Visa/Permits

Iranian Visa

I knew that someday I had to pay a visit to the land of the former Persian Empire. On entering the country of Iran via Khomeini Airport in Tehran I held my Polish passport which enables me to apply for a visa on arrival. Due to historical and cultural relations between both countries, I had the privilege to travel freely to every corner of this beautiful country. At the airport, I checked in the visa issuing counter, paid 75 Euro fee, plus 20 Euro for travel insurance, and 30 minutes later I was free to go. I felt the sentiment and protection from Iranians, Azerbaijan, both citizens, and authorities, just for being Polish. You get threatened and vilified in one country and admired and respected in another. It all depends on which passport you hold. Politics sucks sometimes, doesn’t it? Anyway, so here I was at Heathrow airport explaining to the authorities that we Polish citizens do not need a visa or any support letters of invitations to visit Iran, just like you folk do not need one to visit let’s say Australia, Canada or USA. Barely was allowed to board the plane.

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Visitors to Iran must obtain a visa from one of the Iranian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or countries eligible for a visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months. Admission is refused to women not wearing Islamic head cover, scarf, long sleeves and stockings. Citizens of Israel are totally banned from entry to Iran. Iranian authorities are exploring a potential visa waiver program under which visa limitations for 60 countries will be lifted as part of Iran’s program to attract more tourists. Citizens of both Iran and another country count as citizens of Iran when visiting, and must have an Iranian passport. This includes all whose father or husband is Iranian.

 

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