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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Guidebook on Iran which in my opinion is not very reliable; Iran travel information that you find in this book is outdated.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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Maren Jungclaus on 8/23/2017
Hello, thank you very much for your informations. As a women. I have some further questions about the picture: Do I need to bring a picture which shows me WITH HEADSCARF? I am looking forward to hear from you, best Maren
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Dear Maren Jungclaus

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Salam!

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No, it's not necessary and required.


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Kasia on 8/18/2017
Hi, I am a girl travelling to Iran in September . I am 25 years old. I heard that a girl travelling on her own will have problems with getting a visa, not to mention Visa on Arrival. Is it true?
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Dear Kasia

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Salam!

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It's not true and you can apply for visa easily. 


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Van Beek on 8/17/2017
Hi! Im a Dutch student travelling to Iran for two weeks. I want to obtain a VOA, but I have read that it safer to apply for a VOA if you already have a reference number/authorization code. So I am wondering whether you recommend that as well? Thanks in advance, Tommie
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Dear Van Beek

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Salam!

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We can send you a confirmation email to apply for a visa on arrival and it's not possible for us to send you an invitation or reference number. The confirmation email of your reservation on our website is enough to apply for a visa on arrival(VOA).


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Sam on 8/17/2017
Hello. Thank you for useful informations. Im tourist from Europe and coming to Teheran in 4 weeks early morning and plan to spend first night in night bus to Shiraz. My question is would it be a problem to explain to officers at the airport that I will not stay at the hotel first night but in the bus instead if I have hotel reservation in Shiraz for my second night? Thank you very much. :)
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Dear Sam

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Salam!

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There will be no problem. 


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Louise on 8/15/2017
Hi we are visiting Iran in March all Australian citizens with Australian passports however one person in our group is American born with dual citizenship. Is this likely to cause any problems while travelling? He would apply for a visa using his Australian passport.
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Dear Louise

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

There will be no problem.


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Michel on 8/15/2017
Does a US visa in your passport give any problems with a VOA?
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Dear Michel

Comment Code: 2801

Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

There will be no problem and you can apply for visa on arrival.


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enzoctavian on 8/14/2017
Hi! I am a German citizen and have an Iraqi Kurdistan stamp in my passport. Would that be risky for getting a visa on arrival? Thanks
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Dear enzoctavian

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

There will be no problem and you can apply for visa on arrival.



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Koch on 8/11/2017
Hello, I am planning to fly to Iran on 21 August. My e-visa application was rejected, without reason, or email (I just saw it in the 'application status tracking'). No explanation why and the consulate in BXL could not help either. There I need an authorization code to get the visa (might be too tight with time now). My question, if an e -visa was rejected, though no official mail sent, could I still apply for the VOA at Tehran airport (which I should have done from the start, I am eligible)? Or will I face difficulties? Or would it be better to try again the e-visa application but choose Tehran airport as pick up place? Many thanks for any help on this.
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Dear ana

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Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

We don't know the reasons for your rejection. So, we can't guarantee that you will take VOA (visa on arrival) in Iran. 


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Bernd on 7/31/2017
Hi, thanks a lot for the infos! I'm a German Citizen and want to apply for tourist-Visa on arrival. You think it will be a problem that I have visa-stamps from India in my passport? Thank you!
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Dear Bernd

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Salam!

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There will be no problem.


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Pavlovic on 7/29/2017
Hello there! Thanks for the good work and prompt responses! I have one question though. I have already visited Iran in 2015 it was Isfahan, and I have obtained visa in embassy that time. I had no problems and I left Iran on time. Now I plan to land in Tehran and get VOA if possible. Will there be any problems or additional questions as this is my second visit to Iran? Nemanja
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Dear Pavlovic

Comment Code: 2610

Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

There will be no problem and you can apply for a visa on arrival. 


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