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According to the Iran visa policy to enter Iran, citizens of different countries need to follow different procedures. Some can easily travel to Iran VISA FREE and stay for as long as 90 days while some need to obtain their visa before arriving in Iran. And some countries can just easily get their Iran visa upon arrival (Iran VOA) from ONE OF THE IRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS. To get your Iran visa, you need to have certain documents and pay the Iran visa fee for your nationality. Although Iran FREE TRADE ZONES can be visited without a visa.
You will learn all you need to know about the Iran visa policy and Iran visa requirements in the following article.
In an attempt to put the travelers’ and tourists’ minds at ease about the travel restrictions imposed by the US government for those who visit Iran, the Iran visa is issued on paper and the travelers’ passport will not be stamped after traveling to Iran. This Iran visa policy was put in place in the year 2019. This way, travelers don’t need to worry about traveling to Israel and the US after visiting Iran anymore.
WHICH COUNTRIES CAN GO TO IRAN WITHOUT VISA? From the list of the countries that can travel to Iran, 9 countries don’t need a visa for Iran. Of course, each of these countries’ citizens can stay for a set duration of time in Iran.
If you hold a passport from any of the following countries, you can travel to Iran visa-free.
Of course, passport holders of these 9 countries can only stay in Iran visa-free for the specified duration of time. If you fall under this category and you want to spend a longer time in Iran, you must get a visa, or contact the Iranian Immigration and Passport Police about your situation. Keep on reading to learn more about how you can extend your Iran visa.
If you are not among the countries that can travel to Iran visa-free (green on the map), you need to get your Iran visa to enter Iran. Citizens of some countries can get their Iran visa on arrival ( Blue on the map) , and some other countries need to get their visa in advance(Orange on the map). Here is the map indicating visa procedures you need to take.
Citizens of almost all countries are eligible to get their Iran VOA. Here is how to apply for Iran visa on arrival in brief.
Step 1: Fill out the Iran visa application form( Fill/Download here).
Step 2: Wait for your Iran visa approval and get authorization code.
Step 3: have a hard copy of your authorization code at hand to get your visa on arrival from one of the Iran international airports, or the Iran embassy.
To learn more about the Iran VOA process, read here.
You can collect your Iran visa both from one of the international airports of Iran or from the consulate general or the Iranian embassy in any country (in your home country or a country on your way to Iran).
Travelers from the US, the UK, and Canada fall under a category of their own. Because of these countries relations with Iran, visitors from these countries’ are treated with a fixed set of regulations before traveling to Iran. Iran visa policy may be subjected differently to the citizens of these countries, but Iranians still gladly receive these travelers and make them feel at home. If you belong to this group, you are required to:
Note: American travelers can get their Iran visa from the Interest Section of Iran in Pakistan embassy in Washington, and save time and money by doing so instead of getting their Iran visa from an Iran embassy (or consulate-general) of another country.
Tip: If you hold an American, British, or Canadian passport, your Iran visa approval usually takes 40 business days. But on occasions, the process can take up to 3 months. So it’s recommended that you apply for your Iran visa a couple of months in advance.
To enter Iran’s free trade and industrial zones, you don’t need to get an Iran visa. You can stay in any of these Iran free zones without a visa for as long as 30 days. If you plan on staying more than that, then getting an Iran visa is mandatory.
Iran free trade zones are:
Travelers can visit any of these Iran visa-free zones without worrying about currency restrictions or Iran visa policies.
Tip: Getting an Iran visa for these trade zones is much easier for a Us, Britain, and Canada citizen than accessing mainland Iran. But you should remember that getting a visa at the port of entry is only possible if you fly in directly to a free zone in Iran, e.g. Kish island.
Under the Iran immigration law and following the Iran visa policy, why you are traveling to Iran will determine what type of Iran visa you need. There are 12 types of Iran visa:
Iran Visa Policy regarding each visa type applicants: (who can apply for each visa type)
|Iran Visa Type||Applicants|
|Iran Entry Visa (Iran business visa)|
Official, political, economic, artistic, sports teams, and international organizations.
UN staff and affiliated organizations
|Iran Tourist Visa|
|Iran Diplomatic or Service Visa|
Agents of international organizations or consulates
Holders of Diplomatic/political passports
|Iran Treatment Visa|
Those seeking treatment in Iran
|Iran Student Visa|
|Iran Work permit Visa|
Engineers, industrialists, etc.
|Iran Transit Visa|
|Iran Press Visa|
Journalists and reporters
|Iran Investment Visa|
Investors & Merchants
|Iran Family Visa|
Travelers with Iranian family members
Men with Iranian wives
|Iran Pilgrimage Visa|
Note: Iran Entry visa or Iran business visa needs an invitation letter from your Iranian host. Although, an Iran business visa is valid only for 14 days.
To enter Iran, similar to all other countries, children have a specific set of rules their guardians or parents must follow to ensure that they will have a safe and trouble-free trip.
If your child is 2 or younger, obtaining an Iran visa for them is not necessary. A paper will be issued stating that a child is traveling with you, but that is all.
If your child is older than 2 and younger than 18, their parent or legal guardian can apply on their behalf.
Different visa types may require different documentation. For example, if you plan on traveling to Iran with an Iran business visa, you must have an invitation letter from your hosting company whose name is registered in Iran Company Registration General Office. Aside from that, the general documents you must have with you regardless of the visa type you want include:
From the year 2011, getting an Iran visa without Iran travel insurance became mandatory. This Iran visa policy was put into effect to ensure the safety of all who travel to Iran. On top of that, after the US sanctions against Iran and the restrictions about traveling to this country, many travel insurance companies stopped offering services for travelers going to Iran. That’s why even if you already have travel insurance, you must get your Iran travel insurance separately to get your Iran visa.
You can get your travel insurance in one of Iran airports but to save time, money, and needless worries you can get your Iran insurance documents NOW and have them in 2 days.
Digital Image specifications required in case you apply for your Iran visa online:
Note: You should provide a medical statement signed by a medical professional or a health practitioner if you can’t take your glasses off for your Iran visa picture.
To extend the duration of your Iran visa, you must visit the Iranian Immigration and Passport Police office in any of the major cities of Iran. You should:
You can find the Iranian Immigration and Passport Police in major cities’ addresses here.
1. Iran embassy in Canberra, Australia
Address: 25 Culgoa Circuit
P.O. Box 3219
O’Malley, Canberra, Australia, 2606
Website URL: www.iranembassy.org.au
2.Iran embassy in Berlin, Germany
Address: Podbielskiallee 65-67
14195, Berlin, Germany
Phone: + 49-30-843530
Fax: + 49-30-84353535
Website url: www.iranembassy.de
3.Iran Embassy in Abu Dhabi
Address: KARAMA ST. DIPLOMATIC AREA
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
4.Iran embassy in Rabat, Morocco
Address: Route De Zair, Route Bir Kacem Suissi
P.O. Box 490