Comprehensive Guide to Travel to Iran as an American (US) Citizen

Iran is the country of ancient history, breathtaking architecture, awe-inspiring landscapes and above all welcoming people. So, if you are curious about experiencing the beauty, history, and culture of this land, this article is for you.

As a US passport holder, the first question you may face is “Can an American travel to Iran?” In this guide, we will explain all you need to know about Iran as a tourist.

The first and only sound in your head during you travels in this beautiful country, is that all media message are NOT coming from the truth.

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How to Travel to Iran as an American Citizen

You may wonder if as an Americans you can visit Iran. The answer is a big Yes. Traveling to Iran is easy but at the same time needs some requirements. Don’t let these requirements prevent you from visiting this beautiful country!

Traveling to Iran needs a few months’ time for all preparations such as visa. So, it is suggested to start about 6-5 months before.

As an American, you’ll need to be accompanied by a tour guide at all times and submit your information for pre-screening. The first step is to choose a licensed tour operator who provides you with a tour package, help you with your visa paperwork and work out the logistics of your travel such as hotel bookings, transfers, tour guide etc within the country. Irun2Iran with a satisfactory experience in operating tours for the Americans is willing to be your tour operator.

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Getting an Iranian Visa as an American Citizen

1.    Consult your travel itinerary

As the first step, you need to finalize your travel itinerary including all the cities you like to visit and the activities you like to do in Iran. Iran is famous as the country of four seasons, it means that you can travel to this country several times and each time experience something new.

You can find some itinerary suggestions or ask for a tailor-made one.

2.  Send your needed documents

All the documents your operator later asks you to send comes below:

  • Filled out Iran visa form
  • Your passport scan (first page with the information is enough)
  • Your passport-size photo
  • A professional CV (resume) explaining your education, job experiences and places you’ve visited

Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months.

Make sure not to have Israeli visa stamp in your passport, otherwise your visa will be rejected.

Then you will be asked to pay some percent of your tour price as deposit and the process starts.

The process from sending your documents to receiving your visa grant notice, can take 4-6 weeks including all paperwork and translations the operator will do. During this time, we will be happy to answer all the questions you may have about your itinerary and places you will visit.

As soon as you are granted to get Iran visa, the related document will be sent to you to go into another step.

3. Iranian Visa collection

There are two ways to pick up your visa either by direct referral or through mailing services. The first option takes 3-4 days time and the second option takes 2-3 weeks time. All you need to do is to prepare the documents and send to the Iranian Interests Section in the Pakistani Embassy. Iran has no embassy in the United States so Pakistan’s embassy operates as the representation for Iran where the consular are done. The Pakistani embassy is located at 1250 23rd St. N.W. Suite # 200 Washington, DC 20037.

To obtain the visa, you’ll need to provide the following items and send to the interest section:

  • Visa application forms
  • Visa grant notice (coming from the tour operator)
  • Passport-size photo
  • Passport
  • Visa fee ($90) including return mailing fee (120 USD)

If you want to travel to Iran as an American but have more questions, please post a question and we will be pleased to help! 

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