Iran visa on arrival

Iran Visa On Arrival

Iran visa on arrival means you can obtain your visa stamp on your arrival to one of Iran’s international airports like Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport(IKA). But it does not mean that you just can hop on the plane and arrive to the airport! First thing you need to do is to apply through your travel company in Iran or apply directly to MFA platform for your visa grant notice. Once your visa is approved you’ll receive your visa grant notice as PDF file which shows you are eligible to receive your visa either from the airport or one of Iranian missions outside of Iran based on your selection.

UK, US and Canadian citizens cannot obtain their Iran visa on arrival and they must obtain their visa either from Iranian embassy in London or Interest section of Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington. Click here to see step by step guide for US, UK and Canadian citizens Iran tourist visa application.

Iran visa on arrival

So, what are the advantages and disadvantages of visa on arrival comparing to obtaining your visa from Iranian embassies?

Advantages:

  1. You might not have enough time to travel to another city to closest Iranian embassy, so you decide to obtain your Iran visa on arrival
  2. Total cost of your transportation expenses to closest Iranian embassy exceeds the amount of visa stamp fee, so you decide to collect your visa on your arrival

Disadvantages:

  1. Iran visa on arrival is much more expensive comparing to obtaining your visa from the embassy, click here to see visa stamp fee rates
  2. Some airlines do not let you get on board unless you have a valid visa stamp on your passport although you are eligible for receiving your visa on your arrival
  3. You need to wait for long que in the airport and sometimes it takes around 2-3 hours to get your visa stamp on your passport

So why we should let everything for its last minutes when we have enough time to do it!   

How much does it costs ?

  • New Zealand :150€
  • Australia: 145€
  • Sierra Leone, Chile: 120€
  • China, UAE, Uganda, Chad, Vietnam: 100€
  • India: 90€
  • Germany, Austria, Spain, Ireland, Italia, Iceland, Slovenia, Estonia, Slovakia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Portugal, Czech Republic, Denmark, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Finland, Cyprus, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland, Lithuania, Malta, Hungary, Norway, Netherlands, Greece, Thailand, Singapore, Ghana, Qatar, Cuba, Gabon, Guinea: 75€
  • Russia, Uzbekistan, Argentina, Zambia, Mongolia, Moldavia: 70€
  • Japan, Turkmenistan, Cameroon, Kenya, Kuwait, Guyana, Madagascar, Malawi, El Salvador: 60€
  • Philippines, Panama, Fiji, Nigeria: 55€
  • South Korea, Bosnia, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Macedonia, Paraguay, Senegal: 50€
  • Indonesia, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Niger, Venezuela: 45€
  • Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Nepal, Yemen, Eritrea: 40€
  • Tajikistan, Algeria, Bhutan, Morocco, Libya, Egypt (for more than 20 days), Saudi Arabia: 30€
  • Belarus: 25€
  • Armenia, Bahrain: 20€
  • Malaysia (for more than 15 days): 10€

Click here to see step by step guide to apply for your visa application with our company

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Iran tourist visa for us citizens

Step By Step Guide for US, UK and Canadian Citizens for Iran Tourist Visa

Can US citizens travel to Iran ?

US, UK and Canadian citizens need to book a guided tour to travel to Iran, it means that you as passport holder to one of these nationalities cannot travel to Iran as sole traveler. Also, these three nationalities are not able to obtain visa on their arrival to Iran’s international airport. But don’t you worry at all, it is our job to apply for your visa application to MFA!

Licensed tour operators like our company are authorized to apply directly to MFA for their own customers, in other words we’ll be official sponsor of your trip to Iran so you don’t need to do anything but collect your visa from either Interest section of Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington or Iranian embassy in London. As soon as you book your tour with us, we’ll send you an email giving you instructions about the type of documents we need you to prepare for us. So, can us citizens travel to Iran? The answer is Yes you can

Step by Step guide for US and Canadian citizens:

  • Book you tour at least 60 to 90 days ahead of your desired departure
  • You’ll send your scan of the first page of your passport, Your photo and your professional resume us. Click here for more information about scan of your passport and photo requirements
  • After receiving and controlling your documents, we’ll prepare our own documents such as your hotel reservations, your itinerary and your tour guide name and IDs and we’ll provide it to MFA together with your documents to start your visa application.
  • Your visa grant notice gets ready between 45 to 60 days after we start your visa application
  • We’ll send your visa approval immediately after we receive it from MFA as PDF file (visa grant notice)
  • You’ll have 30 days from the date that your approval issued to obtain your visa stamp from interest section of Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington. So you need to print your visa grant notice in color and provide it to the interest section together with your passport and visa stamp fee either in person or by postal service. Click here to see more information about your visa stamp fee.
  • Your passport is stamped and you are ready to start your tour to Iran

Step by Step guide for UK citizens:

Visa application steps are pretty much the same as US and Canadian citizens but the only difference is there is no need for your professional resume and instead you might be asking to have an interview in Iranian embassy in London. Case of interview in completely depends on the officers whose review your case, so if they feel that they need more explanation from you about the reasons of your trip to Iran they might ask you to have an interview in Iranian embassy in London.

