Iran Visa

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What Documents are needed?


2 blank pages & 6 months validity are required

Portrait Photo

covering hair for women is not required

Visa Application Form

fill here or download and email to us

What is Iran Visa Process?

At Behinburg Tours; once we receive your required documents for Iran Visa application, we as an authorized travel agency request your visa from Ministry of Foreign Affairs “MFA” by submitting documents to them. It takes 4 – 7 working days, mostly even shorter to have your VISA GRANT NOTICE (visa confirmation) – a written confirmation in pdf format, including your personal information – with which you will refer to the selected embassy in visa application form to stamp Iran Visa into your passport.

Once you refer to the embassy you need to have your passport, visa grant notice, two pieces of your recent portrait photo and the amount of visa collection fee to pay there.

Iran Visa Grant Notice Sample

Iran Visa For,

American, British & Canadian

Due to Iranian Government rules (Ministry of Tourism & Ministry of Foreign Affairs); USUK and Canadian passport holders can only apply for Iranian visa through one authorized Iranian travel agency e.g. Behinburg Tour & Travel Company, for which they need to buy a trip accompanied with an authorized licensed tourist guide from Iran’s Ministry of Tourism. The trip must be organized in advance and travel agency need to submit all the information on hotels, guide & driver in advance.

Documents needed to apply your visa are:

– A colored scan of the first page of passport (2 blank pages & 6 months valid at least)
– A colored scan of your recent portrait photo (Hijab is not needed)
– Filling Iran Visa application form
– A short CV (from your life, education & occupation background)

– Sending your profile link on Social Media

How long will it take to have your visa approved?
For your nationalities, as we in the agency need to do some more paperwork, we would say a month and a half or two. So the best is to apply a minimum three months in advance of your expected traveling date.


Nationalities to visit Iran without visa

Passport holders of below-listed nationals can visit Iran as Tourist for 15 days without visa with possibility of visa extension referring to Immigration and Passport office of I.R. Iran at a certain amount to pay


90 days
no visa


30 days
no visa


45 days
no visa


21 days
no visa


20 days
no visa


45 days
no visa


30 days
no visa

Hong Kong

21 days
no visa


21 days
no visa


15 days
no visa


30 days
no visa


90 days
no visa


90 days
no visa


15 days
no visa

Iran Visa On Arrival (VOA)

Iran visa on arrival (VOA) is issued by the Ministry of Foreigners Affairs of I.R. Iran in all Iran international airports.

Required Documents


needs to be valid 6 months and 2 blank pages at least


Fill Iran visa application form upon arrival in the airport

Portrait Photo

3 pieces of recent photo (3x4 or 4x6)


Pay visa fee in cash in the airport

who Can't get a visa on arrival

  • Travelers from: USA, UK, Israel, Canada, Colombia, Somalia, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan.
  • Travelers who have been rejected for Iran visa previously.
  • Journalists and reporters on mission cannot get Iran visa on arrival.
  • Iranian nationals holding other nationality’s passport.
  • Iran visa on arrival is issued for tourist purposes only (ordinary passport). Diplomatic passport, official passports cannot apply for VOA.

Iran Visa free Zone

Visitors can travel to Iran free zones as a tourist with their country passport, without visa and stay up to 2 weeks (extendable for 6 months) except for citizens of the US, UK, Colombia, Jordan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Somalia, Canada, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Iran free zones include Kish Island, Qeshm Island, Chabahar, Aras, Anzali, Arvand, and Maku.

What to do for Iran visa extension

Iran Visa Extension

To extend your visa in Iran you need to refer to “Immigration and Passport Office” in person 2 or 3 days before getting your current visa to expire, having a passport, portrait photo (2 pieces – for women they need to have a covered hair photo), cash in Iranian currency to pay for the extension, visa extension form and some copy of your documents which are all available there. This is a right for every traveler to ask for an Iran visa extension from “Immigration and Passport office” in the major cities in Iran. Yes, for the Iran visa extension you don’t need to refer to MFA, as it is done only in the immigration and passport police office in the major cities like Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd, Mashhad, and other cities.
Visa extension is pretty easy to do if you have good reasons for. Your reasons to ask for an extension of visa could be of your personal interest to stay longer in Iran, or any flight change schedule which may affects your duration of stay or …
It is the officer in general whom makes decision to accept or reject your extension request, with good reasons you will be always lucky to make it.
Based on rules every traveler can ask for visa extension twice and each time up to one month but it is the officer whom will be convinced with your reasons to make it happen.
As mentioned; Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd and Mashhad are the cities to extend the visa, but from our tourist feedbacks you will be always more lucky doing it in SHIRAZ as you may find Tehran office very busy and Yazd and Isfahan time taking.

Visa Collection Fee

amounts listed-below are subject to change due to MFA policy

New Zealand

150 €


145 €

Chile, Sierra Leone

120 €

Chad, China, Serbia, Taiwan, UAE, Uganda

100 €


90 €

Brazil , Hong Kong, South Africa, Ukraine

80 €

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Ireland, Island, Italy, Leetonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand


75 €

Argentina, Moldavia, Mongolia, Russia, Uzbekistan, Zambia

70 €

Cameroon, El Salvador, Guyana, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Madagascar, Malawi, Turkmenistan

60 €

Fiji, Nigeria, Panama, Philippine

55 €

Bosnia, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Paraguay, Senegal, South Korea

50 €

Indonesia, Mexico, Niger, Palestine, Tunisia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe

45 €

Eritrea, Ecuador, Nepal, Yemen

40 €

Algeria, Bhutan, Egypt (more than 20 days), Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan

30 €


25 €

Armenia, Bahrain, Malaysia (more than 15 days)

10 €

Iran Visa FAQ

Here are the most frequent questions we get from our clients in relation to the Iran visa authorization process.

