Iranian Visa Guide is an article from the Iran Travel Guide Center that explains the general requirements to get an Iranian visa. Likewise, there is a new visa policy in Iran for European tourists who are under the US Visa Waiver Program as well and have planned to travel to both Iran and the US.
First of all, you have to select your type of visa, and for every type of visa need to register for visa application online through the website: https://e_visa.mfa.ir/en
Second of all, Common part of every Iranian visa guide is preparing routine documents as follows:
- Valid passport (valid for at least 6 months)
- Digital personal photo
- Digital image of your passport (first page)
There are various types of visas which are described shortly as listed below in this Iranian visa guide.
Type A – Entry: Applicable for politicians and Governors. It is either needs to have a valid invitation or possible to interview at the consulate.
Type B – Tourist: This type of visa is used for foreign citizens who want to visit Iran as a tourist as well as is possible to interview at the consulate.
Type C – Pilgrimage: It is used for Foreign Muslims who want to pilgrimage to holy places in Iran such as Mashhad City and Qom City. It is possible to interview at the consulate.
Type D – Diplomatic (S – Service): Part-time employees of diplomatic and consular offices can get this type of visa as well but you need to have an Official or Diplomatic Passport.
Type E – Education: It is applicable for overseas students as well as researchers who want to study in Iran. It needs to have a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Status from the science ministry or accredited academic institution.
Type F – Temporary Work: A temporary Work Visa used for overseas skilled workers who want to work in Iran. It is necessary to get the labor certificate from a supportive employer in Iran as well as approved by the labor ministry.
Type G – Transit: Visa which allows foreign citizens to pass through Iran with no intention of staying well as It needs to have a Declaring visa to the destination.
Type H – Media: Thisappliesicable to foreign members of different types of media. Obtaining the permit from the Media and Public Diplomacy Center is needed.
Type I – Investment: Visa for foreign investors. However, it is necessary to have an Approval letter from the Organization for Investment Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran.
Type M – Marital: Visa for foreign men who are married to Iranian women as well as their offspring. It needs to have the Father’s official permission regarding the children’s trip to Iran.
Type T – Medical: It is applicable for medical purpose and need to have an Approval letter from one of the authorized medical centers.
A popular type of visa is a tourist type and usually, the visa fee is around 75 EUR. However, All nationalities except Canada, the UK, the US, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Nepal, Pakistan, Somalia, and Sri Lanka can get visas on arrival as the easiest way at international airports.
The main airport of Iran is located in Tehran City which is called Imam Khomeini (IKA) other cities such as Shiraz City, Isfahan City, Qeshm and Kish Island, Mashhad, and Tabriz City has also international airports.
Furthermore, the visa process takes about 2-3 hours to prepare at the airport. In addition, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Georgia, Malaysia, Syria, Turkey, and Venezuela citizens are free to visit Iran without a visa.
According to the last changes in late 2015 by the US government as following details, VWP (Visa Waiver Program) countries are not allowed to travel to the US without a US visa after visiting Iran.
Meanwhile, they were allowed to travel to the United States of America without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) before this change.
Travelers from VWP countries in the following order must take a visa before traveling to the United States as they are no longer eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program without a visa:
- Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran after March 1, 2011.
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran.
VWP countries list
- Czech Republic
- Malta Monaco
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
Recently, the visa policy of Iran has been changed by the Iranian government too, and getting a visa to become easier than before by online application. Also as Iranian government stopped labeling or stamping passports. So US governments could not track anymore whether they have been in Iran or not.
Consequently, It would be beneficial for tourists who want to travel to the US after visiting Iran. As a result, the ongoing visa policy of Iran not only makes these days as best time to visit Iran but also will help Iran’s tourism industry.
This Iranian visa guide is based on the latest changes until late 2018.