Iran coronavirus travel restrictions Q&A

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njorka wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:18 am
Is it possible to get visa without vaccination?
Yes you can get a visa but at the border you must show a valid and negative PCRtest and a proof of your vacination in combination with your visa.
But then: who want to travel without a vacination.

FYI:
There are some rumours that a planned and booked itenarery is necessary again sinds last monday when trying to apply for a GN.
Some allready aproved GN's got invalid.
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Hey all!

My wife and I are travelling East from the UK via land and sea, currently in Turkey, and thinking about going to Iran > Pakistan > India.

Having read some info it looks like the Turkey/Iran border is open, all you need is vaccine and a tour guide to help with the visa.

Can somebody please confirm if this is the case?

Thanks!
Elliot
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FWIW, I tried flying into Bandar Abbas with the Grant Notice, but was deported because they don't do Visa on Arrival for my citizenship(Norway/Schengen). They further specified I needed a Return ticket.

Online information leads one to believe it's possible to get a Visa on Arrival for Bandar Abbas, but that was not the case for me. In spite of heavy protests and lamentations, the message from the top brass was clear: There is no way to get a visa on arrival in Bandar Abbas with my Schengen passport.

Something to keep in mind if you get some idea to start your journey in Iran from the South.
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Sorry to hear about your experience. It sounds relatively easy to get a visa using a travel agency before travelling, which is what we will try do!
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I get the impression it's fairly straight-forward to get a Grant Notice via the travel agencies. Then once you're granted the Notice you need to pick up the actual visa, either at one of the Iranian Embassies, or on arrival at the airports. Except, at the airport in Bandar Abbas, they were unwilling/unable to let me pick up the visa, in spite of the official document(Grant Notice) which said I could. So I'm not sure what's going on. Only to say for future readers stumbling upon this post; be careful with selecting Bandar Abbas as your arrival point. They flat out refused and deported me with no questions asked.

Enjoy Iran though!
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elliotmitchell01 wrote:
Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:03 pm
Hey all!

My wife and I are travelling East from the UK via land and sea, currently in Turkey, and thinking about going to Iran > Pakistan > India.

Having read some info it looks like the Turkey/Iran border is open, all you need is vaccine and a tour guide to help with the visa.

Can somebody please confirm if this is the case?

Thanks!
Elliot
Uk passport it is a nogo if you want to travel freely. For all other Europeans it is Loi (GN) via travel agent, visa collection at consulate or ambassy, full vacination for covid, valid pcr test and passing a border. In that order.
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Eltjo1966 wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:49 pm
njorka wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:18 am
Is it possible to get visa without vaccination?
Yes you can get a visa but at the border you must show a valid and negative PCRtest and a proof of your vacination in combination with your visa.
But then: who want to travel without a vacination.

FYI:
There are some rumours that a planned and booked itenarery is necessary again sinds last monday when trying to apply for a GN.
Some allready aproved GN's got invalid.
Latest: itenarery is necessary but hotel booking is not.
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travelerthomas wrote:
Sat Dec 04, 2021 8:07 am
FWIW, I tried flying into Bandar Abbas with the Grant Notice, but was deported because they don't do Visa on Arrival for my citizenship(Norway/Schengen). They further specified I needed a Return ticket.

Online information leads one to believe it's possible to get a Visa on Arrival for Bandar Abbas, but that was not the case for me. In spite of heavy protests and lamentations, the message from the top brass was clear: There is no way to get a visa on arrival in Bandar Abbas with my Schengen passport.

Something to keep in mind if you get some idea to start your journey in Iran from the South.
There is NO VoA at present anywhere.
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Hound_Dog wrote:
Sat Dec 04, 2021 11:49 pm
travelerthomas wrote:
Sat Dec 04, 2021 8:07 am
FWIW, I tried flying into Bandar Abbas with the Grant Notice, but was deported because they don't do Visa on Arrival for my citizenship(Norway/Schengen). They further specified I needed a Return ticket.

Online information leads one to believe it's possible to get a Visa on Arrival for Bandar Abbas, but that was not the case for me. In spite of heavy protests and lamentations, the message from the top brass was clear: There is no way to get a visa on arrival in Bandar Abbas with my Schengen passport.

Something to keep in mind if you get some idea to start your journey in Iran from the South.
There is NO VoA at present anywhere.
Ok, I was not expecting that. So Im planning to visit Iran at the start of March, and was planning on just getting the LOI on the internet and then show up at Tehran airport and get VOA with the LOI. That this mean I would have to actually get the visa from an embassy? I am Spanish, but the Irainian embassy in Spain is quite far for me, I am visiting Turkey before I go to Iran, would it be possible for me to pick up the Visa at the Istanbul embassy?
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margonor wrote:
Sun Dec 05, 2021 10:52 am
Hound_Dog wrote:
Sat Dec 04, 2021 11:49 pm
travelerthomas wrote:
Sat Dec 04, 2021 8:07 am
FWIW, I tried flying into Bandar Abbas with the Grant Notice, but was deported because they don't do Visa on Arrival for my citizenship(Norway/Schengen). They further specified I needed a Return ticket.

Online information leads one to believe it's possible to get a Visa on Arrival for Bandar Abbas, but that was not the case for me. In spite of heavy protests and lamentations, the message from the top brass was clear: There is no way to get a visa on arrival in Bandar Abbas with my Schengen passport.

Something to keep in mind if you get some idea to start your journey in Iran from the South.
There is NO VoA at present anywhere.
Ok, I was not expecting that. So Im planning to visit Iran at the start of March, and was planning on just getting the LOI on the internet and then show up at Tehran airport and get VOA with the LOI. That this mean I would have to actually get the visa from an embassy? I am Spanish, but the Irainian embassy in Spain is quite far for me, I am visiting Turkey before I go to Iran, would it be possible for me to pick up the Visa at the Istanbul embassy?
Yes you can nominate where you wish to collect the visa.
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