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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Guidebook on Iran which in my opinion is not very reliable; Iran travel information that you find in this book is outdated.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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Alp on 11/22/2018
Hello, Thank you for your article. It is really reassuring. How would it work to have a reservation in your hostel in Tehran ? I'm French and I'm coming in Iran on December 22, next month, and I would like to have all my chances of having my visa on arrival. Thank you again !
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Dear Alp

Inquiry Code: 9068

 

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. You'll receive a confirmation instantly.

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

The first email is the confirmation email and is enough to apply for visa on arrival

The instructions in the following link will help you :

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


Kind Regards

Seven Hostels Group


Twinkle on 11/21/2018
Hey! Thank you for information but my application for visa was rejected i think it could be because of my profession i put as photographer as i wanted to go there to document Persian architecture. I am not sure the reason as they didn't explain.
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Dear Twinkle

Comment Code: 9042

Salam!

Thank you for your interest in our services.  

Unfortunately we have no idea how e-visa works.

Usually, e- visa causes some problems.

The most convenient way to get your visa is on arrival. Please read the information via the link below:


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


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Aziz on 11/20/2018
Salam Alikom Can i get visa on arrival im swedish citizen and i plan to visit iran i january i Will fly to Imam Khomeini International AirPort and after that i Will fly to Abadan Will i get any problem in the AirPort and thank you Salam Alikom
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Dear Aziz

Comment Code: 9014

Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

Yes. Sure.

After making your reservation,  the confirmation email is enough to apply for visa on arrival

The instructions in the following link will help you :

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


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sham on 10/24/2018
Hello , good day, thanks for good information. i have a question and i would highly appreciated if you answer me. my friend who is from India is traveling to Iran this month so recently they just said its possible to have visa on arrival for indians. so is it true? and whats the requirements? best regards,
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Dear sham

Comment Code: 8547

Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.

No. It is not true. It is not possible for Indians to have visa on arrival.


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Denis on 10/9/2018
Hi, we are planning to get VOA in Tehran. We have booked a hotel in Isfahan via your web site and got a confirmation form. Our flight arrives at 3 am, so we plan to go through all procedures and go straight to Isfahan without staying in Tehran. May it be a problem for receiving the visa that the hotel is booked not in Tehran? Also, the booking confirmation shows only my name but not the names of my two friends. Is it OK for the visa? And what if they call to the hotel at 3 am and nobody answers? i'm a bit nervous...
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Dear Denis

Comment Code: 8278

Salam!

Thanks very much for using our services.

The reception is open 24-hours.

The confirmation email of your reservation on our website is enough to apply for a visa on arrival (VOA).

The instructions in the following link will help you:

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


Kind Regards

Seven Hostels Group

 


Konieczka on 9/7/2018
Hi. I will be arriving at IKA airport very early in the morning and then I have a ticket from THR to Shiraz the same morning. The first reservation I have of a hotel is in Shiraz (for the next night) and not Tehran. Could this be a problem?
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Dear Konieczka

Comment Code: 7738

Salam!

Thank you very much for your interest in using our services. 

There is no problem. But, if you arrive early morning or in the midnight and need room, you should reserve one day earlier or you can leave your luggage until check-in time. 


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milo on 7/30/2018
do we need this following documents for visa on arrival?? - travel insurance? - fingerprints
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Dear milo

Comment Code: 7243

Salam!

Thank you very much for contacting us.


The first email is the conformation email and is enough to apply for visa on arrival

The instructions in the following link will help you :

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


Kind Regards

 


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

Comment Code: 6980

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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