To promote its tourism sector, Iran to open e-Visa service for the foreign visitors , says Iran's head of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization.
The e-Visa is to open to tourists from 190 countries.
“Issuing electronic visas for the foreign visitors is going to be operational by the end of 2016,” Masoud Soltanifar told the Islamic Republic News Agency correspondent in the Austrian capital on Tuesday.
“Presently, Iran issues 30-day visas for tourists from 190 countries upon arrival in its airports,” said he, adding that the visas could be extended for an extra 15 days, IRNA reported.
“We are looking for establishing bilateral visa waiver programs with some countries to encourage the growth of tourism,' the Vice President said.
“The government of prudence and hope is pursuing to develop Iran's tourism undiscovered for years as a hidden treasure,' said he, referring to government of President Hassan Rouhani.
Iran visa on arrival (VOA)
Currently citizens of around 60 countries do not need a visa to enter Iran for travelling purposes for various amounts of times. Most other countries citizens can gain a visa on arrival from most of the major airports in Iran, although for peace of mind they can also apply for visas beforehand. Visas on arrival for most countries only allow for a stay of 15 days.
Iran visa for us citizens
For US and Canadian citizens due to lack of any consular services in Iran, must have prior approval of an itinerary and tour operator before applying for a visa from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Most tour companies will take care of this for you.
No citizens of Israel are permitted to travel to Iran. People who have an Israeli stamp in their passport will also be denied entry. All citizens except for Israeli can travel to Kish Island, a popular tourist island, without a visa for up to two weeks.
Since visa requirements are subject to fairly constant change, it is best for everyone to contact Iranian consulate or embassies in their own country to find out what is required before entry.
Most visas will be approved in two to three weeks. Most people find it relatively easy if correct information is given. However, it is best to allow for plenty of time before applying.