Visa to Iran

According to updated information, from October 23, the procedure for issuing national visas to Iran was resumed, and, accordingly, the opportunity to visit the country for Russian tourists. For citizens of Russia traveling individually, it is necessary to apply for a national visa to Iran.

There are several types of visas for traveling to Iran.
Tourist visa.
Designed for those wishing to visit the country for the purpose of tourism. The tourist category also includes a pilgrimage type of visa. An Iranian tourist visa is issued, as a rule, for a period of stay of 20-30 days. Visa validity corridor: 3 months for entry from the date of issue. Entry to Iran is possible only once. You cannot get a multiple entry tourist visa to Iran. Business.

Issued to those who travel to Iran for exhibitions, seminars, conferences, negotiations with partners. In this case, you should provide an invitation from the organization corresponding to the purpose of the trip. A business visa is issued for up to 30 days of stay in the country. Entry to Iran is possible only once. A multiple-entry business visa to Iran can be obtained if the passport already contains several used single-entry business visas to Iran for the last 2-3 years. Tourist visas in this case are not taken into account.
It is issued to those who go to Iran to visit relatives, acquaintances, friends. In this case, you should provide an invitation corresponding to the purpose of the trip from a private person.
It will be required for foreign citizens who intend to find a job in local companies. To the main package of papers, you need to add a work permit from the Ministry of Labor of the Republic of Iran and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as an invitation from the employing company and a conclusion on the state of health.
Transit visa.
All visitors will need it if their way to another country lies through Iran. A transit visa is issued for 48 hours. In addition to the basic documents for a visa, the applicant must have an entry / exit visa, tickets to the country of destination.

Rules for obtaining a visa to Iran.
It is possible to issue an Iranian visa directly at the Tehran airport upon arrival. To do this, you need to go through a check before departure and get a reference code. With a positive decision, you can safely take a ticket, since the check from the Iranian Foreign Ministry has already been passed and only a formality remains – to go through the registration procedure in the “VISA” window of the transit zone of the airport terminal.
It is impossible to get a visa to Iran WITHOUT an invitation with a reference code upon arrival at Tehran airport.
Also, on the basis of this invitation, you can get a visa to Iran through the Embassy, ​​in this case, no registration is provided in the transit zone.

What is a reference code? How to get it?
To obtain both tourist, business and other types of visas, the so-called “reference code” from the Iranian Foreign Ministry is required. That is, every person traveling to Iran needs an inviting party. When requesting a tourist visa, it is an officially registered Iranian travel company that submits an application to the Iranian Foreign Ministry. Based on this application, a reference code is issued for a specific person.
When applying for a business visa, the partner company itself applies to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and receives a reference code in the same way. It is important to remember that not every Iranian company has the right to apply to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with such a request (the company must first go through a certain verification procedure).
Individuals also have the opportunity to independently and free of charge fill out a questionnaire on the website of the Iranian Foreign Ministry. But there, the questionnaires are processed by robots, which often issue refusals or offer to “contact a travel agency”.
The reference code is an electronic document in English in PDF format with a photo and a qar code, which is sent directly to the tourist or travel agency through which he submits information.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry accepts documents for an invitation no earlier than 3 months before the trip.
Usually, an invitation with a reference code for a tourist and business visa to Iran is issued in about 5-7 business days (Friday is a day off). But depending on the citizenship of the applicant and the workload of the migration service, it can be extended up to 20 days. Therefore, it is advisable to submit documents for obtaining a reference code at least 2-3 weeks before the planned trip.
The corridor of validity of an invitation for a visa to Iran (reference number from the Iranian Foreign Ministry) is up to 90 days from the date of its issuance. Required documents to obtain a reference code. – a clear scan of the first page of the foreign passport (valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry into Iran); – scan of a color photograph on a white background 35 x 45 mm without an oval, close-up of the face; – hotel reservation for the entire period of stay;

– if living with a private person: a scan of the Iranian passport, place of work, position, address, contact phone number.
– a completed application form in English (marital status, address and telephone number of place of work, position and occupation, home address and telephone number, previous surnames (if any), number of previous visits to Iran and dates of visits, as well as expected travel dates);
– medical insurance for the entire stay in Iran with coverage for the treatment of covid-19
– in a valid passport, at least 2 years must have passed since the last trip of a tourist to the state of Israel.
– the presence of a US visa does not serve as an obstacle to entering Iran
. The received invitation with a reference code is NOT A VISA YET!
An invitation from the Iranian Foreign Ministry for Russians (reference number) makes it possible to obtain an Iranian visa in two ways: at the Iranian airport upon arrival or at the Iranian Consulate in Moscow.

