Visa policy of Iran

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Visitors to Iran must obtain a visa from one of the Iranian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for a visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months. Admission is refused to women not wearing Islamic head cover, scarf, long sleeves and stockings.[1] Citizens of Israel are totally banned from entry to Iran.[2][3]

Iranian authorities are exploring a potential visa waiver program under which visa limitations for 60 countries will be lifted as part of Iran's program to attract more tourists.[4]

Dual citizens of both Iran and another country count as citizens of Iran when visiting, and must have an Iranian passport. This includes all whose mother and father and husband or children born abroad are Iranian.[5]

Iran no longer affixes visas to passports nor stamps them on entry as a response to the US sanctions on persons who have visited Iran after 2011.[6] In November 2018, the head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), announced that the country will no longer stamp or put stickers to passports of foreign tourists in a bid to ease their concerns about travelling to other countries after leaving Iran.[7]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Iran

Visa-free[edit]

Citizens of the following 11 countries can visit Iran without a visa:[8]

1 - if arriving by air directly from Damascus

Iran free trade zones[edit]

Holders of normal passports travelling as tourists can enter following Iran trade zones without a visa with maximum stay of 2 weeks (extendable), as by December 2017:[14][15]

Kish and Qeshm Islands[edit]

All tourists, may stay on Kish Island or Qeshm Island for 14 days or less without obtaining any visa. Americans, Canadians and the British are only required to have a certified escort guide waiting for them upon their arrival. the guide has to have the hotel reservation letters of the passenger with him/her and let the immigration office of the airport know about the arrival of the American/Canadian/British passenger 48 hours before the arrival.[16]

Diplomatic and service category passports[edit]

Visa policy of Iran for diplomatic and official or service passport holders
  Iran
  Visa-free for holders of diplomatic or service category passports
  Visa-free for diplomatic passports only

Holders of passports issued by the following countries are allowed to enter Iran without a visa.

D — diplomatic passports
O — official passports
S — service passports
Sp — special passports

Visa on arrival[edit]

Holders of normal passports travelling as tourists can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days (extendable),[17] at the following airports, as of January 2018:[8][18][19][20]

Note: to obtain a visa on arrival, passengers must already have made an application, at least 2 days prior to arrival, at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affair's E-Visa website and present the submission notification at the airport's visa desk on arrival.[26][27]

Iran plans to increase the length of stay from 1 month to 3 months. Visas on arrival will be available at Shahid Sadooghi Airport in the near future.[28]

Visa on arrival is not applicable to nationals of the following countries who must obtain a visa in advance:[8]

1 - visa on arrival at Mashhad Airport or Arvand Free Zone by land free of charge.

Passport holders of these countries are required to apply for an Iranian visa at an Iranian embassy or consulate prior to their arrival in Iran.

Shahid Rajaee Port

Marine travelers entering Iran via Shahid Rajaee Port in the southern Hormozgan Province can also receive a visa on arrival.[29]

Electronic visa[edit]

E-visas have been available since 22 November 2018.[30]

Mandatory guides[edit]

UK, Canadian and US citizens are required to be escorted by a government approved guide at all times. Independent travel for these citizens has been banned due to the closure of Iranian foreign missions in these countries.[31]

Nationalities refused admission[edit]

Admission and transit is refused for nationals of Israel.

Admission is refused to holders of passports or travel documents containing an Israeli visa or stamp or any data showing that visitor has been to Israel or indication of any connection with the state of Israel .[32]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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