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Contents:
1. Visas
2. Hotels
3. Planes Trains and Automobiles
4. Iran general points about travel
5. Telecommunication
6. Money
7. Need a guide/driver?
8. Combination trips

 

Visas

Visa regulations change frequently so it is recommended that you consult the Iranian Consulate in your county for the latest update.

For travelling to Iran your passport should be valid for six months beyond the length of your stay and have two blank pages. There must not be an entry stamp to Israel.

As from October 2015 many nationals including those from these countries :Azerbaijan, Albania, Germany, Austria, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Spain, Australia, Slovenia, Slovakia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Ukraine, Italy, Ireland, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunet, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Russia, Romania, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, France, Palestine, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Croatia, South Korea, North Korea, Colombia, Cuba, Kuwait, Georgia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Poland, Malaysia, Hungary, Mongolia, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Venezuela, Vietnam, the Netherlands, India, Slovenia, and Greece can get VOA or visa on arrival in most major airports such as Tehran IKA, Shiraz, Tabriz and Mashhad. You cannot get VOA travelling over land. VOAs are extendable by 15 days.

We can get you a visa reference number if you so wish, the cost is 45 euros per application payable into an account in the EU.

This is apart from the visa fee which the Iranian Consulate charges according to your nationality.

Please fill in the form below return it to us together with a scan of the page of your passport where your personal details appear. The Foreign Office requires 7 to 14 working days for the visa to be issued you may pick up your visa in a country different to your country of residence. Please specify this on applying.

As things stand at the moment, all US, Canadian and British citizens can either travel in a tour or must be accompanied by an approved tour guide at all times, their itinerary must be submitted to the Foreign Office at the time of visa application for prior approval. Special fees apply for their reference numbers and their visas take longer than those for other nationals.

Download Visa Application Form as word format

Download Visa Application Form as pdf format

 

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Hotels

We can book your hotels for you anywhere in Iran as long as the hotels accept prior reservation. There is a fixed commission of 20 euros per booking.

 

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Planes Trains and Automobiles

We can book you internal flights, train tickets and arrange a taxi service with responsible drivers to and from the airports in Tehran.

You may pay us by a bank transfer into an account in Spain.

A 20 euro commission is charged for handling, this is per booking per means of transport and not per ticket so if there are 4 of you travelling together by plane the fee will still be 20 e.

 

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Iran, general points about travel

Below is some useful info and for any update please visit my blog: www.caspiantrek.blogspot.com

How to get about within Iran:

The most efficient way to get about is the bus. It is cheap, safe and reliable. For most routes and most times you do not need to book in advance, you may simply show up and get on the bus, the challenge is to get the timetable. This does not apply during the Nowrooz (20th March till 3rd April) you need to book in advance to travel during this period.

Trains are a little more expensive but still very economical , unfortunately the rail network is not very extensive and it only serves bigger cities.

Internal flights fill up quickly so please ask in advance if you wish me to book you a flight for you. The timetable changes rather frequently and at the moment it is near impossible to buy a ticket from outside Iran. This also applies to buses and trains.

Taxis are not as expensive as in Europe but they will charge you a return fare if you are going somewhere that would mean them returning empty. Within the cities they are usually shared and charge a fixed rate for a fixed route. You may negotiate a Darbasti which means you get the taxi just to yourself and pay for the full ride.

 

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Telecommunication

You may buy a local SIM in the airport ( Hamrah Avval operator is the best choice for the Alamut Valley) or use your own mobile number, many countries get roaming and can send or receive texts although this tends to be rather unreliable. The best option would be an Iranian SIM for which you would need to show your passport. Mobile internet is getting better, there is 4G available in most cities. WhatsApp, Viber and Telegram all work in Iran and are widely used. Facebook and Twitter are filtered and you may only access them using a VPN.

 

Money

The confusing thing is the Rial which few Iranians use and the Toman, the difference is a zero, so 1 euro for example is 50000 Rials or 5000 Tomans.

You may exchange at any Sarafi which are official bureau de change. Many shops in bigger touristy cities accept euros and us dollars. Banks will buy your money for far less.

 

 

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Need a guide/driver?

A certified English speaking guide is frequently available to take you around Iran in a comfortable sedan. You may start and end your journey anywhere in the country for example be picked up in Shiraz and dropped off in Tehran or Khoonegeli. A fixed daily rate applies, please enquire for details.

 

Combination trips

If you are looking to do a combination of trekking and cultural visits I can organize the whole trip for you. Please write to info@alamuttrek.com

 

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