Apply Iran Visa
Now before traveling to Iran, you must register your visa application through an Iranian travel agency or in the online Iran visa system. Please note that if you register your Iran visa application yourself the chance of visa rejection will be higher. Besides having your Iran visa, you also need to have a Certificate of vaccination in English confirming full vaccination and a negative PCR test in English, received no later than 96 hours before arrival in Iran.
- New Regulations for getting Iran Tourist Visa after the Covid-19 Pandemic
- Iran Entry Visa Types
- How to Get Iran Tourist Visa
- Required documents to get Iran Tourist Visa
- Passport holders that can travel to Iran visa-free
- Iran Tourist Visa for American, Canadian and British citizens
- Trump Travel Bann
- Collecting Iran Visa
- Iran Tourist Visa processing time
- Iran Tourist Visa cost
- Extend My Iran Tourist Visa
- Iran Multiple-Entry Visa
- Iran Tourist Visa Rejection
- Iran Visa FAQ
- 3-7 process time(except usa,british,canada)
- Non Refundable
- No Middleman
- Visa free on tour packages for all nations
Last Update November 2021: After the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, Iran- like all other countries- closed its borders to non- Iranians and travelers. But now after nearly 20 months, Iran has resumed issuing Iran tourist visas again from 23rd October 2021. It should be noted that if there is any changes in the pandemic situation and rates of new cases in each country that requires the restriction or prohibition of passenger’s entry, then the Ministry of Health of Iran will announce new entry rules accordingly.
Right now, to ensure the safety of travelers, there are some specific requirements and limitations in getting Iran visa. For example the Iran Visa on Arrival (VOA) is not obtainable and only Iran Airport Visa with preregistration is possible which we will explain in this article in details.
Now before traveling to Iran, you must register your visa application through an Iranian travel agency or in the online Iran visa system. Please note that if you register your Iran visa application yourself the chance of visa rejection will be higher.
Besides having your Iran visa, you also need to have a Certificate of vaccination in English confirming full vaccination and a negative PCR test in English, received no later than 96 hours before arrival in Iran.
As a tourist, you might decide to visit Iran to ascend the highest volcano in Asia, explore the Lut Desert or visit Iran holy shrines in a spiritual religious trip! Also, you might travel to Iran for business purposes or even to benefit from the best and cheapest medical services in the entire Middle East. Either way, the good news is getting Iran visa is much easier than you may think but it’s highly important to note that you must choose your Iran visa type based on nature and purpose of your trip.
Most travelers get a Type B visa (Iran tourist visa) which needs no invitation or prerequisites documents. After tourist visa, the Medical visa is the most common Iran visa type.
In total there are 12 different Iran entry visa types. We would like to emphasize again that according to Iran’s government instructions; you must apply for any of these 12 visa types based on the purpose of your trip to Iran.
How to Get Iran Tourist Visa
To get Iran tourist visa there are some common ways which you can choose either of them based on your timetable, or your experience with the Iran Embassy.
The Iran visa application methods in order of preference and easiness are as below:
- Applying through a Local Iranian travel agency: This is the best way to apply for your Iran tourist Visa. In this way not only an Iran visa expert with many years of experience is by your side to guide you or solve any problems in your documents but also all the paper works and follow ups are done by the agency which saves you from any inconvenience. Moreover this visa service is free of charge for travelers who buy tour package or extra travel services from Trip to Persia.
- Applying from Iran Embassy
- Applying through Iran E-visa website by yourself
The detailed instructions for each method are as follows:
1. Online registration of Iran E-Visa application by yourself
Iran visa application should be registered online. You must apply through the Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and upload the required documents. After at least 2 working days (Which can also takes up to 2 weeks depending of MFA’s decision), if your application is accepted by the ministry, you will receive a Reference Code.
Receiving this code means that, your visa has been issued successfully.
In your visa form you can choose where you want to collect your visa: One of the Iran Embassies (or consulates) or at the airport. You can choose from the list of Iran Embassies and Consulates or you can collect your visa at the airport if you are traveling to Iran by flight. Please note that having the Reference code is not enough and you must bring the printed visa paper with you as well.
Although this method sound very easy but it has some risks as well. The chance of rejection is always higher because your documents may have some small errors that can dismiss the application.
2. Going to the Iranian Embassy in Person
If there is an Iranian Embassy or consulate in your city or country then you can apply for your Iran visa in person. You must submit some required documents there that we will explain later. After registering your request and submitting the documents, you will be asked to come to the office after a couple of days again and collect your visa if your application is accepted. This is the outdated way of getting Iran visa and no one really do it anymore because obviously there are easier ways to get Iran visa. Also following up your visa application status is much harder. Another reason for not applying your Iran visa this way is that in case there is no Iran embassy where you live, you must post your documents to the embassy which makes the procedure longer!
