Most queek Iran Visa Process

1

Fill out online Iran visa application form

2

Pay LeaveAbode visa service fee (€15)

3

Get visa code in 3 working days

4

Get visa stamped at embassy or airport

Why apply for your Iran visa in advance?

No delay.

You will skip long queues after a long flight that mostly arrive the airport after midnight.

No turn away.

You will not be rejected at airport but you will get the visa stamped hassle-free and at ease.

No stress.

You would have much less stress but more confidence for visa and your entrance is guaranteed.

No paperwork.

You do not have to fill in various forms but showing your passport and reference code is enough.

Primary Iran Visa Questions

All foreign passport holders, except a few nationalities, require a visa to enter Iran. Here is some detailed information in brief:

  • Countries who can visit Iran without a visa: Armenia (90d), Turkey (90d), Azerbaijan (30d), Bolivia (30d), Egypt (20d), Georgia (45d), Venezuela (15d), Lebanon (30d), Malaysia (15d), Oman (30d), Syria (90d), China and Hong Kong (30d).
  • Countries who are eligible for Iran airport visa: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, UAE, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

  • Countries who need to get Iran visa before entering (from consulate): Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Tajikistan, Colombia, Somalia, Bangladesh, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Canada, United Kingdom, United States, , Ireland, Nepal, Yemen and Libya.
  • Countries who can get a 3-month tourist visa on arrival: Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Slovenia.
  • Countries who can not travel to Iran: Israeli passport holders and anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport will not get an Iran visa.

Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, China, Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Syria, Turkey, and Venezuela can enter Iran without a visa.

Getting your visa with LeaveAbode is simple and quick:

  1. Fill in the application form.
  2. Pay the service fee to start the process.
  3. Get the authorization code within 2 business days. The authorization code or reference number is the electronic receipt for your visa.
  4. Refer to the Iranian consulate to collect your visa or collect it from the airport when you arrive in Iran.

In three ways you can apply for your Iran visa:

  • Apply for an Iran visa at the consular section of the Embassy of Iran.
  • If you are eligible, you can obtain a tourist visa on arrival at international airports of Iran, for a stay of 30 days. To do this, you must register online on ministry of foreign affairs website. It supports only tourists visa, business or journalism visas must be obtained from the Consulate before departure.
  • And finally, as the most reliable method, we recommend you to apply for your Iran visa through LeaveAbode Iran Visa Service that is only €15 and the risk of rejection reduces to zero.

Each method has its pros and cons. Here is a comparison of the three above mentioned methods with the pros and cons of each:

Methods Pros Cons
1 Iran embassy
  • takes longer time
  • physical referral
  • leave passport for at leave 2 weeks
2 MFA e-visa
  • apply online
  • collect from embassy or airport
  • takes longer time
  • sometimes you never get answer back
3 LeaveAbode visa service
  • apply online
  • collect from embassy or airport
  • 97% approval guarantee
  • only 2 working days

To be at the safe side, it is better to apply for your visa about 4-3 weeks before. However, the process will not take that long, you will have enough time to refer to the Iranian consulate for collection and can book and confirm your flight and other travel services confidently.

However, we accept the requests until 3 working days before your arrival but we don’t recommend it.

It usually takes 2 working days to get the authorization code.

Here is a comprehensive guide about all visa-related time and duration:

  • Iranian tourist visa authorization code is valid for 1 month to be stamped.
  • After being stamped, you have 3-month time to enter Iran.
  • This visa can allow you to be in Iran for one day until 30 days depending on your requested duration. It is extendible for 2 other 30 days while you are in Iran.
  • The visa is single entry and if you require more entries, you need to apply twice.

Visa on arrival (VOA or airport visa) is a tourist visa granted to citizens of 180 countries upon their arrival to Iran at international airports of Iran. Read more: What Iran airports can I get my Iran visa?

Later, the Iranian MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) has launched the system of electronic visa application that you must apply for VOA in advance, it is called e-Visa.