All nationalities are very welcome to visit Iran. The only exception is the citizens of Israel. Due to the current political situation, Israeli citizens are not allowed entry under all circumstances.

Citizens of all countries except Armenia, Turkey, Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia, Syria, Oman, Lebanon, Venezuela, Egypt, and Malaysia will need a visa to visit Iran. These mentioned nationals can travel to Iran without a visa. Some visitors need to get a tourist visa in advance, while some will be able to get a visa on arrival.
All European Union passport holders can travel independently in Iran and can get a 30day visa on arrival (this can be extended).UK & USA and Canadian passport holders are not able to apply for independent Iran travel visas. They need to travel as part of a group or private tour, escorted with an “official” guide during their entire stay in Iran. The itinerary needs to be pre-arranged and hotels pre-booked in advance.

Iran Entry Visa (single, double or multiple entries)
• Visa for foreign citizens who have an invitation letter from governmental organizations, ministries, private or public sectors and etc. … for the purpose of signing contracts, negotiating, setting up purchased machinery…
Iran Tourist Visa (single or multiple entries)
• Required for foreign nationals who wish to visit Iran for sightseeing purposes. The maximum duration of stay for a tourist visa is 30 days. (Extendable)
Iran Pilgrimage Visa
• Visa required for Foreign Muslims who are going to pilgrimage to holy places in Iran.
Iran Diplomatic and Service Visa
• Required by holders of diplomatic and service passports who are going either to travel to Iran, for an official visit at Iran’s invitation or to work for a diplomatic/consular mission.
Iran Education Visa
• Visa for all foreign students or religious scholars who intend to study in Iran.
Temporary Work Visa
• Visa for foreign citizens who have the intention to work in Iran such as engineers, specialists in the fields of medical, industrial …
Iran Transit Visa
• This visa allows foreign citizens to pass through Iran with no purpose of stay.
Iran Media Visa
• Visa for foreign media, including members of the radio, prints, digital, press, as well as directors and producers of films, reports … traveling to Iran to work in their profession.
Iran Investment Visa
• It is required for foreign investors whose investment permit is approved by the Organization for Investment Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran.
Marital visa
• Visa for foreign men who are married to Iranian women, as well as their children.
Iran Medical Visa
• Visa for foreign citizens who plan to travel to Iran for medical purposes and have already received an approval letter from the authorized medical departments.

In order to travel to Iran for tourist purposes, you need an Iran tourist visa and there are two options you can consider:
• Apply for your Iran Tourist Visa through travel agencies or embassies/consulates in advance
• Get your visa upon arrival

We would advise you to apply through authorized travel agencies. Very briefly said, the Iran tourist visa procedure has four steps:
1. You provide us with your information by filling up the application form (Download)
2. We apply for your visa through Iran MFA.
3. Within 7-14 days you will receive your visa authorization number
4. Within 25 days at an Iranian embassy or consulate, you can receive your visa and apply for 30 days Iran visa initially. (Extendable)

Except for travelers from U.S., UK, Israel, Canada, Colombia, Somalia, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, the rest of the countries are eligible to apply for Iran visa on arrival.

Iran visa on arrival (VOA) or Iran airport visa is a 14-30 days validity and issued by the Ministry of Foreigners Affairs of I.R. Iran in all Iran international airports.

Required Documents
– Airport Visa Application form (online or paper)
– Passport with at least six-month validity
– 3 recent photo (3×4 or 4×6)
– Visa payment fee (In cash)
– Insurance (if you already do have insurance, which covers you worldwide, you do not need to pay for the insurance in the airport)

For independent visa applications, the whole process will normally take a minimum of two weeks. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is the only decision-making authority as to whether or not to issue your visa, if they have any concerns about your visa application, the application process could take longer. It is advisable, therefore, to apply at least eight weeks before you intend to travel.

Visa collection fee that you need to pay to the embassy/consulate (depend on your nationality).
If you choose to use an Iranian Visa Service Provider such as Behinburg, there will be a handling charge on top of the visa application and visa collection fees. Many travelers find it the benefits of an efficient and worry-free service are well worth the money. Full English speaking staff handles your application and you can talk to them whenever you like to follow up your application and find out how it is progressing. In addition, the entire process can be a lot quicker than applying independently.

No, unless you are a US, UK or Canadian citizen. However, you need to provide the name and address of your Iranian host or hotel contact details.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry will only issue visas for the above-mentioned citizens to travel to Iran as part of a pre-arranged and guided tour. By guided tour, it means that you either have to travel as part of a tour group, or on a tailor-made individual tour designed for you. You need to submit your itinerary in advance and adhere to it exactly. That is why we recommend you to make your travel arrangements at least two months in advance.

Apply for all Iranian International Airports
IKA: Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport
MHD: Mashhad International Airport
SYZ: Shiraz International Airport
IFN: Isfahan International Airport
TBZ: Tabriz International Airport
AWZ: Ahvaz International Airport
KIH: Kish International Airport
GSM: Qeshm International Airport
KER: Kerman International Airport
OMH: Urmia International Airport
BND: Bandar Abbas International Airport
BUZ: Bushehr International Airport

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