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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Guidebook on Iran which in my opinion is not very reliable; Iran travel information that you find in this book is outdated.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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kone makoura on 5/27/2017
Je voudrais savoir si avec ce code je pourrai avoir le visa a l'arrivée
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Dear kone makoura

Comment Code: 2163

Salam!

Hi,

I'm so sorry, but our services  are offered only thorough understandable correspondence in English language.



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Daniel on 5/23/2017
Hello, is it necessary to show a booking confirmation for ALL days I will stay in Iran? Or would a confirmation for the first three days be sufficient? I am asking because I am planning to stay the first three days in Tehran, and then I just want spontaneously decide where to go next. Thank you! Daniel
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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

The first three night is enough to apply visa on arrival .


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ajaz on 5/22/2017
Hi.- how about norwegian nationals? Can get visa on arrival?
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Dear ajaz

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Salam!

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yes you can .


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Alessandro on 5/21/2017
Hi, I'm Italian and I'll stay for 1 week of vacation in Iran. Is it needed to have cash USD to get a VOA or also cash EUR are accepted? Many thanks for your help. Alessandro
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Dear Alessandro

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Thank you very much for contacting us.

Euro is acceptable too


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Babar34 on 5/12/2017
Hello, I'm French and I'm going to Iran. I'll apply for VOA but I'm a journalist. I won't be in Iran as a journalist, I'll be there as a tourist, but what should I say to the officer? Thank you
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Dear Mr. M.

Comment Code: 2038

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Thank you very much for contacting us.

It's simple. Just tell them that you are a tourist. They usually dont ask about your occupation. If they did, tell them you are a part time teacher or sth


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Jugraj Sanghvi on 5/10/2017
Hello I want to Know about I have Indian passport . May i get visa on Arrival . As i am traveling now to Dubai from there only need to come Tehran . I already visited Iran several time . Thanks & Regards Jugraj Sanghvi
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Dear Mr. M.

Comment Code: 2013

Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

The instruction in the following link will help you :
http://sevenhostels.com/travel-information/visa-on-arrival-in-iran-2017
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kone makoura on 5/9/2017
je suis de nationalité ivoirienne et je voudrais faire du tourisme a mashadd et je voudrais savoir comment avoir le visa a l'arrivée. merci
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Dear Friend

Comment Code: 2002

Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

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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Honoré on 5/5/2017
Je suis un étudiant camerounais, je voulais arrivée a Téhéran pour faire du tourisme, je voulais savoir si mon pays est éligible à un arrival visa. Merci
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Comment Code: 1944

Salam!

Vous pouvez obtenir un visa � l'arriv�e.


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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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Dear Friend

Comment Code: 1431

Salam!

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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Dear Friend

Comment Code: 1304

Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

You can ask for a 60-day Iran visa on arrival .


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