But anyhow, this system is not so prompt and reliable, you may need to wait longer time to get authorized while in some cases the passengers never got answer from them.

“Although Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs can offer diverse range of options and services, reports and comments made by foreign passengers indicate that it would be better to apply for visa, even airport visa, prior to travel.” stated by the MFA. So, based on this statement it is suggested to apply for your visa before.

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Iran Visa Application Questions

  • In JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg) file format
  • Equal to or less than 500 kB in file size (less than 10 kB is not accepted)
  • In a rectangular aspect ratio (height must be greater than width)
  • It should be 400(minimum-width) x 600(minimum-height) pixels, with about 70-80% part of the photo must be filled by the applicant’s face
  • Taken within the last 6 months

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  • In JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg) file format
  • Equal to or less than 500 kB (kilobytes) in file size (less than 10 kB is not accepted)
  • In a rectangular aspect ratio (height must be less than width )
  • It should be 800(minimum-width) x 600(minimum-height) pixels
  • Only the first page

If there is no Iran consulate or embassy in your country, you can either collect your visa at your arrival airport into Iran. If your nationality is not allowed to get the visa at the airport, you can arrange it to collect your visa at a nearby country with an Iran embassy. You may either be able to collect your visa at the country where you have stopover for at least a day.

The percentage of Iran visa rejection through LeaveAbode visa service is very low. Based on our last applications, less than 1% of requests may get rejected. The visa will be issued for you until your requirements are provided properly and your occupation is not sensitive. Journalism and the politics related jobs may result in rejection. However, pay attention that the MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) is the only authority in visa cases. If they have any concerns about any application, they could hold up the process. In that case, we keep in touch with them and update you with the result.

Other than your passport, passport-size photo and authorization code (if you applied for before), you need to offer the travel insurance and visa fee to the Costums officer. The printout of the insurance must be in English and explicitly contain the name of Iran, otherwise you will be asked to purchase an insurance right there at the airport.

Apply for a valid, cheap and easy insurance online before flying to Iran.

General Iran Visa Questions

  1. Having Israeli visa stamp in your passport
  2. Being on any other passport types except the normal tourist passport
  3. Having some specific occupations such as journalism or political related jobs

Except for (ex)Israeli nationality, other previous or current nationalities other than the one you are going to use don’t normally affect your Iran visa application.

All nationals who are eligible for VOA can enter the free trade zones without a visa and stay there up to 14 days. The visa-free zones in Iran are Kish Island, Qeshm Island, Chabahar, Aras, Anzali, Arvand, and Maku. Among all, accessing Kish Island and Qeshm Island is easier as those have international airports with frequent international flights. To exit the free zones and enter Iran mainland, you will require a visa.

We quote the exact words from the IKA airport website:

  • This is to avoid standing in long queues for visa in airport (sometimes it may take until 24 hours)
  • Difference of hours in different areas of the world is another reason. Your guest may arrive in Imam Khomeini Airport at 3:00 am. At this time even the idea of waiting for visa after ten hours of flight is disappointing.
  • There are certain forms that visa applicants must fill in, which requires you to apply for visa in prior.
  • Administrative process of visa application takes some time, and it constitutes another reason for the requirement to apply visa in prior.
  • Sometimes the applicant may be rejected for visa (in some cases this happens due to not knowing the details of laws and regulations governing airport visa).
  • For getting Iran’s visa, you’d better apply in prior. If you are sure that your guest is qualified to be given airport visa, you can write the name of airport in your guest’s form. It is helpful when preparing application form of visa.

If you have already applied for Iran’s visa, please be noted that:

  • You will get airport visa sooner.
  • You are more likely to get visa.
  • You would have much less stress for visa, because you do not have to stand in long queues for visa.
  • Your visa process would be easier because you do not have to fill in various forms (just having passport and telling your reference code suffices to get visa).

