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Iran Visa Types

The Iranian electronic visa is available on VisaHQ, and we have all the resources you need to apply for it successfully. Feel free to read our review of the different types of visas to give you a better idea of the appropriate visa to apply for.

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Currently VisaHQ can not assist with Iran visa services, applicants must apply in person.

Currently VisaHQ can not assist with Iran visa services, applicants must apply in person.

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  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign Iran visa application, prepared by our system under your account.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Business Support Letter. A business letter from the sending company in the US. The letter should be printed on the company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of Iran, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The business letter must adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Briefly introduce the applicant (please specify employment status/position held in the company by applicant).
    • State the nature of the business to be conducted (ie. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.) and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in Iran.
    • Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (ie. a one year multiple entry business visa).
    • Guarantee of sufficient funds for travel.
    • In the event the applicant is self-employed, please mention the nature of business conducted in Iran in the application under "Other" in paragraph 1.15"
    Use the sample format for this letter.

  • Approval Letter. Approval letter that was issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Iran. Here is the information on obtaining an approval.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign Iran visa application, prepared by our system under your account.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Approval Letter. Approval letter that was issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Iran. Here is the information on obtaining an approval.

  • Passport copy. A clear scan of the information page of your valid, signed passport.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for

A visa is not required for this destination.

Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for Tourist visa


Additional steps you may take:
  • Check the current validity of your passport and the availability of blank visa pages

  • Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Iran

    Take advantage of our extensive embassy and consular database to find the nearest one. Upon contacting the embassy confirm the required documents, the time it takes to process the visa and whether the consulate accepts applications by mail.

Additional information
  • Passport must not contain any evidence of prior or intended travel to Israel.
  • Photographs for female travelers MUST adhere to the Islamic dress code.
  • Additional info for minors under 16 with Afghani, Pakistani or Iranian mothers
  • Approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not required with the following documents:
    Proof of Kinship.
    Mother's Passport. A copy of the mother's Afghani, Pakistani, or Iranian passport..
  • Additional Information for Minors Under 16
    Children (under 16) of Iranian mothers do not require an approval.
  • Passport must not contain any evidence of prior or intended travel to Israel.
  • Photographs for female travelers MUST adhere to the Islamic dress code.
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Iran Visa Policy

According to the visa policy of Iran, visitors to Iran may or may not need visas to enter the country. 

Visitors from visa-exempt countries don’t need visas, while those from non-visa-exempt countries need visas. Visitors who need visas can acquire visas from a diplomatic mission abroad, on arrival, or online. Without visas, such visitors will not be allowed into the country. Visa-exempt and nonvisa-exempt visitors must hold valid passports with at least six months of validity.

Persons from countries that appear in Iran’s visa waiver program may stay in Iran for varying durations depending on their nationality. There are 14,25,21,30,45, and 90 days visa-free periods depending on their passport, and during this time, they are free to visit passport-free zones inside Iran. However, they are not allowed to work.

Tourism

If they are eligible for visa exemptions, Tourists visiting Iran can visit and stay in Iranian free trade zones for 14 days without holding visas. These zones are Qeshm Island, Kish Island, Aras, Arvand, Maku, Anzali, Chabhar, and other free zones in the country. There are also special conditions for Canadians, Americans, and Britons who can have a certified guide wait for them at the point of entry. Kindly note that tourists must secure hotel reservations in advance.

Visa On Arrival

There is a separate arrangement for visitors who may not have visas but are willing to enter Iran. They can get visas on arrival if they are eligible. To get a visa at the point of entry, you ought to have applied online via an e-visa website at least two days before your arrival. A submission notification will be generated for you, which you must print out and bring for the trip. At the airport arrival desk, the notification will be exchanged for a visa. Visa on arrival only allows you to stay for one month, but there are plans to extend the duration to three months.

All visa applications on arrival come with an application fee paid at the entry point. Kindly check for the current few at least a day before your trip and ensure that your nationality qualifies you for this type of visa; if not, apply for an e-visa or a consular visa.

Another thing to bear in mind is that this visa is only issued at designated airports which include Isfahan, Bandar Abbas, Mashhad, Kish, Qeshm, Shiraz, Imam Khomeini, Tabriz, Kerman, Mehrabad, Urmia, and Larestan airports. Sea travelers entering through Shahid Rajaee Port in South Hormozgan Province can get a visa on arrival as well.

