Iranian contact for visa application

The place for all visa questions and embassy reports. Expert: Crazydre
Forum rules
Before asking a visa question, make sure you have read the relevant visa article about the country. Overview page:

Before submitting an embassy report or question, have a look first to see if a topic already exists. Relevant topics are linked to from the visa pages on the site.

Thank you!
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:55 pm
x 1

Iranian contact for visa application

Postby Ivan » Tue May 09, 2017 3:44 pm

I have a friend from France who goes overland to Iran and plans to apply for the Iranian visa somewhere along the way. She asked me to give her a contact of some of my Iranian friends who's number she can put on the application form. I am little hesitant to do it since I wouldn't like to put any of my friends in an uncomfortable position if police calls to ask questions. From my experience so far not mentioning individuals is always the better idea. She says there is no way around this... Is that true? Hotel address doesn't work? Thanks in advance!
0 x

China expert
China expert
Posts: 723
Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:02 pm
x 3363
x 171

Re: Iranian contact for visa application

Postby bwv812 » Tue May 09, 2017 8:28 pm

Your friend is wrong (and pretty inconsiderate, it seems). Almost everyone who gets an Iranian visa doesn't know anyone who lives there.
0 x
My 2012 overland trip from Tokyo to Istanbul:

User avatar
Posts: 3740
Joined: Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:32 pm
x 3064
x 417

Re: Iranian contact for visa application

Postby steven » Wed May 10, 2017 1:00 pm

The vast majority gets a LOI from a tour company, see for instance ... nvitation/

I think your feelings are right - your friend sounds exactly like the kind of person who could get a local into trouble. When you invite someone, you become responsible for them. If they do something stupid, it's the local who is going to suffer most.

Whiplashes are a common punishment in Iran...just saying.
0 x
If you like Caravanistan: we have opened a tip jar! We love you back! :D

Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:55 pm
x 1

Re: Iranian contact for visa application

Postby Ivan » Thu May 11, 2017 8:12 am

Thank you Steven, exactly my thoughts.
I was extending my visa in Iran twice (Bandar Abbas and Bandar Bushehr) and both times had good friends listed and both times actually regretted since it was unnecessary hassle for them and for me. If you have an ''Iran visa extension'' section you can add that my suggestion is to always have a hotel reservation (or just the name of the hotel) because with the private address officials are just very confused and don't know what to do so they start making phone calls. And if it's a single traveling female then they are extra cautious.
1 x

  • Similar Topics
    Last post
  • LOI first or contact the embassy first?
    by tcarlyle » Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:57 pm » in Uzbekistan
    by steven View the latest post
    Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:08 am
  • Contact to Kazakh railway
    by Anusiak » Tue May 31, 2016 11:07 pm » in Kazakhstan
    by steven View the latest post
    Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:46 pm
  • contact for Shezok Guesthouse at Iskanderkul?
    by AnneFluke » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:19 pm » in Tajikistan
    by AnneFluke View the latest post
    Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:19 pm
  • Contact embassy of Turkmenistan, Ankarra
    by niquedouille » Tue May 27, 2014 5:10 am » in Visas & embassy reports
    by steven View the latest post
    Thu May 29, 2014 6:28 am
  • E-Visa - Application Uzbekistan
    by dublinglory » Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:55 am » in Uzbekistan
    by Crazydre View the latest post
    Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:00 pm

Return to “Visas & embassy reports”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests