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How to apply for Iran visa on arrival

Iran ministry of foreign affairs has introduced some new rules to simplify the Iran visa on arrival applications. Based on new rules nationals of almost all the countries are eligible for Iran visa on arrival. Also the visa validity period is extended to 30 days. No invitation letter from a travel agency or a host in Iran is required and visitors can make the application by themselves.

Since November 2018, electronic visa is issued at the entry points. This means that no paper visa is appended to the traveler’s passport and furthermore no entry or exit stamp on the passport. The new visa process aims facilitate trip to Iran for the people who also like to avoid the restriction pose by US government for visa free entrance to US after visiting Iran.

Iran visa

Iran paper visa is replaced by electronic visa since November 2018

 

Who cannot get Iran visa on arrival?

The following visitors are not eligible for visa on arrival program and must apply for regular tourist visa in Iranian embassies or consulates before traveling to Iran.

  • Journalists and military personnel.
  • Diplomatic and official passport holders.
  • Applicants with passport of: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, India, Iraq (except for entering Mashhad), Jordan, Nepal, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, and United States.

If you are not eligible for Iran visa on arrival application please visit our post about Iran visa to check the application procedure for normal visa.

 

Where to apply for Iran visa on arrival?

Tourists with ordinary passport are eligible for visa on arrival application. The visa is valid for maximum stay of 30 days. The visa on arrival can only be collected in one of the following entry points:

  • Bandar Abbas International Airport (Bandar Abbas)
  • Isfahan International Airport (Isfahan)
  • Kish International Airport (Kish Island)
  • Mashhad International Airport (Mashad)
  • Qeshm international Airport (Qeshm Island)
  • Shiraz International Airport (Shiraz)
  • Tabriz International Airport (Tabriz)
  • Imam Khomeini International Airport (Tehran)

Please note that to expedite collection of your visa in Tehran, you must fill the online application form at Iranian ministry of the foreign affairs and submit hard copy of your submission notice to IKA visa desk, otherwise you might need to wait much longer at the airport to register your data. For tips regarding how to fill the application form please check our post about Iran E-visa.

 

Documents required for Iran visa on arrival application

  • Passport which is valid for at least six months from the arrival date.
  • A confirmed return ticket within the next 30 days.
  • Address of your first accommodation in Iran or confirmation of your accommodations in Iran.
  • Two passport size photos (with general passport photo requirements).
  • Application fee which is paid in cash at the airport.
  • Valid travel insurance covering traveling in Iran, you can purchase your insurance online by filling travel insurance application form.
Azadi tower

Azadi tower museum, Tehran

 

How much is the application fee of Iran visa on arrival?

The visa fee depends on the nationality of the applicant. At the moment the following application fees apply for different countries:

  • 140 Euros for Australians
  • 100 Euros for Chinese
  • 75 Euros for most of European countries

 

Who can visit Iran without visa?

Citizens of the following countries do not need visa for traveling to Iran: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Georgia, Malaysia, Syria, Turkey, and Venezuela.

Qeshm island

Qeshm island

 

Entry to Kish and Qeshm islands without visa

All tourists, except citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Somalia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, could stay on Kish and Qeshm islands for a period of maximum 14 days without obtaining any visa.

 

For application about other visa types and further information please check the website of ministry of the foreign affairs.

As the next step for preparing your trip to Iran, you can check our post about planning your trip to Iran about our recommended places to visit or book a domestic flight in Iran to easily move between the cities.

 

 

107 thoughts on “How to apply for Iran visa on arrival

  • Mostafa
    on October 20, 2018

    Hi Hassan,

    If you are Syrian passport holder you can visit Iran visa free.
    You just might need travel insurance for your trip.

    Regards
    Mostafa

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  • Mostafa
    on October 23, 2018

    Hi Milos,

    Of course you can apply for visa on arrival.

    Regards
    Mostafa

    Reply
  • Bilal
    on October 31, 2018

    Hi i work in Turkey and have Turkish identity number ..resident of Turkey ..but my nationality is Pakistani …can i avail the visa exemption for Turkey

    Reply
  • Bilal
    on October 31, 2018

    Hi i work in Turkey and have Turkish identity number ..resident of Turkey ..but my nationality is Pakistani …can i avail the visa exemption for Turkey

    Reply
  • Mostafa
    on October 31, 2018

    Hi Bilal,

    To visit Iran visa free, you need to have Turkish passport.

    Regards
    Mostafa

    Reply
  • Mostafa
    on November 7, 2018

    Hi Sherif,

    You can apply for visa on arrival, and even based on some references you can visit Iran visa free, try to contact Iranian embassy in Turkey for confirmation.

    Regards
    Mostafa

    Reply
  • Mostafa
    on November 9, 2018

    Hi Carmen,
    Of course you can apply for visa on arrival.
    You can fill E visa form just expedite you application procedure.
    https://www.aciab.com/iran-visa/

    Regards
    Mostafa

    Reply
  • Mostafa
    on November 15, 2018

    Normally there will be no problem, don’t worry about it!

    Reply
  • on January 17, 2019

    hi
    myanmar have iran arrival visa?please kindly reply me

    Reply
    • Mostafa
      on January 17, 2019

      Hi Ran,

      Myanmar citizens are eligiable for visa in arrival, but we highly recommend you to fill the e-visa form and get the confirmation before travelling to Iran.

      Best regards
      Mostafa

      Reply

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