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Visa Information

Visa application is only possible via E-Visa website  

 

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 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- 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.)

2- E-Visa confermation

3- Fingers print

4- Receipt of payment of the visa fees

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

6- 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

Free

Double entry

87 CHF 

   

138 CHF

 

* E-Visa confermation 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- 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.)

2-  E-Visa confermation

3- Fingers print

4- Receipt of payment of the visa fees

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

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

7- Hotel reservation in Qom or Mahhad

Fees for Pilgrimage Visa

UK Nationals

Afghan National

Iraq National

Pakistan National

 

92 CHF

46 CHF

Free

19 CHF

 

* E-Visa confermation 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. Receipt of payment of the visa fees

4- Fingers print

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

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

6-  E-Visa confermation

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

 

Attention: Do not pay the fees via UBS, Credit Suisse and Zurcher Kantonal Bank

 

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 and our Website( www.iranembassy.ch) E- Visa. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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