Iran Visa

How to Get Iranian visa? (Ultimate Guide 2022)

How to get an Iran visa in 4 easy steps?


Fill out online visa application form.

2. PAY 

Pay the visa service fee as per the instruction you receive.


Upon visa approval, you will receive a visa authorization code and invitation letter.


Refer to your selected consulate / embassy or airport and collect the visa.

Iran Tourist Visa Process     Iran Tourist Visa 

According to the regulations of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an Iran 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 90 days with option of extensions in Iran. The visa remains valid for a period of 3 months from the date of issue. 

Vaccinated travelers who have received their two dozes and it has been 15 days since they received their last dose of vaccine can enter Iran. Providing a proof of vaccination, there would be no limitation for their entry.


How to Apply for Iran Tourist visa?

Before you can apply for an Iran tourist visa, you must contact a travel agent in Iran to issue a Letter of Invitation (Iran Grant Notice).

The travel agency in Iran will submit an application with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). If the application is successful, they will send you a visa code, which you have to take to the Iran Embassy/Consulate along with all the other required documents.


Step 1 : Apply, Filling Iran Visa Application Form

There will be a formal application extracted from your submitted data to be sent to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which authorizes the consulate for visa issue. Be sure that the details have been entered correct, since they must match your passport info and the documents which will be submitted later to the consulate for collecting the visa.


     Iran visa Application Requirements
  1. Complete the visa application form
  2. A copy of the first page of your passport with at least 6 months validity
  3. Personal photo with solid white background


Step 2: Payment

Iranian visa processing fee is payable to the travel agency to get your Iran Visa Grant Notice. The service charge is 25 Euros. You will receive the service bill and the payment instructions after the submission of the application. This charge is different from the visa fee which you must pay to the consulate for stamping your passport (step 4).


Step 3 : Receiving the Visa Code

The output will be an authorization letter (Iran Visa Grant Notice) which will be transmitted to the Iranian Consulate which you have indicated in the form. You will receive the visa code and a visa grant notice document with which you will be able to collect your visa. This code is only valid to the mentioned consulate and only for a month from the date of issue. You may request us to forward it to another consulate with an extra charge.


Step 4 : Collecting the Visa

Having the reference code, you will refer to the consulate with your passport (which must be valid for the next 6 months), the completed visa application form (which can be picked from the consulate or be downloaded from their website), 2 new passport size photos (may not be needed sometimes), the visa fee (which depends on your nationality) and the authorization reference code, (Always check the needed documents with the consulate, as there may be differences from one consulate to another.) You may also be able to send the documents and receive the visa by mail. Contact the consulate for more details.


Iran Visa Collection Fee

At the time of visa collection, applicants are required to consider making related consular visa collection and paperwork fee. The visa fee depends on your nationality from 30 Euros to 150 Euros. Check the exact Iran visa stamp fee based on your nationality.

Iran Tourist Visa
Iran Tourist Visa Sample

    How Long Does it Take to Receive an Iran Visa? 

First, It takes about 5-7 working days to receive an Iran Visa Grant Notice from the travel agency. If you are from the US, UK, or Canada, it may take around 1-3 months.

Then, once you received your Iran Visa Grant Notice you have to take it to one of Iranian embassies or consulates to collect your physical visa, which again can take a few days to maximum two weeks, depending on the embassy.

If you are not willing to go to the embassy, then you can get the Iran Visa on Arrival, which takes just a few hours at the airport.

Iran Tourist Visa on Arrival    Iranian Visa on Arrival (VOA)

Iranian visa on arrival (VOA) or Iran airport visa, refers to that kind of Iran tourist visa received by eligible nationals traveling to Iran for tourist purpose. Foreign Nationals of more than 70 countries are eligible to receive Iran airport visa.

Read more about Iran visa on arrival 

Iran Tourist Visa extension    How Can I Extend My Iran Visa?

Extending your visa is very easy and feasible. Typically, if you get a 1-month visa, you can extend it for another 30 days. The extension of your visa is based on the initial duration: if you had a 30-day visa, you can extend it for an additional 30 days. If you had a 15-day visa, then you can only extend it for another 15 days, and so on.

You can extend your visa at any Immigration Visa Office in any provincial capital. The process usually takes only about one day.

Complete guide on how to extend Iran visa

    Which Nationalities Do Not Need to Get Visa for Entering Iran?

Citizens of the following countries do need a visa for entering Iran. They can just book their tickets and enter Iran and there will be no additional fee.

