In order to apply and get a visa you must submit your passport details to a authorised Iranian travel or tour company. After receiving your information we apply online to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to get your visa approval number. Your visa will then be processed and if approved a authorization number will be faxed to the Iranian embassy you nominated to have it picked up at. Our office will then email you the authorization number so you can then pick up your visa. The authorization number means that your visa has been approved by the MFA but it is not the visa itself. Normal processing time by the MFA is 10-14 days and longer for passports from USA and UK.
If you need to change the embassy location after the approval is issued then advise us and we can get it reissued a the new location usually within a few days.
After you receive your authorization number you can apply in person or by mail at the nominated embassy or consulate. The actual processing time depends on the embassy and can be from 1-5 days. The visa is valid for 3 months from the date it is processed into your passport so don’t pick it up too early before you plan to travel to Iran.
Check our link below to find an Iranian embassy/consulate and its contact details.
1 Passport (must have more than 6 months of validity left)
1 Application form (sometimes available online)
2-4 visa/passport size photos (not smaller than 1”x1.5” or 2.5cm x 3.8cm)
Proof of medical travel insurance (including evacuation and repatriation coverage)
MFA Authorization Number
Some embassies ask for 1 or 2 photocopies of your passport photo page
Visas are available for pick up at Tehran International Airport on arrival for about 70 nationalities if this method is more convenient. We will prepare an authorization letter for you to give to the airline counter at check in. Once you arrive at the airport in Iran proceed to the Visa Office to have your visa issued. Note that these airport offices sometimes take 20-45 minutes to process your visa and if there is a large group waiting then sometimes longer. Proof of medical travel insurance is now compulsory and is available for sale from the immigration office at the airport.
Check our link below to find out if your nationality is able to get a 15 day visa on arrival.
ParsPalad Iran Tours can arrange this for you whether you plan to take a tour with us or are planning to make your own arrangements.
(Note: All American/Canadian/UK passport holders must travel on a group or private tour with a registered guide to be allowed a visa to Iran.)
Nationals of the following countries holding ordinary passports and wishing to visit Iran mainland, can obtain a 15 day Tourist Visa Upon Arrival with their authorization number at the airports listed.
IKA : Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport
MHD : Mashhad Airport
SYZ : Shiraz Airport
TBZ : Tabriz Airport
ISF : Isfahan Airport