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Iran Visa On Arrival 2018

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Guidebook on Iran which in my opinion is not very reliable; Iran travel information that you find in this book is outdated.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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Sochi on 7/16/2018
Want to visit iran and then enroll for a carpet weaving school. Is it possible? By the way,i am a gambian.
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Dear Sochi

Inquiry Code: 7082

 

Salam!

Thank you very much for your interest in our services. At the moment, there is availability on your desired dates. Please refer to the link below and make your reservation. We'll get back to you very soon (within less than 6 working hours).

http://sevenhostels.com/tehran/hostels-and-hotels/seven-hostel-in-tehran/reservation


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Maria on 7/2/2018
I am a Laotian. I am going to travel to Iran in July. I recently applied for an e-visa and was rejected. I do not know why I was rejected. Can I get an arrival visa after arriving at the airport?
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Dear Maria

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

The best way to get the Iranian visa is to get it on arrival. The answer to your question is yes. But you need to have a valid confirmed reservation at a hotel or a hostel.


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Cristina on 6/24/2018
Very interesting. Thank you for the information. But... one question: My Spanish passport has a few stamps (visas) from United States, because I have travelled quite often there recently. Could this be a problem to obtain the visa at the Teheran airport? Thank you in advance, Cristina
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Dear Cristina

Comment Code: 6927

Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us. No worries at all. Our experience says there will not be any problem.


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Yusuff on 6/19/2018
Hi, Thank you for the information! I'm planning to travel to Iran in a few weeks, but not sure if my passport(Tajikistan citizen) is eligible for visa on arrival. I'm in concerned I get rejected at the airport (Istanbul) before departure. Should I apply for e-visa or I can just apply for the visa at the airport? Thank you in advance!
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Dear Yusuff

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Salam!

Thank you for your interest. As far as we know, the tajik passport is eligible for Iranian visa on arrival.


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Does on 6/18/2018
Hello, sounds simple. But can we also pay in euro? We are from the Netherlands. And do we need a letter from our health insurance? I understand we do not need to fill in an e visa application form? Hope to hear from you, john
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Dear Does

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us. You can pay in Euro, USD or Rial. The answers to your three questions are in turn yes, no, and no.


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Ben omojefe on 6/14/2018
I want to know if my Nigeria passport is visa on arrival in Tehran Iran airport. And if is on arrival what is the requirements to allow in
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Dear Ben omojefe

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Salam!

Thanks very much for contacting us. 

Yes it is. All you need is a valid passport and a confirmed accommodation reservation.


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Amine on 6/10/2018
Hello, thank you for this very interesting article :D i am visiting iran in few days and i've already got my flight tickets and a reservation in a hostel in Tehran and i hope to get a visa on arrival at Imam Khomeini airport. But i have a Moroccan passport and recently diplomatic relations between Morocco and Iran have been cut recently. I'm wondering whether it will be a reason for my visa to be declined or not.. Thank you !
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Dear Amine

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us. There is no reason to be worried about it.


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Herve on 4/30/2018
Hi, I use to travel for my job (customer technical support) as an electronic engineer. So I have one passport with two previous visas to enter Saudi Arabia. And a second passport with three previous visas to enter Israel. Having two passports avoid difficulties. May I face issues if I ask for the visa when I arrive in Iran? Which passport should I use ? Thanks Herve
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Dear Herve

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Salam!

Thanks very much for contacting us. 

The answer to your question is yes. You cannot apply with the one that has Israili visa. Getting the visa with the one that has Saudi visa is possible, but still there is the chance to get rejected.


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Peiov on 4/23/2018
Hi, I am from Romania and only my visa application has been rejected(my friends have visa application accepted, same contry, same host...), reason for rejection: “Please apply via travel agency. Please apply via host in iran.” My flyght to Teheran is in 2 days. What are you advice me to do? Also I have booked for Isfahan and Kashan with SevenHostels Grup. Thank you
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Dear Peiov

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us. 

As we have mentioned on several pages on our websites, the best way to get the visa is to get it on arrivale. Please refer to page below and read all about it.

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


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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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