How to get Iran Visa for US, UK, and Canada Citizens [2019 Updates]

As a civilized country, Iran has always been a treasure for curious ones to explore the historical and ancient places with rich histories. Therefore, every year many tourists and backpackers visit Iran from different nationalities. Even political issues can’t stand in the way of other nations to get to know Iran’s culture and history.  As well as many other countries, foreign citizens need an Iran visa for tourist, business and other purposes to enter Iran. Among all, citizens of the US, UK, and Canada need to take a different course of action in order to obtain their Iran tourist visa.

So if you have American, Canadian or British nationality, you might be asking “How can I get my Iran visa without any trouble? “ The first good news is that if you are a US, UK, or a Canadian citizen who have dual nationality (except Israeli), you can just easily travel to Iran like other nationalities and apply for your Iran tourist visa with your other passport on Iran E-visa Online Application.  Otherwise, the next quickest and easiest way to obtain a tourist visa as a US, UK, or Canadian citizen is to book a travel tour through Apochi Travel Guide.

In the following, you can watch Apochi travelers’ opinion on how they got their Iran tourist visa.

Why Apochi?

Over the past 16 years, Apochi team has been assisting different nationalities to get their Iran visa, including the US, UK, and Canadian Citizens. Consequently, in case you are planning a visit to Iran, Apochi visa team can help you with your Iran visa with an easy procedure. Apochi Travel Guide provides all travel related services other than tours and visa. You can also find your desired hotel in the city of your destination in Iran.

Iran Visa for US, UK, and Canadian Citizens Conditions

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), citizens of the United States of America, United Kingdom, and Canada can travel to Iran with tourist agendas only, unless they have a close relative living in Iran.

  • The US, UK, and Canadian citizens who have first-degree relatives residing in Iran can ask for an Entry Visa (relatives) through a different process.
  • The US, UK, and Canadian citizens who have Iranian wife and or mother can ask for a Marital Visa and take another process. You can get more information about different kinds of Iran visa in Types of Iran Visa; Terms and Requirements.

No Iran Visa Stamp on Your Passport!

A piece of good news is that in 2018 Iran tourism authorities announced that they no longer stamp Iran visa on passports for travelers coming to Iran. Therefore, passengers can travel to any other countries they wish. You can find the terms and requirements to obtain your Iran visa as a citizen of the US, UK, or Canada in the following.

  1. A valid passport for at least 6 months.
  2. Formal personal photo with the required size to be attached to the online application form.
  3. Travel/medical insurance.
  • Remember that your travel insurance needs to state that it is valid specifically for Iran. For your convenience, Apochi team offers to arrange your travel insurance for your journey to Iran. You can find out how it’s done in Iran Travel Insurance.
  1. Specific itinerary including the exact time of arrival and departure, the place of residence, the attractions visited and the routes to be moved.
  • Please note that American tourists need to be accompanied by an approved tour leader by the MFA, Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran and Migration Police Department during their journey.
  1. Your accommodation address is essential whether you are going to stay with a relative or at a hotel.
  2. Hotel reservation voucher to get a tourist visa is needed. You can book your hotel in no time from Apochi Hotel Reservation as well.
  3. Remember, since the credit cards are not usable in Iran, you need to bring enough cash for the whole trip. However, to save you from all that trouble, Apochi provides Iran Tourist Cards for travelers who are coming to Iran.
  • It is important to know that you should apply for your Iran tourist visa in advance. The procedure could take up to 90 days and the final results regarding your visa will be announced by the MFA.

It also should be mentioned that you can pick up your Iran visa at all the Iran’s embassies around the world. In case of having any further inquiries, you can contact Apochi visa experts via [email protected]

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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