Iran tourist visa is required for South African citizens visiting Iran for tourism and business purposes. The stay for South African citizens can be for a period of up to 45 days and the visa expires 3 months after being issued. Among the methods of getting an Iran visa, the international trend is towards e-visa, or electronic pre-application in order to obtain the visa on arrival. South African citizens also can get an Iran visa grant notice before departure and collect the visa at Iran airport.
|Iran Visa for South African Citizens|
|Visa on arrival||Eligible|
|Duration of stay||45 days|
|Extension possibility||2 times|
|Number of Entries||Single|
Get your Iran visa without having to travel to Iran consulate/embassy! 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 in 2 working days.
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Three documents are required for an Iran tourist visa:
The nearest Iran diplomatic mission office near South Africa is located in:
Usually, it takes about 2-5 working days, sometimes more or less.
The nationals of 180 countries (including South Africa) can get an Iran on-arrival visa at the 11 Iranian international airports.
Also read: Iran International Airports
Yes, that is possible. As a South African citizen, you can extend your Iran visa in police stations of foreign affairs two times up to 30 days (each time).
Also read: Iran visa extension
Depending on the type of visa and place of collection, the price of an Iran visa for South African citizens can be different. Leaveabode’s Iran tourist visa service fee for South African citizens is 15 Euros for securing the visa grant notice. The visa collection fee to the embassy or airport is approximately 80 Euros. The exact amount may change over time but, it totally is at a reasonable price.
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The free trade zones of Iran are open to tourists of different nationalities (including South African) to travel visa fees for 14 days.
Also read: Iran’s free trade zones
Also read: Iran visa-free countries
Citizens of South Africa like most countries worldwide are free to apply through the Iran e-Visa website. However, they may have to wait longer than it is supposed to get the result. Many travelers don’t suggest this website.
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.
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.
The collection procedure at IKA airport takes between 20 minutes to 3 hours, depending on your arrival time and the number of passengers in the queue. Besides IKA airport, you can collect Iran visa at other international airports such as Shiraz, Mashhad and Isfahan, which takes a shorter time. List of airports where you can collect Iran visa.
Iran is 1,628,550 km2, while South Africa is 1,213,090 km2. This means South Africa is 34.25% smaller than Iran.
Based on UNWTO.org, World Bank the number of visitors from South Africa traveling to Iran from 2008 to 2018 are as below:
|Year||Number of visitors from South Africa|
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.
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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 read: Domestic 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.
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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 read: All 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 read: Necessary Vaccines for a Trip to Iran
The South African embassy is located in Tajrish, Tehran, Iran.