- We are holding a Spanish passport, so all this info is based on that (UE is mostly the same).
- Applied Visa in Georgia (Tbilisi).
- Not more than 3 hours needed to get your visa once your LOI.
Smooth and easy dish if everything goes as planned, but since November 2018, some embassies have started puting some problem. In our explanation here everything went as planned. And we enjoyed this recipie totally.
- Passport with validity of at least 6 months and 2 empty pages.
- Passport photocopy.
- 4 passport photo size (They might ask just one, never know).
- 50€ cash to pay at the bank.
- Letter of Invitation (LOI).
- Life insurance to get your LOI
- Itinerary plan (not always necessary).
- Hotel address (nothing booked).
- A pen to fill up a form they hand you at the embassy.
- Iran Embassy location (41°42′38.7″N 44°44′36.4″E).
- Bank location (41°42′38.05″N 44°45′43″E).
- Opening hours; From 9 to 12:30 on Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri.
- Make sure they have received your Letter of Invitation (LOI) calling them in advance (we didn’t call though…). We applied for the LOI 10 days in advance and cost us 33$. You can find the whole information on this helpful site.
- Show up early at the embassy to avoid a long queue.
- Just at the entrance they are gonna check you up. No bags, phone or any device is allowed inside. Just the documents you need. Don’t worry if you bring not allowed things. They will keep them safe.
- Once you give all the documents they are gonna ask you, they will provide you with the bank location and the amount of money you need to charge into a certain bank account. Don’t need to rush too much. the bank opens at 10.00 A.M.
- We had to pay 50€ at the bank.
- We got 30 days visa with 3 months validity. This means you have to enter the country within 3 months from receiving it. So, you can enter the day before the visa expires, and then still enjoy Iran for 30 days and easily extended to 90 once in the country.
- After 2 hours of paperwork, you will have your visa glued in your passport and ready to go to the Iran border.
Tips to make this dish a bit more digestible
- This is our story, it may change from embassy to embassy, day to day, nationality to nationality… So double check all this info. For this visa, we were using the useful information of Caravanistan.
- Try to get in touch with actual travellers in forums and real life. It’s a huge community ready to help. There are lots of forums on the internet.
- Be there before opening to avoid a queue.
- You don’t need to go suit up but try to avoid shorts and flip-flops. The first impression might help for any issue you could face.