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All You Need to Know About Iran Visa

(Last edit 30th of December)

If you are interested in visiting Iran and you don’t know how to get your visa, don’t worry! We are here to help you. In the last five years, the process of getting Iran visa got simpler. You can get your visa authorization code in 3 to 6 days. But in low seasons it can reduce to 2 to 3 days.

Generally, there is a regular process for all types of visas. First, you apply for a visa in Iran’s Ministry of foreign affairs website, send your documents and then wait for receiving your authorization code. After that, you can travel to Iran. But for those who are worried about their passports being stamped, Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has found a solution for it.

getting iran visa

To ease your visa process, we offer you to get your Iran visa through reliable travel agencies. We in To Iran Tour have an online visa system that you can get your travel visa to Iran online.

In case of booking a tour with us, your visa application will be free of charge.

By choosing your nationality in the visa application form, you can get your visa information, forms and requirements for your Iran visa application. Then we will take care of everything and give you your visa authorization code.

Iran Visa for American, British and Canadians (edited in Jan. 2020)

In case you are an American, British or Canadian passport holder and wondering how you can apply for your Iran Visa, Please click on the following link and read the article.

Types of Visa:

There are 12 types of Iran Visa that you should know them before applying for an Iran visa. Here we have explained Iran Tourist Visa and Iran Business Visa and their requirements. And with just a few clicks and filling out the Visa Application Form, our experts will get in touch with you shortly and you’ll have you Iran visa in a few days!

Iran Tourist Visa

Overview
Visa Fees
Document Required
Photo Specifications
Passport Copy Specifications

Iran tourist visa is issued to foreign nationals who are interested in traveling to Iran individually or with a group for the purpose of visiting Iran or their relatives. The maximum duration to stay in Iran with a tourist visa is 30 days. Although it’s possible to extend it to 60 days, it is harder to add another 30 days to your visa.

You can try to get an Iran tourist visa by yourself, but using an agency is the safest and fastest way. We will apply for your visa whether you are planning to make your own arrangements or plan to take a tour with us.

Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler.

Note: Please, keep in mind that visa for Iran like all countries require passports to be valid for at least 6 months when the visa application is sent.

There are two Iran visa costs and charges:

The Iran Visa Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Application charge: This is similar to the ESTA approval from the U.S. Homeland and Security.

While the MFA application may be waived if you are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival, this option may cost you a few more hours at the airport, the risk of refusal, plus an additional 25 Euro above the regular visa charge. So thats why tourists still prefer to receive the MFA approval number prior to arrival. The cost for the MFA Application generally ranges between 45 to 75 EUR (45 to 75 USD) and can be obtained from Iran travel agencies only, rather than the MFA itself.

Visa stamp fee: It is the actual charge for the visa stamp in your passport itself.

It is the consular fee which you pay directly to the Iranian embassy or consulate where you will collect your visa. The visa stamp fee is based on your applicants’ nationality from 30 Euro to 75 Euro.

** According to ToIranTour saving strategy, if you book Iran tour with us, we waive your visa process fee unless you’re American, British or Canadian.

  1. Complete the Iran visa authorization application code (Download Application Form)
  2. A scanned copy of the first page of your passport (valid for minimum next six months)
  3. A passport-sized photo
  4. Copy of valid accident and health insurance during your stay in Iran
  5. Visa fees
  6. Some visa applicants will need to attend a visa interview.
  7. For the U.S, Canadian and British passport holders only, all Iran authorization code applications must be accompanied with a detailed resume (Download Sample Resume)

Your passport photos must be:

  • In color
  • In JPEG (.jpg) file format
  • Equal to or less than 240 kB (kilobytes) in file size (less than 10 kB is not accepted)
  • In a rectangular aspect ratio (height must be greater than width)
  • 600×400 pixels in dimension
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis
  • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
  • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
  • Eyeglasses are not allowed in visa photos, except in rare circumstances when eyeglasses cannot be removed for medical reasons; e.g., the applicant has recently had ocular surgery and the eyeglasses are necessary to protect the applicant’s eyes.
  • A medical statement signed by a medical professional/health practitioner must be provided in these cases. If the eyeglasses are accepted for medical reasons:
  • The frames of the eyeglasses must not cover the eye(s).
  • There must not be a glare on eyeglasses that obscures the eye(s).
  • There must not be shadows or refraction from the eyeglasses that obscure the eye(s).
  • Photos digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable. In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machines or mobile phone photos, and full-length photographs are not acceptable.

