Iran has stopped stamping passports

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Iran has stopped stamping passports

Postby Milad » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:33 am

In response to US sanctions, Iran has stopped stamping passports. Your visa will be given to you on a seperate sheet (which will be stamped at the border). This is useful if you want to travel to the USA (as you do not qualify for Visa Waiver if you've been in Iran since 2011, note that it's still illegal and you'll get in trouble if they find out via other sources) or Israel (where you will be selected for high-scrutiny security checks if there is an iranian visa in your passport).

There is a news article about it https://en.mehrnews.com/news/136889/For ... ed-in-Iran which has been confirmed by a friend who went there this month. Note that the passports of certain nationalities, namely the ones who do not qualify for Visa on Arrival (no matter if you use VoA or get your visa at an embassy, e.g. US or UK) will still be stamped. Also, AFAIK all neighbouring countries stamp your passport, so it's only of use if you fly in and out.
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Re: Iran has stopped stamping passports

Postby BakuBound » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:01 pm

Just to be clear: there's nothing illegal about visiting Iran from an American standpoint. The crime would be lying about your trip to Iran when you enter the US or apply for a visa.

Given the no-stamp policy only works if you fly in, and given the way in which airline reservation systems are tied together and almost certainly accessible to US authorities, I think a traveller would have to be very foolish to go this route.
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Re: Iran has stopped stamping passports

Postby Milad » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:04 pm

You're right with the illegal thing, I was unclear at this point.

Note that I do not advise lying at the US border, however, I know someone who has been to Iran and got in the US using the Visa Waiver program usin a different passport without problems. They flow Iran Air though, their systems should not be linked to US authorities.
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Re: Iran has stopped stamping passports

Postby QuentinT » Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:41 am

I have a valid ESTA. Meanwhile, I will go to Iran. Can I enter USA with/without an Iranian stamp in passport ?
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Re: Iran has stopped stamping passports

Postby bwv812 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:31 am

Everything in this thread says that you can't legally do so unless you apply for a visa.
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