Visa FAQ

1- Do I need a visa to travel to Iran?

All foreign visitors require a valid visa to enter Iran except for citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Bolivia, Slovenia, Malaysia and Turkey. This list is subject to change, please make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of six months.

2- Can I get entry visa to Iran?

Holders of normal passports traveling as a tourist can obtain a visa on arrival (under certain conditions) for a maximum stay of 30 days at most airports except for citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Somalia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, United States, and Uzbekistan. These nationalities are required to apply at an Iranian embassy/consulate for the Iranian visa prior to their arrival to Iran.

3- can I travel to Iran if I have Israeli stamp in my Passport?

Your application will be rejected if you have a travel visa from Israel. This rule also applies if the passport holder has an entry or exit stamp from Egyptian/Israeli, Jordanian/ Israeli border.

4- Are there any specific requirements for ABC (US, UK and Canada) citizens travelling to Iran?

Visas for those travelers are subject to particular regulations. Presently the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) does not allow these nationals to travel to Iran independently. They are required to travel along with a licensed tour guide provided by registered travel company from the moment of arrival to departure. A fixed itinerary, a copy of the first page of passport plus detailed information of all travelers including their CV’s & social media Ids must be submitted via the travel agency in advance and the tourism board will check the itinerary and details of travelers. After confirmation of tourism board, the agency will apply for the visa in Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The finalized itinerary is not subject to change. Due to the requirements we advise the travelers to make the necessary arrangements minimum two months in advance prior to their travel date.

5- Which Iranian airports grant Visa upon arrival?

Presently you can get visa on arrival at the following airports: Tehran (Imam Khomeini), Bushehr, Shiraz, Isfahan( Shahid Beheshti), Mashhad, Qeshm, KermanShah, Kish and Tabriz.

6- Can I extend my visa in Iran?

You can extend your visa two times. The duration for each visa extension is for 30 days.

7- Can Aryana Apply for visa?

We can apply for visa authorization number for those interested to book a tour with us.
I. We can apply visa for agencies and groups. After approval, we will forward the Visa reference number to the customer.
II. Please note that we are unable to apply for this code (visa reference number) if you don’t book all duration of your trip with us.
III. Lately the rules for applying visa have changed to make them easier. You can simply, by yourself, at the airports mentioned above get a 30 day visa upon arrival.

8- What is Iranian Visa Reference Number?

When you apply for a visa at an approved Iranian travel agency, the agency will apply for your visa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Upon approval of your visa, a visa reference number will be generated by MFA and faxed to the Iranian consulate nearest to your residence. Your tour agency will send you this reference number. You can hand over the reference number to the Iranian Embassy to obtain your Visa.

9- I live far away from the Iranian Embassy. Can I collect my visa upon arrival at the airport?

You can send your documents to Aryana and in the visa application form there is a box for the location that you would like to collect your visa. You should mention that you would like to collect your visa from the following airports:

IKA: Tehran Imam Khomaini Airport

MHD: Mashhad Airport

SYZ: Shiraz Airport

TBZ: Tabriz Airport

ISF: Isfahan Airport

BUZ: Bushehr Airport

KIH: Kish Airport

KSH: Kerman Shah Airport

NOTE: It is vital to have your visa reference number to collect your Iranian visa.

10- What are the necessary documents in order to apply for a visa reference number with Aryana Travel Agency?

– Fill out the booking /application form. Please make sure your information matches with the contents of your passport.
– A copy of the first page of your passport. Kindly scan the passport page and make sure the size of the scan does not exceed 500 kb. The passport photo should be clearly visible.
– A passport sized photo in JPEG format.
– For ABC (American, British and Canadian) citizens we need CV and social media Id of all travelers.

11- How long will it take to get an Iranian visa?

The visa process for ABC (US, UK and Canadian) passport holders will take about one month (at max. 2 months). For other nationalities, the process will take about 7-14 working days.
Please note during Nowrooz (Iranian New Year) the MFA will be closed from 17-25 March.

12- What type of documents will I need for collecting my visa in embassy, consulate or airport?

Once we send you the authorization code, you need following documents to get your visa.
– Visa application form
– Your passport
– Visa fee
– Visa insurance fee
– Photos
– Copy of your travel insurance.
PLEASE NOTE: Some consulates may have different requirements, please check beforehand!
The return time of your visa (stamped in your passport) to your home address is usually within a week but can take longer. Visiting the embassy personally might speed up the process. Some Iranian embassies and consulates may only be open for 3 or 4 days a week and might have limited opening hours. We recommend the flight dates not to be fixed and be refundable in case of possible delays.

13- How is the cost of visa reference number with Aryana Travel Agency?

There is no extra charge for visa invitation. This is a part of our service when you book a tour.

14- Do I pay for visa issuing/Stamp?

Yes, Iranian embassy/consulate/ airport immigration will charge you a fee for issuing your visa. This is completely separate with any amount paid for your tour.