Iran Visa

Visa Types


Who can apply


A-               Entry

Visa for Foreign citizens who have an invitation letter from ministries, governmental organizations, private & public sectors, … for the purpose of negotiating, signing contracts, setting up purchased machineries

·         Educational & cultural Faculty members and researchers

·         Common Carriers, transporting goods and people

·         Officials, political, and economic members, art and sports teams, international organizations and specialists

·         Internationally Recognized merchants and experts

·         The United Nations employees and affiliates

·         Relatives of the foreign citizens residing in Iran


·         Valid invitation letter

·         Visa application

·         Possible interview

B-      Tourist

Travel to Iran for tourist purposes.

·         Tourists

·         Visa application

·         Possible interview

C-      Pilgrimage

Visa for Foreign Muslims who intend to pilgrimage to holy places in Iran.

·         Muslim Tourists


·         Visa application

·         Possible interview

D-      Diplomatic


·         Temporary employees of diplomatic and consular offices, and International organization offices in Iran

·         Temporary guests of diplomats or official employees residing in Iran

·         Diplomatic or Official passport holders attending conferences, apprenticeship, cultural & educational programs, …

·         Diplomatic or Official passport holders with tourist or pilgrimage purposes


·         Diplomatic passport

·         Visa application

E-      Education

Visa for foreign students or religious scholars who intend to study in Iran

·         School students

·         Student

·         Researchers


·         Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status from the science ministry, education ministry, or an accredited academic institution

·         Visa application


F-       Temporary work

Visa for foreign citizens who have the intention to work in Iran

·         Skilled workers

·         Specialists in the fields of medical, industrial, …

·         Engineers


·         Obtaining the labor certificate from a sponsor employer in Iran, approved by the labor ministry

·         Visa application


G-     Transit

Visa which allows foreign citizens to pass through Iran with no purpose of stay

·         Drivers

·         Tourists

·         Merchants


·         Declaring visa to destination

·         Visa application


H-     Media

Visa for foreign media, including members of the radio, prints, digital, press, as well as directors and producers of films, reporters, traveling to Iran to work in their profession.


·         Reporters

·         Producers

·         Cameraman


·         Visa application

·         Obtaining the permit from the Media & Public Diplomacy center


I-        Investment

Visa for foreign investors whose investment permit is approved by the Organization for Investment Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran.

·         Merchants

·         Investors


·         Approval letter from the Organization for Investment Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran

·         Visa application


M- Marital

Visa for foreign men who are married to Iranian women, as well as their offsprings. If the marriage has not been registered within the Iranian legal system yet, Entry Visa (Relatives) may be applied for.

·         Foreign men married to Iranian women.

·         Children of such a family


·         Father’s official permission regarding the children’s trip to Iran

·         Visa application


T- Medical

Visa for foreign citizens who wish to travel to Iran for medical purposes and have already received an approval letter from one of the authorized medical centers

·         Patients with physical illnesses


·         Approval letter from one of the authorized medical centers

·         Visa application


NOTE: All visitors to Iran must hold a passport or travel document valid for 6 months at the time of departure.

It is applicable in all of Iranian international airports 

Except Visa Free countries, all other foreigner citizens need to apply for Visa before their arrival date. Travelers have two options to get their visa: first, they get their visa from one of the Iranian embassies in their home country and second, they can get it from any Iranian international airport.

For those who want to acquire their visa at Iranian International Airports, they need to

  • Fill out the online application form at least 2 days before their departure.
  • Print their hardcopy of visa approval and submit the grant notice to the VOA counter at the airport.
  • Pay visa fee
The citizens of the following countries can enter Iran, get their VOA visa and stay for up to the mentioned duration without a visa:
Country Duration of Stay
90 Days
45 Days
30 Days
21 Days
Hong Kong
20 Days
15 Days

Bandar Abbas International Airport

Isfahan International Airport

Kish International Airport

Mashhad International Airport

Qeshm International Airport

Shiraz International Airport

Tabriz International Airport

Imam Khomeini (Tehran) International Airport

Mehrabad (Tehran) International Airport

Urmia International Airport

Ahvaz International Airport

Kerman International Airport

Larestan International Airport

All travelers to Iran (except American, UK and Canadian passport holders) can stay in Kish Island and Qeshm Island without obtaining visa for 14 days.

Holders of valid Iranian visas can stay in Iran for 30 days and it is possible for them to extend their visa for a maximum of 90 days.  To obtain a visa, applicants must apply for a visa code at least 14 days prior to arrival in Iran through the website of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or trusted travel agencies.  After receiving the visa code, applicants can receive their visa in return for payment of the visa fee through the Iranian consular offices in their country or upon arrival at one of Iran’s international airports. It should be noted that, the process of applying for visa code is free for all nationalities, therefore, they just need to pay the visa fee upon obtaining the visa.