Iran Visa for UK Citizens

A step by step guide explaining how UK citizens can get Iranian visa

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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

Step 1

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.

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Alibabatrek Office, Iran Travel Agency

Step 2

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:

  1. You should fill the form your tour company sends you, Apply Online for Iran Visa
  2. A scan of the first page of your passport ( with high quality)
  3. Your official photo with high quality ( you should be looking at the front in your picture, and the background should be one-colored)
  4. Your working and educational resume in the last ten years in a Word file
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Standard Personal Photo

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Standard Passport Photo

Step 3

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:

  1. Your authorization number from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of I.R. Iran.
  2. Your original passport
  3. Two passport size photo 
  4. Visa fee: 165 GBP for standard service, 250 GBP for same day/rush. (Cash only – inside consulate)

Consulate Address

Consulate Department of the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran, 50 Kensington Court, W8 5DD, London, United Kingdom

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Iran Visa Grant, Visa Authorization Code

Step 4

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.

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Iranian Embassy in London


Some Tips You Should Know

  • The British-Iranians who are traveling with their British passport will need to do all the steps above. But, none of the steps above is necessary if you are traveling with your Iranian passport.
  • The process of getting a visa with American or Canadian passports is as same as a British passport. So, using your other American or Canadian passport will not make the process easier for you.
  • The whole process of getting a visa for a UK citizen takes almost two months. Including two months for an authorization number and about one-week for receiving your visa from your preferred embassy.
  • In case you have the passport of another country, we recommend you to use it for getting your visa. This way, you can avoid the complications of getting a visa with your UK passport. To get a visa on arrival, your travel agency gives you an authorization code. So, you can get your visa at Imam Khomeini airport.

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.”

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Our Iran Tours Reviews

Alibabatrek was the most responsive, flexible and cost effective of the four agents I contacted. Within a few days, we agreed an itinerary based on my requirements and their advice on possibilities and practicality. They also convinced me to apply for my visa ahead of time to give me added comfort on arrival.
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This last September, me and my non-Iranian wife travelled to Iran. We were looking for some adventurous hiking experience (something like climbing Mt. Damavand – the highest pick in the Middle East) and found Alibabatrek using google search.Initially, we were only interested in their hiking package but then we were sold on their cultural tour as well.
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Farid Sharifi


The accommodations provided by Alibabetrek were beyond thoughtful and considerate. They were flexible to our needs and wants and still managed to get us everywhere we wanted to go. Our experience with Alibabetrek far exceeded even our highest expectations. As a family, we travel quite a bit, and we have to say, this was our best tour experience yet.
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Anousha Rouhanian

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We had very accomplished and experienced mountain guides and climbed both summits successfully and without any difficulty. The acclimatization program and the food were very good. In the second part we made a train journey from Tehran to Sari and then visited Isfahan and Kashan - the guides were exemplary and well informed.
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Knowledge of the guide was incredible and we had a lot of good laughs. Before the trip I was a bit concerned about my gluten allergy but Alibaba did everything to make sure the food was arranged. To conclude, I can definitely recommend Alibabatrek for adventure seekers and those who would like to go on a cultural trip.
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We spent one week in Iran with Alibabatrek. We visited the Persian Gulf and Yazd... Unique experience Everything was pefect,our guide has been irreplaceable ,prepared,and a good traveling companion. Great professionalism, kindness and availability. Surely for the next trip to Iran we will entrust ourselves to them.
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