Iran Visa for UK Citizens
A step by step guide explaining how UK citizens can get Iranian visa
Trips to Iran from UK
Traveling to Iran has become much more accessible during recent years. People from various countries can quickly get a visa for visiting Iran and enjoy their trip to this ancient country. Most of the tourists can even get a visa on arrival. But, there are some exceptions as well. One of the exceptions is the Iran visa for UK citizens. If you are traveling with a British passport, you will not be able to get a visa on arrival. Also, you can’t visit Iran on your own, and a guide should always accompany you. Following, we will explain how to travel to Iran as a Britain step by step.
Steps For Getting Iran Visa for UK Citizens
Choosing An Iranian Travel Agency
The first thing UK citizens should do for getting a visa is choosing an Iranian travel agency (like Alibabatrek). Britains have to book a tour before traveling to Iran. They have to do it because of two reasons; First, you need the tour company to apply for a travel authorization number. Getting the travel authorization number is necessary for obtaining a visa. Furthermore, you should choose a specific tour and set the dates of your travel. Showing the particular details of your trip is very important in the process of getting the visa.
Second, a guide has to accompany you during your time in Iran. It doesn’t mean that you cannot go anywhere without your guide. But, your guide has to know where you are.
Sending Your Documents To The Travel Agency
In this step, you should obtain an authorization code for traveling to Iran. You should send the documents that are required to the Iranian travel agency you have chosen. The process of getting this code happens in Iran. Also, it takes almost 40 days (about two months) to receive your authorization code. Therefore, you should make sure that you have enough time for this process. In other words, you cannot plan for coming to Iran next month when you don’t have an authorization number. Your tour company will receive the code and then sends It to you.
Following, you can see the requirements for getting an authorization number/ visa grant:
- You should fill the form your tour company sends you, Apply Online for Iran Visa
- A scan of the first page of your passport ( with high quality)
- Your official photo with high quality ( you should be looking at the front in your picture, and the background should be one-colored)
- Your working and educational resume in the last ten years in a Word file
Sending Authorization Visa Application To The Embassy
You can now apply for getting a visa after getting your authorization code. All you need to do is posting/ taking your application form and authorization code to the embassy. You can take your documents to the embassy of Iran in London. Also, it doesn’t matter where you are applying for the visa. You can go to the embassy of Iran in the country you currently are. Be aware that the documents that different embassies require might be different from what we wrote below. So, make sure to check the required documents. Here, you can see the documents you will need for applying for a visa:
- Your authorization number from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of I.R. Iran.
- Your original passport
- Two passport size photo
- Visa fee: 165 GBP for standard service, 250 GBP for same day/rush. (Cash only – inside consulate)
Consulate Department of the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran, 50 Kensington Court, W8 5DD, London, United Kingdom
Getting The Visa
This step in the final step for getting your visa. Also, the process of issuing your permit takes maximum a week. After that, you can receive your visa at your mailbox. After receiving your visa, you will have only three months to start your travel to Iran. You can only stay in Iran for a month, but you can also renew your visa. Your visa renewal will give you 30 extra days in Iran. But, you can only renew your visa during your stay in Iran and only in Tehran.
Some Tips You Should Know
An Experience of UK Citizens Who Traveled Iran
You can learn a lot about the Iran visa for UK citizens by reading about the experience of other travelers. Following is what one of the UK citizens about getting his Iranian visa:
“You should apply for your authorization code at least a couple of months before your trip. Usually, it arrives in 4 weeks, but luckily ours took only a week and a half! The embassy is open between 2 pm and 5 pm. The sooner you get there, less time you need to spend in the queue. They told us that it takes a week for our visa to get ready. But I got my passport with a visa even sooner.”