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    • VISA Types

      Business Visa (Type A)

      Business Visa will be issued to foreign nationals who are interested in having cooperation with Iranian companies. In this case an Iranian authorized company must be the host. 

      Business visas require a passport, an application form, 4 passport-sized photos, a special authorization in the form of a reference number issued by the Foreign Ministry in Tehran, and a business letter. Business visas are extendable once, sometimes twice up to two weeks each without difficulty. One extension of one month may also be possible in some cases.

      To get a 30-day (extendable) business visa you must obtain an invitation letter from the company or organisation you plan to visit. The process is otherwise the same as getting a tourist visa (DIY or using an agency). People coming for a conference or to play in a sporting event need an ‘entry visa’

      Tourist visa (Type B)

      Tourist visa is issued to foreign nationals who are interested in travel to Iran individually or with a group for the purpose of visiting Iran or their relatives. 

      Tourist visas require a passport, an application form, four passport-sized photos, and a special authorisation in the form of a reference number issued by the Foreign Ministry in Tehran. Tourist visa Issued for up to 30 days and extendable. Must be obtained before coming to Iran and valid to enter for 90 days from the issue date. This is the surest option.

      Although it has become easier to get a tourist visa in recent years, whether the process takes one day or one month depends largely on your nationality and the staff of the embassy you are applying to. Your best bet is to apply to the Iranian embassy in your own country at least three months before your departure, but it is possible to obtain one while travelling in other countries, with varying degrees of difficulty. Women need to make sure they are wearing the Hijab or a head scarf in their submitted passport-sized photos.

      Tourist visa on arrival (VOA) are Issued at Iranian international airports.

      Transit visa (Type G)

      A transit visa is issued for a limited period of time for foreigners who intend to pass through Iran to a third country. Transit visas have a maximum of 10 days.

      Transit visas are usually easier to get than tourist visas (usually for one or two weeks and no authorization number is required.)  and very useful for people travelling between Europe and South Asia. Various travel agents inside Iran help you obtain visas, often through their home pages.

      Transit visas are not available to US passport holders.

      You can get an extension for your transit visa For foreign drivers carrying cargo to Iran or other countries, it is necessary to co-ordinate in advance with the Diplomatic Missions of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

      Extra Required documents:

      Valid visa for third country

      Confirmed air ticket for individuals who travel by air

      Pilgrimage visa (Type C)

      Pilgrimage visa is issued for foreign Muslim pilgrims for the purpose of visiting the sacred places in Iran. No Extra Required documents.

       Entry or transit visa for drivers carrying cargo (Type G)

      This visa will be issued for foreign drivers carrying cargo to Iran or other countries. In these cases, it is necessary to coordinate in advance with the Diplomatic Missions of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

      Extra Required documents:

      Possession of visa for the third country for drivers who carry cargo to destinations in other countries.

      Work permit visa (Type F)

      This visa will be issued to foreign nationals who intend to work in Iran. The Iranian host must obtain the work permit in advance from the concerned authorities. You have to ask Iran embassies for it.

      Student visa (Type E)

      Student visa is issued for foreign nationals who intend to study in the Islamic republic of Iran.

      Extra Required documents:

      Acceptance from accredited educational center.

      Press visa (Type H)

      Press visa is issued for journalists and representatives of foreign media and press who intend to travel to Iran for purposes relating to their profession for a specific period. You have to ask Iran embassies for it.

      Entry to free trade and Industrial Areas of Iran

      This visa is issued for two-week stay at the ports of entry to Free Trade and industrial Areas of Iran (Kish Island, Qeshm Island and Chabahar Port), and may be extended up to six months at the request of authorities of these areas. No extra documents are required. This visa also includes US, UK and Canadian nationals.

      Note: Foreign nationals who intend to travel to other parts of the country, should submit their application to representative office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the area and the application will be reviewed and visa will be issued if approved, within 48 hour.

      Diplomatic and service Visa (Type D)

      This visa is issued for holders of diplomatic and service passports who intend to travel to Iran. You have to ask Iran embassies for it.

      Fee varies according to nationality of applicant, type of' visa and the existing regulation between countries.

      A visa cannot be issued for passports which have a validity of less than 6 months. Exit permits required by all (often included with visa).


