Notice: Check the visa carefully for details and dates. If there is an issue (such as only being granted 15 days instead of 30 days) this is the only place you can fix it.
It took us about an hour of waiting to get our passports back, although we saw another person who had been waiting over three hours to get theirs. All you can do is be patient.
With your Iran visa on arrival now secured go through customs (where you will probably be greeted with a very warm “welcome to Iran”), then carry through to collect your bags.
At the moment all passport holders from the USA, Canada and the UK must be accompanied by a licensed guide for all travels in Iran.
This essentially means that unless you hire your own private guide for your entire duration of your visit, you must join an organised tour.?
Citizens from these countries may be able to apply for a visa on arrival, as long as they have an authorised letter saying they will be on tour, and their guide is waiting for them in the airport.
However we strongly suggest you have your visa already before travelling to Iran. The man who was waiting over three hours for his visa on arrival when we were in the airport was from the USA, and we can only imagine his delay was due to the officers calling a tour company to confirm he was actually booked on a trip.
If you are from the USA, Canada or the UK you must be on an organised, licensed tour to visit Iran, and they will assist with your visa application.
in Iran, the cost is currently 75 Euros. The only exception is for Australians. The cost for an Iran visa on arrival for Australian citizens is currently 145 Euros.
Your visa on arrival for Iran now lasts for 30 days, and can be extended for another 30 days Extending your visa is actually easier in smaller cities, so avoid Tehran, Esfahan and Mashad and instead look for immigration offices in other destinations.