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Iran Visa - Visa On Arrival in Iran 2017 - VOA

Many of the people who have plans to travel to Iran think that getting the visa on arrival in Iran is something almost impossible. They are not to be blamed though. They search "visa on arrival Iran" and come up with Lonely Planet Guidebook on Iran which in my opinion is not very reliable; Iran travel information that you find in this book is outdated. Among the pieces of information that have not been updated regarding the current situation in 2017, I can refer to most of the phone numbers and of course the information given on the process of getting the Iran visa on arrival, VOA, at Iran's international airports like IKIA. According to Lonely Planet, "It’s risky to fly to Tehran and apply for the Iranian visa on arrival because in theory you’re supposed to get your visa when you meet the clear requirements, but in practice we have heard from many tourists that they have been denied their visa although they had met the requirements."

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Requirements for Getting the Visa on Arrival in Tehran Iran

My purpose of writing this article is to let all the travelers to Iran know that things are very different now. It was a few months before the nuclear deal between Iran and the western countries that the process of getting a 30-day Iran visa on arrival in Tehran became very easy and you can extend it even more easily at immigration offices in all the big cities. Still, the first thing you need to do is to make sure you are among the nationals that are eligible to apply for visa at Iran's airports. According to the last update released early in 2017 by our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, except for the nationals mentioned below, the rest of the nationals from around the world are eligible to apply for visa on arrival in Iran at all the international airports:

US, UK, Israel, Canada, Colombia, Somalia, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

As far as the other requirements are concerned, you'll have to make sure, first, you're holding a valid passport with six months left to its expiration date; second, you have some cash (around 70 USD but it'll vary slightly depending on your nationality) to pay for the visa fee; and third and most important of all, you have a confirmable reservation at a hostel or hotel in Iran in the same city in which your plane has landed.

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To clarify the point further, I have tried to simulate a typical conversation that any eligible VOA applicant would have while applying for his/her Iranian visa on arrival:

 

Iranian Visa - How to Get a Visa on Arrival in Iran?

You: “Hello, I would like to apply for a 30-day tourist visa in Iran.”

The officer is looking at your passport carefully but he doesn’t give you any form to fill out. Finally he looks up and starts asking questions.

Officer: How many times have you been to Iran?

You: This is my first time.

Officer: What’s the purpose of your trip to Iran?

You: I’m a tourist.

Remember that the word “tourist” is a magic word in Iran; mentioning this word in your encounters with Iranians will save your time and money a lot!

Officer: What do you do? What’s your job?

Here, bearing Iran facts in your mind, you’d better be careful not to mention any occupation that The Islamic Republic tends to be sensitive about like all the jobs that are related to media, army, politics etc. So…

You: I’m a student.

Officer: Where are you going to stay? And give me a phone number from the place where you plan to stay.

Now, the address and the phone number of the place of your stay are the most important pieces of information that the officer needs. There is nothing extra needed such as a registration number or registration email or anything. He wont even check to see whether you have a flight ticket out of Iran either.

You: I’ll stay at Seven Hostel in Tehran at At the Corner of Pamenar St, Amir Kabir St, Sarcheshmeh Intersection, Baharestan Sq, Tehran, Iran.

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Then the officer will ask you to go to a bank next to the visa counter and pay for your visa on arrival in Iran (the price depends on your nationality, but it ranges from $50 to $70). Then You’ll wait for half an hour and finally will have the Iranian visa in your hand.

Visa on Arrival in Iran; FAQ

Q: Which Nationalities do not need a visa for Iran?

A: Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela

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Razia on 4/3/2017
swiss female I have a visa code Can I get a visa upon arrival
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The confirmation email is enough to apply visa on arrival .
The instruction in the following link will help you :
http://sevenhostels.com/travel-information/visa-on-arrival-in-iran-2017


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Susca on 3/27/2017
Hi! I wanted to ask, can the visa on arrival be easily extended? I did a mistake while booking my flights, and I booked for a total of 32 days. Also, how many days before the expiration can I go to have it extended? Thank you very much!
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You can ask for a 60-day Iran visa on arrival .


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CHEN on 3/23/2017
Salam. Concerning VOA, you've mentioned "a confirmable reservation at a hostel or hotel in Iran in the same city in which your plane has landed." I'll go to Esfahan first once landing to IKIA, then return to Tehran to end my trip before the departure. Does it work to apply an VOA if I wouldn't stay in Theran the first night? Thank you! Frankie
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Yes you can apply for visa on arrival in Tehran by our confirmation email for a Hotel / Hostel in Isfahan


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julia on 3/20/2017
Good evening, I'm from Austria (Europe) and want to know if I can get the visa on arrival at IKA when I have a reservation in your hostel. Thanks and Happy Nowrouz! Julia
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Yes you can apply visa on arrival.


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Tadas on 3/17/2017
Hi, I'm male citizen of Lithuania and i am planing on hitchhiking trip trough Caucasus region and Iran. My question is if its is possible to get visa on arrival, when entering Iran by foot from Armenia?
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The instruction in the following link will help you :
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Jorge Millan on 3/16/2017
Question: Dear Mr. Khaled, I am a citizen and national of Spain but I was born in Colombia. I have been living in Spain for the last 30 years. I travelled through Iran in 2007 and had no problem to get my visa by then. Now I plan to go to Shiraz for tourism and to see friends I met in my trip 10 years ago. I wish to get the VISA on arrival if possible. Do you think it will be a problem to get my Visa on arrival because I was born in Colombia?
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Your nationality is Spanish.

You are eligible to apply for visa on upon arrival.

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khaled on 3/1/2017
do the visa offices located in airports work around the clock?
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Yes, they work 24 hour .


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Matthew Peirce on 2/11/2017
Salam, Thanks a lot for this site. I had a number of questions and you have answered all of them. kheili mamnoon
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Mieke on 1/26/2017
Good afternoon, My name is Mieke. I am a female Belgian citizen and I am solo travelling for several months through Asia. At this moment I am in Cambodia. On February 7 I would like to fly from Cambodia to Teheran. I have wanted to visit your beautiful country with ancient culture for many years. In Teheran I will meet up and travel together with my German (male) friend who will also arrive on Feb 7. He will arrive many hours before me. I will bring my passport, my global travel insurance and hotel reservation (double room with my German friend) for the first night. And of course I will dress properly and according to Iranian culture. But will I be able to enter the country as being a solo female?? Is the visa on arrival applicable for 30 or 14 days? Can you please also let me know if it is necessary to show a return plane ticket? If possible, I prefer to decide and buy this later, depending on the travel journey through Iran. Thank you very much in advance. Mieke.
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