19 Super Important Things You Must Know to Get an Iran Visa

Most Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Iran Visa.

Traveling to Iran as well as any other country requires an Iran visa. Every year many travelers from different nationalities take the time to visit Iran as a historical treasure. However, getting an Iran visa is a whole other world with many entrances. If you are a tourist or businessman who wants to obtain their visa as easily as possible, keep on reading because you will find the latest 2021 information, brief and useful that answers to the most popular questions that occur to travelers when they want to apply for their Iranian visa. It also should be mentioned that Apochi experts offer you their assistance and years of experience in the visa field and hotel services as well. You can apply for your visa on Iran e-visa Online Application.

To start with, you can watch some travelers' opinions on Iran visa and the process they did to get a visa for Iran.

What Are The Different Types of Iran Visa?

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Iran visa types vary in 11 categories. Whether you are a tourist or a businessman or any other type of applicant, you will find your needed information on Iran Visa Types.

What is The Visa Grant Number (Authentication Code)?

Visa grant number or authentication code is a kind of assurance for your visa to be granted up to 95 % that will be issued for you by the MFA, indicating that your visa application was qualified. This application ID means that you can consider your visa at hand. More info on Ultimate Guide to Get Your Iran Visa.

Iran Visa Authentication Code

Can I Apply for My Visa on My Own?

Most of the tourist travelers who plan to visit Iran ask for the help of a travel agency. If you want to make sure that you will obtain your Iran visa as soon as possible without doing any paperwork and the risk of rejection, you can apply for your Iran E-visa through Apochi. You can find out more about the reasons why you should get your authentication code in advance. In the following, you can see one of the reasons why an applicant got rejected from MFA for an Iranian visa.


How Much Does The Iran Visa Cost?

The visa stamp fee which is different from the visa grant number fee (from 55 €) varies from 10 to 145 Euros. You can find the visa stamp fee according to your nationality in the table below.

Contact our visa experts to arrange your travel services:

Iranian Visa FAQ ...

Normally online Iranian visa processing takes 3-5 working days. As soon as you complete payment for your tourist visa, we will submit your visa request to MFA.

Iran visa for UK, USA, and Canada Passport holders:

For US, UK and Canada passport holders, visa processing may take longer time and some extra documents (including CV) is required by MFA. The CV should be sent to [email protected].

From 15th March till 28th March due to Iranian new year holidays, Iranian visa processing may take longer time by MFA. Please take this period to the consideration.

Iranian online visa application processing costs 55 EUR per person for all nationalities. For groups over 8 persons, we offer 1 free visa processing. Price for child, adult and infants are the same.

Please take it to the considerations that visa processing fee is different from entrance fee (Stamp fee) which government (Or Iranian embassies / consular) charges each traveler depends on their nationalities.

For UK, USA and Canada passport holders, visa processing costs 110 EUR. Some extra documents are needed. For more details please contact our visa experts via [email protected].

Each traveler can pick up his/her visa from Iranian embassies or consulars all around the world.

Most of the nationalities have this option to collect their visa in Iranian airports, upon their arrivals. This service is available in Isfahan International Airport (IFN), Kish International Airport (Kish Island), Mashhad International Airport (MHD), Dayrestan Airport (Qeshm Island), Shiraz International Airport (SYZ), Tabriz International Airport (TBZ) and Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA).

Passport holders from Colombia, Somalia, USA, UK, Canada, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are non-eligible nationalities for Iranian airport visa.

All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months. Citizens of Israel are totally banned from entry to Iran.

Iranian visa services upon arrival to the airports are available in Isfahan International Airport (IFN), Kish International Airport (Kish Island), Mashhad International Airport (MHD), Dayrestan Airport (Qeshm Island), Shiraz International Airport (SYZ), Tabriz International Airport (TBZ) and Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA).

Visitors to Iran must obtain a visa from one of the Iranian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for visa on arrival.

Citizens of the following countries can visit Iran without a tourist visa: Armenia 90 days within 180 days, Azerbaijan 30 days, Turkey 30 days, Bolivia 30 days, Georgia 45 days,

U.S. passports are valid for travel to Iran but all travelers need to get a tourist visa before arrival.

All US, UK, and Canada citizens should book hotels and set English language guide (Authorized from Iranian foreign ministry) before applying the visa (We will take care of this part). It’s necessary to show a full itinerary with all details to Iranian foreign ministry. It takes around 30 days for US citizen.

For UK, USA and Canada passport holders, visa processing costs 110 EUR. Some extra documents are needed. For more details please contact our visa experts via [email protected].

Basically anyone can apply for single or double entry tourist visa to Iran. But MFA make final decision about single and double entry tourist visa.

As a rule of thumb, at the moment, it’s not possible and all nationality can get only single entry visa but you can re-apply or extend your visa after your first trip to Iran

Iranian tourist visa is valid for 3 months and you can stay maximum 30 days. Don't forget that you can extend your visa while you are in Iran for extra 30 days.

