Iran Visa for Americans, English, and Canadians

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Iran Visa for Americans, English, and Canadians

Can Americans visit Iran? This is the most frequent question that every US citizen eager to travel to Iran might ask. To answer this question, we must say that visiting Iran is safe and possible for Americans, as well as for Canadian and British citizens. The process of obtaining an Iran visa for US citizens, Canadians, and the English passport holders is not complicated. In other words, the Iranian visa process for these three nationalities is slightly different and takes longer than for other nationalities. So to make it clear, the process of getting an Iran Visa for Americans, English and Canadians is briefly given here.

Besides, you can get more information on our Iran Visa Page.

Note: The British citizens who have the passports of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales are exempt from this rule and are treated like other nationalities.

Iran Visa Process for Americans, Canadians and the English, Step by Step

For visiting Iran as an American, English, or Canadian passport holder, you need to follow these steps to get your Iran visa.

1- Plan your Iran travel at least 2 or 3 months before you arrive in Iran.

2- Determine the itinerary for your Iran tour through an Iranian travel agency (tour guide, hotels, tickets, and all other services should be booked before applying for a visa).

Note: A licensed tour guide must accompany you during the entire Iran tour.

3- Fill in the Iran visa application form through the travel agency who arranges your Iran tour. In this form, you should designate the Iranian embassy from where you want to collect your visa stamp. (You can choose any country that has an Iranian embassy.)

Note: Requests that are not from travel agencies would be rejected.

4- Send the following documents to the travel agency that organizes your trip.

  •  The scan of your a passport that has at least six months validity and two blank pages
  •  A scan of a new taken personal photo with the all-white background that shows full-frontal your face without a smile, glasses, and hat (ladies do not need to have a Hijab)
  •  Your resume containing your contact, education (since high school), jobs, and work experiences

5- The travel agency will send your visa application and document to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). If the MFA accepts your request, a visa code called the visa tracking code or authorization number would be issued in 30-45 working days.

Note: If you Apply before or during the Nowruz holiday (end of March), this duration will be longer.


6- Once you get the Iran visa code, you should refer to the Iranian embassy that you have designated in your visa application form. There, paying the visa stamp fee and handing over your passport and other documents, you will get an Iran visa stamp on your passport.

Note 1: Visa tracking code is valid for 30 days. So, if you do not refer to the Iranian embassy during these 30 days, you must restart the visa application process.

Note 2: The duration of the visa stamping process at the Iranian embassies in different countries varies from one day to 14 days or more. So, be careful to have plenty of time for stamping your visa before your travel.

Iran Visa Process for Americans, Canadians and the English, Step by Step

Stamping Iran visa in the US

Although there is no Iranian embassy in the USA or Canada or America, stamping Iran visa for US citizens and Canadians is possible at the Iranian Interest Section of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC. Fortunately, you can mail your passport, a print of your visa code (visa grant notice), money order, and the other requirements mentioned in this form to this embassy. Notably, the FedEx delivery services company is the best company for mailing your documents based on the travelers’ reviews. However, we recommend asking the Iran Interests Section of the Pakistani Embassy about the Iran visa requirements and process before sending your passport and documents (in the case if something has changed). Then, they will put the Iran visa stamp in your passport and post it back to you in about two weeks.

Mailing address:

Embassy of Pakistan

Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran

1250 23rd St NW.

Washington, DC 20037

Important Points:

1) Americans, Canadians, and the English passport holders can not stamp their Iran visa on arrival.

2) All the travelers, including the US, UK, or Canadian citizens, can enter Iran free trade zones (Qeshm Island, Kish Island) without an Iran visa.

3) Once the US, UK, and Canada citizens enter Iran, they are warmly welcomed like other nationals. And, they are just accompanied by an experienced full-time guide who also helps them throughout the Iran trip.

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