What will I need ?
- Your passport should be valid for six months beyond the length of your stay and have two blank pages.
- There must not be an entry stamp to Israel.
- A recent passport size photograph. Women may or may not have their hair covered.
- An outline of your travel plan, what you aim to do and see whilst in Iran.
- Application form (please down-load below)
- Visa reference number fee
Please note: Many EU nationals and also Australians and New Zealanders may travel to Iran without a prior visa and apply for Visa on Arrival (VOA).
THIS MAY BE TIME CONSUMING IN THE AIRPORT AND CARRIES A SMALL RISK OF REJECTION AND DEPORTATION.
- VOAs are ONLY issued at International airports. It is not possible to get a VOA travelling overland or by sea.
Your visa will be handed to you on a sheet of paper and your passport will not be stamped.
If you are travelling without a visa, please check with your airline as there have been cases of passengers not being allowed to board.
The cost of a visa reference number is 45 euros per application and it usually takes 2-3 working days. Please note this is apart from the fee the consulate will charge you.
Once you get your reference number the Consulate of your choice will issue the visa.
Currently all US, Canadian and British citizens must be guided at all times; their itinerary must be submitted to the Foreign Office in Tehran at the time of visa application for prior approval. Special fees apply for their reference numbers and their visas take longer than those for other nationals. They do not qualify for VOAs.
Exceptions are for those travelling on business, sponsored and invited by a potential Iranian business partner and those who are Muslims travelling as pilgrims.
We can book your hotels or home-stays for you anywhere in Iran. There is a fixed commission of 15 euros per booking.
Let us buy your flights, train and bus tickets and reserve a taxi for you in Iran and pay for them in the EU.
A 15 euros commission is charged per booking.
You may buy a SIM in the airport or use your mobile with the original SIM. Many countries get roaming and can send or receive texts although this tends to be rather unreliable. The best option would be an Iranian SIM for which you would need to show your passport. Mobile internet is good.
Whats App, Viber and Telegram all work in Iran and are widely used. Facebook, Twitter and Telegram are filtered and you may only access them using a VPN.
For which VPN please read my blog
Money in Iran:
The confusing thing is the Rial which few Iranians use and the Toman. The difference is a zero, so 1 euro for example is 140000 Rials or 14000 Tomans.
You may exchange at any Saraf, which are official bureau de change. Many shops in bigger touristy cities accept euros and US dollars.
The airport rate is usually slightly lower than what you would get in the city.
Iran is a cash-only economy for foreigners although some local banks do offer pre-paid debit cards. We can provide these if you wish.
You cannot use your non-Iranian debit or credit card in Iran and no wiring to and from Iran is allowed due to the sanctions.
If you wish to opt for an open itinerary and be driven around the country by a licensed guide, please enquire.
Culture and Nature
If you are looking to do a combination of mountain sports and cultural visits I can suggest itineraries and organize the whole trip for you. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org