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Islamic Republic of Iran is located in the Middle East and neighboring with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Iraq. It shares borders with the Caspian Sea on the north, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman to its south.
Iran Visa Guide will give you the most in-depth information on visa rules and regulations to travel to Iran. You can learn about country-specific visa requirements along with the necessary documents depending on your nationality of origin. Do not forget to buy your “Iran Flight Ticket” to kick off the preparations for your application.
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In general nationals of all foreign countries shall apply for entry visas in order to travel to Iran with the exception of citizens of certain countries who are exempted of visa obligations and those who can obtain visa on arrival. Passengers must submit their applications online not later than two days before their departure to get a visa on arrival. The application document shall be presented at the visa desk upon arrival in Iran. However, nationals of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Somalia, Canada, Colombia, Jordan, United Kingdom and United States cannot apply for visa on arrival. The entire list of countries whose citizens are not entitled to obtain an Iranian visa include Republic of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Georgia, Armenia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Egypt, Malaysia and China.
Iran visa types are broadly categorized as entry visa, tourist visa, pilgrimage visa, diplomatic service, education and temporary work visa, transit visa, media, investment, marital and medical visa. Single or multiple-entry visas distinguish the term of stay of its holder. Visa on arrival is valid at all the Iranian international airports and the applications can be submitted online through the e-visa platform. Online visa application system is used for all categories of visas issued with non-immigrant purposes. You can submit your electronic application as the first step. Applicants may be invited for an interview if it is deemed necessary.
Short-term visa is issued in line with the requested days indicated by the traveler for specific purposes and for stays that are not exceeding 30 days.
Tourist visa for Iran is issued to third nationals who would like to visit it for exclusively tourism related purposes upon submission of the required documents. The applicants may be asked to conduct an interview following the online application procedure.
Business visa for Iran is applicable to foreign nationals who wish to travel to Iran for business reasons whether it is for the purpose of attending meetings, fair visits or conducting commercial activities. An invitation letter from governmental organizations, private or public bodies could be needed to demonstrate the intent of visit.
Travels to Iran with the intention of visiting family, relatives or friends can apply for entry visa category which enables the holder to visit the country upon submission of a valid invitation. Relatives of the foreign citizens residing in Iran shall also apply for such visa.
Travelers who would like to visit Iran for cultural or sports related events can apply for entry visa which enables members of political and economic unions, faculty members and researchers, art and sports teams, international organizations and specialists to travel to Iran.
Foreign nationals who would like to visit Iran for short-term education or training purposes can also apply for the entry visa. They must apply for a residence permit in case they wish to extend their stay.
Long-term visa grants its holder the right to enter to Iran for extended periods.
Foreign students or religious scholars who wish to study in Iran shall obtain an education visa while foreign citizens who intend to work in Iran should obtain temporary work visas. A labour certificate approved by the Ministry of Labor in order to demonstrate the sponsorship of the employer will be required. On the other hand, investment visas allow the foreign investors whose investment permit has been approved by the competent authority to visit Iran.
Foreigners who are married to an Iranian national and their children can apply for marital visa in the case that the marriage has not been registered by the Iranian legal system. Moreover, foreign citizens who need to travel to Iran for medical purposes can obtain a medical visa given that they will have received a letter of confirmation from the Iranian medical center.
Nationals of third countries who would like to extend his/her stay in Iran must apply for a residence permit, before the expiry date of the period indicated in their visa, from the authorized bodies.
Iran transit visa enables the holder to enter the country to transit through Iran’s international zone. Merchants, drivers or tourists who do not seek to stay in Iran can apply for a transit visa.
Tourist visa requirements and online application procedures for Iran are explained below. You should be aware of the fact that the necessary documents may differ depending on the term and purpose of your stay, hence the category of your visa.
There are specific documents to enclose your application depending on your employment status.
Students or unemployed/retired people who are not in a position to cover their own travel expenses will need to demonstrate support from a sponsor who will borne the full costs. The sponsor is entitled to certain requirements. Hence, only first grade relatives can fulfill this position. You can check our website for all the relevant details.
In addition to above mentioned application documents, general requirements include:
Foreigners may plan their trips to Iran upon fulfilling the above mentioned criterias to obtain an entry visa complying with the nature of their visit unless their countries have bilateral visa-waiver agreements.
Citizens of the EU member states are asked for entry visas along with valid passports to visit Iran unless there are visa-free regimes established between bilateral countries. Foreign nationals are required to submit the necessary documents in due time.
UK, Canadian and US citizens are required to be part of an organized tour approved by the government. Independent travel of their citizens has been prohibited and the Iranian foreign missions have been closed in these countries.
The visa fees vary depending on the applicant’s nationality and the type of visa that is requested. Iran visa fee may comprise of processing costs and tour agency expenses if applicable for some countries. Since the visa fee depends on the nationality make sure to consult the Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence. Please bear in mind that visa on arrival costs more than the application fee at the Consulate, also the visa fee is non-refundable which means that the rejection of your application will not be reimbursed.
NOTE: This article was prepared in March 2020. Please check up-to-date information published by official sources.
All entry visas issued for Iran allow for single entry to the country, so you cannot have a multiple entry visa. But the single-entry visa is valid for up to 30 days.
You can track the latest status of your application through the online platform. You should only enter your application ID or passport number.
Yes, your application may be rejected on certain grounds. In that case, you will be notified with the reasons of rejection and deadlines for submission of an appeal. In any case the visa fee is non-refundable.
In general, the online applications are processed in ten days and the applicants may be invited for an individual interview. However, the application procedure may take longer than it normally takes for individual cases whereby a closer scrutiny is required.
The nationals of certain countries may not be issued an entry visa to travel to Iran on the grounds of political and diplomatic reasons. Israeli citizens are not allowed to enter Iran.
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