Iran tourist visa is waived for ordinary passports of :

  • Armenia (90 Days)
  • Azerbaijan (30 Days)
  • Bolivia (30 Days)
  • China (15 days)
  • Egypt (20 Days)
  • Georgia (45 Days)
  • Lebanon (30 Days)
  • Malaysia (15 Days)
  • Serbia (30 Days)
  • Turkey (90 Days)
  • Venezuela (15 Days)

Iran Tourist Visa for US, UK and Canada citizens    Iran Visa for US, UK, or Canada Citizens

American, British and Canadian passport holders also cannot get their visa on arrival. Citizens of these countries also can’t ‘just go’ to Iran and are only allowed in when on an organized tour with a tour guide. They need to book a tour including accommodation, transportation and tour guide in order to be able to get their visa. The process is not complicated at all but it takes a bit longer (maybe up to 30 days).

Iran Visa for US, UK, or Canada citizens

If you are from the US, UK, or Canada, all applications must be accompanied with a detailed resume. US, UK, or Canada citizens can expect to wait anywhere from 1 to 3 months to receive their Visa Code. Once you receive the Letter of Invitation (Iran Visa Code), you can submit it along with the required documents at an Embassy or Consulate of Iran in your country. Since there is no Iranian Embassy in the USA, you will have to contact the Iranian Interests Section of the Embassy of Pakistan instead.

     Required document for US, UK, or Canada citizens

  1. Complete the visa application form
  2. A copy of the first page of your passport with at least 6 months validity
  3. Personal photo with solid white background
  4. CV or Resume
  5. links of all your social media networks

    When Do You Need to Apply for an Iran Tourist Visa in Advance?

  • You enter Iran overland
  • You don’t want to wait at the airport for several hours
  • To secure your visa
  • You are an American, British or Canadian citizen
  • These three nationalities are not eligible for a VOA, so you will have to arrange your visa via a tour company and get the visa before entering Iran.

Iran Visa Application Form

  • Personal Information

  • Passport Information

  • Travel Information

  • Name the Iranian embassy or consulate you want to collect your visa from. You might be eligible to collect your passport in one of Iranian airports.
  • Contact Information

Iran Visa Application Requirements

When you want to request for an Iran VISA, there are certain documents you have to prepare before applying for the visa.
The list of documents required in order to apply for an Iranian visa mostly depends on the type of visa you are applying for. But; the following documents are required for all types of Iran visa.

1. Iran Visa Application form

Generally, you start with filling out the application form which is available on our website. Detailed and accurate information about yourself and the purpose of your travel are required in the application form. So make sure you fill out the application form precisely.

2. Passport Photo Standards

The digital copy of the first page of the passport must be in these conditions:

Passport must be colored (monochrome photos are likely to be rejected.)

It must be in jpg/jpeg format.

File must be 10 to 500 kilobytes in size.

Photo should be Horizontal, in that its length should be higher than its width and also the edges of the screen must be parallels.

Passport copy must be of at least 800×600 pixels in resolution.

It must only include the first page.

Your passport photo should be high-quality.

The copy must not be dark nor too bright.

All written records must be visible and vivid. Any kind of stain distorting the texts may result in rejection.

visa application requirement for Iran

3. Personal photo

The personal photo must be in these conditions:

It must be colored (monochrome photos are likely to be rejected.)

File must be in jpg/jpeg format.

The file should be 10 to 500 kilobytes in size.

Scanned photo must be vertical, in that its width should be higher than its length.

Phot must be of 400×600 pixels in resolution.

It should have been taken within the last six months, in that it shows the present appearance of the subject.

Personal photo must have a completely bright and clear background.

The face must be directly directed towards the camera.

It must be without any facial expression and with eyes open.

The subject must wear his/her regular clothing.

  • Except for the ceremonial clothing worn regularly, photos with uniforms are not accepted.

The subject must not wear hat. The face must be completely visible, and head-wears such as scarf must not cover or shade the face.

  • Photos with headphones, wireless earphones, etc. are not accepted.

Wearing glasses is prohibited, except for special medical conditions. In case of wearing glasses:

  • The frame must not cover the face
  • The lenses must not blur the eyes
  • Any shade or reflection on the lenses distorting the eyes will result in rejection.

Scanned photos from passport, ID, etc. are not accepted.

Photos that are taken in low-quality by cellphones and similar devices will be rejected.

Iran visa passport photo requirements

    Different Types of Iranian Visa

The reason of traveling and other conditions determine which visa fits you according to the Islamic Republic of Iran law‌. As visa applicant, you should have all the requirements that are required for the visa you have applied for. In case of visa application, the concerned expert in the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran will check your conditions and documents to see if you are qualified for visa and subsequently will determine the type of visa you will receive.

