Getting an Iranian Tourist Visa is one of the main concerns of travelers due to the possibility of rejection. This article will look at the common questions about Iran visa.


1) Which countries need to get Iran visa? 

Generally, visiting Iran Requires an Iran Visa for all travelers. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Georgia, China, Lebanon, Malaysia, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela, Egypt, Oman, Nicaragua, and Ecuador are countries that don't need a visa to enter Iran. They need a valid passport from their country of origin. Consider this point that you must not have a stamp from a trip to Israel because there is no political relationship between Iran and Israel.


2) How to get an Iranian visa in advance?

There are two main ways to get an Iran visa in advance. 1) Getting your authorization code (visa reference number) using the E-Visa (Electronic visa) 2) Go to an Iranian embassy in person or refer to the website of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

E-Visa is the most reliable and easiest way to get an Iran visa in advance. What you should do is very simple. Fill in an online application form and pay the service fee. ZhavRoad will do the remaining things. We'll get your authorization code and send it to you within three business days. It indicates that your visa is ready. In other words, an authorization code (reference code) is the electronic receipt for your visa. After receiving your authorization code, you can get your visa either from an Iranian embassy/consulate or from an international airport in Iran that you've selected in your application form before.

It should be noted that applying straight through Iranian embassies or the MFA’s website have shown long waiting times and high rejection rates.


3) What is an Iran Visa on Arrival (VOA)?

In very simple terms, you can apply for an Iran visa on Arrival at the airport without any previous application. It seems simple but not recommended by ZhavRoad because of the following reasons. VOA costs more, it has high risk of rejection, it can take hours at the airport and Some nationalities do not qualify for VOA (US, UK, Canada, Colombia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Jordan, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.


4) What are the documents to get an Iranian visa?

if you're going to get your visa from the airport/embassy, you should show the original documents. For the online visa application, a digital copy (scanned files) of your passport and passport photo are needed.

Generally, the Iranian visa requirements are:

1) At least six-month valid passport and two blank pages.

2) A standard passport size photo.

3) Visa fee: The visa fee depends on the applicant’s nationality and should pay in cash to the Iranian consulate or the visa office at the airport. Also, this is different from the online service fee to process your visa application.

4) Travel insurance: If you want to collect your visa at the embassy or airport, you should present your travel insurance valid for the duration of your stay in Iran.


5) How early should you apply for an Iranian visa?

The best time to begin the visa application process is one month ahead of your trip. You'll get your authorization code in three business days, and the visa process won't take that long. If you're going to collect your visa at the airport, everything is done. On the other hand, getting your visa from the embassy/consulate, maybe need more time.


6) How American, British and Canadian Citizens Get an Iran Visa?

Due to several political issues, Visa On Arrival (VOA) is not a choice for the US, UK and Canadian citizens. They can apply for an Iran E-visa only if an authorized tour guide accompanies them. It doesn't mean that they can't enjoy their free time. whenever you want, your guide gives you a free hand. It is just a legal process.


7) What is the validity of an Iranian tourist visa?

The Iranian tourist visa validates for 30 days and it's extendable for 30 days if needed. The visa will be valid for 30 days from the date of issue. To extend your visa, head for the Police Department of Aliens Affairs that are open from Saturday to Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


8) What are the Visa-free zones?

Iranian free trade zones such as Kish Island, Qeshm Island, Chabahar, Aras, Anzali, Arvand, and Maku are some districts that all nationals qualified for the VOA, can enter without a visa and stay up to 14 days. Iranian free trade zones such as Kish Island, Qeshm Island, Chabahar, Aras, Anzali, Arvand, and Maku are some districts that all nationals qualified for the VOA, can enter without a visa and stay up to 14 days. Consider this point that exiting the noted areas and entering other parts of Iran, require a visa. Citizens of the UK, US and Canada can visit visa-free zones if they have a registered tour guide waiting for them at the airport.


9) What is the current Iran visa policy for the US visa waiver program?

Many tourists are worried that an Iranian visa or airport stamp in their passport will make problems for future travel to other countries, especially to the US. In 2018, Iran tourism officials stated that they would no longer stamp tourist's passports and Resolved their concerns. This new stamp-free policy encourages more foreign travelers to visit Iran without any limitation.


10) What's Iran policy about Dual Citizenship?

UK, US or Canada citizens that have dual citizenship, it's better to use the second nationality to apply for an Iran visa or get a Visa on Arrival (VOA). They don't need to use the US, UK or Canadian Passport.


11) What should you do when your E-Visa is rejected?

When your applying for E-Visa through the MFA’s website is rejected, using a local travel agency will be the most reliable and fastest way.  If your Visa request is denied by a local travel agency as well, you can apply for a Visa On Arrival (VOA) at Iran’s international airports.