    • The Documents you will need to obtain your visa

      Visa is a permission for travel to Iran for a limited period of time, issued by Embassies and Consulates General of the Islamic Republic of Iran abroad, for foreign nationals after receiving the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

      Passport with empty pages (must have more than 6 months of validity left)

      A standard application form from the embassy or consulate where you want to collect your visa

      Four passport sized photos (Many Iranian embassies require female travelers to provide visa photo with their hair covered under a scarf)

      Proof of medical travel insurance (including evacuation and repatriation coverage)

      Your Visa authorization Number

      Payment. Cost for the visa depends on nationality and sometimes needs to be made at a local bank

      Some embassies ask for 1 or 2 photocopies of your passport photo page

      Copy of your trip voucher and proof of onward travel from Iran

      Reference Number

      In general, an Iranian visa is processed in two steps. First step is the obtainment of a reference number. Reference number (also called authorization number) is a unique number issued by the Iranian Foreign Ministry which references the permission for the issue of a visa by the Ministry. Obtainment of a visa is incumbent upon this permission.

      Except with transit visas, all visa applicants must be ‘approved’ by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Tehran. This includes those seeking a visa on arrival, who can be approved either in advance or, with a longer wait, on arrival.

       Second step is done by a consulate where in you have to submit your passport, either in person or by post (mail) and have a visa label printed and stuck to your passport. Hence, before you submit your passport, make sure that there are enough blank pages on your passport and that it is valid for at least 6 months.The obtainment of  a reference number guarentees that your visa will be issued  upon application. 

       Fees vary depending on your country of origin; see the Iran embassy website.

      Transit visas are only fractionally cheaper than tourist visas and, while they don’t require authorisation from Tehran, only give you up to maximum 10 days. The choice, then, is whether to get a tourist visa in advance or on arrival.


    • Tourist Visa in advance

      Apply for Tourist Visa through an Iranian consulate or embassy:

      Do it yourself

      ·  Fill out the initial Visa application form in the consulate or print it at your place and fill it out in advance.

      ·  Provide the required documents (completed visa application form, original passport, 2 passport image, travel itinerary, bank statement and your resident card (if you are living in a country other than your country of origin).

      ·  Contact the embassy/consulate and confirm if you need to get any appointment in advance. Usually there is no need to book an appointment.

      ·  Pay the Visa fee (for visa fee, please contact the embassy/consulate you want to collect your visa).

      ·  In some embassies you can ask to receive the passport including your visa by post instead of going to the embassy again. In this case, you have to provide an envelope and postal fees as well.

      In some cases after submission the consul has directed applicants to a visa agency to get the visa authorisation number. if you choose this option, give yourself six weeks or longer to be sure.

      Option 3: Apply for Tourist Visa through a third-party:

      Based on your country of residence there could be possibility of applying for your visa through services of third party (Iranian travel agencies or any Iranian as sponsor):

      A- It is recommended to get your visa through an Iranian travel agency, it not only takes shorter time (maximum 2 weeks, for Americans, British and Canadians up to 40 days), but also saves you the trouble of more paperwork.

      B- To use travel agency visa services, you have to pay them an amount that varies depending on the agency.

      C- Note that travel agencies only get visa authorization code, and to get you actual visa you have to go to an Iranian embassy/consulate (that you mention in initial visa application form as the place you want to collect your visa).

      D- You should write the authorization code on the second form to be filled out in the embassy/consulate when collecting your visa.

      E- Any Iranian can be your host and follow up your paperwork.

      General Notes:

        Your passport must be valid for six months and preferably having two blank pages at the time of arrival.

        Issuing Visa remains at the discretion of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and any paid amount to the embassy/consulate is non-refundable.

          You may also need to provide a letter of recommendation from your embassy if you are applying outside your home country, a photocopy of your air tickets in and out of Iran and any student or press card .

          Normally, all tourist visas issued by Iranian consulates have a 3-month validity. The visa allows you to stay in Iran for up to 30 days, although the duration of your visa is at the discretion of the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

          Rarely, you may be asked to provide a letter from your employer or proof of fund. Visas are generally valid for three months that is you must enter Iran within three months of issue.

          Depending on your nationality, issuing a visa may take 5 days or more.

