Iran Visa For British Citizens

Iran tourist visa is required for British citizens visiting Iran for tourism and business purposes. British citizens need to take part in a guided tour and it takes about a month time to get an Iran visa grant notice; after that, the visa should be collected from an Iran embassy. The stay for British citizens can be for a period of up to 45 days and the visa expires 3 months after being issued. 

Iran Visa for British Citizens
Visa on arrivalNot Eligible
Duration of stay45 days
Extension possibility0 times
Number of EntriesSingle

LeaveAbode is a specialized platform approved by the “Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs” to process your visa application as an intermediary. We carry out your formalities with the Iranian authorities, to avoid any tedious process to reduce the risk of visa refusal and secure the visa grant notice at the soonest. 

How to apply for Iran tourist visa grant notice from the UK?

  • Step 1: Fill online Iran visa application form
  • Step 2: Submit your passport scan & identity photo
  • Step 3: Discuss your preferred itinerary
  • Step 4: Once the visa is approved, the Visa Grant Notice is sent to you by e-mail
  • Step 5: Collect it from any Iran embassy
  • Step 6: We will meet you in Iran 

Read also: the embassy or consulate of Iran nearest your place of residence

What are Iran visa requirements for British citizens?

Three documents are required for an Iran tourist visa:

  1. Completed online Iran Visa Application Form
  2. Passport Photo (no older than 6 months)
  3. Passport Copy (passport or travel document of the UK with at least 6 months remaining validity and at least 2 blank pages)
  4. CV

What documents is needed to collect Iran Visa?

  • Passport
  • Visa grant notice
  • Health insurance (in English)
  • Visa collection fee paid to the embassy (about 75 euros)

Where is Iran Embassy or Consulate in the UK?

The nearest Iran diplomatic mission office near the UK is located in:
How long does it take to get an Iran visa grant notice?

Usually, it takes about 30 working days, sometimes more or less.

Is Iran VOA (Visa on-Arrival) issued for British citizens?

The nationals of 180 countries can get an Iran on-arrival visa at the 11 Iranian international airports. British citizens are not eligible for Iran on-arrival visa. 

Also read: Iran International Airports

Is it possible for British citizens to extend visa in Iran?

No, that is not possible. As a British citizen, you can not extend your Iran visa in Iran.

Also read: Iran visa extension

How much is an Iran tourist visa for British Citizens?

The visa collection fee at the embassy is approximately 75 Euros. The exact amount may change over time but, it totally is at a reasonable price.

Also read: Iran visa fee

Are British citizens allowed to enter Iran visa-free?

The free trade zones of Iran are open to tourists of different nationalities (including British) to travel visa fees for 14 days.

Also read: Iran’s free trade zones
Also read: Iran visa-free countries

Can British travelers apply through the Iran eVisa website?

Citizens of the UK are not eligible to apply through the Iran e-Visa website. 

Does Iran visa stamp on my passport?

In recent years, the Iranian embassy will issue applicants with a visa insert sheet instead of a sticker/visa stamp in passports. Applicants must keep this visa throughout their trip as it will be stamped with entry and exit. 

How to collect my Iran visa at an embassy?

The visa collection procedure at the embassy usually takes 1-2 working days. You may be asked to leave the passport and document and return another day. In most cases, the visa will be stamped on the same day. Or you can post your documents to the embassy. Before doing so, call the embassy to ensure they still provide services by post and what documents they need. List of Iran embassies around the world.

Know Before You Go

Iran is a very cultural destination which is opening up more and more to tourism. Obtaining a visa for Iran is now really easy and the procedure is faster: you can get the visa grant notice in 2 working days. Here are some tips for your trip to Iran:

Iran is 1,628,550 km2, while the UK is 241,930 km2. This means the UK is 6.73 times smaller than Iran.

Based on UNWTO.orgWorld Bank the number of visitors from the UK traveling to Iran from 2008 to 2018 are as below:
Year Number of visitors from the United Kingdom
2008 130,176
2009 135,424
2010 188,032
2011 214,656
2012 245,376
2013 305,216
2014 317,952
2015 335,168
2016 316,288
2017 311,488
2018 466,880

The ideal season to go to Iran is spring or autumn, during which the weather is pleasant. However, it doesn’t mean you cannot visit Iran in winter and summer, there are numerous options for you.

Read also: Are winter and summer not possible in Iran?

Iran is one of the most hassle-free and safe countries for tourists in the Middle East, whether women, men, independent travelers or group tours. People are very respectful and friendly toward tourists.

Read also: How safe is Iran for tourists?

The plane is the preferred means of transport to go to Iran, and to travel within the country. It is also possible to take comfortable buses between major cities, such as Tehran and Shiraz. At night, the train is preferred over the bus.

Also readDomestic Transport in Iran

the hotels are of good quality in numerous categories from hostels to boutique hotels. It is easy to book a hotel in Iran through LeaveAbode hotel reservation service. In high seasons, the demand can exceed supply, so it is essential to book a room before leaving.

Also read: Iran hotel booking

The Iranian IRR (rial) is often counted in thousands or millions, that is why Iranians often speak of Toman which is worth 10 Rials. Exchange can be done in particular in the banks and exchange shops of the city centers.

Also readAll about Currency & Money in Iran

Being a very large country, Iran has four distinct seasons with different temperature degrees in different regions. So, you may face several climates depending on your route.

Generally, spring and autumn are milder and more pleasant in most of the country. On the central plateau (variable altitude between 1200 and 1800 meters), it will be cold in winter and hot in summer.

In the southern region and the Persian Gulf, winter is pleasant but summer can be too hot (over 50c degrees).

The capital Tehran enjoys a sunny but slightly rainy spring. The summer will be hot but being close to the mountain peaks, it will be refreshing. Autumn will be mild during the day but cooler at the end of the day. Snow in winter is quite possible with temperatures around 0.

Read also: The best season to visit Iran

There is no compulsory vaccination to go to Iran. The hepatitis A vaccine is recommended.

Travel insurance is compulsory to travel to Iran. LeaveAbode can provide you with an insurance policy from Iranian insurance companies to cover your medical expenses.

Also readNecessary Vaccines for a Trip to Iran

Shiraz: The orange gardens, Quran gate, the pink mosque, Persepolis, tombs …

Tehran: Golestan Palace, Tehran Bazaar, National Museum, Crown Jewels Museum…

Isfahan: The palaces, the mosques, Si-o-se pol bridge, Grand Bazaar…

The British embassy is located in Ferdowsi Avenue, Tehran, Iran.



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