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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic in many parts of the world and the WHO recommendations to avoid unnecessary travel, the Tourist and Pilgrimage visa options have been removed from the list of E-VISA until further notice.

What you should know before applying for a visa.

1) Types of visas

The purpose of the trip and other conditions determine what type of visa is suitable for you according to the laws and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran. As an applicant, you must meet all the conditions for obtaining the visa. When you apply for a visa, a consulate officer at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran will go through your application and documents for their eligibility to receive and determine its type.

The table below lists the types of non-immigrant visas and the related information. For any additional information, please contact the agencies of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Visa Types


Who can apply

Documents needed

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
  1. Validinvitation
  2. Visa application
  3. Possible interview at the consulate

B- Tourist

Visa for Foreign citizens who intend to travel to Iran for tourist purposes.

  • Tourists
  1. Visa application
  2. Possible interview at the consulate

C- Pilgrimage

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

  • Muslim Tourists
  1. Visa application
  2. Possible interview at the consulate

D- Diplomatic
S- Service

  • 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
  1. Official or Diplomatic Passport
  2. Visa application

E- Education

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

  • School students
  • Student
  • Researchers
  1. Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status from the science ministry, education ministry, or an accredited academic institution
  2. 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
  1. Obtaining the labor certificate from a sponsor employer in Iran, approved by the labor ministry
  2. Visa application

G- Transit

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

  • Drivers
  • Tourists
  • Merchants
  1. Declaring visa to destination
  2. Visa application

H- Media

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

  • Reporters
  • Producers
  • Cameraman
  1. Visa application
  2. 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
  1. Approval letter from the Organization for Investment Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran
  2. 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
  1. Father’s official permission regarding the children’s trip to Iran
  2. 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
  1. Approval letter from one of the authorized medical centers
  2. Visa application


2) Visa on Arrival

Apply for all Iranian International Airports

Applicants entering the Islamic Republic of Iran intending to receive their visas through Iran's international airports, in order to expedite the issuance of visas, at least two days before the trip do the following actions:

Ø  Complete the electronic visa application form via the following link:

Ø  You will receive the Grant Notice to the Visa-On-Arrival, submit a hardcopy of it to the Visa-On-Arrival counter at the airport. The notice is available both through email or the following link:

Ø  Citizens of countries that are able to obtain Iranian airport visas must pay visa-related fees in euro at the airport through banking terminals.

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

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