Step by step guide for Iran tourist visa for UK citizens:

  • Book you tour at least 60 to 90 days ahead of your desired departure
  • You’ll send your scan of the first page of your passport, Your photo to us. Click here for more information about scan of your passport and photo requirements
  • After receiving and controlling your documents, we’ll prepare our own documents such as your hotel reservations, your itinerary and your tour guide name and IDs and we’ll provide it to MFA together with your documents to start your visa application.
  • We’ll be informed by MFA in case if officers need to have an interview with you, so we’ll let you know about your interview date and time.
  • Your visa grant notice gets ready between 45 to 60 days after we start your visa application
  • We’ll send your visa approval immediately after we receive it from MFA as PDF file (visa grant notice)
  • You’ll have 30 days from the date that your approval issued to obtain your visa stamp from Iranian embassy in London. So you need to print your visa grant notice in color and provide it to the interest section together with your passport and visa stamp fee either in person or by postal service. Click here to see more information about your visa stamp fee.
  • Your passport is stamped and you are ready to start your tour to Iran

Can us citizens travel to Iran with a fast visa process ? well, Before you start booking with us we need to remind you it is better if you book your tour at least 60 to 90 days ahead of your desired departure so we can have enough time to check your documents and apply for your visa application.

Click here to fill your visa application form

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Iran visa fee

Iran Visa Fee

Iran tourist visa policy has been changed recently and it is much easier now to obtain Iran tourist visa. Well, the first step is to apply through your travel agency in Iran or you can apply through MFA platform directly yourself. In both ways, you’ll receive your e visa permission which is called Visa Grant Notice. Once you get your visa grant notice, you need to refer to the one of the Iranian embassies (which you selected in your online visa application form), then you need to provide your printed version of your visa grant notice (in color) together with your passport and visa stamp fee to the embassy. But remember, you need to pay your Iran visa fee in cash, credit cards and travel cheques are not acceptable in Iranian embassies, so bring enough cash with you to the embassy. Iran visa fee for visa on arrival is a little bit higher than obtaining your visa from the embassy, click here to see visa on arrival page for more information.

Find your Iran visa stamp fee from here:

  • Citizens of the Schengen countries: 75 €
  • UK: 180 €
  • Canada: 50 €
  • United States: 60 €
  • Australia: 100 €
  • South Korea: 25 €

If you don’t see your country here in this list, please contact us for more information.

Iran visa fee

Same day Iran visa stamp fee:

Your visa stamp normally takes 24 to 48 hours to get ready, it means that you need to hand over your passport, your visa grant notice and visa stamp fee and return back the other day to receive your stamped visa from the embassy. Same day visa is a fast processing visa service which you can pay 50% extra and you can get your visa stamp on the same day.

Click here to see step by step guide for UK, US and Canadian citizens visa application procedure

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List of Diplomatic Missions in Iran

In some urgent cases you might need to know about the location of your country’s diplomatic mission in your traveling destination, in this list you can find your country’s embassy or representative office in Tehran :

Afghanistan 

Algeria

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bangladesh

Belarus

Belgium

Benin

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burundi

Chile

China

Comoros

Ivory Coast

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Ecuador

Finland

France

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Guinea

Guinea Bissau

Holy See ( Vatican ) 

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iraq

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

North Korea

South Korea

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Lebanon

Libya

Malaysia

Mali

Mauritania

Mexico

Morocco

Netherland

New Zealand  

Nicaragua

Nigeria

Norway

Oman

Pakistan

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Romania

Russia

Senegal

Serbia

Sierra Leone 

Slovakia

Somalia

South Africa

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Tajikistan

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Uganda

Ukraine

UAE

UK

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

Egypt  ( Interests Section )

United states (Interests Section, Switzerland mission in Tehran )

Canada (Protecting Power, Italy mission in Tehran )

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Kurdish Woman

Kurdistan(IRAN)

Kurdistan Province is located in the west of Iran, the center of this province is the city of Sanandaj. “Kurd” originates from word “Kurt”. Kurt means the city and the area. The population of Kurds in Iran is estimated to be 90000 people. The language of the Kurdish people is Kurdish, which has been derived from the Sorani and Kurmanji languages and is very similar to the Baluchi, Gilaki and Taleshi languages. Kurdistan has lots of Kurdish tribes, some living Iraqi Kurdistan, some living in south east of Turkey and some living in west of Iran.

kurdistan village(iran)

Kurdish Dance and Music

Kurdish music is rooted in their epic stories and also classical Iranian music, Kurdish music is mainly divided into two types, one type is  beautiful romantic songs which mostly talks about stories of lovers and sometimes stories about love of Kurdish motherland. The other types of Kurdish music are narrating epic stories of Kurdish heroes. Music and dance are very popular in Kurdistan which in most of the times men and women gather in half circle and dance hand in hand. Kurdish women have long beautiful colorful dresses and they shine in their celebrations like a rainbows of colors.

Kurdistan famous musical instruments are hornpipe and timpani. Kurdish people dance together, encircle, take each other’s hands and sing and dance with a unique harmony. Nowadays, Kurdish music is published by many Kurdish musicians all over the world and its popularity is increasing day by day


Handicrafts

In all tribes, the crafts are designed based on the local culture of their people and epic stories, love songs and even the weather is affecting their designs but generally Kurdish handicrafts are almost the same in all over Kurdistan and the only difference is types of sketches that they make on their handicrafts. Amongst the Kurdistan handicrafts we can refer to woodwork, woodturning, weaving, needlework, carpeting and rug weaving which can be found in most cities and villages of this region. There are many carpet types and designs in Iran but amongst all of them Sanandaj Carpet has a huge demand all over the world. Its fame drives from its unique sketches and structure.

sanandaj carpet

Kurdistan Beautiful and Fantastic Villages

In recent years, some of Kurdistan villages have been listed on the Cultural Heritage List. The architecture of these villages is a staircase and consists of horizontal and vertical corridors. Some of these beautiful villages are the village of Gilin, Halwan, Shiyan, Hashemiz and beautiful Uramanat Villages.

uramanat
kurdish village

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