How is it to get a visa for Iran?

According to the regulations of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a Tourist visa is issued for foreign nationals who are interested to travel to Iran individually or with a group for the purpose of visiting Iran, or their friends and relatives. This visa is issued for a maximum stay of 30 days with the option of extensions in Iran.

Visa on Arrival (VOA)

With the increase of Iran’s popularity as a top tourist destination, especially for the young backpackers in the recent years, the process of getting visa is now possible through the arrival visa request at Airports. Iran visa on arrival is a tourist visa granted to citizens of 180 countries upon their arrival to Iran.
While getting a VOA is usually very convenient and fast, our recommendation is to apply for a tourist visa before you get to Iran, as there is always a minimum risk of rejection which should be taken care of. VOA is usually issued for 14-30 days. It can be extended for a maximum of another 14 days. 

Required Documents to Apply for VOA

  • A valid passport with at least 6 months validity.
  • A photo to be attached to the form. Two passport size pictures are enough. Female travelers’ picture should be with Hijab.
  • Visa fee in cash, which is payable to the Iran Visa & Passport Office at the airport.
  • A confirmed return ticket would be a peace of mind.
  • A travel/medical insurance to get your visa for Iran (does not matter what kind of visa) is needed.  To be accepted at the time of issuing your visa, it’s necessary that your insurance policy specifically states the insurance is valid for Iran.
  • You will need an invitation letter or hotel reservation voucher. You don’t need to have a reservation confirmation for the whole length of your trip. The first 2-3 days of your trip will be sufficient.

Who Cannot Get Visa On Arrival?

  • If you fall in any of the following categories, you cannot get VOA. Instead, you can try standard tourist visa.Citizens of the US, UK, Canada, Colombia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Jordan, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan.
  • Travelers who have been rejected for Iran visa previously.
  • Journalists and reporters on a mission.
  • Diplomatic passport holders, official passport holders, and any type of passport different from a tourist passport.
  • Anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport (or exit stamps at the relevant Jordanian or Egyptian border crossings into Israel).

Is it safe to travel to Iran in 2020?

Despite the engineered picture projected in the mainstream media, Iran has always been safe for tourists. Those who have traveled to Iran are mostly astonished by the contradiction between the real Iran and its image in the mass media.

However, regardless of the noise around these issues, Iranians haven’t let these terrible events stop them and continue to be as friendly and open as ever, welcoming travelers from all over the world.

According to the 2020 Travel Risk Map, launched by global risk experts, Iran is listed in the Medium Risk category, the same as popular destinations such as Turkey, Russia or Brazil. Checking this map in 2019, Iran was just as safe as Europe, with a Low Risk designation.

So, if you haven’t traveled to Iran yet or you would like to see some other parts of Iran you didn’t visit before, don’t be doubtful anymore! To make sure, you can take a look at the travel blogs and travelers opinions on different social media, especially TripAdvisor to find out more about the reality of Iran; a safe country for all tourists from any country and any religion around the world.