TO OBTAIN A TOURIST VISA TO IRAN
foreign visitor is required visa to enter Iran except the
nationals of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic
of Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia and Turkey
for stays of up to 3 months. Nationals of Israel will be refused
entry under all circumstances.
The Embassy of Iran in the visitor's home country or overseas
issues visas. Visas are only valid for the cities indicated
on the visa.
To obtain a visa, a Letter of Invitation is required from
a sponsor in Iran and certified by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. Normally the sponsor is a tour operating agency or
a hotel. Once the permission is granted it is then sent to
the Iran Consulate overseas where the visa is issued. The
complete procedure can take a minimum of one month.
Invitation Letter requirement:
To issue the Letter of Invitation, which will enable tourist
to obtain Iran visa, the following information is required:
01 Name of applicant and surname of his / her parent.
02 Nationality / Citizenship.
03 Sex and marital status.
04 Date and place of birth.
05 Passport number, issue date / place & validity.
06 Date and point of arrival / departure.
07 Occupation & place of work (name and address of organisation).
Types of tourist visa and cost in US$:
There are 2 main types of visa issued for tourist travel in
Iran - Transit and Tourist Visas. The type and length of visa
you actually receive varies depending on the country where
you will collect the visa, and on the current situation in
the Tehran Foreign Ministry. For example, sometimes one-month
tourist visas are issued as standard, while other times it
may be very hard to obtain anything more than a 10-day visa.
The official authorisation fee for this service varies for
Current sample prices for non-American nationals:
Single entry: $70
Double entry: $120
The application procedure for a Transit Visa is as the same
as for a Tourist Visa.
Transit Visa is valid for 5 days.
(a) Two copies of completed visa application form.
(b) Valid passport for at least 6 months with a minimum two
(c) 2 passport size photos (ladies are respectfully requested
to observe the Islamic code Hejab in their photographs).
(d) Invitation Letter (as mentioned above) with details of
(e) Visa fees payable by cash or money order.
(f) Day-by-day itinerary.
(g) Applicants must also submit two-way tickets and evidence
of hotel reservation.
are only valid for the cities indicated on the visa.
regulations are liable to change at short notice. Prospective
visitors are advised to contact the nearest Iran Consular
section or the Embassy.
visitors wishing to stay for more than 3 months must obtain
a residence permit. Application must be made within 8 days
of arrival to Police Headquarters or the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in Tehran.
citizens who were born in Iran, who have become naturalised
citizens of Iran, or who were at one time citizens of Iran,
and the children of such persons, are considered Iranian nationals
by Iranian authorities. Therefore, despite the fact that these
individuals possess US citizenship, they must enter and exit
Iran bearing an Iranian passport. Yet some former Iranian
nationals have been issued visas in their US passports. Exit
visas are required for dual nationals to depart Iran. US passports
are valid for travel to Iran. However, the authorities have
often confiscated the US passports of US-Iranian dual nationals
upon arrival. US-Iranian dual nationals have been denied permission
to depart Iran documented as US citizens. To prevent the confiscation
of US passports it is suggested that dual nationals leave
their US passports at the nearest US Embassy or Consulate
overseas for safekeeping before entering Iran, and use their
Iranian passports to enter the country.