Question: I would love the perspective of an American who has travelled with a guide in Iran. I am a U.S. citizen and, as I understand it, I would have to travel with a guide 24/7. I am used to independent travel sans guide and would love to hear from somebody that had to travel with a guide in Iran.
Answer: The American visitors of Iran 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.