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Visa on arrival

lyon
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Visa on arrival

Hello everyone,

I am planning to spend 2 weeks in Iran in February 2013

if you are travelling solo on a self organised tour in Iran, what do you exactly need to get your visa on arrival? A certificate from your hotel to certify that you have booked a few nights with them? a certificate from a travel agency in Iran through which you would have booked your first few hotel nights?? Any pratical tips on how to get about it would be appreciated.

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11. Re: Visa on arrival

One more useful thread worth bumping, imo.

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12. Re: Visa on arrival

Just a quick update on VOA. I have just come back from Iran last week. Luckily there was no hassle at all. Thanks for all the kind help from Cora and Piyush28179.

I bought the flight ticket through TravelUp although there are lots of negative comments from internet that they are not reliable. If you take a careful look at those comments, most of them are from people that either change their flight or have their flights canceled. So I was very careful about the traveling date and I didn't have any problem with this agency. The ticket is much cheaper than average and the response is fast.

The flight was run by Pegasus airline, transit from Turkey to Iran. There is one thing worth mentioning is that the meal is usually not included in your ticket and as you can expect, the price for a normal meal in the plane or at the airport is quite expensive. So get your stomach filled somewhere before you get on the plane.

I was worried that I might get stopped by any border check police or airline staff but it turned out that no border security police AT TRANSIT COUNTRY checks for destination visa. They only check your passport and flight ticket.

But airline staff follow the regulation of the airline and some require destination visa and some don't. For Pegasus airline, their staff all understand your situation if you tell them you can get the visa from the airport. Like in my case, one of the airline staff did ask me to show the Iranian visa but I told her I could get it from airport and she allow me to check in. And actually, as I mentioned earlier in the thread, I called the airline before departure to make sure if a visa is required since some airline may stop you from boarding if you don't have a visa.

Once you arrived Tehran, go straight to the VISA window in the airport and give the officer your passport and fill the form, answering a few simple question and they will ask you to pay the fee in the next window. The visa form is extremely simple, mainly your basic information like your name, date of birth, parents name, but the most importantly is the contact number in Iran. They will call that person to check if it is real or not. Fees are various from country to country, I paid 80 euros ( 50 for visa + 30 for insurance). N.B. it's euros. I'm not sure they accept other currency or not.

The whole process only took me 10 to 15 mins, including waiting other applications. And I'm 100% sure that NO ONE WILL ASK YOU FOR THE SO CALLED E-VISA/VISA CODE DURING THE ENTIRE JOURNEY!!! So there is no point to apply this code if you want a visa upon arrival, but read below:

Another thing i'd like to mention here is that if you call the airline and has been told that they do require the e-visa to allow you board their plane, that's another story. You would probably need to apply it from some agency or fake one at your own risk!!! I'm serious to say that why not fake a visa code if this is only for the airline and there is no way they can check it. It's not committing a crime or doing anything wrong as you will apply a genuine visa in Iran any way. BUT DO IT AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Hope someone finds it helpful.

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13. Re: Visa on arrival

Welcome back, James! :)

Hurray! Finally someone else to confirm my words. Thanks HEAPS for reporting back.

Your detailed feedback and update on VOA is very much appreciated. I think I'm going to add this thread to the Top Questions about Iran.

Hope you will let us know how the rest of your trip went ;)

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14. Re: Visa on arrival

Hello

And what is your nationality?

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15. Re: Visa on arrival

Please, see post #8 above.

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Hi Cora,

The rest of the trip was fine as I know my Iranian friends for quite a long time. I was staying with them and people have said it so many times but I would still like to stress that they are the most friendly people in this planet! They tried their best to serve me with their best food, always consider if I felt comfortable or not. Since our taste on food is completely different, they did spend a lot of time and effort on preparing the "right" food for me, although still not very suitable for me in the end, I was really moved and I appreciate for everything they did for me. I guess I must have given them a very bad impression on this - how picky you are!!! It's really just not my taste and I still feel very guilty about it.

One important tip I'd like to share with you guys is that if it's convenient for you, I strongly advice you buy a small pack of Toufu (bean curd you may like to call it) and eat it before you start having any food in Iran. I think the water in different area may contain different amount of mineral substances, and this can easily make you sick - I got stomachache last time I went to Iran and I kept going to the toilet in the rest of my journey! But this time, thanks for the magic of Toufu, I didn't have any health problem.

Just feel lazy to write now but I do have a lot in my mind, probably post it here some other day:)

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Aghh, so sorry to read you had a stomachache :(

I have never had any problem with Iranian food or water, and no stomach problem for me (even though I'm pretty sensitive). And I just hate Tofu! :)

Thanks for the tip though - all people are different, after all.

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Thank you very much for your reply MinZheng, it makes me feel a bit more secure as to my hopefully successful entry into Iran. I also fly with Pegasus via Istanbul. Like Cora_v I will still bring a print-out of the text stating that my nationality is eligible for VOA, just to be sure, but apparently most of the staff knows about it :)

You didn't have to show any return ticket from Iran, did you? I only have a return ticket from Turkey 20 days after my arrival (I will stay 15 days in Iran and then a few in Iraqi Kurdistan).

I'm really looking forward to my trip!

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20. Re: Visa on arrival

Hi,

The needed documents are:

1. The applicant(s) should have a confirmed return ticket and a valid passport with at least 6 months validity and a photo to be attached to the application form.

2. Visa stamp fee is EUR50.00 for the holder of the passport and EUR10.00 for each one of the companions (if any).

also, they often ask you your hotel voucher ,too.

have a nice travel to Iran