In the table below, different types of non-immigrant visa and their uses are listed. You can contact our Iranian visa experts for further information.

Visa Type 




Potential Applicants 


Visa Requirements  


A – Iran Entry Visa

      Iran Business Visa

It is issued for foreign citizens who have been invited to Iran by ministries, organizations, Institutions, or governmental and private companies to negotiate, contract, negotiate for investment, set up purchased equipment, and so on.
  • Faculty members, teachers, and researchers
  • Drivers carrying goods or passengers
  • Members of official, political, or economic committees, members of art or sport teams and specialized and international organizations
  • Well-known experts and businessmen
  • UN (and related organizations) staff
  • Family members of foreigners residing in Iran
  1. Receiving valid invitation from requesting organizations
  2. Completing the request information
  3. Possible interview at the agency

B – Iran Tourist Visa

Tourist visa or Iran visit visa is issued for foreign nationals who enter the country for tourism purposes.
  • Tourists
  1. Completing the request information
  2. Possible interview at the agency

C – Iran Pilgrimage Visa

Pilgrimage visa is issued for foreign Muslims who enter the country to visit holy places.
  • Muslim tourists
  1. Completing the request information
  2. Possible interview at the agency

D – Iran Diplomatic Visa

S – Iran Service Visa

  • Temporary agents of political and consular agencies and offices of international organizations residing in Iran
  • Temporary guests of agents including foreign diplomats and fixed expeditionary agents
  • Holders of political and service passports in the form of staff holding meetings, apprenticeships, cultural and educational programs, etc.
  • Holders of political and service passports who intend to travel to Iran for tourism or pilgrimage
  1. Political or service passport
  2. Completing the request information

E – Iran Education Visa

Educational visa is issued for students or Muslim theologies who intend to study in Iran.
  • Pupils
  • Students
  • Researchers
  1. Receiving assent from the Ministry of Science or Education or approved scientific centers
  2. Completing the request information

F – Iran Temporary Work Visa

Visa with the right to work is issued for foreign nationals who intend to work in Iran.
  • Workers
  • Industrial, medicine, etc. specialists
  • Engineers
  1. Receiving employment assent from an employer in Iran who has been approved by the Ministry of Labor
  2. Completing the request information

G – Iran Transit Visa

Transit visa is issued for those foreigners who intend to travel to a third country via Iranian soil.
  • Drivers
  • Tourists
  • Businessmen
  1. Presenting the destination country visa
  2. Completing the request information

H – Iran Press / Media Visa

Foreign media community (including audio, visual, paper, and digital media) and producers, creators, and practitioners of any kind of report, film, etc. who travel to the country in order to conduct their professional affairs must obtain a press visa.
  • Reporters and journalists
  • Film producers
  • Photographers
  1. Completing the request information
  2. Receiving license from the Public and Media Diplomacy Center

I – Iran Investment Visa

Investment Visa is issued for foreign nationals investing foreign capital, whose investment license has been approved by the Investment and Economic and Technical Assistance Organization of Iran.
  • Businessmen
  • Investors
  1. Confirmation of the Investment and Economic and Technical Assistance Organization of Iran
  2. Completing the request information

M – Iran Maritral Visa

In order to solve the problems of Iranian women who have married foreign men and have registered their marriage in accordance with the Islamic Republic of Iran law, and in order to provide additional facilities for their foreign spouses and children, observing the conditions, Family Visa is available to receive. Those who have not yet filed a legal marriage registration in the presence of Iranian authorities, can apply for registration through Relatives’ Visa.
  • Foreign men who have married Iranian women
  • Foreign children of Iranian mothers
  1. Presenting legal permission of father for children
  2. Completing the request information

T – Iran Treatment Visa

Treatment Visa is issued for foreign nationals who have received reception from an authorized medical center for treatment in the country.


  • Physically ill patients
  1. Receiving reception from an authorized medical center
  2. Completing the request information

More Information about Iran Visa

Iran Tourist Visa FAQs

For how long is Iran visa valid? 

Normal Iranian Visa and Iranian Visa on Arrival are valid for maximum 30 days with option of extension. 

Is it mandatory to have travel insurance to get Iran visa?

It is highly recommended to have Iran Travel Insurance to get the visa. Some embassies and Iranian airport (For Iran visa on arrival) require travel insurance to issue the visa.

Does my passport get stamped with Iran visa?

To alleviate tourists’ concerns over sanctions, passports of travelers entering Iran will not be stamped.

Does Rashin Travel guarantee Iran visa issuance? 

All decisions for granting any visa remains with the government authority. Rashin Travel is not affiliated with the government. Rashin Travel charges a professional fee to provide a number of value added services.