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There are different types of visa for entering Iran which are depends on your aim.Persiana Travel and Tourism Agency is here to help you find your answers and give you necessary information you need to know about entering Iran and Iran visa.Although only tourist visa is in our field of work, here we tried our best to give you a useful tips about the other visas of Iran too.We can also get business visa with through cooperation with commercial companies.


Please notice that some nations do not need a visa for travelling to Iran.Here are the names of the free visa nationalities:

Armenia: 90 days within 180 days

Azerbaijan: 30 days

Bolivia: 30 days

China :21 days

Egypt: 20 days

Georgia: 45 days

HongKong:21 days

Lebanon: 30 days

Macau: 21 days

Malaysia: 15 days

Oman :30 days

Serbia: 30 days within 1 year

Syria: 90 days within 180 days

Turkey: 3 months

Venezuela: 1 month


These nations are not allowed to enter or travel to Iran:



 free trade zones of Iran

tourists with normal passports can enter following Iran trade zones without a visa with a maximum stay of 2 weeks (extendable), as by December 2017

  • Arvand Free Zone

  • Aras Free Zone

  • Chabahar Free Trade-Industrial Zone

  • Maku, Iran

  • Qeshm Island

  • Kish Island

  • Anzali


-Tourist Visa


How to get _tourist visa_of_Iran




B - Tourist


Foreigners who want to travel to Iran for touristic vacation or visit their friends or families.

Who can apply


Documents needed

  • Visa application form

  • Possible interview at the consulate of Islamic Republic of Iran in the origin

  • Personnel Photo in color  ( click for more information )


Important Tips (What You Should Know before Applying tourist visa)

-Passport Expiration

To apply for all types of electronic visas, your passport should have at least six months of validity, beyond your actual travel date. Obviously, you are not able to submit your application, if your passport is expiring in less than 6 months.


-Visa Validity

The Iranian visa sticker displays some information including the validity of visa. Not to travel to Iran during the validity of visa will prevent you from entering Iran and you will need to apply for a visa again.


-Visa Types

All types of visa defined by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran can be applied for through the online visa application portal . For tourist visa a reliable travel agency can definitely help you. Notwithstanding, some types of visa for the citizens of some countries should be applied for only in person through the relevant Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


-Visa Eligibility

The citizens of some countries may not be issued visa to enter the Islamic Republic of Iran due to political and diplomatic considerations. Citizens of such countries shall refer to the relevant Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran for further information.

Iran Tourist Visa for British,Canadian,Us Citizens

UK, Canadian and US citizens can travel to Iran as part of a tour and  be escorted by a tourist guide, approved by Ministry of Culture,Tourism and Handicraft,Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Iranian national police all the times. The itinerary of the citizens of these 3 countries must be clear, such as accommodation, attractions to be visited, the exact date of arrival and departure, and in some cases the routes of travel must be mentioned. These citizens can not travel to Iran independently because Iranian foreign missions are closed in their countries.

Visa on Arrival:

Airport visa is a type of tourist visa that is issued when a passenger arrives at the airport.It has 30 days validity in Iran and can be extended up to 60 days more.We advise the travelers to complete the visa application form through the accredited travel agency before departure and enter Iran airport by having a hardcopy of Grant Notice to the Visa-On-Arrival counter at the airport.Grant Notice will be also available through the travel Agency you have requested.This method is safer and more secure and also less time consuming.

Citizens of foreign countries, who are entitled to obtain visas at border checkpoints, must pay visa fee through banking terminals at airport in euros.The cost is different for each nation.

NOTE: All visitors to Iran must hold a passport or travel document valid for 6 months at the time of departure.

All nations except the followings can get visa on arrival:

Colombia, Somalia, Britain, Canada, USA, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and the countries which are compeletly banned to enter Iran.

