Visa for New Zealander (2nd visit)
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Feb 8, 2013 12:45 AM Last Post By: amiriniran2
Feb 3, 2013 3:41 AM
Visa for New Zealander (2nd visit)Hi there
I currently live in London but have a New Zealand passport. I have been to Iran before on the old 7 day VOA (2007) but am not interested in the 15 day VOA after a distressing time getting the VOA the first time. As such, I would like to follow the process for the 30 day visa and get the authorisation number. I need the visa for travel from Dec 10-24; however, WHERE to get the visa from is annoying as the UK's Iranian Consulate has closed. My ideas:
1. I was thinking New Zealand's Iranian consulate, as I will be there in late October for 3 weeks (I have a UK passport so can always leave NZ should the visa not arrive and have my parents post it to London).
2. Using Belgium's Iranian consulate as I will visit Brussels in early October; I'd simply just have to pay for them to mail it on to London.
3. Use the Dublin consulate, which I understand charges 100 euros but I'm unclear if they accept post applications (no one answers the phone).
4. TT best solution?
Sorry to sound so painful; I am sure VOA would be fine but I'm just not prepared to even risk it. Nor am I prepared to pay £160 in agency fees.
Let me know your thoughts. I plan to lock the flights in this coming week (arrive Shiraz, leave Tehran via Yazd, Esfahan and some ski days).
Feb 3, 2013 5:14 AM
1Who charges GBP 160?
Three months before your travel date, simply pick an online visa support service from an Iranian travel agency to apply for your authorisation code and then within 30 days of receiving the code apply for the visa itself at the consulate you choose.
The visa fee payable in the local currency at the consulate will be more or less the same as what you would pay in Wellington. The visa support service will cost EUR 35 or 50, depending on which consulate you choose. The processing time is up to 10 days for the code and from 10 minutes to five days to get the visa into you passport, again depending on the consulate.
I have an Australian passport and I have used www.touranzamin.com for visa support twice in the past two years and find that company highly reliable, fast, effective and good with updates. TZ charges EUR 35 to send the code to some consulates (such as Bangkok) and EUR 50 to send it to those consulates that have proven unreliable at keeping track of the correspondence and so may require repeated communication (such as Canberra). Last November I obtained my code via email in four days and picked up my visa in Bangkok, paying THB 3000, which is roughly the same as the AUD 112 payable in Canberra.
Feb 3, 2013 11:18 AM
Feb 3, 2013 11:18 AM
Feb 3, 2013 2:58 PM
4On that trip I entered from Afghanistan and crossed the country by land to exit to Turkey, so VOA wasn't an option.
One further point -- to get a 30-day visa you need to submit information that warrants it. If it looks to the MFA officials that you only need 10 days or two weeks, that's all you'll get. So flesh out your proposed itinerary to cover 20+ days to make sure you get the full month.
What was the problem with your VOA? Was the airline unwilling to let you board?
Feb 4, 2013 12:15 AM
Feb 8, 2013 12:45 AM
I'm in tehran.
For a December trip to Iran it is way way too early to think about securing visa considering Iran current political and economic climate, among others. For a country like Iran, u may at best plan 4,5 months ahead. But not beyond that. Good luck.amir.
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