3. Applying for Iran Tourist Visa via Trip to Persia Travel Agency
If you do not want to get involved in the various time-consuming steps of obtaining an Iran tourist visa, you can do the whole process through the Trip to Persia travel agency. The steps are as follows:
- You will be contacted by Trip to Persia’s Visa specialists
- Your Visa request will be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Trip to Persia agency
- Trip to Persia will send you your Reference Code
- You will collect your visa in your preferred Iran Embassy or Airport
4. Getting Iran Visa on Arrival
Iran visa on arrival is a particular visa service that can be obtained for passport holders from most countries.
In this case, all you have to do is take an international flight to one of the airports in Iran and apply for a visa at the same airport. Although this may seem simple, it can be risky as well. Because you may face visa rejection, which results in disrupting your travel plans and, of course, losing a lot of money you spent for bookings. Besides at the time of your arrival which is normally early in the morning you will have to spend a couple of hours on filling out different forms, buying travel insurance and money payments. This probably isn’t what you want to do while you are just off the plane from a long flight. It should be noted that right now getting Iran Visa on Arrival (VOA) is not possible due to the pandemic till further notice and you must apply for your Iran visa before your arrival.
Moreover, American, Canadian, and British citizens can not apply for this visa and must only apply for their Iran visa through local travel agencies in Iran. Trip to Persia will apply for visas of the citizens of these 3 countries free of charge. Also, citizens of Iraq, Pakistan, Colombia, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Somalia cannot get Visa on Arrival in Iran airports and must follow the instructions number 1, 2 or 3 mentioned above.
Required documents to get Iran Tourist Visa
To get Iran tourist visa you must send us the required documents as below and then we can start your visa application process:
1- Copy of Passport (Valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Iran)
2- Official photo in the size of a passport photo to be attached to the visa application form
3- A travel plan indicating the cities you wish to visit and places you plan to stay overnight
If you want to get other types of Iran visas then some other documents such as business or educational resume, invitation, university confirmation letter, employer confirmation letter, hospital confirmation letter or confirmation letter from the Ministry of Labor might be needed as well.
***Note*** the photo of the first page of your passport is enough; please note that the machine-readable code inserted at the bottom of your passport must be completely legible and easy to read.
Passport holders that can travel to Iran visa-free
Citizens of most countries need visas to enter Iran but there are some countries that don’t need visa due to certain political and cultural agreements between the governments.
If you are a passport holder from Armenia (90 days), Azerbaijan (14 days), Georgia (45 days), Syria (90 days), Turkey (90 days), Venezuela (15 days), Lebanon (29 days) or Oman (90 days) then you are in luck because you can travel to Iran without visa. All you need is your valid passport. Please keep in mind that before visiting Iran you must not have traveled to Israel or if you did, you must wait at least 1 year and then travel to Iran.
Citizens of visa-free countries can stay 30 days in Iran and this duration cannot be extended. If you need to stay more days in Iran then you must leave Iran from air or land borders and enter again to stay another 30 days.
In the current situation due to the pandemic, citizens of free visa countries must be fully vaccinated and bring the certificate of their full vaccination confirming complete vaccination at least 15 days prior to arrival in Iran and also negative PCR test received no later than 96 hours before arrival in Iran.
Citizens of other countries need visas to enter Iran. The procedure for all of them is the same and only the visa fee is different.
Iran Tourist Visa for American, Canadian and British citizens
American, Canadian and British citizens cannot travel to Iran on their own. According to Iran’s government instructions, they must travel to Iran only in form of organized tours. By organized tour, we mean a guaranteed tour package bought from local Iranian travel agencies which indicate a detailed travel plan, sightseeing programs and overnight stays accompanied by a professional licensed tour guide throughout the trip. Needless to say, these citizens must only apply for their Iran tourist visa through local Iranian travel agencies.
The visa procedure for American, Canadian, and British citizens is a little bit different. You just need to be more patient because your visa procedure and checking your documents will take longer. read Getting Iran Tourist visa for Americans.
Trump Travel Bann
Issuing Iran Tourist visa on a separate piece of paper to reduce the concerns about Trump Travel Ban
Does Iran visa affect any future applications for Schengen, UK & US visas? Can I travel to the USA after visiting Iran?
On September 2017, Trump who was the president of the United States of America at the time enacted a Travel ban on people who have traveled to Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, or Yemen. This ban put strong limitations on their entry to United States. Therefore many tourists who were planning on visiting Iran were concerned about the restrictions and following consequences of their trip to Iran. They were worried that they may face problems for getting Schengen or even an England visa.
