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1. Posted by kb7678 (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

2 Aussie girls off to Syria and Iran from Turkey. Just wanted to know if anyone can tell me if its true you can get a visa from the border into Syria but we have to go back to Ankara to apply for the visa to Iran.

Any info would be great!! :)

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Kb:)

I can at least say something, about the visa for Iran.
I am in the process of applying for one.
Until last september, Australian passport holders could get a visa on arrival in Iran.
Now, u will have to apply for one through a consulate.
How difficult this is depends on which consulate u apply through and the political climate in Iran at the time u apply.
When u apply, the consulate gets permission from Tehran, which can take some time or may not happen at all. If they dont get the permission your visa application will be turned down. U can ask an agent to get the premission(it is the equivalent of the letter of invitation) for u. They would charge a fee for this. When they get the permission, they give u a visa authorisation code. U then give this to an Iranian consulate, with your visa application. The visa will then be issued in around 3 or 5 working days.
U can apply on through an agent on the internet, to get the authorisation code.
www.iranianvisa.com charge a fee of 30 Euros for nationals of most countries.
www.key2persia.com charge around 30 Euros.
www.persianvoyages.com charge around 70 Euros, but are highly effective.
If u get a visa authorisation code, prior to visa application at Ankara Iranian consulate, it will greatly speed things up.

Mel

3. Posted by kb7678 (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

Mel...thanks so much for the info. Which one are you currently applying through?

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 9y

Hi

It's not possible to obtain a visa on the syrian border unless there is no syrian consular representation in your country, which i believe there is in australia. You would probably be best applying for it in Turkey if you can.

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting kb7678

Mel...thanks so much for the info. Which one are you currently applying through?

I applied through www.iranianvisa.com

Mel

6. Posted by hsoudan (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Dear friends,

I checked with the Syrian Immigration at Bab El-Hawa border point. Australian citizens can get their visas at the border and need not apply through a Syrian Embassy.

Wish you a pleasant stay in Syria!:)

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Also, double check any information u read on the conlsulate and agency websites, by phoning a consulate or emailing the agency.
Sometimes the information on the websites is not up to date.

Mel

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

Also, not sure but getting a visa upon arrival might only be possible when arriving by plane on the airport of Tehran, not on the landborders. This applies for many Europeans, not sure for Australians though

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Also, not sure but getting a visa upon arrival might only be possible when arriving by plane on the airport of Tehran, not on the landborders. This applies for many Europeans, not sure for Australians though

Australian passport holders are no longer allowed to get a visa on arrival, at all.
They must apply for a tourist visa, at an Iranian consulate, before they go to Iran.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 24, 2007, at 11:13 AM by Mel. ]

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

I recommend getting the visa for Iran in your country of residence before you leave (I'm assuming you don't live in Turkey).

It is much easier and less of a hassle to get the visa in Australia than in Turkey, as Turkey is absolutely overrun. Too many people from too many countries trying to get visa to Iran there - if you can arrange it, apply somewhere else.
The embassy in Bern in Switzerland for example has the reputation for handing out visas with a smile and a "enjoy your stay in Iran", while visa the Iranian interest section at the Pakistani embassy in Washington along with London and Ankara has the worst reputation possible.