ATTENTION: Iran Travel Advisory --Major Visa Restriction on EU Nationals?!
Replies: 24 - Last Post: Jan 20, 2013 6:15 AM Last Post By: roro
Jan 14, 2013 7:48 AM
ATTENTION: Iran Travel Advisory --Major Visa Restriction on EU Nationals?!Hi. I was told today that at least some Iranian embassies abroad ( if not all) for now have been instructed NOT TO ISSUE VISA to EU and in general European citizens who plan to enter Iran through land borders or by train....even if -- and when -- the visa applicants have already received visa authorization number ( approval codes). In other words, all EU nations, from now on, must fly to Iran in order to be granted visa! Apparently most Iranian Iranian travel agencies have not yet been informed of this new government rule, which may not be publicly announced either any time soon.
Of course I will try to verify for sure what i have heard is indeed true or not. However, since I know for a fact that many European tourists pick up their visa in, for example, Ankara or Istanbul and then enter Iran in a car, or on bus or by train... this new rule (rumor?) If true, would be quite unfortunate as it could practically discourage most from even considering visiting now and in future. So, if u are a European, please, if u do not mind, contact the Iranian embassy in your country to find out if what I have heard is a rumor or a fact! I am especially interested in hearing from those tourists who are now in Turkey waiting for their visa for Iran to arrive. Thanks. Good luck. Amir in Tehran.
Jan 14, 2013 9:39 AM
I just got my visa authorisation number and assumed that it was a done deal - I assumed that all I had to do was get my visa stamped into my passport at my embassy/consulate of choice, which happens to be Dublin. I'd assumed that I could now choose how I would enter Iran, probably on a Pegasus Airlines flight, but I assumed I still had the option to enter from Turkey, by train/bus/minibus, etc.
Where did you hear about this possible restriction on entry to Iran for people who already have their visa number? I just sent a tranche of emails to people in Iran saying Hey, I just got my visa number, see you soon! Will I have to email them now and say, maybe I won't see you?
Jan 14, 2013 9:57 AM
I DID NOT mean to cause panic but I thought I had to post what I did!
I cannot tell u how and where I heard about that news but it was today...maybe I misheard or misinterpreted but I doubt it.
I do not think u would have to email any one in Iran to tell them u might not be coming.
Do me a favor. Email Iran embassy in Dublin... and your travel agency too... to see if what I have reported is correct. And let us know. I would be quite happy if what I have reported here were to be proven false!
Take care. Amir.
Jan 14, 2013 10:57 AM
3I think that I'd prefer not to email the embassy/consulate in Dublin directly in case they identify me as a potential troublemaker. Posting a message on LP is one thing; sending an email to an Iranian consulate is quite another. I'll just go ahead with my original plan to book a flight with Pegasus Airlines and hope that they don't decide to cancel their Istanbul/Tehran flight schedule in the meantime. I have my precious visa authorisation number now and I'm not about to do anything to jeopardise it.
Jan 14, 2013 11:46 AM
Jan 15, 2013 12:55 AM
5I've heard same infos 6 weeks ago...:
but I hope this new regulation is only temporary..
Jan 15, 2013 1:03 AM
6I can't do that because I don't know which travel agency was used - it was done by a friend of a friend, who presumably does work for a travel agency but I don't know the name of it - it's in Tehran, that's all I know. I don't feel that I can ask this friend, in case ... well, I'm not sure how these things should work and maybe it wasn't done in the usual way and therefore I shouldn't ask too many questions!
I hope that you can throw more light on this rumour, or maybe someone else can, if they got their visa through one of the usual travel agencies. Thanks.
Jan 15, 2013 6:29 AM
Jan 16, 2013 10:38 PM
8We got our Iranian visas last Monday, but the embassy contacted us yesterday to ask us to go see them. This morning they told us that EU Nationals are no longer getting visas, and there is a very big chance we won't be allowed in. This was unofficial.
Seeing as we've put so much time and effort into getting this visa, we will try anyway. Our flight is tomorrow morning. We'll see what happens....
But it seems that there is definitely a restriction on EU Nationals.
Jan 17, 2013 1:36 AM
Jan 17, 2013 2:17 AM
This is amir in tehran. Even I am shocked at what you have reported above.
Is this really true? ..."there is a very big chance we won't be allowed in." Who told u tat exactly? The embassy staff/consul? What embassy? They CALLED u to go to the embassy seven after your visa has been stamped in your passport? Weird. If u can and if u don't mind, please report your story in Iran forum on tripadvisor.com.
Hope u would make it to Iran. Good luck.amir in tehran.
Jan 17, 2013 6:20 AM
11Thanks Amir for highlighting this potential Visa development it's much appreciated. Sorry I don't have any more information to add as of yet.
My partner and I was planning to head through Iran on our UK to New Zealand cycle tour around June time.
If I find any details about this from elsewhere, I'll post here.
I guess now I'll need to start putting some more research into alternative routes if an Iranian visa proves difficult/impossible to obtain.
Jan 17, 2013 6:40 AM
It was in India (we won't state the city as we don't want problems for anyone). The embassy called and asked us to go back to the embassy. We returned and they told us about the restrictions on EU nationals for visa applications. They said because of this, they thought we would not be allowed in. They said this was unofficial, and that they called so that we avoid travelling for nothing and they only did it because they liked us (this seemed genuine). We decided to try anyway as we really want to go. We'll let you know how it goes ASAP.
Jan 17, 2013 12:20 PM
13Well, I e-mailed one of the tourist agencies in Iran and they knew nothing about possible restrictions. I called also embassy in Poland and they said, that they are not aware of any changes to be applied for EU citizens. The person, who I spoke with, claimed that it is still possible for EU citizens to get to Iran overland and visas are issued in a typical way.
Jan 17, 2013 12:40 PM
I checked this with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Immigration Police.
The foreign ministry : There is no restrictions placed on visa issue to EU nationals.
Immigration Police : Anyone with an Iranian tourist visa can enter Iran from any valid border (air/land/sea).
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