Iran visa

One of the most important concerns of any traveler before starting the trip is obtaining a visa. In this writing, we will explain the kinds of Iran visas and you will get familiar with the conditions of having an Iran visa. 

In this article you will read:

  • Applying for a tourist visa in Iran
  • Required documents for Iran visa: 
  • How long does it take to get an Iranian tourist visa?
  • How long can we stay in Iran with a tourist visa?
  • How to get a visa for those under 18s?

Applying for a tourist visa in Iran

Iranian visas are divided into tourism, long-term, commercial, airport, and multiple-entry visas. People who plan to travel to Iran for tourism must submit an Iranian (tourist) visa application to the related authorities. The validity of the Iranian tourist visa is 3 months from the date of issuance, and after this period and if the visa is not used, the applicant must reapply for the visa one more time.

There are two ways you can apply for an Iranian (tourist) visa to the relevant authorities:

1- Refer to the consulates of the Islamic Republic of Iran in cities of different countries and apply for a tourist visa in Iran.
2- Get your visa at Iran International Airports. Citizens of some countries, except 11 countries, can apply for a tourist visa at Iran’s international airports.
The 11 countries that can not apply for visas at the airport are Colombia, Somalia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan. Citizens of these countries must apply for a visa through Iranian consulates in their own country or other countries.

What documents do we need to apply for an Iranian visa through the consulate?

You must first complete a visa application form. Remember that the invitation number (Reference) of a valid travel agency is required to apply for an Iranian tourist visa. But if your goal is religious and pilgrimage tourism, a written request is enough and you do not need an invitation number from the travel agency. also, you need two new full-length 4×3 biometric photos, without the cap and dark glasses that have been transcribed.
The original of your valid passport, which is valid for at least six months and has a sufficient number of white papers, is a requirement for any kind of visa. You must pay visa costs. These costs are announced according to the consulate cost table and are calculated according to the origin of the trip (between 50 and 140 euros). For getting a visa it is necessary to have payment receipts.

Required documents for Iran visa:

  • Having scanned the first page of your passport
  • 3×4 biometric photo
  • Scan of resident card
  • Completing the form on the ministry of foreign affairs website
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel plan, tour leader card, hotel voucher, airplane ticket (only for Uk & Us citizenship)

How long does it take to get an Iranian tourist visa?

If you go to the consulates of this country to apply for an Iranian visa, after completing the documents and application forms for an Iranian visa, it will take between 7 to 10 working days for your visa to be issued. If you want to issue a visa at Iran’s international airports, your visa will be issued in the shortest possible time and without delay

How long can we stay in Iran with a tourist visa?

The validity of Iran’s visa is 30 days. After this period, you can apply for an Iranian visa (tourist visa) again by visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offices in Iran and extending your visa for up to 60 days. Surely the length of stay of citizens of countries that can travel to Iran without a visa is different.

Important note:

Citizens of 7 countries can travel to Iran without a visa and only with a valid passport. Of course, as long as they are not on the list of banned people. Citizens of Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia, and Egypt can travel to Iran only with a valid passport. Of course, this trip is subject to a limited time. Individuals can go to the State Department offices and extend their visa-free stay if an extension is required. Citizens of Syria can stay in Iran for 90 days, Georgia for 45 days, Bolivia for 30 days, Egypt for 20 days, Lebanon, and the Republic of Azerbaijan for 15 days

How to get a visa for those under 18s?

Foreign nationals under the age of 18 who intend to travel to Iran require written permission from their father (or legal guardian) to obtain a visa (either at the airport or through Iranian consulates). This permit must be officially certified by a local notary.

Tourist visa for Qeshm, Kish, Chabahar, and other free trade zones of Iran

Qeshm and Kish are two islands in the south of Iran and Chabahar is a port in the southeast of Iran. The rules for traveling to these places are slightly different from other parts of Iran. Citizens of all countries with valid passports can obtain a 14-day visa to travel to the free trade zones of Kish, Qeshm, and Chabahar (and other free trade zones of Iran) at the points of entry (port and airport) of these regions, and if after their trip to If these areas decide to visit other parts of Iran, they must go to the Foreign Ministry’s offices in these areas and obtain a new visa. This law applies to all free trade zones of Iran (including Aras, Mako, Anzali, etc. free trade zones).