Law & Visa Process

Law & Visa Process

In order to make your stay smooth, make sure your read this section on how to obtain a visa. The process is relatively easy as long as you follow the proper procedure.

There are a few laws that everyone should be aware of, so as not to end up in a predicament.
1.The hijab law is compulsory in all public areas.
2. Drinking alcohol and public drunkenness are strictly forbidden. 3. Drug use of any type and selling/disturbing is harshly punished. 4. A non-Muslim man cannot marry a Muslim woman. The only way possible is if he converts to Islam. 5. Sexual harassment of any type is punishable by law. 6. Sexual relationships outside of marriage are illegal and punishable by law. 7. Bring in and/or distributing pornography or any type of sexually explicit material is illegal and punishable.

  • Applying


    Visitors to Iran must obtain a visa from one of the Iranian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for a visa on arrival. There are about 80 countries wherein their citizens can obtain a visa on arrival.
    Note that all visitors must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months. Most importantly is that those with dual citizenship, citizens of both Iran and another country, must have an Iranian passport. This includes anyone whose father or husband is Iranian and not a visa. Please note that British, Canadian and American citizens are permitted to travel to Iran only through the official government approved escorted tours. It means they can’t travel individually inside Iran. This is an exception to Iranian visa policy.
    Required documents:
    • Iran Visa Authorization Code (to smooth and facilitate your progress)
    • Filled in visa application form
    • Passport or travel document which is valid for at least 6 months
    • 2 recent personal photos (size: 3×4 cm)
    • Visa fee to be paid directly to bank at airport
    • Iran travel insurance (can be purchased 24/7 at Iran international airports)
    • Interview (if requested)

  • Extending


    All Iranian visa extensions, including extension to Iran tourist visa and Iran pilgrimage visa, are issued by the Police Department of Aliens Affairs on the basis of justifiable reasons and approval of the mentioned Bureau.
    Visa extensions are available at the Police Offices of Foreign Aliens in major Iranian cities. In Mashhad you can extend your visa ….

  • At the Airport

    At the Airport

    Most nationalities are eligible to apply for a 30-day Iran tourist/pilgrimage visa upon arrival at the passport and visas offices at international airports of Iran, including at the Mashhad international airport.
    However, citizens of these countries need to apply for a visa before their arrival:
    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, India, Jordan, Pakistan, Somalia, United Kingdom and United States.