Can i travel to Iran

Entry Visa Iran Travel

Attention when entering Iran! Already before crossing the border, you should pay attention to clothing suitable for Islam. In addition, do not import alcohol, pork products or publications that do not correspond to Islamic values ​​due to their titles or images. An import of foreign currency over 5000 USD must be reported upon entry, as otherwise problems can arise when exporting this amount of money.

Arrival in Iran

For trips to Iran, Germans, Austrians and Swiss need a passport that is valid for at least six months (from the date of entry) and a visa. It is also important that the passport does not have a stamp from the State of Israel on it. If you have such a stamp, it is advisable to apply for a second passport with the reason for your desired trip to Iran. US entry stamps, on the other hand, are okay. However, your Iranian stamp as part of the Visa Waiver Program may affect later entries into the United States.

To apply for a visa, you need a reference number from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance as a visa application permit. You will usually receive this from your tour operator.

Obtaining visas for German citizens

Obtaining a visa for Austrian citizens

Obtaining a visa for Swiss citizens

As soon as you have the reference number, you have two options to apply for the visa. If you are entering via an international airport (e.g. Tehran, Shiraz, Tabriz), then you can upon entry directly at the Iranian airport for 75 EUR your Visa-On-Arrival apply for. This is Valid for 30 days. However, there may be waiting times of several hours at the airport. Please have the following ready for the application:

  1. two passport photos
  2. the reference number
  3. proof of your international health insurance
  4. Your invitation / booking confirmation of the booked trip / reservation confirmation of your hotel
  5. If the application at the airport is too stressful for you or if the 30 days stay is not sufficient for your travel needs, then the best thing to do is to apply for your visa at the responsible Iranian embassy in your home country. Such a visa can be up to during your trip three months be extended.

Most of the tourists fly to Iran. This gives them the advantage of being able to apply for the visa directly at the airport. There are direct flights from Germany with Lufthansa, Germania and Iranair. Larger cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt / Main and Munich are connected with Tehran. From Vienna you can also count on Austrian Airlines. If your arrival starts at another Iranian airport, such as Tabriz, Shiraz, Isfahan, Kermanshah or Mashad, then you can fly relaxed with Turkish Airlines including a change in Istanbul. Qatar Airways also offers a comparable service with a changeover in Doha.

Those who take more time can enter the country by land. In Turkey there is a weekly train from Ankara to Tabriz and on to Tehran (border crossing in Kapiköy). The two days fly by and there are plenty of opportunities to get to know a few Iranians and get in the mood for the country with new friends. A special experience is the ferry ride by train across Lake Van (Turkey), where the Iranians often dance to music again before heading back to the more conservative Islamic Republic.

You can travel by bus from most of the larger cities in Turkey (Bazargan, Esendere crossing), Armenia (Nurduz-Mogri crossing), Azerbaijan (Astara crossing) and Turkmenistan (Badj-Giran, Sarakhs, Loftabad and Pol crossing). I recommend using the Iranian VIP buses. VIP stands for "Very Important Passanger". These are only a little more expensive than normal buses, but offer a lot more legroom, seats that can be reclined far back and often free tea and sweets as well. Danger! Most of the time, the buses have no toilets. However, they stop at a rest area with a mosque and toilets at every prayer time at the latest.

Traveling from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan is currently not recommended due to the security situation.

It is possible to arrive by sea via the Persian Gulf from Dubai. The crossings to Bandar Abas and Bandar Lengeh cost 50 euros for passengers. The surcharge for private vehicles can be inquired at the ports.

For entry with your own vehicle by land or sea, a “Carnet de Passage” and a confirmation of insurance are urgently required. Please inform yourself in advance about the formalities at the responsible Iranian embassy.

Security situation onward travel from Iran

Traveling from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan is currently not recommended due to the security situation.

Motorhome / Diesel in Iran

Beware of diesel vehicles - in Iran, diesel is only sold to professionally operated trucks. There are no private diesel vehicles. An expensive fuel card is required to fill up with diesel. However, you can ask the gas station attendant at most petrol stations whether he'll still sell you diesel or whether one of the truck drivers will lend you his card for the tank load. It can also happen that a "tip" helps to avoid long discussions.

Bike trip in Iran

In addition, there are frequent travelers in Iran hitchhiking or cycling. Please do not go on such tours alone. As a woman, you will often be the center of interest, as cycling was forbidden for Iranian women for many years and only very few women dare to cross their country on two wheels. There are no separate cycle paths, but you can be sure that, especially in the country, you will receive many invitations from families who are very interested in you, your bike and your origins. It is a great honor to be able to entertain guests from so far away.

Entry requirements Iran

To enter Iran, German citizens need a passport that is still valid for at least six months, as well as a visa, which must be applied for at the responsible embassy or with the help of a visa service before entering Iran.

  1. To apply for a visa you need: a completed application for a visa,
  2. two biometric passport photos (3x4cm),
  3. the original passport valid for at least six months (with sufficient blank pages) and
  4. proof of payment of the visa fees.
  5. The number and date of issue of the visa permit, which you need from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran to issue the visa, can be obtained from your tour operator.

Make sure to check upon entry that you have got an entry stamp in your passport. Without this stamp, later departure will be refused.

