Department of Aliens Affairs (English-speaking officers at Tourist Police 221 5953; Rudaki St; 7am-1.30pm Sat-Wed, 7am-noon Thu) Esfahan is not the express extension it once was. The Department of Aliens Affairs is in a large, drab-looking government building. Show your passport at the gate, pick up the paperwork at the office in the courtyard and follow pointed fingers from there. It normally takes three days, but several travellers have reported getting same-day service if they arrived by 8am and showed a pre-booked plane/bus ticket. To get here, walk or take a shuttle taxi 1.7km south from the southern end of Si-o-Seh Bridge (IR700) to Shariati St, then take another shuttle taxi (IR1500) 3km west. The building is about 400m after the third major intersection and a slight bend right and left, on the right (north) side of the road. Alternatively, get the Tourist Police on Chahar Bagh Abbasi St to help – they can put you on a bus that stops outside the office or give a taxi directions; very helpful!