Obtaining A Visa For Iran
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.
Visa On Arrival
Passport-holders from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Syria, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam are eligible to obtain a visa upon arrival (VOA) at Iranian airports.
These visas are of 15 days validity and can be extended for a further 15 days at Iranian international airports (see the list below) or immigration offices.
Visa on Arrival Airports
Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport (IKA), Tehran Mehrabad Airport (THR), Mashad Airport (MHD), Shiraz Airport (SYZ), Tabriz Airport (TBZ) and Isfahan Airport (ISF).
*Note: your visa may be denied on arrival (for example if you have an Israeli stamp or you have been refused a visa in the past). It is recommended you obtain a visa for Iran before arrival.
Iranian Embassies Overseas
25 Culgoa Circuit OMalley
ACT 2606 Canberra
Tel: 02 6290 2427
245 Metcalfe St.
Tel: 613 233 4726
Tel: 391 600 71
4, Avenue D'Iiena
Tel: 01 406 97900
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
2585JX Den Haag
Tel: 070 354 8483
151 Te Anua Road,
Tel: 04 386 2976
Drammens veien 88 E
Tel: 23 27 29 60
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.
Tel: 202 965 4990
Embassies & Consulates in Tehran
Your country's embassy or consulate is invaluable in an emergency. Embassies are usually able to supply information on local lawyers, doctors and interpreters as well as help in the case of stolen or lost passports and travel documents.
It may be advisable to register with your embassy by phone on arrival in Iran and to inform them on your departure.
No. 13, 23rd Street, Khalid Islamboli Avenue,
Tehran 15138, Iran
Tel: 021 8872 4456
57 Shahid Sarafaz Street, Ostad Motahari Avenue
Tel: 021 8873-2623-6
85 Nofl Loshato Street (rue Neauphle-le-Château)
Tel: 021 6670 60 05-08
Ferdowsi Avenue, 320-324
Tel: 021 311 41 11
46, Mir Emad Street, Motahari Street,
Tel: 021 875 51 03-5
North Kamranieh Avenue
Bonbast Nahid Street, No. 9
Tel: 021 2280 3835
Bucharest Avenue, Corner of the 5th Street,
Tehran, (P.O. Box No. 11365-814)
Tel: 021 8717 923
Darrous, Shahrzad Blvd, Kamasaie Street, First East Lane No. 33
Tehran (P.O. Box 11365-138)
Tel: 021 256 70 05-7
No. 34, corner of 2nd Park Alley, Sosan Street
North Golestan Complex, Aghdasiyeh Street
Niavaran (PO Box 15875-4313)
Tel: 021 280 0289
Elahieh, Ave Sharifi Manesh
13, Yasaman Street
P.O. Box 19395-4683
Tel: 021 2200 83 33
Embassy of Switzerland U.S. Interests Section
Africa Ave, West Farzan Str. no. 59
P.O. Box 19395-4683
Tel: 021 8878 29 64
198 Ferdowsi Avenue
(PO Box No 11365-4474)
Tel: 021 66705011-7