaijan 30 days
Bolivia       30 days
Egypt        20 days
Georgia     45 days
Venezuela  15 days

Lebanon      30 days
Malaysia      15 days
Serbia         30 – 365 days
Syria           90 – 180 days
Turkey        90 days

Citizens of the following 13 countries can NOT get a visa on arrival and should get one before travelling

Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Canada
Colombia
Iraq
Jordan
Nepal

Pakistan
Somalia
Sri Lanka
United Kingdom
United States
Yemen

Citizens of these countries should check with their nearest Iranian embassy or consulate in order to make prior arrangements before travelling to Iran. To find your nearest embassy or consulate, please click here.

Kish island: No visa required

All tourists, except citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Nepal, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Yeman may stay on Kish Island and Qeshm Island for 14 days or less without obtaining any visa.

Upon their entrance at Kish International Airport, foreign nationals merely need to present their valid passport. You may be asked about the purpose of your visit. Please make sure to bring all verification paperwork, hotel reservations, etc. in case the customs officer makes any further inquiries. After your photograph and fingerprints are taken by officials, your passport will be stamped and you are free to explore Kish island’s numerous attractions for up to 14 days.

Citizens from the US, UK, Canada and travelers who have visited Israel

Due to political constraints, British, Canadian and American citizens are required to be escorted by a government approved guide at all times. Independent travel for these citizens has been banned.

Holders of passports or travel documents containing a visa/stamp from Israel up to 12 months prior to their application are not eligible for any form of Iranian visa.

Required fees for Iran Visa on Arrival

Fee (Euros) Country

Fee (Euros)

Country
10  Malaysia (+15 days) 70 Argentina, Mongolia, Moldova, Russia, Uzbekistan, Zambia
20 Armenia, Bahrain 75 Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cuba, Cyprus Island, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece,  Guinea, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,  Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Qatar
25 Belarus 80 Brazil, Hong Kong, South Africa, Ukraine
30 Algeria, Bhutan, Egypt (+20 days), Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan 150 New Zealand
40 Ecuador, Eritrea, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Yemen 100 Chad, China, Emirates, Uganda, Vietnam
 45 Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Niger, Palestine, Tunisia,  Venezuela, Zimbabwe, 120 Chile, Sierra Leone
50 Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Paraguay, Senegal, South Korea 145 Australia
55 Fiji, Nigeria, Panama,  Philippines
60 Cameroon, El Salvador, Guyana, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Madagascar, Malawi, Turkmenistan

These prices are not always fixed. Please call your closest Iranian embassy or consulate for more specific information.

Travellers from Albania, Brunei, Netherlands and Peru please check with us about finding out about your country’s visa fee.

Visa fee in Iranian embassies & consulates

Fee (Euros) Country Fee (Euros) Country Fee (Euros) Country Fee (Euros) Country
0  Azerbaijan 30 Bhutan 40 Suriname 50 Latvia
35 Argentina 60 Botswana 0 Syria 40 Lesotho
40 South Africa 60 Burkina Faso 80 Somalia 50 Luxembourg
Albany 50 Bosnia and Herzegovina 80 Sierra Leone 50 Poland
50 Germany 0 Bolivia 90 Chile 25 Liberia
60 America 50 Paraguay 65 Serbia 20 Libya
50 Andorra 40 Pakistan 35 Iraq 50 Lithuania
70 Angola 55 Panama 30 Saudi Arabia 40 Madagascar
50 Austria 75 Portugal 50 Oman 50 Macau
15 Ethiopia 40 Peru 45 Ghana 45 Malawi
50 Jordan 20 Tajikistan 50 France 40 Malta
10 Armenia 40 Tanzania 30 Palestine 25 Maldives
25 Eritrea 45 Thailand 50 Finland 5 Malaysia
45 Uzbekistan 40 Turkmenistan 40 Fiji 15 Mali
50 Spain 0 Turkey 40 Philippines 50 Hungary
100 Australia 35 Trinidad 50 Cyprus 20 Morocco
50 Estonia 35 Tobago 30 Kyrgyzstan 20 Egypt
50 Slovakia 35 Togo 30 Kazakhstan 45 Mongolia
50 Slovenia 25 Tunisia  50 Qatar 30 Macedonia
80 Afghanistan 35 Jamaica 40  CostaRica 30 Mexico
25 Ecuador 30 Djibouti 20 Cambodia 30 Mauritania
20 Algeria 70 Chad 40 Cameroon 40 Mauritius
40 El Salvador 50 Czech Republic 50 Canada 25 Mozambique
80 Emirates 85 China 35 Croatia 50 Moldova
20 Indonesia 50 Denmark 25 South Korea 30 Montenegro
180 England 20 Lebanon 0 North Korea 20 Myanmar
30 Uruguay 50 Dominique 80 Columbia 45 Namibia
60 Ukraine 45 Rwanda 120 Congo 25 Nepal
70 Uganda 40 Russia 40 Kenya 50 Norway
50 Italy 50 Romania 40 Cuba 35 Niger
50 Ireland 50 Zambia 50 Comoros 40 Nigeria
50 Iceland 120 New Zealand 40 Kuwait 20 Nicaragua
30 Barbados 30 Zimbabwe 55 Gabon 25 Venezuela
20 Bahrain 40 Japan 70 Gambia 80 Vietnam
100 Brazil 40 Ivory Coast 40 Grenada 50 Haiti
30 Darussalam Brunei 25 Sri Lanka 0 Georgia 50 Netherlands
60 Burundi 50 Singapore 40 Guatemala 30 India
25 Belarus 30 Senegal 45 Guyana 40 Honduras
75 Belgium 50 Swaziland 30 Equatorial Guinea 60 Hong Kong
75 Bulgaria 50 Sweden 25 Guinea-Bissau 20 Yemen
25 South Sudan 50 Swiss 45 Guinea Conakry 50 Greece
40 Bangladesh 40 Sudan 25 Laos 40 Other countries
30 Benin

