Iran Entry Visa
Visa for International Visitors with Official Invitations: Foreign nationals who possess formal invitation letters from ministries, governmental bodies, private enterprises, public sectors, or other recognized entities, for the explicit intention of engaging in activities such as negotiation, contract signing, or the establishment of acquired industrial equipment
- Educational and Cultural Scholars, Faculty Members, and Researchers
- Common Carriers for Goods and Passengers
- Dignitaries, Political and Economic Representatives
- Internationally Acclaimed Merchants and Experts
- United Nations Personnel and Affiliates
- Dependents of Foreign Residents in Iran
- Invitation letter
- Completed visa application form
- Passport or travel document copy (digital)
- Headshot photo (digital)
- Original passport of travel document should be presented at the time of visa collection at consulate or airport
- Visa stamp fee
- Possible interview at consulate
How to get an Iranian Visa?
According to the regulations of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a Tourist visa is issued for foreign nationals who are interested to travel to Iran individually or with a group for the purpose of visiting Iran, or their friends and relatives.
This visa is issued for a maximum stay of 30 days with the option of extensions in Iran. The visa remains valid for a period of 3 months from the date of issue. Depending on your nationality and the consulate which you refer to, it is possible to submit your documents and receive a visa after some days without any reference from Iran or apply through the new e-visa system. But it can be a time-consuming or even fruitless attempt, specially when you are applying out of your country.
Most consulates need an authorization letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran. Getting this authorization is the most important step in visa application process. There is not much left when you have this code. You will usually have your visa in 1 or 2 days, after having the visa code.
You may also apply for an Entry (Business) visa, which needs an invitation letter form your Iranian host, but keep in mind that traveling only with a tourist visa enables you to enjoy special tourist rates with hotels and etc.
Step 1 : Apply
Filling the form
There will be a formal application extracted from your submitted data to be sent to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which authorizes the consulate for visa issue. Be sure that the details have been entered correct, since they must match your passport info and the documents which will be submitted later to the consulate for collecting the visa.
Step 2 : Payment
Payment of the service fee
You will receive the service bill and the payment instructions after the submission of the application. This charge is different from the visa fee which you must pay to the consulate for stamping your passport (step 4).
Step 3 : Receive
Receiving the visa code
The output will be an authorization letter which will be transmitted to the Iranian Consulate which you have indicated in the form. You will receive the visa code and a visa grant notice document with which you will be able to collect your visa. This code is only valid to the mentioned consulate and only for a month from the date of issue. You may request us to forward it to another consulate with an extra charge.
Step 4 : Collect
Collecting the Visa
Having the reference code, you will refer to the consulate with your passport (which must be valid for the next 6 months), the completed visa application form (which can be picked from the consulate or be downloaded from their website), 2 new passport size photos (may not be needed sometimes), the visa fee (which depends on your nationality) and the authorization reference code, (Always check the needed documents with the consulate, as there may be differences from one consulate to another.) You may also be able to send the documents and receive the visa by mail. Contact the consulate for more details. Find a directory of all Iranian consulates here.
Step 5 : Enter
You can now enter Iran!
Let us know your feedback. Inform us if the visa collection process was straightforward or if you faced problems. If there is any problem, we will remain with you for solving it until you receive the visa. We rely on our clients for upgrading our service based on the feedback provided by them. You will have us still present when you travel in Iran. Feel free to contact us for any questions, assistance or needed services. You may ask for a visa extension from the Police Dep. of Foreign Aliens Affairs when you are in any Iranian major city.