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Iran - Visas For Iran

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Obtaining A Visa For Iran

Iranian Embassy Plaque, London.

30-day tourist visas are currently the norm for visitors to Iran, though Turkish passport holders and Macedonian passport holders are issued a 3-month visa on arrival.

Passport holders from Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia presently do not need a visa to enter Iran.

Visitors from Israel are not issued visas, nor people with Israeli stamps in their passports.

If your Iranian visa is refused for any reason, you may not have the application fee returned to you in some cases.

Most visa applicants now need a "sponsor" to gain a visa, which is most cases will be a visa or travel agency.

You will require a passport with more than six months validity, four passport-sized photos, the visa fee and a reference number issued by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Iran Visas for US Nationals

Allow yourself plenty of time before departure to secure your visa. US visitors may only be issued a visa as part of a group tour or an individual tour.

In order to get your visa for Iran apply to an approved Iranian travel agent in your country of residence. The approved Iranian travel agent will apply to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on your behalf. Following authorization by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs your visa will be sent to the nearest Iranian Embassy or Consulate (see below) and you will receive a reference number to allow you to process and receive your Iran visa.

Once you have applied in good time (typically up to 6 weeks before you depart) and receive your visa you must enter Iran within 90 days. Usually the applicant must fill out 2 application forms, present 2 photographs (women may need to be photographed with hair covered), have a passport with at least 6 months validity and pay the visa fee.

Types of Iran Visas

There are different kinds of visas to enter Iran including: Business Visa, Entry Visa, Tourist Visa, Transit Visa and Journalist Visa.

Extending Your Iran Visa

If you wish to extend your visa for Iran, this can be done relatively smoothly in Tehran or other major cities including Esfahan, Kerman, Mashhad, Tabriz, Shiraz, and Zahedan at the provincial police station.

Iranian Embassies Overseas

25 Culgoa Circuit OMalley
ACT 2606 Canberra
Tel: 02 6290 2427

245 Metcalfe St.
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 2K2
Tel: 613 233 4726

Engskiftevej 6
2100 Copenhagen
Tel: 391 600 71

4, Avenue D'Iiena
75116 Paris
Tel: 01 406 97900

Podbielskiallee 65/67,
14195 Berlin
Tel: 030 84 3530

Jalan HOS Cokroaminoto 110,
Menteng, Jakarta 10310
Phone : 21 3193 1378

72 Mount Merrion Avenue
Telephone: 01 288 5881

3-13-9 Minami Azabu,
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Tel: 03 3446 8011

Duinweg 20
2585JX Den Haag
Tel: 070 354 8483

New Zealand
151 Te Anua Road,
Hataitai, Wellington
Tel: 04 386 2976

Drammens veien 88 E
0244 Oslo
Tel: 23 27 29 60

United Kingdom
16 Princes Gate,
London SW7 1PT
Tel: 0207 225 3000

United States of America
The Iranian Interests Section of the Pakistan Embassy
2209 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington 20007
Tel: 202 965 4990

Foreign embassies and consulates in Iran

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