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Iran Overview

Formerly known as Persia, the Islamic Republic of Iran is bordered by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan. The country has an area of 1,648,195 km2, which makes it more than two times bigger than France.

Iran has a population of 83 million and the country’s capital city is Tehran. It is also the largest and the republic’s economic and political center. The most widely spoken languages are Persian or Farsi, Azeri, Kurdish, Arabic, and Balochi. Iran has a dry and hot climate characterized by long, hot and dry summers, and short and cool winters.

How Strong is the Iranian Passport?

The Iranian passport currently ranks at the 103rd place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. The passport holders of Iranian nationality have the same travel freedom as the citizens of Bangladesh.

Visa Not Required for Iranian Passport Holders

Having an Iranian passport allows visa free entry to 11 countries and territories. List of Iranian passport visa-free entry destinations:

  • Armenia
  • Cook Islands
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • Georgia
  • Haiti
  • Malaysia
  • Micronesia
  • Niue
  • Turkey
  • Venezuela

Visa on Arrival for Iranian Passport Holders

Iranian passport holders can obtain visa on arrival in the following countries and territories:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Bolivia
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Macao
  • Madagascar
  • Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Palau
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka *(eTA)
  • Syria
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

 

*(eTA): Electronic Travel Authorization

eVisa for Iranian Passport Holders

Iranian passport holders are required to obtain an eVisa before arriving in the following countries and territories: (eVisa required)

  • Albania
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Benin
  • Colombia
  • Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Djibouti
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • India
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lesotho
  • Moldova
  • Montserrat
  • Norfolk Island
  • Pakistan
  • Qatar
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Singapore
  • South Sudan
  • St. Helena
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Suriname
  • Tajikistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Zambia

Pre-Arranged Visa Required for Iranian Passport Holders

There are 162 countries and territories that require Iranian passport holders to obtain a visa through their embassies and consulates prior to arrival. The visa requirement may be waived off at times, provided that Iranian citizens meet alternate requirements such as holding other visas or resident permits.

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bonaire, St. Eustatius & Saba
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Congo Democratic Republic
  • Congo Republic
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • French West Indies
  • Gambia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten
  • St. Pierre and Miquelon
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Sudan
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen

Entry Refused for Iranian Passport Holders

The following country does not allow visa-free access to Iranians and has imposed entry restrictions on Iranian passport holders:

  • Libya

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Second passports and dual citizenships offer many privileges and some of the most advantageous are the opportunity to travel to several countries without visa, access to many emerging markets, and an opportunity to diversify one’s portfolio.

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