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outdated.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
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.
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
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
will save your time
and money a lot!
Officer: What do you do? What’s your job?
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,
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
3/17/2017 3:25:32 PM