Travelling on an Iranian passport
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Jun 24, 2013 7:39 AM Last Post By: ethanfa
Mar 21, 2008 6:05 AM
Travelling on an Iranian passportThis probably isn't the ideal place to post such a question but there doesn't seem to be much alternative:
A friend of mine who is an Iranian passport holder (although she is ethnically Armenian) wants to join me on a fairly extensive world tour (I have a UK passport). I'm a little concerned that her passport will make getting visas for various parts of the world a little complicated. What kind of restrictions, if any, or difficulties will she have? As this is a long-term travelling plan, it's not as simple as getting all visas in advance - we'll be travelling overland, probably for more than a year, getting onward visas along the way.
The tour will potentially cover all major landmasses, so my question is universal.
I spoke to an Iranian traveller who said that he found things much easier across Eurasia because he had visas for the US and UK already in his Iranian passport - is this likely to make a difference?
Thanks in advance for any information!
Mar 21, 2008 8:50 AM
Yes I believe the said Iranian traveler was correct in his remarks; however please note that your Iranian 'friend' who only has an Iranian passport (not dual citizen, right?) would find it almost impossible to get 'tourist visa' for most countries around the world, especially for Europe and US. That is best way I can put it although i do not wish to discourage you or her. One cannot ignore reality. In fact, as far as I know, UK, Canada and Australia (?) among others DO NOT issue tourist visa to Iranian passport holders at all! Asian countries are not much better as far as getting visa is concerned if you are an Iranian citizen. Almost eight months ago I went to South Korea as a part of a relatively large trade delegation, of course on a business trip sponsored by South Korea Embassy in Tehran. Again three weeks ago I decided to go back to Seoul on my own to attend an international trade exhibition held there. This time I had a hard time getting business visa and was reminded by the embassy staff there are no tourist visa for Iranian either! I think the same scenario applies to China although Iran, you could say, maintains excellent trade and even political ties with both countries mentioned. Anyway, to make a long story short, since you have a UK passport you will probably require no visa to most countries you intend to visit. On the contrary, the case is completely different for your friend. At the very least she will be asked, in my opinion, to provide so-called 'invitation letters' for each country she is keen on visiting with you. I think if she is somehow successful in securing the EU Schengen? visa, then she may have an easier time in qualifying for visas from other countries. If she is young and unmarried, I would say she should forget about going to US altogether, as I heard 2 years ago it took up to 5 months for Iranian to go through the entire visa application process including the very long background checks. Please let me know how it goes. I am curious. wish you all the luck. Bye.
Mar 21, 2008 12:16 PM
2If your freind has permanent resident status in the UK, then that may help make it easier to get visas...but it will still take a long time and some places may even refuse her visa application and say that she must apply in Tehran. She wont be able to get visa's on arrival for most countrys.
It really is better to get all the visa's in advance.
Mar 22, 2008 2:21 AM
rezamr200' is right. He is saying what I said before but he is more concise and to the point, and does not talk/write too much like me! i doubt however she would be able to get on-arrival visa for any country! and yes, she should try to get all the visas in advance but i do not know how possible or practical that is. And again the main problem is that most countries, as I said before, hardly issue tourist visa to Iranians UNLESS they have 'invitation letters' or preferably are on a (group) tour! Good luck. Bye.
Mar 29, 2008 9:38 PM
4Strongly depends on the country you travel, of course. There are country where Iranian passport holders are at ease in contrast to US or UK passport holders, including Cuba, UAE, Armenestan, Turkmenistan, Aserbaijan, i.e. virtually all countries the IR government is at good terms with and which have less restrictions for Iranians entering the country. Mandatorily, have her contact the local Iranian embassy to this end to avoid messing up your trip. And note: there is no possibility whatsoever for Iranian passport holders to enter Israel AND Egypt.
Mar 31, 2008 9:17 AM
Your friend's legal place of residence, embarkation point, and transit points are relevant to the question. For an Iranian residing in Iran, originating his journey in Iran, and arriving at the destination without transiting other territories (an unrealistic assumption!), the following places either allow visa-free entry, or issue visas on arrival, subject to various rules:
Armenia (visa on arrival at airport for 21 days max)
Azerbaijan (visa on arrival, 30 days max, passport photo, $100)
Bangladesh (visa on arrival, 90 days max)
Cambodia (visa on arrival with travel agent sponsor)
Cape Verde Islands (visa on arrival)
Djibouti (visa on arrival)
Eritrea (visa on arrival, with caveats)
Gambia (visa on arrival, must be part of tour package)
Georgia (visa on arrival, with caveats)
Indonesia (visa on arrival, max 30 days)
Iraq (visa on arrival at Erbil airport, Kurdistan)
Kenya (visa on arrival, causes considerable delay)
Kuwait (visa on arrival, sponsor required)
Macao (visa on arrival, 30 days max)
Madagascar (visa on arrival, with delays)
Malaysia (Persons of "hippie" appearance not allowed!)
