Applying for Iranian visa is an issue that can be a big question for the tourists wishing to travel to Iran and visit different places and sights in this ancient country. Recently, getting Iran visa is easier and easier. We can divide tourists into three groups in the case of the conditions they can get Iran visa.
Iran visa on arrival is valid for 30 days; however, it is extendable from Iranian Foreign Affair Offices. It must be mentioned that the process is time-consuming and in some cases it can be fruitless. If the extension process is successful, your visa can be extended up to three months.
Due to political conflicts and for the comfort of tourists, MFA of Iran has updated a new regulation in summer 2018 and it is you can ask the authorities in international airports in Iran to stamp your visa on a separate piece of paper that is really useful for those traveling to the USA.
These groups of passengers can receive their Iran Visa at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs offices in different countries; while, they can travel to Iran Free Zones without visa for 14 days.
Citizens of the United Kingdom, US, and Canada can apply for their Iran tourist visa at the Iranian consulate and receive it stamped at the interest section of Iran embassy in Washington DC. However, they won’t be allowed to travel around Iran freely or stay at local homes and they will need an organized tour.
After you have applied for Iran visa, the procedure will take 1-2 months depending on your nationality; however, generally, the visa will be valid for 3 months while it is not possible to extend your visa at the end of these three months.
To get your application approved, you need to have a finalized itinerary and a guide to accompany you from arrival till departure.