Comments on: Traveling to Iran as Americans: All You Need to Know http://uncorneredmarket.com/american-travel-iran/ travel wide, live deep Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:58:15 +0000 hourly 1 By: Betsyhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/american-travel-iran/#comment-1461578 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:58:15 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9918#comment-1461578 Yes, thank you so much, Norma Lee and Marvin! I appreciate your helpful responses . . . I am disappointed, but it’s good to know for sure how things work, and I’m glad to not waste my friend’s time as well!
Thanks!!
Betsy

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By: Audrey Scotthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/american-travel-iran/#comment-1461549 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:31:12 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9918#comment-1461549 Thanks, Marvin and Norma, for your helpful responses to Betsy’s questions!

Betsy, as was said before it seems like your options to meet your friend include meeting her in Kish or getting a tourist visa (which requires an authorized guide) to meet her in mainland Iran. Good luck with your planning and decision!

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By: Marvinhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/american-travel-iran/#comment-1461536 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:30:57 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9918#comment-1461536 @ Besty,
Norma Lee is correct about the tour group.
I apologize, I was half asleep when I wrote on here and had a lot going on where I am right now.

I checked with another young lady that I met on this form and I asked what the deal was on trying to get her boyfriend at the time, now her husband into Iran. She said it was a no go. She said that he would have had to go through a tour agency and stay at a hotel.

As she told me, if you do go through a tour, you might be able to work something out so you could meet up with your friend through the Tour Agency. But I would ask if this is possible to start with. Meaning don’t wait until you get there and surprise the Tour Agency.

I remember one time when my wife and I were seeing the sites in Tehran, we met some Americans on a Tour. We were able to talk with them with out any problems from the tour guide.

The reason I was lucky to get into Iran my very first time with out any problems was that the restrictions were more laid back then they are now. I now go at least twice a year without a tour. The reason that I can do this as an American is because I am married to an Iranian. So I stay with my In-Laws when I go to Iran.

Your best guess, might be going through Dubai and flying to Kish Island. But as I said before, you would be restricted to Kish Island.

Thanks,
Marvin

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By: Norma Leehttp://uncorneredmarket.com/american-travel-iran/#comment-1461534 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:44:42 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9918#comment-1461534 Hi Betsy, As anAmerican tour leader for Iran..I regretfully musttellyou not towasteyour friend’s time.
A.Americans must travel ONLY with certifiedIranian tour guides. (the guides are professionals who have studied for 3 years before taking a test..so your friend is not qualified.
B.Americans cannot stay in the home of”friends”.
C. There are no direct flights to Kish Island..so you need to go through Dubai(need a Visa there)Pand fly or take a boat.

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By: Betsyhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/american-travel-iran/#comment-1461530 Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:12:37 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9918#comment-1461530 Hi Marvin,
Thanks so much for your note! I will ask my friend about applying for a visa for me in Tehran.
I really appreciate your help!
Best wishes,
Betsy

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By: Marvinhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/american-travel-iran/#comment-1461525 Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:39:50 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9918#comment-1461525 Besty,
The only thing you could do is have your friend’s family go to the Foreign Ministry in Tehran and apply for you a visa. That would be your first step.
If you get approved, your friend’s family will receive a visa number and can have that info sent to the Iranian Interest section of the Pakistan Embassy in D.C. or where ever you want to pick up your visa.
I am an American and I have picked up my Iranian visas in Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and D.C.

Other than that, I do not think you would any other choice but to use a Tour Group, or go through the back door and go to Kish Island. But you would be restricted to Kish Island.

I wish you Luck!

Marvin

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By: Betsyhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/american-travel-iran/#comment-1461524 Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19:34:20 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9918#comment-1461524 Hi Audrey,
I just came upon your site and am really grateful for all the information you’ve got here! I am American and I have a dear friend from Iran, whom I met while she was studying in the US, who has gone back to Iran and invited me to visit her there. I want to just visit her and her family, so I was disappointed to hear about the requirement for Americans to go to Iran only through a tour. Is there any way to avoid this if I have an Iranian host whom I would promise to stay with all the time, etc? Could she and her family be my “private tour guides”? Sorry if these are dumb questions . . . and I am assuming that the answers are “no,” because I’m guessing the government needs there to be some kind of official tour organization involved, but I thought I would just check.
Also, do you know if there are any different requirements for the island of Kish? I read on the US Dept. of State website that a tourist visa is not required for Kish, so perhaps the regulation of a tour guide doesn’t apply here? (My friend’s sister lives in Kish, so I’d be able to go there to see her.)
Thanks so much!!
Betsy

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By: kouroshhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/american-travel-iran/#comment-1460966 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:10:44 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9918#comment-1460966 Hi Nessa, I’ve just read your message. I don’t personally know any good travel agencies in Tehran as I don’t have any traveling restrictions to Iran. However, I’m going to send a message to my cousin to see if he can help. Due to nature of his occupation it is possible that either he or his colleagues may know of an agency with strong connections in the foreign office, etc. As soon as I get a reply from him I’ll let you know. Either way I hope it all works out for you very soon.

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By: Nessa Whttp://uncorneredmarket.com/american-travel-iran/#comment-1460962 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:02:09 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9918#comment-1460962 Hello Kourosh, My name is Nessa, I saw that you might have connections with a good travel agency in Tehran? My family has been trying to apply for my visa for quite some time but have not been successful. I am an American citizen and wish to stay with my family in Iran. I read here that it’s better to go through a professional agency, do you any good ones? Appreciate your help!

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By: Nessa Whttp://uncorneredmarket.com/american-travel-iran/#comment-1460961 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:58:38 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9918#comment-1460961 Hello Mr. Hashemi, I read your comment here dated on May 25, 2013. I have not visited my family in Iran for 6 years, I have american citizenship my mother if from Iran and cannot obtain an Iranian passport. My family has tried to obtain the authorization from the ministry of foriegn affairs in Tehran but have been rejected sicne I am american, Is there any way you can help me? I do not wish to travel with a tour, I wish to stay with my family and visit my ill uncle before he passes away, I desperately need to see my family!!! I appreciate any help you or anyone on this lovely site can help me with

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