Change of Appearance

If your photo(s) or digital image does not reflect your current appearance, even if it is not older than 6 months, the IR.IRAN Embassy or consulate will request that you provide a new photo with your application.

Applicants will be requested to obtain a new photo if they have:

  • Undergone significant facial surgery or trauma
  • Added or removed numerous/large facial piercings or tattoos
  • Undergone a significant amount of weight loss or gain
  • Made a gender transition

Generally, if you can still be identified from the photo in your visa application, you will not need to submit a new photo. For example, growing a beard or coloring your hair would not generally be considered a significant change of appearance.

If the appearance of your child under the age of 16 has changed due to the normal aging process, he or she will generally not have to provide a new photo. However, the acceptance of your photo or digital image is at the discretion of the IR.IRAN Embassy or consulate where you apply.

Taking photos of your baby or toddler

When taking a photo of your baby or toddler, no other person should be in the photo, and your child should be looking at the camera with his or her eyes open.

Tip1:

Lay your baby on his or her back on a plain white or off-white sheet. This will ensure your baby’s head is supported and provide a plain background for the photo. Make certain there are no shadows on your baby’s face, especially if you take a picture from above with the baby lying down.

Tip2:

Cover a car seat with a plain white or off-white sheet and take a picture of your child in the car seat. This will also ensure your baby’s head is supported.

NOTE: Photo taken by the low-quality vending machine or mobile phone images are not acceptable. Please pay deep attention to the below example.


Suitable Photo

 

The digital image of your passport must be:

  • In color
  • In JPEG (.jpg) file format
  • Equal to or less than 500 kB (kilobytes) in file size (less than 10 kB is not accepted)
  • Only the first page. full-length images are not acceptable.
  • In a rectangular aspect ratio (height must less than width)
  • 900×613 pixels in dimension
  • Sharp without any visible pixels
  • properly exposed (too dark or light is not acceptable)
  • In a right position.
  • Clear and all characters must be readable.

NOTE: Passport copy taken by the low-quality vending machine or mobile phone images are not acceptable. Please pay a deep attention to the below examples.

Passport Picture

Iran Business Visa

Overview
Visa Fees
Document Required
Phto Specificatins
Passport Copy Specifications

Entry Visa is effectively a ‘business’ visa. It is a permit issued for foreign experts and businessmen/ businesswomen who travel to Iran for a limited period of time (once – twice or multiple) for economic, commercial, cultural and industrial purposes. It is also required by those attending economic or cultural conferences or those participating in sporting events. The authorized duration of stay is usually up to 30 days. Commercial visitors must obtain an invitation letter from the company/ organization they intend to visit.

Note: Please, keep in mind that visa for Iran like all countries require passports valid for at least 6 months from the moment of departure from the country.

* There are two Iran visa costs and charges:

  • The Iran Visa Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Application charge: This is similar to the ESTA approval from the U.S. Homeland and Security.
    While the MFA application may be waived if you are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival, this option may cost you a few more hours at the airport, the risk of refusal, plus an additional 25 Euro above the regular visa charge. So in 2016 most tourists still prefer to receive the MFA approval number prior to arrival. The cost for the MFA Application generally ranges between 45 to 60 EUR (45 to 60 USD) and can be obtained from Iran travel agencies only, rather than the MFA itself.
  • Visa stamp fee: It is the actual charge for the visa stamp in your passport itself.
    It is the consular fee which you pay directly to the Iranian embassy or consulate where you will collect your visa. The visa stamp fee is based on your applicants’ nationality from 30 Euro to 75 Euro

** According to To Iran Tour saving strategy, if you book Iran tour with us, we waive your visa process fee unless you are from America, Britain or Canada.

  • Complete the Iran visa authorization application code (Download Application Form)
  • A scanned copy of the first page of your passport (valid for minimum next six months)
  • A passport-sized photo
  • Copy of valid accident and health insurance during your stay in Iran
    Visa fees
  • For the U.S, Canadian and British passport holders only, all Iran authorization code applications must be accompanied with a detailed resume (Download Sample Resume)

Your passport photos must be:

  • In color
  • In JPEG (.jpg) file format
  • Equal to or less than 240 kB (kilobytes) in file size (less than 10 kB is not accepted)
  • In a rectangular aspect ratio (height must be greater than width)
  • 600×400 pixels in dimension
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis
  • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
  • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
  • Eyeglasses are not allowed in visa photos, except in rare circumstances when eyeglasses cannot be removed for medical reasons; e.g., the applicant has recently had ocular surgery and the eyeglasses are necessary to protect the applicant’s eyes. A medical statement signed by a medical professional/health practitioner must be provided in these cases. If the eyeglasses are accepted for medical reasons:
    • The frames of the eyeglasses must not cover the eye(s).
    • There must not be glare on eyeglasses that obscures the eye(s).
    • There must not be shadows or refraction from the eyeglasses that obscure the eye(s).
  • Photos digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable. In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine or mobile phone photos, and full-length photographs are not acceptable.