Iranian tourist visa extensions are time-consuming and must be filed at least one week in advance of the expiration date. A foreign national and anyone accompanying him/her will pay a fine between 300,000 and 350,000 rials (IRR) or between 30,000 and 35,000 tomans per day for each day of unauthorized stay in Iran.

In order to apply for an Iranian tourist visa, you should fill out the online visa application form, submit the scan of passport (high quality) and a personal photo.

Iranian visa for the UK, US and Canada passport holders:

For UK, USA and Canada passport holders, some extra documents are needed. For more details please contact our visa experts via [email protected].

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How Long Does It Take to Get The Iran Tourist Visa?  

Depending on your nationality it can take to 7 days, although the Apochi visa team can make it happen within 3 working days. Please note that for the US, UK, and Canadian citizens the process might take up to 90 days.

What Is The Best Time To Apply for My Iran Visa?

Depending on your nationality, it is best to apply for your Iran visa at least one month before travel.

How Long Iran Visa Is Valid for?

Generally, Iran Visa regardless of the type is issued for 30 days. You can also extend your Iran visa for more days.

How Can I Extend My Iran Visa?

You should see the Foreign National Police personally along with your passport and Iran visa to extend your visa. Don't forget to take your required documents with you. It's best to apply for your Iranian visa extension in Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, Yazd, and Tabriz.

How Can I Travel to Iran as A US, UK, or Canadian Citizen?

If you are a citizen of one of the aforementioned countries, you can travel to Iran via travel tours. Therefore, you will need an Iranian tourist visa. Learn  how to get an Iran visa as a US, UK, or Canadian Citizen. 

Which Airports In Iran Issue Visa on Arrival (VOA)? 

Airports that issue a visa on arrival (VOA) in Iran include:

  • LRR: Larestan Airport
  • AWZ: Ahwaz International Airport
  • BND: Bandar Abbas International Airport
  • BUZ: Bushehr International Airport
  • GSM: Qeshm International Airport
  • KER: Kerman International Airport
  • OMH: Urmia International Airport

Which Countries Can NOT get a Visa on Arrival?

According to MFA citizens of the countries mentioned cannot get a visa o arrival (VOA).

The UK - The US - Afghanistan - Bangladesh - Canada - Colombia - India - Jordan - Nepal - Pakistan - Somalia - Sri Lanka - Iraqi citizens can get a visa on arrival only at Mashhad International Airport.

Can I Get a Visa On Arrival at Iran Land Borders?

Iran Visa on arrival is applicable only to air travel. If you intend to enter Iran via land border please check Iran Visa on Land Borders. 

Which Countries Citizens Can Visit Iran Visa-free?

  1. Armenia (90-day)
  2. Azerbaijan (30-day)
  3. Bolivia (30-day)
  4. Egypt (20-day)
  5. Georgia (45-day)
  6. Lebanon (30-day)
  7. Malaysia (15-day)
  8. Syria (90-day)
  9. Turkey (90-day)
  10. Venezuela (15-day)
Iran visa free countries
Visa Policy in Iran

What Are The Free Zones In Iran?

Free zones in Iran that don’t require a visa to visit include:

  1. Kish Island
  2. Qeshm
  3. Chabahar
  4. Aras
  5. Anzali
  6. Arvand
  7. Maku

How Can I Travel To Iran overland?

You can travel to Iran via land borders if you apply for your Iran Visa in the embassy of Iran in any country. Please note that you should have your visa at hand when crossing the land borders.

How Can I Travel To Iran With My Vehicle?

If you want to travel to Iran with your car or motorcycle you need to apply for a carnet de passage to present to the Customs Administration in the border. Read more about carnet de passage on Overlanding to Iran.

What Are The Crossing Borders In Iran?

  • • Iran – Turkey border crossings
  • • Iran – Iraq border crossings
  • • Iran – Armenia border crossings
  • • Iran – Pakistan border crossings
  • • Iran – Azerbaijan border crossings
  • • Astara – Astara
  • • Nakhchivan border crossings
  • • Iran – Turkmenistan border crossings
  • • Iran – Afghanistan border crossings

How Can I get Iran Travel Insurance?

Surly for your travel to Iran you need travel insurance to be attached in your visa documents. Apochi travel guide also provides this service as well. You can apply for it on Iran Travel Insurance.

How to can I use my credit card in Iran?

Due to the latest sanctions forced on Iran, tourist travelers cannot use their credit cards in Iran. You need to bring enough cash for your whole travel. But better than that with Apochi tourist card services you are saved from all that trouble.

Along with providing Iran visa services, best hotels in Iran and domestic flights, Apochi provides flexible Iran tour packages as well. Moreover, you can use Apochi transfer services to/from airports too. In the case of having further questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We speak your language.


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