Visa to Iran according to the reference code at the airport upon arrival.
Iran visas on arrival are issued at international airports: Tehran Imam Khomeini (IKA), Mashhad (MHD), Esfahan (IFN), Shiraz (SYZ), Tabriz (TBZ). To be specified: Gheshm Island (GSM), Kish Island (KIH). Visa processing takes place at the migration service in a special VISA window before passport control. At the border, you may be asked to show medical insurance. Iranians on arrival issue only a tourist visa valid for 30 days.
The visa fee is ~70-80 EUR (payable upon arrival in cash only).

Visa to Iran according to the reference code at the Iranian consulate.
The cost of issuing a tourist visa is 50 EUR (payment in rubles at the rate set by the Embassy)
To obtain a visa at the Iranian consulate, you must provide the following documents:
– printed application form (VISAGRANTNOTICE) confirmation of the Iranian Foreign Ministry
– original passport. The expiration date of the salary at the time of application must be at least 6 months
– a copy of the international passport. An ordinary black-and-white copy of the first page with photos and data
– an insurance policy for the duration of your stay in Iran.
time – single entry visa – 3 working days;
– multiple entry visa – up to 10 working days;
– an urgent visa is issued on the next working day after the submission of documents at an urgent rate (+50% to the cost of a visa)

In connection with the transition to an electronic visa system, Iran has changed the appearance of the documents issued. Now the Iranian visa is issued OUTSIDE of the passport, on a separate insert, outwardly very similar to a document with a reference code, but smaller in size. While in Iran, you must carry a visa with you with your passport. Please note that Iran entry and exit stamps will also be affixed not to the passport, but directly to the visa insert.

The procedure for obtaining a visa for citizens of Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan (with the exception of Azerbaijan) is no different from the procedure for obtaining a visa for Russians.

It is not possible to apply for an Iran visa on arrival for citizens of the United States, Britain, Canada, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Somalia.
Iranian tourist visas are NOT issued to journalists, citizens of the United States and Israel. Citizens of other states (except the Russian Federation) receive a visa at the embassy with a personal presence.

In the questionnaire, you must indicate where it will be convenient to obtain a visa. It is not possible to change this item in the questionnaire in the future.
Since 2018, a visa to Iran has not been affixed, but is issued on a separate leaflet.
Iran entry and exit stamps are not affixed to the passport, but directly to the visa insert.
The visa insert must be carried along with the passport during the entire stay in Iran and kept until the final departure from Iran.
To enter Iran by land or sea, a visa must be issued in advance through the Embassy.
At least 2 years must have elapsed since the last trip of a tourist to the State of Israel.
The presence of a US visa is not an obstacle to entering Iran

.. Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Address: 1131713811, Tehran, st. Nofle-le-Château, 39
Phone: + (98 21) 66-70-11-61/63
Fax: + (98 21) 66-70-16-52
Web-site: /ru/
E-mail: [email protected]

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Russia.
Address: 115127, Moscow, Pokrovsky boulevard, 7, building 1
Phone: +7 (495) 917-72-82; +7 (495) 917-96-83
Acceptance of documents on weekdays from 09:00 to 12:00
Issuance of documents on weekdays from 12:00 to 113: 00

Consulate General of Iran in Kazan
Address: Kazan, st. Spartakovskaya, 6
Phone: +7 843 526-58-49

Iranian Consulate General in Astrakhan
Address: Astrakhan, st. Admiralteyskaya, 3
Phone: +7 8512 39-46-01; +7 8512 39-56-02; +7 8512 39-56-03

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