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Question: We are 2 UK citizens (British passport holders) living in Turkey who wanted to collect our visa for Iran in Istanbul. We found www.uppersia.com on the internet and asked them to be the ones to make the application on our behalf. They were great - fast, friendly and informative. The whole process took 5 working days. In Istanbul we were careful to arrive at the consulate at 08:30. We were in, completed the form and out to make the bank payment by 09:30. The bank that accepts the visa fee is directly opposite the consulate. The fee was 95Euro per person. By 10:00 they had accepted all of our paperwork and had also agreed we could collect the visa that day at lunchtime (13:00), as we did not live in Istanbul and couldn't easily return to the consulate. This all went like clockwork. We are now really looking forward to our trip.
Answer: For Iran visa you can fill in the visa form on Iran visa application , it takes about 3-7 working days to get your reference number and two working days to collect your visa at the embassy by direct referral or one working week by posting the docs to the embassy. You can pay the visa fee in cash in Iran.
Question: I am gonna have a long solo walk from Tehran to Takht e Jamshid(Persepolis). Just walk. I don't really want to follow main roads all the time,casue it's not a fun. First part of trek will be west area od Dasht e Kavir-Great Salt Desert and here I have few questions. I am looking at the Google Earth and I see 3 options for crossing that interesting area. 1 easiest:follow a rail line which is going to Kashan 2: navigate a straight line from Tehran to Aran va Bidgol (close Kashan) around 160km 3: most tempting walk across Daryache Namak to Maranjab Caravansserai I have no questions for 1 option, but 2 and 3 gives me few things to think about. As far as I am doing research it looks that longest distance totally uninhabited shouldnt be longer than 100-120km. Did anyone of You guys travel across Daryache Namak?. It looks that there is some tracks to follow(Google Earth) but they dont link north and south "shores" of lake Namak. In February 2009 I was camping around 100km south of Damghan at desert and I found surface very hard to walk beacuse of mud. I worry that area west of Namak can be similar and other thig I read about is quicksands possibility. Next thing-animals. 2 years ago around Share Kord in Zagros mountains police officers warned me about accidents of wolf atacking human.
Answer: It depends on the timing of your trip. In rainy seasons it can be risky to cross the salt lake.
Question: Can you tell me what it’s like travelling in the ME independently (in particular as a single female)? I have been told I should only go with a group (that should have at least 1 guy in it) to avoid harassment. Can’t convince anyone I know to go with me. I’d like to take in Turkey (would like to, at the very least, incl. Cappadocia, possibly Gallipoli & Troy), Iran (mostly for Persepolis), Syria, Israel (mostly Tel Aviv, but also Jerusalem & maybe Bethlehem), Jordan (for Petra), Lebanon & Egypt. As one of my main goals is to explore the architecture of the places (I’m an arch. student) I’m not really sure if going on an organized tour would allow me the time/freedom to explore places and record them. Is it safe to travel alone as a female in these places and wander around (obviously avoiding dodgy/dangerous areas, of course) or would I experience a lot of harassment/chauvinism?
How much money do you think would be needed to do a trip like this over two months (in reasonably priced accom, ie not fancy but not dodgy either, & eating cheaply) & is it possible to do it in 2 months? Also, what is transport like getting around each country and to the various sites, as well as between each country?
Answer: ME is quite safe for single young female travelers if take the usual precautions. You need to contact a travel agency to arrange your basic needs such as visa.
Israel must be the last country on the list; otherwise you will be refused entry in countries like Iran and Syria. It is better to bring at least $2500 for a 2-months trip to the ME.
Question: I am planning a trip to Iran, and if my visa comes through, I will be leaving the US on Dec. 26th. From the research I've done, people I've spoken to, I don't believe I should have any issues, but I just wanted some opinions on whether or not it is a good time to visit. Pardon my ignorance, I understand the media blows things out of proportion, and I would be in the country legally, but I would hate to get caught up in a tough situation.
Answer: What is depicted on the media in west is not the reality but a narrow focus on the negative points due to the political controversies. It is better to search about the safety in Iran for the travelers and I am sure you will not find enough evidences of problems occurring for the tourists in Iran. The people are helpful and civilized and so keen to the tourists.
Plenty of solo travelers both men and women enter Iran each day and travel in the country hassle-free. But as an American visitor of Iran, you should take part in a tour and be accompanied by a tour guide to travel in Iran.
The visa reference number for the Americans takes about 30-45 days to be secured from the MFA. In the visa application form the MFA should be informed about the hotels and itinerary in Iran. After having the reference number, the visa can be collected in two working days by direct referral or in one working week by posting the docs to the Iran embassy.
As a suggest tour for the Americans you can select one of these: Iran tours
Question: Is there any way (by bus, or train) to enter Armenia from Tabriz, or Tehran. My destination is Yerevan.
Answer: Yes, there are buses from Tabriz to Armenia. The bus from Tehran passes through Tabriz, just ask the local bus station, you can arrange to go all the way to Yerevan directly from Tabriz, no need to look for buses once in Armenia!