Iran Visa FAQ's
Obtaining Your Iran Visa
GeoEx provides visa assistance for guests who travel with us to Iran. Obtaining the visa is a two-step process. First, you’ll require a visa authorization code from the authorities in Iran, which GeoEx requests on your behalf. Once authorization is granted, GeoEx alerts you to submit your visa application through a visa service provider or local Iranian embassy. For a report of recent developments on the Iran travel ban, read our blog "Can American's Travel to Iran?".
Visa Tasks & Timeline
- Confirm your trip with GeoEx.
- As soon as possible: Complete and return the GeoEx Visa Authorization Questionnaire. This information is necessary to obtain an authorization code.
- 90 days prior to departure: This is the earliest that GeoEx may request a visa authorization code for our travelers. This process may take up to 6 weeks.
- When the authorization code is obtained: GeoEx submits the code to the visa service provider or embassy at which the traveler is applying for the visa. GeoEx then notifies the traveler to submit passport and completed application to the visa service provider or embassy. Actually obtaining the visa may take up to 3 weeks.
Given the above, GeoEx recommends confirming your trip at least 3 months prior to its departure date.
Obstacles to Obtaining A Visa
The following may preclude a traveler from obtaining a visa for Iran:
- Evidence of past or planned travel to Israel. If your passport contains an Israeli stamp, you must apply for a second passport.
- Current or past employment by the US government.
- Applying for a visa before the authorization code has been obtained.