Journey Into Iran: The Definitive Guide to Iran Visa and Visa On Arrival

According to the announcement of Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran’s tourist visa has been resumed after about 2 years of suspension and now it is possible to apply for a type B tourist visa. On this page, we have explained the conditions for obtaining Iran tourist visa, costs, methods and procedures.

Iran Tourist Visa Resumption

Iran Tourist Visa Resumption

After about 19 months since the announcement of the suspension of Iran tourist visa issuance and closing the entry for tourists of Iran, Ezzatollah Zarghami, the Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts announced in September 2021 that the issuance of Iran tourist visa for foreigners will resume on October 23. After about 1 week from the announcement, the possibility of registering a tourist visa by travel agencies in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website was reactivated and nationals of different countries can apply for Iran type B visa. The visa can be obtained both by the travelers themselves and through travel agencies.

New Iran Tourist Visa Conditions

According to the new guidelines issued by the National Headquarters for Coronavirus, visa applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Having a negative PCR test at least 96 hours before departure (For over 12 years old)
  • Having a vaccine card for every 2 doses
  • Approval of the Injected vaccine by Iran

The applicant should not from high-risk countries and/or his/her next destination is not a high-risk country.

Required Documents for Iran Tourist Visa

Required Documents for Iran Tourist Visa

Here are requirements for iran visa request:

  • Scan of the first page of the passport
  • Scan of 3×4 photo with white background (preferably recent)
  • Scan of the accommodation card (in case of the applicant’s passport and his/her place of residence are different. For example, he/she wants to apply for a visa from Paris with an Afghan passport.)
  • Fill out the form in the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the personal information form prepared by the travel agency
  • Travel insurance: Itinerary, tour leader card, hotel watcher and plane ticket (only for Canadian, USA and UK citizens)

Types of Iranian Tourist Visas

There are different types of Iranian tourist visas that we’ll describe about their methods, procedures and also Iran visa fee.

1. Tourist visa Through Travel Agency

Agencies licensed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can apply for Iranian visa applicants in the special website of travel agencies. In this method, because the documents are prepared and reviewed by the agency and the Iran travel agency is introduced as the applicant’s sponsor and host, the rejection possibility is minimized.

In this type, the agency receives the documents from the visa applicant and after reviewing and solving possible problems, registers the visa application in the website and finally receives an authorization code. According to experience, requests registered by the agency are answered faster than personal requests.

In this type of Iran tourist visa, the agency receives a fee for visa advice and hosting the applicant. Keep in mind, the agencies are only visa agents and the main authority for issuing Iranian visas is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

2. Tourist Visa Through The MFA Website

Tourist Visa Through The MFA Website

In this way, the applicant can personally apply for a visa through the MFA website. The applicant can register his/her visa application in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ system by entering the website After registering the application, the applicant must wait for his/her application to be approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After approving the application and receiving an email from the Iranian visa system of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, go to the Iranian embassy or consulate in the country you chose at the time of registering the application and after paying the visa issuance fee, get the final approval of the visa.

Keep in mind that if there is any minor problem in the submitted documents or registered information, there is a possibility that the application will be rejected.

3. Iran VOA Visa

Visa on arrival (VOA) is a type of visa that is issued to travelers when the applicant enters the destination country at one of the land, air or sea borders and travel and residence permits are issued for passengers. This way costs less than the in-advance visa (the 2 previous types), but because Iran is highly sensitive to issuing visas, travelers often do not apply for a visa on arrival, because if their visa get rejected, the cost of flight and hotel will be to their detriment.

To get a VOA visa, the applicant must go to the Visa Issuance counter after getting off the plane and after waiting in line and registering the application and paying the fee in cash, wait for a few hours for the visa to be issued.

Final Thoughts

Embarking on a journey to Iran? Look no further for a comprehensive guide to obtaining various types of visas, understanding the conditions, and uncovering the Iran visa fees. Whether you’re a tourist, business traveler, or student, this guide equips you with the knowledge to navigate the visa process seamlessly. Discover the requirements, application procedures, and stay durations for each visa category. Get ready to immerse yourself in Iran’s rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality with confidence and clarity. Let the doors to Iran swing open as you embark on an unforgettable adventure.