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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Guidebook on Iran which in my opinion is not very reliable; Iran travel information that you find in this book is outdated.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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Thomas on 10/18/2017
Hi Thanks for this article. One question : i will be in iran for 3 weeks I will book the first 2 or 3 nights in teheran but i don t realy want to book all the hotel's night for all my 3 weeks journey. Is the booking of the first night (or the 3 first nights) are sufficent to get the visa ?
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Dear Constant

Comment Code: 3705

Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

Yes my friend it is enough to apply visa on arrival.


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Johari on 10/12/2017
Hi there! Is it possible to leave and re enter Iran once I have the visa? I have plans to visit Turkey but would need to come back to Tehran because my flight home is from Tehran. Is this possible? Thank you for your advice!
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Dear Johari

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

If you leave Iran, you will have to apply for visa again. 


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Muurinen on 10/4/2017
Hi, our flight to Tehran arrives 22.25. Do you know whether the offices for VOA are open at this hour?
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Dear mirja

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

the visa office is open 24-hour and you can apply for a visa directly when you arrive at the airport.


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Eli on 9/23/2017
Hi! Thank you for all this above Info! We are Greek citizen and we booked our flights to Iran, we will be arriving in about 2 weeks, my husband's passport expires in 5 1/2 months... we have everything else as requested, you think it will be a problem? Thank you !
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Dear Eli

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

You must have a valid passport with six months left to its expiration date when you want to apply for a visa on arrival. You can consult with Embassy of Iran in Greece as well.


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Kim on 9/22/2017
Hi, if I get the visa on arrival for 30 days can I extend it once I am in Iran? If so how long will the extension be granted for?
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Dear Kim

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

You can extend your visa within 15 days. 


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Hélène on 9/21/2017
Hello, it is said " you have a confirmable reservation at a hostel or hotel in Iran in the same city in which your plane has landed." we will arrive at 3 : am and will take the bus to go to KASHAN . Our first night will be in Kashan. Is it a problem for the visa?
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Dear VINCENT

Comment Code: 3324

Salam!

Thank you very contacting us.

This is not going to make you problem


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Effa on 9/15/2017
Hello, I am from Malaysia. I know that I don't need a visa to enter Iran for 14 days. But I planned to visit the country for 3 weeks. Is it possible to get a visa extension at the airport? Thank you.
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Dear Effa

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us

You can do it in the city too.


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yusufi on 9/12/2017
hello, i just read in wikipedia, that for applying VOA in tehran airport, we have to first submit application prior to travel ? is it correct ? (its new rule i think) so we can not just go to tehran and get the visa on arrival directly ?
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Dear yusufi

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

When you arrive at the airport you can apply for a visa directly.


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JD on 9/7/2017
Hi there I hold a Malaysia passport planning a trip to Iran.. I plan to fly in to shiraz from dubai.. can I please know if i will be able to apply voa in shiraz airport? And what about travel insurance ? Can I purchase it there as well? Thank you for time :) ! :)
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Dear JD

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

You can apply for a visa in Shiraz airport and buy travel insurance.


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Michael on 9/4/2017
Dear Sir /Madam Me and my friends would like to visit Iran on November, 5 persons . We already booked air tickets and now we will start to plan our adventure in Iran. We will be in Tehran at 01.05am 15 November and we are going to buy VOA visa on airport IKA. Next if it is possible we plan to go to Yazd by night train or bus and spend night during travel to Yazd. My question is , what about availability bus or train tickets there on the spot ? Should we booking it in advance, if yes, how to do it ? Greetings from Poland Michael
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Dear Michael

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

You can find more information about booking pick up taxi, bus, train, and airplane tickets on the following website:

www.irantts.com


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