This prompted the Iranian government to seek a solution for this problem. Since 2018, in response to this strict embargo, Iran officially announced that the passports of people traveling to Iran will not be stamped. The visa and entry/exit information will be recorded on a separate piece of paper. This will allow travelers to plan their Iran trip with ease of mind. Please note that you don’t need to make a separate application to ensure that your entry to Iran is not included in your passport. Right now, all Iran visas are issued on separate sheets.
This applies to those who apply for a visa beforehand and those who intend to get an Iran airport visa.
Collecting Iran tourist Visa in almost 110 cities all around the world
Although Iran Tourist visa procedures are online, to enter the country you must have the printed visa with you as well. After filling out the required information in your online visa form and uploading the documents you can collect your visa at the Iranian embassy or consulate in your country. If there is no Iranian Embassy or consulate in your country you can choose to collect your visa in one of Iran airports. Note that American, Canadian and British citizens cannot apply for Iran airport visa. You can also choose another country that has an Iranian embassy for collecting your visa. Above all, the best and easiest way is to ask Trip to Persia to do all the work for you.
We suggest searching the list of Iranian embassies and consulates in different countries to get a visa, so that you can make the best decision.
Collecting Iran Visa at Airport
Whichever way you use to send your application to the Iranian Embassy, it is possible to choose the international airports in Iran where your flight lands as the place for collecting your visa.
All you have to do is to hand over the reference code you received from the e-visa system or Trip to Persia to the visa officer at the airport and receive your Iran visa.
In the table below you can see a list of airports in Iran, from which you can collect your visa:
Airport IATA Code
Imam Khomeini International Airport IKA
Isfahan Airport IFN
Shiraz Airport SYZ
Ahwaz Airport AWZ
Tabriz Airport TBZ
Qeshm Airport GSM
Mashhad Airport MHD
How long does it take to get Iran Tourist Visa?
Normally it takes at least 2 working days to receive the Reference code for your Iran tourist visa. After receiving the Reference code you can collect your visa at mentioned International airports (see table above). Please keep in mind that all steps of the applicant's qualification procedures are done by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and depending on the circumstances, this may take more or less.
How much is the cost of an Iran Tourist Visa?
The price of Iran tourist visa varies depending on the nationality of each person and type of their requested visa. The price list below has been published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the prices vary from 10 to 150 Euros. The process of applying for an Iran tourist visa is not complicated, but if you decided to let an Iranian travel agency do the paperwork for you, we will be glad to assist you. Fees will vary depending on the nationality and the visa types.
How many days can you stay in Iran with Iran tourist visa? For how long is an Iran Tourist Visa valid?
You can stay in Iran for 30 days with Iran tourist visa which is valid for a period of 90 days after your visa is issued, this means you can stay in Iran maximum of 30 days and you must enter the country during the start and end of your visa validity. It doesn’t make a difference that how or where you got your Iran visa, this time duration applies to all Iran tourist visa types (VOA or Embassy).
This is a single-entry visa. So if you leave the country, even if you have not used your 30 days and your 90-day validity period has not passed, you cannot enter Iran again.
How Can I extend My Iran Tourist Visa?
If you decided to stay longer than 30 days in Iran or if you are approaching your 90-days entrance validity period, then you must extend your Iran tourist visa. Luckily it’s possible to extend your visa in Iran easily!
If you have applied for your Iran tourist visa beforehand, then you can extend your visa up to 2 times. We aim to explain all the necessary information regarding the required documents for Iran tourist Visa extension, Iran tourist visa extension Prices and Iran tourist visa extension important notes.
** Note that staying in Iran for more than your valid visa duration is considered illegal and can have legal consequences.
** Note that Iran visa on arrival extension is not as easy and somehow improbable and at best it’s possible only once!
Is It Possible to Get Iran Multiple-Entry Visa?
Iran does not issue multiple-entry tourist visa! If you are already in Iran and you want to leave the country and enter again then you must apply for Iran tourist visa again before your second entry. If you are obliged to get an Iran visa on arrival then you can collect your visa at the airport. Don’t worry about the number of entries to the country because there are no limitations.
What are the limitations of Getting Iran Tourist Visa?
Normally Iran issues tourist visas without any problems and travelers can easily get their Iran visas. Although there are some exceptional circumstances for American, Canadian and British citizens but even in their cases the only difference is their visa procedure takes longer and it’s a little different. So they are most welcome to visit Iran as well.
Iran’s government always tries to ease the way of issuing tourist and medical visas. Our longtime experience shows that ordinary citizens can easily get their Iran tourist visas in the shortest time possible.
