Iranian visa application
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Jan 26, 2013 12:49 PM Last Post By: emmeff
Nov 30, 2012 4:16 AM
Iranian visa applicationI have read everything there seems to be on the topic but am unclear on one or two things.
The problem I see is that if I give an itinerary on my visa application saying that I won't be near border areas (as advised on this sight) and turn up to collect my visa at the Iranian consulate, with a Pakistani visa in my passport, they won't be impressed and might refuse.
Does the consul have access to your stated itinerary or does he just rubber stamp the process which would (hopefully) be cleared in Tehran via one of the agencies recommended here?
Any advice before I make an application would be much appreciated.
Dec 1, 2012 8:59 AM
1In what manner are you intending to enter Iran and exit Iran, and where from / to?
In the meantime, I would say that unless political developments have changed the game in a major way to make borders areas 'significantly' more sensitive than ever before, that their nerviness about border areas has generally been about folks stating an intention to loiter in border regions, not entering / exiting through them as such. However, perhaps things have changed. I'd say that stating ( for example ) that you'll enter from the west and first stop is Tabriz, is not loitering in border areas, but declaring an intention to spend some time in little towns on the border may raise eyebrows because they'd wonder why on earth you intend to do that as a tourist.
I would suggest ( others may disagree based on new developments ) that claiming one thing on your itinerary and then showing up on arrival in an entirely different manner could have more potential to cause you problems, than being upfront. It is five years ago now but I entered Iran from the west over a land border after stating my intention to do so on application ( obtained my Iranian Visa in London ), and they didn't reject me.
In that passport was evidence of two prior visits to Pakistan ( both several years before though ), and a prior visit to Afghanistan. Neither caused issues. I'm unaware of what part Pakistan plays in your routing ( leaving to there over an Iranian land border? Entering Iran from Pakistan? ) to be able to guess if a valid Pak Visa ( one you intend to get around the same time I assume, rather than evidence of prior visits? ) is problematic.
Dec 1, 2012 12:11 PM
Dec 3, 2012 10:24 AM
3#1 is overthinking things without the benefit of recent experience.
Last week I turned up at the Iranian embassy in Bangkok to obtain my visa with an unused visa for Pakistan in my passport and was issued the visa for Iran without delay or further questioning. The consul's primary concern is that you have an authorisation number from MFA.
I also made sure that the information I put into my visa application form was consistent with the information submitted to obtain my authorisation code. In my case, I plan to travel overland through Iran from Afghanistan to Turkey. From memory, there is a question about when and where you plan to enter Iran but nothing about where you will exit. Unlike Turkmenistan, the Iranians don't appear to hold you to fixed entry and exit points.
I have an Australian passport which contains a visa for Iran used last year. As then, I used the excellent services of www.touranzamin.com to obtain the authorisation code. This came through extremely quickly and Nahid responds to all emails within hours.
Dec 3, 2012 11:00 AM
4Much appreciated for the reply emmef. I've been waiting on edge here for replies as my leaving date is as soon as I get this visa but if I don't get it, there's no alternative route in Winter. Hence I want to be really careful.
So just looked at touranzamin which doesn't have the question about where you will exit from which iranianvisas.com does. That's what had me worried. I guess using touranzamin is the answer and I suppose their lack of a question as to where you will leave suggests the MFA are not concerned anyway.
One final question. Iranianvisas.com has a 98% to 100% success rate for visa applications. Is it safe to assume that touranzamin is as successful?
Dec 3, 2012 11:26 AM
Dec 3, 2012 3:01 PM
Dec 4, 2012 1:07 PM
7It is true that my musings on it were not from 'recent' experience ( it makes me feel old ), but over thinking things? I would say the recent feedback almost mirrors my suggestions ( being honest about intentions so that everything matches up, the Pak visa not causing problems, and border transit not being the problem some may believe they are, when applying ) . Anyway, to add to my initial post, yes that thing about exit dates rings true. I seem to remember that they wanted an 'estimated' date of entry ( within the range of a month or so ) but had no concern about the port of exist or when ( both entry and exit, were through Bazargan border ).
Dec 4, 2012 1:19 PM
Dec 11, 2012 2:46 AM
Dec 11, 2012 6:01 AM
Dec 11, 2012 6:25 AM
11Dublin. They only take phone calls between 3 and 5 so I'll ring them in a bit.
Dec 22, 2012 7:53 AM
12Very helpful information here, thank you.
Emmeff, how long did it take for the visa to be issued in Bangkok?
Jan 6, 2013 12:46 AM
13I received the visa the day after lodging my application, but only because I pushed them as I had a ticket departing Bangkok that night. Otherwise, expect to wait up to four days.
Jan 26, 2013 5:59 AM
14This turned out to be a really straight forward visa in the end. Tourinzamin were superbly efficient replying to every E-mail within a few hours. Bank on paying 50 and not the 35 euro stated, as they sent me an E-mail saying that Dublin was one of the consulates where it costs more, but considering that there was a comma after every other city on the list and a full stop after Dublin, it looks pretty much like they'll Email you and add your city to that list wherever it is. Still, for an extra 15 euro it's worth it.
Also the guy in the consulate in Dublin was a thorough gent. It seems he had a direct line to Tehran (MFA I presume) and made calls to solve any questions there and then.
And to my amazement (you couldn't make this up but I still wouldn't advise it) a Polish guy not alone managed to get a visa 'to visit my girlfriend' (an Iranian in Tehran) but he managed to get two visas, one for next month and one for four months in advance for two different weddings,(you're only supposed to get three months in advance maximum) for 80 euros total when they should cost 45 individually!!!
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