Maldives (visa on arrival, max 30 days)
Mozambique (visa on arrival)
Nepal (visa on arrival)
Oman (visa on arrival, must be part of tour package)
Palau Islands (visa on arrival, max 30 days)
Qatar (visa on arrival, with caveats)
Samoa (visa on arrival, max 60 days)
Sao Tome & Principe (visa on arrival, with caveats)
Seychelles (visa on arrival)
Sri Lanka (visa on arrival)
Syria (visa on arrival with many caveats, tour package helps)
Tadjikistan (visa on arrival with tour package)
Timor Leste (visa on arrival)
Togo (visa on arrival, 7 days)
Turkey (Person must of "clean" appearance.)
Tuvalu (visa on arrival)
UAE (visa on arrival, with restrictions, sponsor (hotel) required)
Uganda (visa on arrival)
Mar 31, 2008 10:55 PM
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Sep 13, 2008 2:57 AM
I don't know about Egypt, but it is certainly possible for an Iranian passport holder to enter Israel. It may be complicated with many strings attached, and take a lot of time, but it isn't impossible. In general, Israel does not bar anyone from entering the country, based solely on their nationality.
Sep 14, 2008 10:13 PM
First of all, it doesn't say anywhere in the link you provided that Iranian passport holders are denied entry to Israel.
Secondly, I know first-hand that Iranian passport holders are allowed entry for medical treatment. This is quite strightforward, and all visa arrangements are made via the admitting hospital.
You should do some research before you guess what you think is allowed or whatnot.
Sep 30, 2008 5:12 AM
10Just an update to let you know how things are going with this. She has obtained 6-month multiple-entry visas for both the UK and Schengen zones (Europe). No problems there, although I did wave my British passport around a lot, and make friends with people in the revelant embassies first!
On another note, the Iranian passport contains the statement that the bearer is not permitted to enter "occupied Palestine". Mind you, considering the gumpf in the front of my passport, that doesn't necessarily mean anything in real life.
Oct 2, 2008 3:13 PM
11Yes, of course there are always exemptions to the rule. Iranian Jews have always been allowed to enter Israel to visit relatives and even though this has been sanctioned by the IR government people still have to sneak off because of the "occupied territory" passage in their passports. Humanitarian aid is another of such examples, of course. As regards Egypt: Friends of mine went on a cruise to several mediteranean ports including Alexandria, Egypt, and wanted their parents (Iranian passport holders) to join them. No way. Not even when they offered to stay offshore. We are talking about regular tourists here, or aren`t we?
May 14, 2012 4:40 AM
i have a similarly unusual question which i could use some general info. on.
my husband and i are currently living in Spain, i am here on an american tourist visa and my husband is here on an Iranian student visa. I want to go to London for a week - 10 days in early July, and I want my husband to accompany me. The problem is he has an Iranian passport and UK is not part of the Schengen zone. any ideas about how i can go about getting him a visa? can i do this in Spain, or must it be from Iran? please keep in mind that the British embassy in Tehran has been closed and the British ambassador to Iran has been recalled.
I could really use some ideas about how to start this process
Jun 15, 2012 6:24 PM
13I'm an Iranian passport holder currently living in uk
In regard to ur husband, u need to book a hotel first for u n ur husband, then make a uk visa application online n book for an interview in ur local uk embassy,
On the date of interview take along all ur documents such as ur marriage certificate, bank statement, hotel reservation
All they want to know is where u goin to stay during ur visit n how u goin to fund
Other than that, it shouldn't b a problem
If u planning to stay at friends, they need to send u an invitation later which contain their details n address n how long they r willing to host u
They should take the invitation letter to any solicitor to confirm their identity n make the letter official
I hope if this information have helped u :)
Jun 24, 2013 7:39 AM
14UK, Australia and US dont issue tourist visas to Iranians at all? lol, I know at least 4 people with tourist UK and Australian visas and I just got a tourist visa for US! That sounds like a lot of crap!
Dont listen to this guy! All u need to do is to show that u have something in your home country to go back to! Good luck!
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