Why My Iran Tourist Visa Is rejected? (Reasons for Iran Tourist Visa Rejection)
Incomplete Visa Form Application
When filling out your Iran visa form make sure to answer all the questions completely especially questions regarding your occupation. This is a very important part because some job titles like journalism and media will cause higher monitoring. So instead of just writing “Working in Media” provide more details or even send your resume for more clarification. Our visa experts at Trip to Persia with their longtime experience can be the best visa advisors in these matters.
Applying with your Israeli Passport
If you are an Israeli passport holder then you cannot enter Iran. Also if you have traveled to Israel less than 1 year before your visa application then your rejection is certain!
Independent visa application for American, British, and Canadian citizens
If you are a citizen of the United States of America, Canada, or Britain and apply for Iran tourist visa independently, your visa application will be rejected because obtaining a visa for these nationalities has different procedures, and must be done through a travel agency in Iran.
Trip to Persia is one the most prominent travel agencies in Iran that is authorized to apply for these nationalities.
If you don’t provide your travel plan details when filing out your Iran tourist visa application form, then that can be a reason for visa rejection. It’s recommended to add your travel itinerary, trip details, sightseeing program and your booked hotels to reduce the risk of visa rejection.
Applying for Iran tourist Visa after Rejection
If your Iran tourist visa application has been rejected you can apply again but before doing that it’s better to find the reason of your visa rejection and solve the issue. To do this you can seek help from a lawyer or a travel agency. They will help you find out the latest updates about getting Iran tourist visa.
Please note that if your visa application has been rejected, avoid applying again for Iran Visa on Arrival. In this case contact a travel agency so you can apply through them to avoid any problems.
What can make Iran’s Government suspicious regarding visa applications?
Any irregularity in your visa application can trigger the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more monitoring. Iran like all other countries pays special attention to these cases. For more clarification let’s read some of the cases we have encountered during our many years of experience with visa applicants:
- Choosing non-touristic areas and cities in your travel plan especially in your first travel to Iran.
- Spending a large portion of your travel time in a specific city or region. For example, a person who is traveling to Iran for the first time and wants to stay in a certain city for 10 days while his whole travel duration is 20 days.
-Using illegal accommodation networks such as couch surfing or staying at the home of your Iranian friends or acquaintances.
- Contradiction between the purpose of your trip and your desired activities with your chosen visa type. For example a tourist applies for a tourist visa and then stays for a long time in Assaluyeh, which is one of the cities close to Iran's gas fields. While in this case, he must have applied for a business visa.
Entering Iran from Land Borders with Visa
Iran visa on arrival is only possible for tourists who enter Iran from air borders in the airports. If you want to enter Iran via land or sea borders then you must get your visa before entering the country. In this case, even having a reference code won’t be enough and you must collect your visa in one of Iran embassies before arriving at the borders.
Israeli Passport Holders Banned from Entering Iran
Israeli passport holders cannot enter Iran and that’s the only exception in Iran entry rules. If you are interested in visiting Iran but you are an Israeli citizen and your birthplace is in Israel then the only way is to use a second passport! We even had tourists that were born in Tel Aviv.
Also if you have visited Israel in the past year then that can be a reason for visa rejection. But if it has been more than 1 year since your last visit to Israel then it might reduce the risk of rejection. However, we recommend if there is any record of past visits to Israel in your passport then make sure that you can get your visa before traveling to Iran and also avoid applying for Iran Visa on Arrival.
Iran Tourist Visa FAQs
- Should I only apply through a travel agency to get Iran tourist visa?
- No, you can apply for Iran tourist visa yourself and there is no need to apply via local travel agencies. Unless you are an American, Canadian or British citizen, In this case you must only apply through local travel agencies such as Trip to Persia.
- Does My Iran tourist visa application will be rejected if I apply personally?
- No, this does not cause visa rejection but forgetting to observe some small details can cause problems in your application. Trip to Persia’s many years of experience in getting thousands of tourist, medical and business visas will help you to receive your Iran visa easily.
- Is It Safe to Travel to Iran as a Tourist?
- Despite media propaganda and public perception of Iran, Iran always welcomes tourists. Iranians are known for their hospitality and if you still have any doubts we recommend reading unbiased travel journals and travel experiences of other tourists who have visited Iran
- Do I need an Invitation to Get Iran Tourist Visa or can I apply on My Own?
- Citizens of most countries can apply for Iran tourist visa using only their passport and other identification documents but to be on the safe side always check with our visa experts at Trip to Persia.
- How Can I trust Trip to Persia with applying my Iran visa or organizing my Iran tour?
- Trip to Persia has been active in Iran’s tourism market for 2 decades and has operated more than hundreds of tours for thousands of tourists. You just need to take a look at the traveler’s testimonials and reviews.