          Remember that you have just one month, since you are informed of your authorization number, to stamp your passport.


    • Iran visa for Americans

      Many Americans think that it is extremely difficult or impossible to visit Iran. This is not true. Americans are allowed to visit Iran by both the United States and Iranian Governments. The Iranian Government does require Americans to be part of a group tour, private tour or tailor made tour and escorted by an approved tour guide with a fixed itinerary.
      Americans must get a visa to visit Iran before traveling to Iran. This is a 2-step process:

      You need to be issued visa authorization numbers by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.\

      You need to apply to an Iranian Embassy or Consulate to have a visa issued and put into your passport.

      To get the visa, US citizens must work in advance with an Iranian travel agency to set up a guided itinerary; only then, that travel agency may apply for a visa authorization number from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once approved, the authorisation number is transmitted to the interest section. At that point, the applicant can then apply for the visa. Turnaround times can be as short as a week, but the interest section does not reliably answer emails or phone calls.


      American visitors may have to wait up to 35 days to receive their visa authorization numbers.

      Visa authorization numbers are valid for one month and you must get the visa put into your passport within that time.
      Once you receive the authorization number, contact your designated embassy or consulate within the next three working days to make sure they have received the numbers from the MFA.

      Getting the visa -Americans have two options for having the visa put in to their passports:

      The Iranian Interests Section of the Embassy of Pakistan accepts visa applications by mail. You can mail your:

      Passport

      One-page form (link to form?) available online at Daftar.org

      Cashier’s check or money order for visa fee and return shipping

      Two 2”x2” recent passport photos

      To:
      Iranian Interests Section of the Embassy of Pakistan
      2209 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
      Washington, D.C. 20007

      For visa forms and fee schedule: http://www.daftar.org/forms/visas/101.pdf
      For more information: http://www.daftar.org/Eng/default.asp?lang=eng
      Tel: (202) 965-4990
      Fax: (202) 965-1073
      Office Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

      OR
      You can take your passport, form, two 2”x2” recent passport photos and fees to an Iranian embassy or consulate in a foreign country to have the visa put in. You must designate which embassy you want to use when you fill out the form for the authorization numbers.
      Please note that visa authorization numbers are valid for one month. Visas are valid for 3 months from the time they are issued.

      Entry to free trade and Industrial Areas of Iran

      This visa is issued for two-week stay at the ports of entry to Free Trade and industrial Areas of Iran (Kish Island, Qeshm Island and Chabahar Port), and may be extended up to six months at the request of authorities of these areas. No extra documents are required. This visa also includes US, UK and Canadian nationals.

      ONE AMERICAN’S EXPERIENCE GETTING A VISA TO IRAN


      When I began making my plans to visit Iran, the one area that concerned me was getting the visa. It seemed so complicated and difficult. Once I finalized my itinerary, I filled out a one-page form and sent it along with a scan of my passport information to the travel agency. They submitted it, along with my itinerary, to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I waited about 3 weeks and then received an email from the travel agency with my authorization numbers.
      The next day I called the Iranian Interests Section of Pakistani Embassy in Washington, DC to confirm they had received my numbers. Since I had about one month before I was traveling to Iran, I also asked whether I needed to expedite the visa process. The person I talked to was very helpful and assured me that I would have my passport back in plenty of time and that I did not need to pay extra to expedite the process.
      I mailed off my form with authorization number written on the top, passport, two 2”x2” recent passport photos, and cashier’s check for $120 ($90 visa fee/ $30 shipping) to DC via registered mail. It took eight days for my passport to be returned to me and it was sent overnight via FED EX.
      I can honestly say that getting a visa to Iran was much easier and quicker than I anticipated. Visiting Iran was an incredible experience that justified the effort and expense to get the visa. I look forward to returning soon.


    • Visa Extensions

      You have Iran tourist visa? You want to stay and visit Iran more? Many tourists want to extend their Iran visa so that they can stay in Iran and visit Iran more. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to extend Iran visa. You can extend your Iran visa whether you have a tourist visa or work permission visa. The good news is that, it’s possible to extend a 30-day tourist visa to 60 days, but harder to extend again, up to 90 days. If you are picking up your visa at an Iranian embassy and have permission to stay in Iran for 30 days, the Police Aliens Affairs Dept. usually extends your visa for another 30 days. Extending Iran visa on arrival is a little difficult, you may only get a 15-day extension. Visa extensions are available at the Police Offices of Foreign Aliens in major Iranian cities like: Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad, and Tabriz. You can extend your Iran visa in other cities too but Plan your itinerary so that you can extend your visa in cities which are more familiar with tourists.