Passport holders of the below countries are eligible to get Iran Visa on Arrival (VOA):

Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak (Rep.), Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, UAE, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

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Algeria
30
Estonia
75
Malawi
60
Senegal
50
Argentina
70
Fiji
55
Malt
75
Sierra Leone
120
Australia
145
Finland
75
Mexico
45
Singapore
75
Austria
75
France
75
Moldavia
70
Slovakia
75
Bahrain
10
Gabon
75
Mongolia
70
Slovenia
75
Belarus
25
Germany
75
Morocco
30
South Africa
80
Belgium
75
Ghana
75
Nepal
40
South Korea
50
Bhutan
30
Greece
75
Netherlands
75
Spain
75
Bosnia
50
Guinea
75
New Zealand
150
Sweden
75
Brazil
80
Guyana
60
Niger
45
Switzerland
75
Bulgaria
75
Hong Kong
80
Nigeria
55
Taiwan
100
Cameroon
60
Indonesia
45
Norway
75
Tajikistan
30
Chad
100
Ireland
75
Oman
75
Thailand
75
Chile
120
Island
75
Palestine
45
Tunisia
45
China
100
Italy
75
Panama
55
Turkmenistan
60
Croatia
50
Japan
60
Paraguay
50
UAE
100
Cuba
75
Kazakhstan
70
Philippine
55
Uganda
100
Cyprus
75
Kenya
60
Poland
75
Ukraine
80
Czech
75
Kuwait
60
Portugal
75
Uzbekistan
70
Denmark
75
Libya
30
Qatar
75
Vietnam
100
Ecuador
40
Lithuania
75
Romania
75
Yemen
40
El Salvador
60
Luxembourg
75
Russia
70
Zambia
70
Eritrea
40
Macedonia
50
Saudi Arabia
30
Zimbabwe
45

No Iran tourist visa is single entry. But you can get two authorization codes for 2 entries.

Your visa is valid for the duration you ask for in visa application that is up to 30 days. If you’d like to stay longer, you need to refer to the “Police Department of Alien Affairs” 2-3 days before your visa expires. There you will be asked about your reasons of extension. You can extend your visa two times and each time for up to 30 days.

The offices are open Saturday to Wednesday from 7:30 am. to 2:00 pm. You’d better refer to them early in the morning to avoid wasting time in queues. Check Iranian national holidays to avoid any delays.

Here is a list of Alien police offices in different cities:

  • Tehran: Soroush St., After Motahari Junction, Shariati Ave.
  • Shiraz: Moddarres Blvd, near Vali-e Asr Sq.
  • Isfahan: Azadi Sq, Roudaki St.
  • Yazd: Near Abouzar Sq, Kashani St
  • Mashad: Next to Azad Univ., Rahnamaee St.

As an American, British or Canadian passport holder, you can also visit Iran on a tourist visa. The visa process is neither hard nor complicated, but it is time-consuming and you need to wait for about 40 days.

First, you need to book a packaged trip and provide us with your documents. We secure an authorization code from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign affair (MFA). Once you have your authorization code, you can pick-up your visa from an Iranian embassy.

Read more about Iran visa process for the U.S. citizens, U.K. citizens and the Canadian citizens.  

If you will collect your visa from the airport upon arrival, there is no need to refer to the embassy for the fingerprint.

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IRAN VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL NATIONALITIES

A
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
B
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
C
Cabo Verde
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Central Africa
Chad
Chile

China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czechia
D
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominica
E
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Eswatini
Ethiopia
F
Fiji
Finland
France
G
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada

Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
H
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
I
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
J
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
K
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
L
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania

Luxembourg
M
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
N
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
North Macedonia 
Norway
O
Oman
P
Pakistan
Palau

Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Q
Qatar
R
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
S
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan

Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
T
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
U
Uganda
Ukraine
UAE
UK
USA
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
V
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Y
Yemen
Z
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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CountryVisa free accessVisa requiredVOAVisa onlineDuration of StayDuration of stayNotes
Afghanistan     
Albania     
Algeria     
American Samoa     
Andorra     
Angola     
Anguilla     
Antigua and Barbuda     
Argentina     
Armenia      
Aruba     
Australia     
Austria     
Azerbaijan      
Bahamas     
Bahrain     
Bangladesh     
Barbados     
Belarus     
Belgium     
Belize     
Benin     
Bermuda     
Bhutan     
Bolivia      
Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba      
Bosnia and Herzegovina      
Botswana      
Brazil      
British Virgin Islands      
Brunei      
Bulgaria      
Burkina Faso      
Burundi      
Cambodia      
Cameroon      
Canada      
Cape Verde      
Cayman Islands      
Central African Republic      
Chad      
Chile      
China     
Colombia      
Comoros      
Congo      
Congo (Dem. Rep.)      
Cook Islands       
Costa Rica      
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)      
Croatia      
Cuba      
Curacao      
Cyprus      
Czech Republic      
Denmark      
Djibouti      
Dominica       
Dominican Republic      
Ecuador       
Egypt     
El Salvador      
Equatorial Guinea      
Eritrea      
Estonia      
Eswatini      
Ethiopia      
Falkland Islands      
Faroe Islands      
Fiji      
Finland      
France      
French Guiana      
French Polynesia      
French West Indies      
Gabon      
Gambia      
Georgia      
Germany      
Ghana      
Gibraltar      
Greece      
Greenland      
Grenada      
Guam      
Guatemala      
Guinea      
Guinea-Bissau      
Guyana      
Haiti       
Honduras      
Hong Kong      
Hungary      
Iceland      
India      
Indonesia      
Iran       
Iraq      
Ireland      
Israel      
Italy      
Jamaica      
Jordan      
Kazakhstan      
Kenya      
Kiribati      
Kosovo      
Kuwait      
Kyrgyzstan      
Laos      
Latvia      
Lebanon     
Lesotho      
Liberia      
Libya      
Liechtenstein      
Lithuania      
Luxembourg      
Macao      
Madagascar      
Malawi      
Malaysia      
Maldives      
Mali      
Malta      
Marshall Islands      
Mauritania      
Mauritius      
Mayotte      
Mexico      
Micronesia       
Moldova      
Monaco      
Mongolia      
Montenegro      
Montserrat      
Morocco      
Mozambique      
Myanmar      
Namibia      
Nauru      
Nepal      
Netherlands      
New Caledonia      
New Zealand      
Nicaragua      
Niger      
Nigeria      
Niue       
Norfolk Island      
North Korea      
North Macedonia      
Northern Mariana Islands      
Norway      
Oman     
Pakistan      
Palau      
Palestinian Territories      
Panama      
Papua New Guinea      
Paraguay      
Peru      
Philippines      
Poland      
Portugal      
Puerto Rico      
Qatar      
Reunion      
Romania      
Russia      
Rwanda      
Saint Kitts and Nevis      
Saint Lucia      
Samoa      
San Marino      
Sao Tome and Principe      
Saudi Arabia      
Senegal      
Serbia      
Seychelles      
Sierra Leone      
Singapore      
Slovakia      
Slovenia      
Solomon Islands      
Somalia      
South Africa      
South Korea      
South Sudan      
Spain      
Sri Lanka      
St. Helena      
St. Maarten      
St. Pierre and Miquelon      
St. Vincent and the Grenadines      
Sudan      
Suriname      
Sweden      
Switzerland      
Syria     
Taiwan      
Tajikistan      
Tanzania      
Thailand      
Timor-Leste      
Togo      
Tonga      
Trinidad and Tobago      
Tunisia      
Turkey      
Turkmenistan      
Turks and Caicos Islands      
Tuvalu      
Uganda      
Ukraine      
United Arab Emirates      
United Kingdom      
United States of America      
Uruguay      
US Virgin Islands      
Uzbekistan      
Vanuatu      
Vatican City      
Venezuela      
Vietnam      
Wallis and Futuna      
Yemen      
Zambia      
Zimbabwe