How to Apply for Iran Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder

an adventure of Pinoy backpacker in processing travel documents

general info:
* Tourist visa is valid for 3 months upon issuance.
* single entry with 15 to 30 days maximum duration.
* as of October 2015, there are 2 ways to obtain this visa; apply for visa-on-arrival or the standard process.

For Filipino travelers, we are not visa-on-arrival in Iran anymore regardless of work and work residence. Just like other nationality who wants to visit as tourist, we are obliged to submit the following requirements on applying tourist visa before arriving to any Iran airport/border.

APPLYING FOR IRAN TOURIST VISA VIA ACCREDITED TRAVEL AGENCY (applicable also to Non-Filipino)
I applied via this link... http://en.key2persia.com/visa/form/departments/visa_department/Iran%20Tour%20Services%3EIran%20Visa
1. Fill and submit the Visa application form with a scanned copy of the passport photo page.
2. Your Visa Application Form will be checked and confirmation will be sent to you within 48 hours after sent. Afterwards you will be asked to remit 30€ to international bank account mentioned in their email.
3. In 10 working days Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs will update the travel agency with your visa status. If your request has been rejected, your visa fee will not be refunded. It is possible to reapply one more time. 
4. If your request has been accepted, Iran MFA will fax your invitation letter to the Iranian Consulate of your choice. Travel Agency will provide you the reference number of your visa. You will call that Consulate of Iran to ascertain that your invitation letter has arrived. 
5. Go to that Iranian Consulate with the visa reference number and your passport in hand and receive your visa within 1 or 2 working days. Pay the visa fee.
6. You can ask to send your invitation letter to the airport of your entry in Iran and avail the visa-on-arrival with the reference number provided. But the problem on this process is a) airline counter might not allow you to board b) invitation letter validation and claim will take around 2hrs minimum at the airport c) airports can issue only visa with maximum 14-days validity

Iran Tourist Visa applied in Iran Embassy MFA forwarded to Iran Embassy in Kuwait (Nov. 2015)

Iran arrival (blue) and departure (red) visa stamps in Khoramshahr Port 

APPLYING FOR IRAN TOURIST VISA AS ORDINARY CITIZEN IN THE PHILIPPINES  
http://manila.mfa.ir/index.aspx?siteid=291&pageid=26344

visa fee:
PhP2,800 in cash payment.

requirements:
1. application form at the embassy
2. passport copy (valid for at least 6 months with minimum two blank pages)
3. two 3x4cm passport photo (plain white background) taken within six months
4. copy of valid accident and health insurance during your stay in Iran

Iran Embassy in Philippines location map

appointment:
Open during Monday to Friday from 0900H-1600H. Visa will be released after 25 working days from the date of submission.

address:
2224 Paraiso Street, Dasmarinas Village
Makati City 1222 Manila
Tél: 8884757/59 Fax: 8884777
Email :  iranemb.mnl@mfa.gov.ir


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7 Days Solo Backpacking Winter Iran via Persian Gulf

7 Days Solo Backpacking Winter Iran via Persian Gulf

7 Days Solo Backpacking Winter Iran via Persian Gulf

7 Days Solo Backpacking Winter Iran via Persian Gulf

AS EXPAT CITIZEN IN STATE OF KUWAIT

visa fee:
16KWD in cash payment.

requirements:
1. Employment certificate showing latest salary (original)
2. Color Photocopy of Company ID
3. Color Residence permit valid for more than 6 months before arrival to Iran
4. Color Passport valid for more than 6 months
5. 2 pcs photo
6. Roundtrip ticket

Iran Embassy in Kuwait location map

appointment:
Open every Sundays to Thursdays from 0830H-1130H. Visa will be released within 25 days processing from the date of submission.

address:
Daiya, Diplomatic Area, Block 5
Telephone # 22561084 / 22560694 local 209 / 210
email: iranembassy@hotmail.com

DATELINE OF MY APPLIED IRAN TOURIST VISA VIA ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCY

October 08, 2015 (Thu) - filled-up and submitted online application via this link together with my scanned passport. Travel agency replied around 15mins after submission. They told me how to pay the 30 Euro visa processing fee via international bank account. I deposited my payment (bank service fee charged on my account) after 2 hours. Travel Agency replied they will process my visa as soon as they confirmed the deposit. Processing takes around 10 days max.
October 12, 2015 (Mon) - Travel Agency confirmed they received my payment and immediately applied my visa.
October 15, 2015 (Thu) - Travel Agency sent me email for my approved visa stating the visa application # 10007XXXXX - 1000XXXXXX  with request approval # 121XXXX (only 3 days processing from payment).
October 20, 2015 (Tue) - I called the Iran Embassy in Kuwait and told me that there will be a 72-hour processing after I received the email confirmation. They cannot confirm also whether the visa is approved or denied in accordance of their confidentiality protocol. Hence, they advise to visit the embassy personally with the following;
(1) filled-up application form, (2) 1pc color passport picture, (3) copy of Company and civil ID, (4) copy of employment certificate and (5) original passport
October 22, 2015 (Thu) - I visited Iran Embassy and confirmed they received my approved visa. Paid the 16KWD, forwarded the documents above then received a claim stub.
October 25, 2015 (Sun) - I re-visited Iran Embassy to get my passport with the claim stub issued.



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