How To Apply Iran Visa?? Actually it is very easy.

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What to need?

1. Two photos  

2. Passport copy
(For a girl, Hijab is not mandatory. It just depends on the embassy where you apply. Just ask immigration officer how to do.)

2. Local Address
(I got from local people through online. It is not important that embassy officer did not check detail)

3. Insurance copy 
(I bought 30 days insurance on the travel agency on the street with $20.)
(Embassy in Budapest did not ask it that I applied without it in Budapest. )

4. Reference number from local travel agency. ($35~$55)

5. Money 20 Euros~100 Euros
(It depends on nation. Australian 100 Euros, Hon Kong 40 Euros and so on. 20 Euros for Korean.
After applying, you have to go to the bank to pay it. Then take receipt and give to Embassy.)

(If you are from the U.S, U.K, and Canada, you need a guide for whole trip in Iran. )

How to get a reference number for Iran visa?

1. Find Local travel agency company
I used two times and it worked fine all the time.
-Normal, 57 CAD, 7-10 working days / Urgent, 111 CAD, 5-6 Working days/ Top Urgent, 160 CAD, 2-4 working days
-You have to let them know your credit card number and expiry date. (They will charge money only what they need. I did not have any problem after using this company two times.)

-Normal, 55 USD, 7 days to 14 days working days
-You have to transfer money to their bank

Key to Persian
I saw a few people having problem with this company. Such as reference number went to the other embassy that they have to apply again.
-30 Euros, 10 working days
-You have to transfer money to their bank

Do not use
It is scam website. Many people told that they never got a reference number after paying.

2. Send your passport copy and write down form the travel agency will give you via email.
It is very easy form that you have to write about name, passport info, how long you want to stay and blah blah thing.

3. Choose embassy to send Reference Number.
You can only apply the visa at the embassy where you send a reference number.

4. Pay money
Let the travel agency know your credit card information or transfer money through Western Union

5. Iranian government will send you a reference number to your email.
You go to the embassy with this number.

How long does it take time?

1. To get a reference number
-7~14 days
(Touranzamin took usually 7 days)

2. To apply and get a visa at the embassy
-Usually 2~5 days
(It depends on the embassy)
-Two days in Tbilisi, Georgia
-Four days in Budapest, Hungary
-Five days in Yerevan, Armenia

Iran embassy working hours

Most of embassy works only in the morning for applying visa such as 9~12 or 10~1:30
-In Tbliisi, Georgia 10am to 1:30pm / Close on Friday (I cannot remember about Saturday and Sunday)

You can extend visa 30 days two times .

Although the second time to extend visa is difficult, I saw all people succeeded.

*You do not need visa if you fly with airplane. You can get arrival visa at the airport.

15 or 30 days (extendable for another 15 days)/Korean 50 Euros (Depends on nations. Polish 85 Euros, German 75 Euros, Brazilian 80 Euros and so on)

*Reference number is not needed in Batumi, Georgia in 2015

One traveler told me he got Iran visa without a reference number in Batumi.

*You need Reference number in Trabzon, Turkey since 2015.

Trabzon was known for easiest place to get Iran visa. But it has been changed since 2015. Now you need a reference number in Trabzon.


Foreigner can not take money from ATM and You cannot use visa card. You must bring USD or Euro to Iran and exchange. There is no black market that you can get similar rate wherever you go.


(Please leave a comment if you have some information to share with other traveler about your experience to get Iran visa.)

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  1. Another reason is that airlines need to put a disclaimer that they might refuse boarding to any person without a valid visa, even if you can obtain it on arrival. I was asked if I had a visa for Iran in my passport, but when I told the airlines representative that I ll get it upon arrival, no additional questions were asked.

  2. Great stuff. Will keep in in mind when I will be getting close to Iran!

  3. Great informati├│n.
    Do you mind if I copy this information in my web?

  4. We applied for e-visa without RN in Batumi. Our request got stuck in the system for 31 dys and finaly rejected. We think you better go with Reference number and not e-visa. See more on (french)

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