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Iran, Visa and Border Crossings.

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1. Posted by lyacorp (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Does anyone know the current visa situation of iran? (for latinamericans?) and, has anyone crossed from turkey to iran? is it easy, straightforward?

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

As far as I know, almost all nationalities need a visa before they arrive in Iran. This can take a couple of months if you are unlucky. Only for several countries (mostly european union) is it possible to obtain a visa at arrival in Iran for max. 7 days! But only when you arrive at the Teheran airport!

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting lyacorp

Does anyone know the current visa situation of iran? (for latinamericans?) and, has anyone crossed from turkey to iran? is it easy, straightforward?

I did this three years ago. Its not easy to obtain a visa for Iran. For me it took 5 weeks. You also need an invitation, which is basically a two night stay in a midrange hotel in Tehran (after you got your visa you can cancel this reservation, eventually). Passing the border Turkey/Iran is not very straightforward. You will get to the other side, but for me it took 4 hours. Many more people want to cross the border. They check every passport and bring it "somewhere" for the stamps, so that can take a while;).

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 15, 2007, at 8:55 AM by wouterrr ]

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

I went the other way, from Iran to Turkey and the officals took their bloody time to search everybody. The bus I was riding in was full up to the roof with packages of merchandise, because aside from me lonely tourist with one small backpack there were about 20 traders riding in the 46 passenger coach. All the unused seats where used for storage of goods. The Iranians had all boxes unloaded, looking for carpets and caviar. The Turks opened everyone single one of the boxes, looking for drugs and arms. Then the bus attendants took their time loading everything back into the bus again, as they firmly believed that "the devil was the one who invented rushing"

Aside from that, the border crossing was pretty hassle free. (BTW, it should be noted that I crossed the border at the southern road border crossing at Sero which has a lot less traffic.)

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting t_maia

The bus I was riding in was full up to the roof with packages of merchandise

Aside from that, the border crossing was pretty hassle free. (BTW, it should be noted that I crossed the border at the southern road border crossing at Sero which has a lot less traffic.)

I saw those packages being throwed over the border fence. I don't know if they were trying to smuggle it over the border, but it seems like it....

I thought that the only crossing was at Bazargan!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 16, 2007, at 1:46 PM by wouterrr ]