Change of Appearance

If your photo(s) or digital image does not reflect your current appearance, even if it is not older than 6 months, the IR.IRAN Embassy or consulate will request that you provide a new photo with your application.

Applicants will be requested to obtain a new photo if they have:

  • Undergone significant facial surgery or trauma
  • Added or removed numerous/large facial piercings or tattoos
  • Undergone a significant amount of weight loss or gain
  • Made a gender transition

Generally, if you can still be identified from the photo in your visa application, you will not need to submit a new photo. For example, growing a beard or coloring your hair would not generally be considered a significant change of appearance.

If the appearance of your child under the age of 16 has changed due to the normal aging process, he or she will generally not have to provide a new photo. However, the acceptance of your photo or digital image is at the discretion of the IR.IRAN Embassy or consulate where you apply.

Taking photos of your baby or toddler

When taking a photo of your baby or toddler, no other person should be in the photo, and your child should be looking at the camera with his or her eyes open.

Tip1:

Lay your baby on his or her back on a plain white or off-white sheet. This will ensure your baby’s head is supported and provide a plain background for the photo. Make certain there are no shadows on your baby’s face, especially if you take a picture from above with the baby lying down.

Tip2:

Cover a car seat with a plain white or off-white sheet and take a picture of your child in the car seat. This will also ensure your baby’s head is supported.

NOTE: Photo taken by the low-quality vending machine or mobile phone images are not acceptable. Please pay a deep attention to the below example.

Your passport photos must be:

  • In color
  • In JPEG (.jpg) file format
  • Equal to or less than 240 kB (kilobytes) in file size (less than 10 kB is not accepted)
  • In a rectangular aspect ratio (height must be greater than width) 600×400 pixels in dimension
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis
  • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
  • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
  • Eyeglasses are not allowed in visa photos, except in rare circumstances when eyeglasses cannot be removed for medical reasons; e.g., the applicant has recently had ocular surgery and the eyeglasses are necessary to protect the applicant’s eyes. A medical statement signed by a medical professional/health practitioner must be provided in these cases. If the eyeglasses are accepted.

for medical reasons:

  • The frames of the eyeglasses must not cover the eye(s).
  • There must not be glare on eyeglasses that obscures the eye(s).
  • There must not be shadows or refraction from the eyeglasses that obscure the eye(s).
  • Photos digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable. In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine or mobile phone photos, and full-length photographs are not acceptable.

    Change of Appearance

    If your photo(s) or digital image does not reflect your current appearance, even if it is not older than 6 months, the IR.IRAN Embassy or consulate will request that you provide a new photo with your application.

Applicants will be requested to obtain a new photo if they have:

  • Undergone significant facial surgery or trauma
  • Added or removed numerous/large facial piercings or tattoos
  • Undergone a significant amount of weight loss or gain
  • Made a gender transition
  • Generally, if you can still be identified from the photo in your visa application, you will not need to submit a new photo. For example, growing a beard or coloring your hair would not generally be considered a significant change of appearance.
  • If the appearance of your child under the age of 16 has changed due to the normal aging process, he or she will generally not have to provide a new photo. However, the acceptance of your photo or digital image is at the discretion of the IR.IRAN Embassy or consulate where you apply.
  • Taking photos of your baby or toddler
  • When taking a photo of your baby or toddler, no other person should be in the photo, and your child should be looking at the camera with his or her eyes open.

Tip1:

Lay your baby on his or her back on a plain white or off-white sheet. This will ensure your baby’s head is supported and provide a plain background for the photo. Make certain there are no shadows on your baby’s face, especially if you take a picture from above with the baby lying down.

Tip2:

Cover a car seat with a plain white or off-white sheet and take a picture of your child in the car seat. This will also ensure your baby’s head is supported.

NOTE: Photo taken by the low-quality vending machine or mobile phone images are not acceptable. Please pay deep attention to the below example.

Passport Picture

getting iran visa

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