      Note: The extension of your visa when you get it in the airport is depended on the discretion of Police Aliens Affairs Dept. If you have a 15-day Iran visa on arrival you only can extend it up to another 15 days.
      Work permit visa will be extended by Police Aliens Affairs Dept. with Coordination of the Department of Aliens’ Employment at the ministry of labor and Social Affairs and on the basis of a request by the Iranian sponsor of the applicant.

      Start the process early

      Offices are open from Saturday to Wednesday, 7:30 AM - 2 PM. The offices are usually very crowded so go there in the morning and start the process faster. Start the visa extension process 1-3 days left before your visa is expired.

      Documents for Iran visa extension

      The process is simple, but as we mentioned above, it is depended on the discretion of Police Aliens Affairs Dept. They may also ask you about the reason of your visa extension. If you have a tourist visa, say that you want to see more attractions in Iran. If you have work permit visa, you should explain about the reason more. All you have to do is to fill some forms and give photocopies of your passport and your visa. The documents needed are:

      1. Two passport photos

      2. Forms to be filled

      3. Copies of your passport and Iranian visa

      4. An entry stamp

      5. Pay for the visa extension (350,000 IRR plus about 50,000 IRR to buy a folder and for photocopies)

      Note: For women, photos have to be with scarfs.

      In some offices there is a copy box so you can make photocopies in the office, which of course is not for free! But usually there is a long queue at the copy box. Please note that, you should pay the visa extension money cash. You should do the payment in “Melli Bank” and bring back the receipt.

      Note: Don’t worry if they don’t know English for doing the payment in Melli Bank. Just say Visa, and they will help you.

      How long does it take?

      If you start early in the morning you might get the extension at the same day it usually takes between 1-4 hours. Otherwise they keep your passport and you come back the next day and your extension is ready! The offices are usually crowded, plus in some cities like, Mshhad there are a lot of Afghan and Pakistani people looking for residence permit extensions. If it is possible, ask a local to help you with the visa extension process. It helps a lot.

      Visa extensions are available at the Police Offices of Foreign Aliens in below address:

      The extension process is normally handled at provincial police headquarters. 

      Police Office of Foreign Aliens in Tehran: Shahid Motahari Junction, Kohe Noor Ave.

      Police Office of Foreign Aliens in Mashhad: Next to Azad Univ., Rahnamaee St.Police

      Office of Foreign Aliens in Isfahan: Azadi Sq

      Some travel guides say not to do this in Tehran as it is very time consuming. This is no longer the case and the process of extending a visa in Tehran can be done in just 1 hour (including tea offerings and being the object of curiosity in the office). Extending a visa a second time requires the passport to be sent to a department in Tehran (no matter where you extend your visa from) and thus takes longer time than doing this the first time.

      Timing & Overstaying

      In theory, you can only apply for an extension two or three days before your existing visa is due to expire, and your extension starts on the day it’s issued, not the end of your original visa. Cross-check the Persian calendar dates so you know exactly when your visa expires.

      If things go awry, a doctor’s note on official stationery stating you were unwell might act as a quasi-extension at the border, or be used for a short extension in the nearest Aliens Bureau. But don’t rely on this.

      If you do overstay, even by a few hours, expect to be detained.


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    The word Persia gives the image of a magical and mysterious land of far away and long ago, of ancient monuments and beautiful works of art – carpets, tiles, fine ceramics and miniatures. It also reminds us of legendary and tragic love stories and epic poems about great wars. And Persia is indeed a world ancient and contemporary, a bridge between heaven and earth. We want to show you around. Discover things to do on your next trip to Iran and plan a trip of your lifetime. Yes, it is that easy! This website gives you the tools to plan your trip to Iran: detailed information on destinations; inspiring ideas on what to see and do in each city; where to stay; where to eat; travel guides and let’s say everything you need so you can dream up a trip to Iran.

    Patrimonito

    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.