Visitors to Iran must obtain a visa from one of the Iranian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months. Admission is refused to women not wearing Islamic head cover, scarf, long sleeves or stockings. Israeli citizens are totally banned from entry to Iran. Iran plans to start issuing electronic visas to tourists by the end of 2016.Furthermore, Iranian authorities are exploring a potential visa waiver program under which visa limitations for 60 countries will be lifted. This is part of Iran’s program to attract more tourists to Iran, which is home to 19 historic sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

According to Amir Taheri, Iran plans to sign a freedom of movement agreement with Iraq.

Visa exemption

Citizens of the following 9 countries can visit Iran without a visa:

  •  Armenia 90 days within 180 days
  •  Azerbaijan 30 days
  •  Bolivia 30 days
  •  Georgia 45 days
  •  Malaysia 15 days
  •  Sri Lanka 1 month
  •  Syria 90 days
  •  Turkey 3 months
  •  Venezuela 15 days

According to some news reports, Iran lifted visa requirements for citizens of Egypt and Lebanon in July 2015.

Kish Island

All tourists may stay in Kish Island for 14 days or less without obtaining any visa.

Diplomatic and official/service passports

Holders of passports issued by the following countries are allowed to enter Iran without a visa.

  •  Afghanistan D 1 month
  •  Armenia D 90 days
  •  Azerbaijan D S 1 month
  •  Belarus D O 30 days
  •  Benin D S 30 days
  •  Bolivia D S 60 days
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina D S 1 month
  •  Brunei D O 30 days
  •  Bulgaria D S 1 month
  •  Burkina Faso D S 1 month
  •  Cambodia D S 1 month
  •  China D S 1 month
  •  Colombia D S 1 month
  •  Croatia D S 1 month
  •  Cuba D 1 month
  •  DR Congo D S 6 months
  •  Cyprus D S 3 months
  •  Ecuador D S 90 days
  •  Ghana D S 30 days
  •  Guinea D S 1 month
  •  Guyana D S 1 month
  •  Greece D 3 months
  •  Hungary D 1 month
  •  Indonesia D S 14 days
  •  Japan D O 3 months
  •  Kazakhstan D S 30 days
  •  Kenya D S 1 month
  •  Kyrgyzstan D S 1 month
  •  Macedonia D S 1 month
  •  Malawi D S 1 month
  •  Mali D S 1 month
  •  Moldova D S 1 month
  •  Montenegro D S 30 days
  •  Nicaragua D S 2 months
  •  North Korea D 1 month
  •  Oman D S 1 month
  •  Pakistan D O 3 months
  •  Philippines D S 30 days
  •  Poland D 1 month
  •  Romania D 1 month
  •  Russia D S 30 days
  •  Senegal D S 1 month
  •  Serbia D S 30 days
  •  Sierra Leone D S 1 month
  •  South Korea D S 3 months
  •   Switzerland D 1 month
  •  Syria D S 30 days
  •  Tajikistan D S 1 month
  •  Tunisia D S 1 month
  •  Turkmenistan D S 1 month
  •  Ukraine D S 30 days
  •  Venezuela D S 1 month
  •  Vietnam D 30 days
  •  Zimbabwe D S 30 days

D — diplomatic passports
O — official passports
S — service passports

Visa on arrival

Holders of normal passports traveling as tourist can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days (extendable for another 15 days), at the following airports:

  • Konarak Airport (Chah-Bahar)
  • Isfahan International Airport (Isfahan)
  • Kish International Airport (Kish Island)
  • Mashhad International Airport (Mashad)
  • Dayrestan Airport (Qeshm Island)
  • Shiraz International Airport (Shiraz)
  • Tabriz International Airport (Tabriz)
  • Imam Khomeini International Airport and Mehrabad International Airport (Tehran)

The visa on arrival is issued free of charge for citizens of Lebanon.

Iran plans to increase the length of stay from 1 month to 3 months. Visa on arrival will be available at the airports Ahvaz International Airport, Urmia Airport, Shahid Sadooghi Airport in the near future.

Visa on arrival is not applicable to the nationals of the following countries who must obtain a visa in advance:

  •  Afghanistan
  •  Bangladesh
  •  Canada
  •  Colombia
  •  India
  •  Iraq
  •  Jordan
  •  Pakistan
  •  Somalia
  •  United Kingdom
  •  United States

Passport holders of these countries are required to apply for an Iranian visa at an Iranian embassy or consulate prior to their arrival in Iran.

Mandatory guides

British, Canadian and American citizens are required to be escorted by a government approved guide at all times. Independent travel for these citizens has been banned due to the closure of Iranian foreign missions in these countries.

Source : Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia