Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

  1. Which countries can go to Iran without visa?


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

  • Armenia: 90 days within 180 days.
  • Azerbaijan: 30 days.
  • Bolivia: 30 days.
  • Egypt: 20 days.
  • Georgia: 45 days.
·       Lebanon: 30 days.

·       Malaysia: 15 days.

·       Serbia: 30 days within 1 year.

·       Syria: 90 days within 180 days. (if arriving by air directly from Damascus)

·       Turkey: 3 months.

·       Venezuela: 15 days.

All tourists may enter Kish and Qeshm Islands and stay there up to 14 days without obtaining any visa; however there are some exceptions as follows: a) Citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, India, Iraq can only visit Kish island without visa. b) Citizens of Jordan, Nepal, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and the United States should obtain visa for both Kish and Qeshm islands.


Visa on arrivals:

All countries can obtain visa on arrival for maximum stay of 30 days in Iran, which Iran plans to increase the length of stay from 1 month to 3 months, in the following airports.

  • Bandar Abbas International Airport (Bandar Abbas)
  • Isfahan International Airport (Isfahan)
  • Kish International Airport (Kish Island)
  • Mashhad International Airport (Mashad)
  • Qeshm international Airport (Qeshm Island)
  • Shiraz International Airport (Shiraz)
  • Tabriz International Airport (Tabriz)
  • Imam Khomeini International Airport (Tehran)
  • Mehrabad International Airport (Tehran)
  • Urmia Airport (Urmia)
  • Ahvaz International Airport (Ahvaz)
  • Kerman Airport (Kerman)
  • Larestan International Airport (Lar)

For obtaining a visa on arrival, passengers must already have made an application, at least 2 days prior to arrival, at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affair’s E-Visa website and present the submission notification at the airport’s visa desk on arrival.

*However there are some countries that cannot get visa on arrival.

Visa on arrival is not applicable to holders of passports of the following countries:

·      United States

·       United Kingdom

·       Syria (visa not required if arriving by air directly from Damascus only.)

·       Sri Lanka (can obtain visa on arrival if have e-visa confirmation.)

·       Somalia

·       Pakistan

·       Nepal (can obtain visa on arrival if have e-visa confirmation.)

·       Jordan

·       Iraq (visa on arrival at Mashhad Airport or Arvand Free Zone by land/can obtain visa on arrival if have e-visa confirmation.)

·       Colombia

·       Canada

·       Bangladesh

·       Afghanistan

* 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.



  1. How long does it take to get a tourist visa for Iran?

For tourist visa applications, the process will normally take around two weeks. However the person that is issuing the visa, his/her passport must be valid for at least six months from his/her date of entry to Iran and it should contain at least two blank pages.


  1. Can Americans go to Iran?

They can travel to Iran freely even though these two countries do not have good relationships due to the political and economic reasons, yet it’s not illegal for Americans to enter Iran, unless they don’t obtain visa. However Americans need to have their itinerary and tour guide approved beforehand. Sticking to the itinerary is part of the conditions of visa approval, as long as following the instructions of the tour guide and sticking to the itinerary no problem will occur.  Avoiding political demonstrations and making any public political statements is another way to avoid any trouble. Otherwise, Iranians will be eager to demonstrate their hospitality and friendly manners to U.S citizens.

*American citizens that are Iranians and tend to enter Iran with their American passport need to obtain visa but if they wanted to enter with their Iranian passport they do not need a visa.

  1. Best time of visiting Iran?

Welcome to the Land of four seasons, Iran. The good thing about Iran is that you can feel changes of the climate at every season, the blissful spring, the blazing summer, the poetic fall, and the chilling winter. However you can have the best experience during spring and autumn, because of the moderate and ideal weather in almost most places of Iran, which is from mid-march to the end of May and again from late September to early November.

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Average temp. (C) of Tehran




  1. Is there any tourism in Iran?

Tourism in Iran is varied, all the way from its legendary mountain paths that provide skiing and hiking activities, to the coral coasts of Persian Gulf and the coasts of the largest landlocked lake in the world, toward the footprints of ancient Persian Empire that are still remained on this land. There are a lot of marvelous things that every person would love it once they experience it like the diverse cultures, foods, folks, and local goods that are found in different places of Iran.


  1. What are the most famous foods in Iran?

There are varieties of different foods found in Iran brought by different folks each with different cultures, as a result each of them have different cooking styles; but rice is the staple food and Iranians cook it in different ways using lamb, yogurt, chicken, beans, potatoes, etc. Typical Persian flavors are delicate, such as cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, cloves, and saffron. For more acquaintance with Iranian foods you can visit our food section.  

  1. What is the native language of Iran?

There are different folks found all over in Iran, each with different accents and languages, however the main language is Persian (Farsi) which is spoken all around Iran and it’s the root of most of the languages spoken there. And oh wait! Do not mistake Persian language with Arabic, yes they share common alphabets and some common words but they are very different from each other, since Arabs do not understand Persian language and also Iranians do not understand Arabic language unless they learn it.

  1. What are the best souvenirs found in Iran?

There are a lot of outstanding souvenirs all across the Iran, from fabulous handicrafts to fascinating home furniture and magical herbs, spices, nuts and sweets. However most unique souvenirs you can find there are its Persian rugs and carpets, its pure turquoise of Neyshabur city, fascinating Minakari of Isfahan, and its ceramics and pottery, which Lalejin city, in Bahar County, Hamadan Province is known as the center of pottery and ceramic productions in Middle East.

  1. Visitors can use their credit cards in Iran?

The answer is no! Tourists cannot use their international credit cards or travellers cheques in Iran so the best way is bringing cash money, better to be euros or US dollars, and change it into IRR (Iranian Rials).

  1. Iranian politics and religion is harsh?

Please throw away all those false media and fake news and rumors about Iran, just like any other country, Iran has its own politics and religion which is not harsh at all and also it has its people each with different views about politics and religion. As a result, tourists can have their own thoughts and views about these things and so it is not a must for them too agree with each and every of these politics or the religion. However they should avoid any interference in political affairs, because any political activity against government inside Iran would lead to arrestment, which is not something unusual in the world.