Iran Visa on Arrival Guide

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Iran Visa on Arrival Guide

These days Iran has become a popular tourist destination. So, the first concern for all visitors to Iran is how to get Iran visa. On the other hand, waiting for getting Iran visa stamped through an Iranian embassy or consulate can be challenging. Especially, when you have a short time or there is no Iran embassy in the city where you live.

To solve this critical problem, you can choose short term Iran tourist visa called “Iran visa on arrival (VOA)” which can be got at some of Iran’s gates of entry. Here is the  Iran visa on arrival guide including its terms and the obtaining process.

What is Iran Visa on Arrival (VOA)?

To get a standard Iran tourist visa, you should apply for the visa before entering the country. If the application is accepted, you can collect the visa from an Iranian embassy or consulate or one of Iran’s gates of entry. But, as mentioned there is another kind of Iran visa called Iran visa on arrival that the process of getting this visa takes a shorter time and is easier. In other words, citizens of 180 countries can fulfil the Iran visa stamping process upon arrival at one of the Iran international airports. Usually, Iran VOA is valid for 30 days.

Please note that, if you want to get a VOA stamp, you need to determine Iran’s gate of entry in your visa application form in advance. However, on the internet, Some former visitors to Iran shared their experience about entering Iran without the visa code and collecting their visa stamp at the airport. But, we advise not to do that. Because, without a visa code, you may have to stay in long visa lines and answer a lot of questions about your Iran visit or even you might be deported.

Notably, Since Feb 2018, for the travelers’ peace of mind who might want to travel to the US in the future, Iran visa stamp would be put on a separate piece of paper.

Where Can You Get Iran VOA?

Based on Iran MFA announcement, you can get your Iran on arrival visa from all Iranian International Airports and some international harbors. Here is the most updated list of Iran’s gates of entry where you can collect Iran visa on arrival:

  • IKA: Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport
  • SYZ: Shiraz Shahid Dastgheyb International Airport
  • ISF: Isfahan International Airport
  • GSM: International Airport of Qeshm
  • KIH: Kish international Airport
  • TBZ: Tabriz International Airport
  • MHD: Mashhad International Airport
  • BND: Bandare Abbas International Airport.
  • Shahid Bahonar Harbor, Bandar Abbas
  • AZD: Shahid Sadooghi Airport, Yazd
  • AWZ: Ahvaz International Airport

Note: You can not get Iran on arrival visa stamp at the Iran’s land borders.

How to Get Iran on Arrival visa

If you are permitted to get Iran on arrival visa, you need to get visa code at the first step. So, to get Iran airport visa, please read the following process.

Getting Iran Visa on Arrival Process and Required Documents

The obtaining Iran VOA is almost the same as the standard visa, and the only difference is in getting the visa stamp. Please note that the process of getting a stamp is not hard, but you have to wait in line for a while.

1- Apply for Iran e-visa through an official visa or travel agency and, specify the international airport from which you will enter Iran in the visa application form.

2- Receive your visa tracking code within 2-7 working days.

3- When you arrive at Iran airport, you should hand over the below documents to the Visa-On-Arrival counter:

  • The printout of visa grant notice containing visa tracking code
  • Passport (with at least six months validity and two blank pages)
  • Visa stamp fee in euros
  • Travel insurance
  • Return ticket and a brief itinerary based on request

4- Write down your accommodation contact information in Iran, and pay the visa stamp fee.

5- Get your visa stamped (with the on-arrival Iran visa stamp you can stay in Iran for 30 days and this time could not be extended).

Who Cannot Get Iran Visa On Arrival (VOA)?

For getting an Iran airport visa, the initial thing to check is to make sure you are eligible to apply for this kind of visa. Hence, we have prepared the list of travelers who can not apply for Iran VOA, as per below:

  • The US, England, Canada, Somalia, Colombia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Jordan passport holders (updated Jan 2022).
  • Reporters and journalists on a mission
  • Diplomatic or official passport holders (Iran visa on arrival is only issued for tourist purposes)
  • Travelers who have Israeli stamp (visa, entry, or exit) in their passport
  • Dual-national Iranians applying with their non-Iranian passports
  • Tourists who want to enter Iran through the land borders

How Much Does Iran Visa on Arrival Cost?

Iran airport visa consists of two costs:

  • visa code service fee that you give to the travel agency.
  • Stamp fee that you should pay to the Visa-On-Arrival counter at the Iran airport. This fee varies depending on your nationality as per the below table.
  • Note: The fees have been increased slightly in 2022.
Country Visa Stamp Fee in Euro Country Visa Stamp Fee in Euro
New Zealand 150 Australia 145
Sierra Leone, Chile 120 Emirate, Uganda, Chad, Vietnam, China 100
Serbia 85 South Africa, Ukraine, Brazil 80
Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Slovenia, Estonia, Slovakia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Portugal, Czech Republic, Denmark, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland , France, Finland, Cyprus, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland , Lithuania, Malta, Hungary, Norway, Netherlands, Greece, Thailand, Singapore, Oman, Ghana , Qatar, Cuba, Gabon , Guinea 75 Russia, Uzbekistan, Argentina, Zambia, Mongolia, Moldova 70
Japan, Turkmenistan, Cameroon, Kenya, Kuwait, Guyana, Madagascar, Malawi, El Salvador 60 The Philippines, Panama, Fiji, Nigeria 55
South Korea, Bosnia, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Macedonia, Paraguay, Senegal, India 50 Indonesia, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Niger, Palestine 45
Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Nepal, Yemen, Eritrea 40 Tajikistan, Algeria, Bhutan, Morocco, Libya, Saudi Arabia 30
Belarus 25 Bahrain 20
Country Visa Stamp Fee in Euro
New Zealand 150
Australia 145
Sierra Leone, Chile 120
Emirate, Uganda, Chad, Vietnam, China 100
Serbia 85
South Africa, Ukraine, Brazil 80
Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Slovenia, Estonia, Slovakia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Portugal, Czech Republic, Denmark, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland , France, Finland, Cyprus, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland , Lithuania, Malta, Hungary, Norway, Netherlands, Greece, Thailand, Singapore, Oman, Ghana , Qatar, Cuba, Gabon , Guinea 75
Russia, Uzbekistan, Argentina, Zambia, Mongolia, Moldova 70
Japan, Turkmenistan, Cameroon, Kenya, Kuwait, Guyana, Madagascar, Malawi, El Salvador 60
The Philippines, Panama, Fiji, Nigeria 55
South Korea, Bosnia, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Macedonia, Paraguay, Senegal, India 50
Indonesia, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Niger, Palestine 45
Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Nepal, Yemen, Eritrea 40
Tajikistan, Algeria, Bhutan, Morocco, Libya, Saudi Arabia 30
Belarus 25
Bahrain 20

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