These international airports are active for issuing airport visa: Mashhad (IATA: MHD, ICAO: OIMM), Tehran (IATA: IKA, ICAO: OIIE) , Shiraz (IATA: SYZ, ICAO: OISS), Isfahan(IATA: IFN, ICAO: OIFM) , Kish (IATA: KIH, ICAO: OIBK), Lar (IATA: LRR, ICAO: OISL) , Kerman (IATA: KER, ICAO: OIKK) , Bandar Abbas (IATA: BND, ICAO: OIKB) , Tabriz (IATA: TBZ, ICAO: OITT) and the sea border of Shahid Rajaei port.



-Other Types Visa

The chart below shows different types of non-immigrant visas as well as all the related information. Should you need more information, please contact an Iranian consulate in your country.

A - Entry

Documents needed                                                                                                                                                       

  • Valid invitation                                                        

  • Visa application

  • Possible interview at the consulate


Visa for Foreign citizens who have an invitation letter from ministries, governmental organizations, private & public sectors, … for the purpose of negotiating, signing contracts, setting up purchased machineries, …

Who can apply  

  • Educational & cultural Faculty members and researchers

  • Common Carriers, transporting goods and people

  • Officials, political, and economic members, art and sports teams, international organizations and specialists

  • Internationally Recognized merchants and experts

  • The United Nations employees and affiliates

  • Relatives of the foreign citizens residing in Iran

C - Pilgrimage

Documents needed                                                                                                                                                       

  • Visa application

  • Possible interview at the consulate


Visa for Foreign Muslims who intend to have a pilgrimage trip to holy places in Iran.

Who can apply  

Muslim Tourists

D - Diplomatic

S - Service

Documents needed                                                                                                                                                       

  • Official or Diplomatic Passport

  • Visa application

Who can apply  

  • Temporary employees of diplomatic and consular offices, and International organization offices in Iran

  • Temporary guests of diplomats or official employees residing in Iran

  • Diplomatic or Official passport holders attending conferences, apprenticeship, cultural & educational programs, …

  • Diplomatic or Official passport holders with tourist or pilgrimage purposes

E - Education

Documents needed                                                                                                                                                       

  • Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status from the science ministry, education ministry, or an accredited academic institution

  • Visa application


Visa for foreign students or religious scholars who intend to study in Iran

Who can apply  

  • School students

  • Student

  • Researchers

F - Temporary Work

Documents needed                                                                                                                                                       

  • Obtaining the labor certificate from a sponsor employer in Iran, approved by the labor ministry

  • Visa application


Visa for foreign citizens who have the intention to work in Iran

Who can apply  

  • Skilled workers

  • Specialists in the fields of medical, industrial, …

  • Engineers


G - Transit

Documents needed                                                                                                                                                       

  • Declaring visa to destination

  • Visa application


Visa which allows foreign citizens to pass through Iran with no purpose of stay.

Who can apply  

  • Drivers

  • Tourists

  • Merchants


H - Media

Documents needed                                                                                                                                                       

  • Visa application

  • Obtaining the permit from the Media and Public Diplomacy center


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.

Who can apply  

  • Reporters

  • Producers

  • Cameraman

I - Investment

Documents needed                                                                                                                                                       

  • Approval letter from the Organization for Investment Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran

  • Visa application


Visa for foreign investors whose investment permit is approved by the Organization for Investment Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran.

Who can apply  

  • Merchants

  • Investors

M - Marital

Documents needed                                                                                                                                                       

  • Father’s official permission regarding the children’s trip to Iran

  • Visa application


Visa for foreign men who are married to Iranian women, as well as their offsprings. If the marriage has not been registered within the Iranian legal system yet, Entry Visa (Relatives) may be applied for.

Who can apply  

  • Foreign men married to Iranian women.

  • Children of such a family

T - Medical

Documents needed                                                                                                                                                       

  • Approval letter from one of the authorized medical centers

  • Visa application


Visa for foreign citizens who wish to travel to Iran for medical purposes and have already received an approval letter from one of the authorized medical centers

Who can apply  

  • Patients with physical disease



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