Question: Just booked my flights to iran today,extreamly excited and just wanted to get some information on the current state of voa at Tehran(IKA) airport.I hold an australian passport and will be flying into IKA on the 26th of november this year and will be travelling overland to syria. I understand it is possible for australians to obtain a 30 day visa at IKA but just wanted to double check that this was still the case? Also if voa are still being issued to australians will i have any problems boarding my flight from Doha to Tehran without a visa in my passport?
Answer: For the visa to Iran you have three ways: 1. 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. 2. Fly to Iran and get a 30-day on arrival visa at the airport. This kind of visa is issued for 98 nationalities excluding USA, England, Canada, Colombia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Bangladesh, and Somalia. If your nationality is among the countries authorized to get it, you can collect your visa against offering your passport, a passport-size photo and about 10-150€(depends on the nationality)to the staff at the airport. There is no need to fill in any form beforehand. 3. Refer to the Iranian embassy in your country and ask for a visa to be issued for you. Usually this way takes longer time about 30 days so it is not suggested. By the way, some of the embassies ask for an invitation letter, in this case you have to use the first option.