Special criminally relevant regulations in Iran

  1. The consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
  2. Women must comply with the Islamic clothing regulations (headscarf, coat).
  3. Men shouldn't wear shorts.
  4. Long-sleeved outerwear should also be worn in religious places (mosques, etc.).
  5. The laws and rules that apply to the relationship between men and women must be observed. Contacts between unmarried people can be punished. Particularly in the case of overnight stays by Iranian individuals or families whose addresses were not given when applying for a visa or entering the country, you can expect passport withdrawal and legal proceedings, and police checks when dealing with Iranian women or men in public.
  6. Sexual relationships are only allowed in marriage.
  7. Homosexual acts are punishable by law. According to Iranian understanding - indecent behavior - is severely punished, in some cases it is threatened with the death penalty.
  8. Individual travelers in particular run the risk of suspicion of espionage through conspicuous behavior or the use of technically more sophisticated devices such as GPS devices. In this context, particular caution is recommended when staying in the vicinity of security objects. Just staying near military or nuclear facilities (around Busher, Natanz, Qom Arak and Isfahan) can lead to serious misunderstandings and even accusations of espionage.
  9. Drug offenses are severely punished.
  10. Actions that are punishable according to Western legal understanding are also punished by the courts in Iran. The penalties imposed are often very severe and often incompatible with Western legal understanding.

Clothing regulations when traveling to Iran

  • Women should wear a knee-length, long-sleeved wide blouse (tunic) or a light coat, as well as long legwear, a headscarf and sturdy shoes.
  • All female travelers (aged 9 and over) must dress in public in accordance with the Islamic rules applicable in Iran.
  • It is absolutely mandatory to wear a headscarf when entering the country. If you travel with an Iranian airline, this already applies at the beginning of the flight. This includes clothing that is far away from the body and covers the body, e.g. a long, non-fitted coat in a subtle color scheme, including long trousers. A traveling woman is best off with closed shoes, even if sandals are accepted. Make-up should only be applied gently. The hands do not need to be covered.
  • Men should wear long sleeved shirts and sturdy shoes.
  • Men are not allowed to wear shorts in public.
  • It should be noted that the clothing regulations in smaller towns and rural areas must be followed particularly carefully.

Visa and entry to Iran

For trips to Iran, Germans, Austrians and Swiss need a passport that is valid for at least six months (from the date of entry) and a visa. It is also important that the passport does not have the State of Israel stamped on it. If you have such a stamp, it is advisable to apply for a second passport with the reason for your desired trip to Iran. US entry stamps, on the other hand, are okay. However, your Iranian stamp as part of the Visa Waiver Program may affect later entries into the United States.

To apply for a visa, you need a reference number from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance as a visa application permit. You will usually receive this from your tour operator. Individual tourists can apply for this number from a visa agency, which will take care of the formalities at the Ministry in Tehran for you. The Iranianvisa.com service charges 45 USD for this service. It is currently not possible to apply directly to the ministry.

As soon as you have the reference number, you have two options to apply for the visa. If you are entering via an international airport (e.g. Tehran, Shiraz, Tabriz), you can apply for your Visa-On-Arrival for 75 EUR when entering the Iranian airport. This is valid for 30 days. However, there may be waiting times of several hours at the airport.

Please have the following ready for the application:

  1. two passport photos
  2. the reference number from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. proof of your international health insurance (in English)
  4. Your invitation / booking confirmation of the booked trip / reservation confirmation from your hotel

If the application at the airport is too stressful for you or if the 30 days stay is not sufficient for your travel needs, then it is best to apply for your visa at the responsible Iranian embassy in your home country. Such a visa can be extended up to three months during your trip.

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Podbielskiallee 67

14195 Berlin / Germany

Responsible for: States of Berlin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony

http://www.iranbotschaft.de

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +49 (0) 30 84 35 30

Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Raimundstrasse 90

60320 Frankfurt am Main / Germany

Responsible for: States of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia (with the exception of the administrative districts of Münster and Detmold), Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland

http://de.frankfurt.mfa.ir/

Tel: +49 (0) 69 5 60 00 70

Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Bebelallee 18

22299 Hamburg / Germany

Responsible for: States of Hamburg, Bremen, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein as well as the administrative districts of Detmold and Münster (North Rhine-Westphalia)

http://de.hamburg.mfa.ir/

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +49 (0) 40 51 44 060

Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Mauerkircherstr. 59

81679 Munich / Germany

Responsible for: States of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg

http://de.munich.mfa.ir

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +49 (0) 89 45 23 96 90

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Jauresgasse 9

1030 Vienna / Austria

http://de.vienna.mfa.ir/

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +43 17 12 26 57 121 (Visa department)

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Thunstrasse 68

3006 Bern / Switzerland

http://iranembassy.ch/en (English / French)

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +41 (0) 31 35 01 079 (Visa Department)

Swiss Iran travelers

Swiss citizens must also deposit fingerprints with the responsible cantonal police before applying for a visa, and women must have passport photos taken with a headscarf and, if necessary, glasses.

Make sure to check upon entry that you have got an entry stamp in your passport. Without this stamp, you will not be able to leave the country later.