Question: Has anyone got a tourist visa for Iran in Shanghai? Is an invitation needed? I wanted to apply in Bangkok but I was surprised that they wanted me to present an invitation from Iran. This is in contrary to what Iranian Foreign ministry's website says.
Answer: Usually referring to Iran embassy takes long 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. So just fill in the visa form on http://www.uppersia.com/Iran-travel-services/iran-visa.html, 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.