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  • Visa Information

    Visa Information

    In order to travel to Iran, foreign nationals are required to obtain a visa. This is a permission of entry to Iran for a limited period of time, which is issued by the embassy of the IRI in Bern, subsequent to receipt of approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, depended on the visa type. In the following you will find comprehensive information about Iranian visas, legal procedures and needed documents.

    In accordance with the decision of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the principle of reciprocity all nationalities of Schengen countries must present their Fingerprints. The applicants may apply for the fingerprints at the Embassy or in the local Police office .

    NoteThe holders of biometric passport are also needed to submit their fingerprints.

     

    Summary of General regulations

    Tourist Visa

    a. Tourist visa applies to foreign nationals who wish to travel to Iran for sightseeing purposes or to visit their friends and family.

    b. Children and minors who are not in possession of an Iranian birth certificate (Shenasname), and whose fathers have nationalities other than Iranian are considered to be foreign nationals, and are hence required to apply for a visa in order to enter the territory of the I.R.I. (However, in case the mother of these children is of Iranian nationality, and is officially married to the father, this will facilitate the process of issuing their visa to a certain extent.)

    Required Documents

    1- Filled out printed version of the visa form (void of scribbles and scrawls).

    2- Original passport of the applicant, + one copy. (The applicant’s passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of application, & contain a minimum of two blank pages void of any stamps.)

    3- Reference number

    4- Fingers print

    5-Two photos (3cmx4cm) taken within the past six months, with a plain white background, along with the application form.

    6- Receipt of payment of the visa fees

    7- Copy of valid accident and health insurance during your stay in Iran

    8- An envelope for the return of the passport, with sufficient postage stamp for registered mail.

    Note: Duration of processing the visa application is two weeks after presenting all necessary documents including the referenc number to the embassy.

     

    Fees for Tourist Visa

     

    Swiss Nationals

    EU Nationals

    UK Nationals

    Afghan National

    Iraq National

     

    58 CHF

    58 CHF

    207 CHF*

    92 CHF

    29 CHF

    Double entry

    87 CHF 

       

    138 CHF

     

    *Reference Number provided by the Visa Department of MFA is Mandatory

     

    Pilgrimage visa:

    Pilgrimage visa Applies to foreign nationals who wish to visit the holy places in Iran.

    Required documents:

    1- Filled out printed version of the visa form (void of scribbles and scrawls).

    2- Original passport of the applicant (+1 copy). (The applicant’s passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of application, & contain a minimum of two blank pages void of any stamps.)

    3- Reference number

    4- Fingers print

    5-Two photos (3cmx4cm) taken within the past six months, with a plain white background, along with the application form.

    6-Receipt of payment of the visa fees

    7-Copy of valid accident and health insurance during your stay in Iran

    8- An envelope for the return of the passport, with sufficient postage stamp for registered mail.

     

    Fees for Pilgrimage Visa

    UK Nationals

    Afghan National

    Iraq National

    Pakistan National

     

    69 CHF

    46 CHF

    17CHF

    19 CHF

     

    *Reference Number provided by the Visa Department of MFA is Mandatory

    Entry visa:

    Entry visa applies to foreign nationals who wish to travel to Iran on official business, trade negotiations, participation in seminars/conferences (economic, cultural, etc.), work related issues, or for sports activities

    Required documents:

    1. Reference number obtained on approval of the Visa department of the Iranian ministry of Foreign affairs, via the application by the counterpart Iranian organization (sponsoring ministry, company, Business Corporation or institution, etc.)

    2. Original passport (valid for minimum next six months)

    3. Visa Application Form duly completed and signed by the applicant (one copy)

    4. Receipt of payment of the visa fees

    5- Fingers print

    6-Two photos (3cmx4cm) taken within the past six months, with a plain white background, along with the application form.

    7-Copy of valid accident and health insurance during your stay in Iran

    8-An envelope for the return of the passport, with sufficient postage stamp for registered mail.

     

    Swiss Nationals*

    EU Nationals*

    UK Nationals*

    69 CHF

    69 CHF

    230 CHF

     

    *Reference Number provided by the Visa Department of MFA is Mandatory.

     Paying authentication & approval fees in the location of the Embassy/Consulate (Bank or postal Cards), Or payment into the following account (preferable):

     

    BERNER KANTONAL BANK

    3001 BERN

    30-106-9

    IBAN CH 62 0079 0016 2611 5856 6

     

    Do not pay the fees via UBS and Credit Suisse

     

    Remarks:

    1. In case an applicant is sponsored by friends or family members in Iran and the visa authorization has been issued by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it would still be mandatory to submit the abovementioned documents.
    2.  Reference Number is provided by the Visa Department of MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) upon the request of travel agencies, Iranian business counterparts, families or friends. 
    3. Only the tourists can apply for the Tourist Visa through the embassy (without Ref. No). In this case, the applicants must offer the hotel reservation in addition to the other abovementioned documents personally. The process of the visa would be at least two weeks from the date of submitting all necessary documents to the embassy personally.
    4. Passengers desiring to travel to Iran by car or bicycle should apply for a reference number through the Visa department of the MFA, whether being invited by a person or organization, or if not, they should go through a travel agency specialized in Iran trip facilities.
    5. Foreign Nationals residing in Switzerland should present a copy of their residency permit (permis de séjour/ Ausweise) valid for at least 6 months from the date of application.
    6. The embassy is not responsible for the promise and commitments of any travel agency or company who provide visa services.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    In order to facilitate the obtaining of your visa you may:

    1. Have a relative or a friend who will refer to the MFA of IRI and arrange a letter of invitation, to obtain the reference number for an approved visa and then refer to the Embassy.

    2. For obtaining work-permits, it is highly recommended that the Iranian counterpart should complete the necessary process in Iran.

    For other types of Visa, such as “diplomatic visa”, “Press Visa” and others, as well as for further information, please contact by phone the visa section in the following hours: from Monday to Friday from 14:00 to 16:00

    Please note that the opening times of Visa Section to pick up visas is only from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:30 

     

    Tel: 031 350 10 79

    Fax: 031 351 56 52

     



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