Iran visa is like the other countries’ visas but has its own formalities. Some of the regulations depends on the passport holder citizenship. Nowadays Iran visa is electronic, and it is called Iran E-visa.
What We Should Know before Applying for Iran E-visa
The first step for starting Iran visa applying process is considering your nationality. Iran visa different policies in according to nationalities:
1) visa free countries include Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia and Egypt.
To apply for all types of hassle-free Iran electronic visas (Iran e-visa), your passport must have at least six-month remaining validity, beyond the travel date and also two blank pages.
Iran Visa Types
These are Iran visa types:
(Type A) Entry Visa or business visa for commercial, economic, cultural or industrial intentions and attending these kinds of conferences or sport events. An invitation letter from the organization you are going to visit is necessary for Commercial visitors.
(Type B) Tourist Visa (single or multiple entry for maximum 30 days): is required to visit Iran as a tourist.
(Type C) Pilgrimage Visa is required to visit the shrines and sacred sights of Iran for foreign Muslim pilgrims.
(Type D and Type S) Diplomatic and Service Visas are required by all nationals who have diplomatic and service passports and are going to travel to Iran on the official or diplomatic mission.
(Type E) Student Visa is required to study in Iran.
(Type F) Work Permit Visa is required for working in Iran. Before applying for this kind of visa, you should hand over your work permit.
(Type G) Transit Visa is required for foreign citizens who are going to pass through Iran to another country.
(Type H)Press Visa is required for the journalists travailing to Iran on business. The application must be submitted to the embassy’s press section.
You can see visa validity on the Iranian visa sticker. You must travel to Iran during the validity of visa and of course exit the country before Iran visa expiration. please mention that it could be extended.
Iran visa Extension
All nationals except Americans, Canadians and the English can extend their Iran visa at the police offices for immigrants and aliens in the cities of Iran. Please mention that the travelers who get their Iran visa stamped at the airport(VOA) cannot extend their visas (we’ve got some reports that some of them could!).
Main Offices for Iran Visa Extension
Bandar-e Abbas: Emam Khomeini avenue
Isfahan: Rudaki Street. North side of the street
Gorgan: Bezehti 4th alley
Kerman: close to Ganjali bazaar
Mashhad: Kaveh St – Pirouzi Blvd.
Sari: Emam Square
Shiraz: Modares Boulevard, near Valiye-asr Square
Tabriz: Saeb Tabriz Street (between Lalehzar Street and Barg-e Lameh Seyidlar Street)
Tehran: Soroush St., After Motahari Junction, Shariati Ave.
Yazd: Near Abouzar Sq, Kashani St.
Iran E-visa Requirements
Passport must be valid for six months and have two blank visa pages, at least.
photo must meet the following criteria:
Be taken within the last three months (a passport type photo)
With white background
two by two inches size (max 500 KB)
with the full-frontal view of head with the face centered in the middle
with no eyeglasses nor head-wear except the religious one
without any adhesive tape or staples
with no smile
3) Resume (just for Americans, the English and Canadians):
Resume containing information about education, occupation and contacting (for Americans, the English and Canadians)
Visa tracking code also known as authorization number, application ID, Iran grant notice, submission notice, invitation letter or simply visa code is a code that is issued for Iran travelers by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
Friendlyiran as a reliable travel agency applies to get your visa code. When the MFA has approved your Iran visa, we will send you the submission notice form and also the MFA send the code to the Iranian embassy or consulate designated in the visa application form. It takes about 2-7 working days to obtain your visa code. Unless you are US, UK or Canadian Passport Holder. You’d better call your selected Iranian embassy or consulate in the first three days after receiving the code from us and check whether they have received it from MFA or not.
Iran Visa authorization number is valid for 25 days.
Step 3) Iran Visa Document Delivery
After receiving the visa tracking code, you need to take the following documents to the Iranian embassy or consulate designated on your visa code application (unless you want to get your Iran visa on arrival):
Visa tracking code or application ID
Visa and postage fees
Passport (valid for six months and have two blank visa pages, at least)
Two recent passport-type photos
Any other requirements that the designated embassy may request for.
Note: the mentioned above requirements are general, for Specific items and conditions (like fingerprinting) of your designated Iranian embassy/consulate, please contact them.
Step 4) Visa Stamping
Iranian embassy or consulate will put the visa stamp into your passport or on a separate piece of paper. The Iranian embassies in different countries have their own regulations, some of them give you your visa at the same day you hand over your documents and the others ask you to refer in the following days.
Although getting visa in advance decreases a long wait on arrival queue for visa on arrival issuing, to ease and speed up the visa issuance procedure, the travelers to Iran who want to get their tourist visas at Iran international airports can go through the following steps:
1) Fill out the Iran electronic visa (Iran E-visa) application form, at least ten working days before your travel, and send us your passport copy and personal photo and a confirmed return ticket.
2) After filling the mentioned form, we will send you the visa tracking code during 2-7 working days. Please get a hard copy of this grant notice form.
3) When you arrive at Iran international airports, you must hand over the mentioned submission notice form to the Visa-On-Arrival counter at the airport. Fill out a form, including contact information for the hotels you have reserved.
4) Then go to the airport bank and make the payment for your visa (just in Euros).
5) Return to the visa-on-arrival counter with your passport, travel insurance, completed form and receipt from the bank. Wait while the visa application is being processed and the visa stamp is put into your passport.
Iran Visa on Arrival Stamp Fee
The Iran visa stamp fee list is given in the table below.
Important Tips to Know about Iran Visa
For Iran visa the passport must have at least 6-month validity and two blank pages justify.
You can apply for Iran e-visa on your own but if we do this for you, as a reliable governmental Iranian travel agency, it would be approved easier.
If you have Israeli visa stamp in your passport you can apply for Iran visa 6 months later.
If you are born in Iran or your father is Iranian, you are assumed an Iranian citizen and you must travel to Iran with an Iranian passport. On the other hand, if you have an Iranian mother and your father has any other citizenship, you can travel to Iran with a non-Iranian passport.
If you are a woman and your husband is Iranian and you have a marriage certificate valid to Iran, you are exempt from getting Iran visa and you can travel to Iran with your Iranian passport.
Visiting Kish Island and Qeshm Island for 14 days doesn’t need visa.