Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

Iran begins issuing 30 days Visa on Arrival

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Iran has started implementing a cabinet’s bill that allows tourists to obtain visas with 30 days validity upon their arrival in the country’s international airports.

“Iran has started issuing visas with 30 days validity which can be extended for 15 days at its international airports,” ISNA news agency quoted Mojtaba Karimi, a foreign ministry official, as saying Oct 20.

Earlier on August, Iran’s cabinet passed a new bill, extending Iran Airport Visa or Visa On Arrival (VOA) to 30 days for foreign tourists.

Before that, tourists could obtain visas at airports for only 14 days with no extension.

Karimi further added that there is no restriction for foreigners to obtain a visa upon their arrival at Iranian airports several times within a year.

According to the report, the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Albania, Germany, Austria, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Spain, Australia, Slovenia, Slovakia, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Ukraine, Italy, Ireland, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunei, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Russia, Romania, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, France, Palestine, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Croatia, South Korea, North Korea, Colombia, Cuba, Kuwait, Georgia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Poland, Malaysia, Hungary, Mongolia, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Venezuela, Vietnam, Netherlands, India, Yugoslavia and Greece are eligible to obtain visa upon their arrival at the Iranian airports.

The report added that the instant visa is obtainable for tourists from the above-mentioned countries and it does not apply to those who hold official passports as well as businessmen and journalists.

However, citizens of the USA, Somali, the UK, Canada, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan cannot obtain visa upon their arrival in airports and they need to obtain visa from Iranian consular services in their countries.

Iran has revoked visa requirements for nationals of 7 countries as part of its plans to boost tourism industry in the country. The citizens of Turkey, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia, Egypt and Syria can travel to Iran and stay in the country without visa from 15 to 90 days under the new visa requirement regulations

The country also seeks reciprocal visa waiver programs with 28 countries as part of its bid to boost inbound tourism, Director of Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) Masoud Soltanifar said on August.

“We have selected 40 countries on the basis of our top priority for attracting tourists, out of which we have sent visa waiver requests to 28 countries and are following the issue through diplomatic channels,” Soltanifar added.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said the country is ready to offer visa-free travel to citizens of the countries that are willing to engage in reciprocal visa waiver mechanisms with the Islamic Republic.

Iran has launched an ambitious plan to boost tourism income. Soltanifar said the target is to generate $25-30 billion by attracting 20 million tourists a year.

Some 3.8 million of foreign tourists visited Iran, bringing $1.11 billion worth of income to the country in 2012. The figure stood at 4.77 million in 2013, 24.4 percent more year on year.

The foreign tourists were mainly from India, Azerbaijan, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

The above photo is owned by Dutch hitchhiker ‘Iris Veldwijk’ and was taken from her blog Mind of a Hitchhiker

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18 Comments

  1. Twana

    October 21, 2015 at 12:51 am

    ????????????????????ok

  2. Aqeel Abbas

    October 21, 2015 at 4:58 am

    Sad to see Saudis are allowed but Pakistan whose majority has positive views about Iran and where, the 2nd largest Shia population lives are not allowed for on arrival visa…:(

  3. Hei

    October 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Yugoslavia 🙂

  4. Arty Om

    October 21, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Does this apply only to visa-on-arrival at the airports or on land borders, too?

  5. suneela

    October 21, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    any idea if this applies to permanent residents/overseas citizens of india also? or only passport holders?

  6. James

    October 21, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Where is Yugoslavia? I’m fairly certain it is no longer a country.

  7. Iris Veldwijk

    October 22, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Dear author(s),
    The image you used as a header for this article is one of me and my Iranian visa and owned by me. It’s fine with me if you want to use it, but could you be so kind to mention the source as my blog http://www.mindofahitchhiker.com ? Also, I’m writing a book about Iran that people who want to travel to Iran might be interested in, so the link http://www.mindofahitchhiker.com/newsletter would about so be useful, or my link http://www.facebook.com/HitchhikerMind for the Facebook users that share your content.
    Kind regards,
    Iris/Mind of a Hitchhiker

  8. Pablo Morales

    October 22, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    what about argentina? can we obtain the 30 days visa on arrival??? if somebody knows please share it with me. Thanks!

  9. Mike Hunt

    October 23, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    That is not fare. Just because we are fighting you Islamic Republicans in Syria is no reason for not to give us visas to visit you’re country.

  10. armanm mood

    October 24, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Hahaha
    Good for Pakistan
    v should treat them the same way.
    hence proved
    “when it comes to money………..

  11. Zafar Mahmood

    October 24, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    We are happy that we are in category of USA.

  12. Amir

    October 25, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    All but Afghanistan and Tajikistan citizens who happened to speak the same language and share the same culture and traditions!

  13. sayed emal saddat

    October 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Dear sir I interested to come iran for studying and working
    Thanks

  14. pickwick

    November 20, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Good news.
    How much does visa on arrival cost?
    Thanks
    PW

  15. hamza

    December 20, 2015 at 1:34 am

    salam
    what about Moroccan can not abotain VOA ?

  16. Sayed

    July 31, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Indians cannot obtain visa on arrival. They still have to apply through the consular visa office. I showed the above article to the visa officer – he denied & said you still have to apply for a visa.

  17. Simon

    January 17, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Hello, how does it work if we’re arriving through a land crossing? We are a Polish-French couple traveling on motorbikes entering from Pakistan traveling further to Azerbaijan. Can we also apply for the 30day visa on the border? Thank you for your help.

  18. Ali

    February 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Great News! hope for free visa 🙂

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