Iran e Visa

Iran also has an e-visa program which has been active since 2018. This visa is strictly online and saves travelers the time and effort of going to the embassy or waiting in line at designated airports to get arrival visas. E visas are valid for 90 days, and the receiver can visit Iran and stay for up to 30 days with the option to extend it by 30 days twice. Applicants must fill out a visa application form online and attach their documents before submitting for processing. There is also an application fee which must be paid before submission.

The e-visa is easy to get and can use for business, tourism, or transit. Once it is issued, it becomes active, so you must make the trip before it expires.

Key Information About Iran e Visa

So you don’t run into problems when you arrive in Iran, here are vital details to remember.

Be Sure Of Your Eligibility: Before applying for an e-visa or traveling to Iran with one, ensure you are from an eligible country. This is because some nationals are eligible for a visa on arrival, not an e-visa, and vice versa. The last thing you want is to arrive in Iran only to discover that you need the right document. Always do your due diligence to know which visa you qualify for before you submit your application.

Use Approved Entry Routes: Iran has many airports, sea routes, and border crossings, but not all are open for entry. The last thing you want is to attempt to enter the country through an unauthorized route only to be denied entry. Plan your itinerary properly and choose your route in advance.

Only Extend Your Visa Twice: Remember that you can only extend your visa once. The normal duration of stay is 30 days, but the Iranian authorities allow visitors to extend it by 30 days twice, which is 60 extendable days plus the initial 30 days duration. If your engagement in Iran will take more than 90 days, you might want to apply for a long-stay visa instead of an e-visa.

Don’t Apply Late: Avoid applying a day before your trip so you don’t ruin your travel plans. While getting your e-visa in under 24 hours is possible, this is not the case for all applicants. Some applications take up to 3 days before they are approved, so to be safe, we advise you to apply for it 3-4 days before your trip.

Passport: Your passport imagine valid for at least 6 months from your arrival date in Iran, and you must also travel with the same passport you used for the application. Your application will be denied if your passport expires in less than six months. Also, you will not be allowed into the country if you travel with a different passport.

Application Fee: All applicants must pay the application fee before submitting their forms for processing. This fee is not refundable and does not guarantee you will get the visa if you don’t meet the requirements.

Iran Visa Online – Get your Iran e-Visa with VisaHQ

If you want to visit Iran on a short trip, you will need a visa if you are not eligible for a visa waiver. The online visa program offers visitors the fastest way to get a visa without visiting an Iranian foreign mission office.

How To Apply For A Visa With VisaHQ

Many have used VisaHQ to submit their e-visa applications, and you can do the same in a few steps, as explained below.

Complete The Application Form: You will need to fill out the application form on the VisaHQ application page. Provide your personal, travel, and passport information and ensure there are no errors.

Upload Documents: The next step is to upload your documents. Kindly note that your documents will depend on the requirements for the visa you are applying for. Only valid documents will be accepted.

Pay The Application Fee: You must pay the application fee before submitting your application. The fee is payable with a credit or debit card. After executing the payment, submit the form for processing.

Get Your Visa: In 1-3 days, you will receive feedback from the authorities, and if your application is approved, the visa will be forwarded to your email.

Why Use VisaHQ?

You should use VisaHQ for your application because of the following reasons

  • Over two decades of experience
  • Wide network across two continents
  • Safe and secure platform
  • Speedy application completion
  • Online application status tracking
  • Multiple visa application
  • Data storage

With VisaHQ, you can apply for your visa from the comfort of your home. Please navigate to our application page now to get started.

Iran COVID-19 travel restrictions

  • Entry is open
    Entry is permitted for anyone holding an Iranian passport or a valid visa. Arrivals who are exempt from any entry bans must have a valid health certificate. Non-nationals without a certificate will be denied entry.

    Passengers arriving from or who have transited through Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter.
    Prior to arrival requirements
    Valid passport. Valid national passport with at least 6 month remaining validity after the date of departure.
    Valid visa. Please see the instructions above if visa is needed and apply.
    Negative COVID-19 test. Arrivals who are exempt from any entry bans must have a valid health certificate containing a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 96 hours of entry.
    📝Health form: All passengers arriving into Iran by air are required to hold a valid health certificate, issued by the health authorities of the country of departure. This must contain a COVID-19 molecular test performed by an approved center of the departure country, carried out within 96 hours of entry into Iran.

    Upon arrival restrictions
    🏠Quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.
    😷Masks are required in public spaces and transport.

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