Iran Visa FAQ

What will increase my chances of rejection?

  • Submitting your application at the airport
  • Not observing islamic dress code
  • Any Israeli stamp on your passport within the past 12 months

Do I need to submit a resume?

Only visitors from the US, UK and Canada must submit a detailed resume

How long does visa processing take?

No more than 2 weeks (US, UK and Canada 5-6 weeks)

Where can I get my Visa On Arrival (VOA)?

You can only get your VOA at one of the airports on this list.

Which countries are qualified for Iran’s Visa On Arrival (VOA)?

Please check the following page to see who is and is not eligable for Iran’s VOA program

How long do I have to travel to Iran once my Iran Visa Sticker is issued?

Once your Iran Visa has been issued, you have 3 months to pick up and travel to Iran.

When I first trying to found out about Iran VOA process in Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) Tehran, I assume that it will be simple 4 step process, go get the form from the visa counter and then fill it, buy insurance, pay the visa, and then submit it back to the visa counter and wait. Yes, that indeed was the process. But no one told (or write) that actually there is no queuing line and passengers just swarming around the counter. A little bit chaotic.

Anyway, this is my note and a drawing about my experience getting Iran VOA. It might help other travelers. Or not. (I need to put a disclaimer because that was my first and only experience, so I don’t know if the absence of proper queuing line was a common practice or just only happened on that particular night I arrived).

Ok, take a look at my drawing. There are 4 steps you will go through: VOA counter, insurance counter, bank, and finally – of course – passport control.

Step 1

Depends on whether you got off first or last from the plane, there will be lots of people gather in front of VOA counter behind the queuing pole. All you need to do is getting as close as you can to the ‘VOA guy’ to get his attention – raise your hand if needed – and tell him your nationality. (I screamed: Indonesia). Then the VOA guy asks you ‘EUR or USD?’ He is asking you what currency you will pay the visa fee in. I said EUR. Then he will do some writing in a scrap of paper ‘45’ and give it to you. So the visa fee for Indonesian nationality paid in EUR would be EUR 45. Bear in mind that it will be different depends on your nationality and currency used).

With that handwritten note he will also give you the visa form. It’s very simple with just a few to fill: first name, surname, father’s name, passport number, address and phone number of place you will be staying at least for your first night. (You need to have proven document of this because many said sometimes they do random check by calling the address. Printed confirmation email from your hotel as a proof is enough).

Step 2

Go and buy travel insurance (USD 16 on October 2017).

Step 3

Pay the visa fee in bank. The bank teller will check your passport to ensure your nationality. You will sign and have carbon copy of visa payment slip.

Step 4

Go to the visa guy again, hands him your document (passport, completed visa form, and copy of visa payment slip). Actually he will only take a quick look of your insurance.

That’s it. Then you wait. When your passport is ready, he will shout your surname or nationality. All of this process took 1 hour of my time. I was arrived at 11 PM and my passport with newly minted Iran visa was given back to me at 00.20 AM. There were around 30 people getting the VOA at that time, not too bad actually.

Finally, you go to the passport control as usual.

Final thought, Iran VOA process is simple. But the absence of queuing line and sudden arrival of passengers try to get the visa at the same time could be overwhelming and make you confused.

Final Note

Step 1 and step 2 can be interchangeable. But you can’t do step 3 before you get confirmation from the visa guy the exact amount of your visa fee you have to pay (that handwritten notes in scrap of paper is really important).

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