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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Guidebook on Iran which in my opinion is not very reliable; Iran travel information that you find in this book is outdated.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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3/17/2017 3:25:32 PM

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Michal on 3/12/2018
Regarding your recommendation above: ***you have a confirmable reservation at a hostel or hotel in Iran in the same city in which your plane has landed*** I´m flying to Iran on 30 Apr. My plane landed at 03:00am in Tehran but my first night is in Yazd. We are going direcly from Tehran by train to Yazd. Is OK for officer to show valid documents different from place where plane landed? Thanks for help
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Dear Michal

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

Yes, it's OK.

You need a confirmation of your  reservation from the Hotel/Hostel in which you will stay.

The Hotel/Hostel will receive a call from the airport to check the details


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Gades on 2/15/2018
Salaam! Ist a reference number needed for VOA ? regards Mark
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Dear Gades

Comment Code: 5624

Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

The confirmation of your reservation is enough to apply visa on arrival


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on 1/23/2018
Update I got my visa on arrival. It toke about an hour almost exactly like they describe on this website. They asked me for insurance. I could convince them I had a Dutch insurance that covered Iran. I had to fill in a little form with 4 questions, pay 75 euro and then they asked me where I stayed. I had to show my reservation. Luckily I printed the conformation email. Then they told me to sit and wait about 30 min. Then they asked about my job. 5 more minutes wait and then I got my visa. Not hardly as tough as I had expected. The hostel itself is great. Really friendly staff. Thanks for everything.
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Salam!

Thank you very much for your feedback. We really appreciate it.


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Miedema on 1/11/2018
@Maxime Did it work out? I have exactly the same dilemma. I plan to fly to Teheran next week. I'm in doubt if i should apply online first or not. http://e_visa.mfa.ir/en/visa-arrival/ States i should apply online. but many other people say I can just apply for a visa at the airport without doing anything online.
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Dear Miedema

Comment Code: 5413

Salam!


Thanks very much for contacting us.

It would works .

You can apply visa on arrival, it is easy and It rarerly happens that someone get rejected



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Maxime on 1/1/2018
Hello ! I'm on Istanbul i have booked a flight to tehran, i wanna know if i have to do e-visa application or i can get a VOA at teheran airport... I'm flying with pegasus and i cannot check in online if i say i dont have visa.. So i'm afraid i'll ne rejected at the airport. I would like to just take my plane and get voa in tehran.... Can you help me?
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Dear Hemlo

Comment Code: 5344

Salam!


Thanks very much for contacting us.

The instructions in the following link will help you:


http://sevenhostels.com/travel-information/visa-on-arrival-in-iran-2017


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marius on 12/30/2017
Hello Can you tell me if it's possible to get the VOA at the Airport in Tehran 24/7 or just to specifig opening hours of the bureau as my preferred flight would arrive at 3am?
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Dear marius

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Salam!

Thank you very contacting us.

You can apply visa on arrival at the airport any time you arrive.


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Swiecka on 12/27/2017
Hello My application for eVisa got rejected. I have a flight to Teheran in a week and no agency is able to make Visa for me in a short time. The reason of rejection was "Please contact the agency". Would you recommend to fly and try to get VOA? My friend got eVisa with no problem - he's from Czech Republic and I'm from Poland... Now I think it was stupied of me I was applying for eVisa..... I've called embassy in Warsaw, but they can't check anything with eVisas.... Kind regards Iza
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Dear Izabela

Comment Code: 5305

Salam!


Thanks very much for contacting us. 

If your eVisa got rejected we don't recommend to apply for visa on arrival.

We suggest you apply through an agency before you come to Iran.


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A555 on 12/27/2017
hallo sevenhostel people it's going to be my 4th time in iran, i want to try the VOA instead of having the visa issued at the consulate in Athens, have not reserved any hotel room in tehran , is it advisable to let them know the address/phone nr of my tehran hosts/friends? thanks, khoorbaned A.
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Dear A555

Comment Code: 5306

Salam!

Thanks very much for contacting us. 

No, it's not advisable. We still recommend booking a hotel/hostel.


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Ehiz on 12/14/2017
thanks for the wonderful enlightenment.. please do u no how much will a Nigeria pay at port of arrival for the visa ??
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Dear Ehiz

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

Nigerian citizens should pay 55 Euros to apply visa on arrival in Iran.


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Mujahid on 12/4/2017
Hi I’m from Afghanistan but I live in England and I’m a British citizen do I can get visa in Arriva in Iran? Please help me I applied for visa but it’s declined with agency. Can anyone tell me do I can apply again and file the form again??
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Dear Mujahid

Comment Code: 5101

Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

if your visa get rejected once from travel agency it is so unlikely that your visa will be applied in travel agency ( if you try again) or on arrival.
We can just send tourists a confirmation email to apply visa on arrival.


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