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Entry / Exit Requirements for Iran from U.S. Department of
Should you decide to travel to Iran despite the current Travel Warning, a passport,
valid for six months beyond duration of stay, and visa are required, except for
travel to Kish Island where a visa is not required. Travelers should not attempt
to enter mainland Iran from Kish without a visa. To obtain a visa, contact the Iranian
Interests Section of the Embassy of Pakistan located at 2209 Wisconsin Ave. NW,
Washington, DC. 20007; tel. 202-965-4990, 91, 92, 93, 94, 99; fax 202-965-1073,
202-965-4990 (Automated Fax-On-Demand after office hours).
U.S. citizens traveling to Iran are fingerprinted upon entry. The Iranian press
has reported that foreign tourists may obtain seven-day tourist visas at the airport
in Tehran. However, U.S. citizens are not eligible to receive these visas and must
obtain valid visas from the Iranian Interests Section in Washington. Note: possession
of a valid Iranian visa will not guarantee entry into the country. Some American
travelers with valid visas have been refused entry at the border without explanation.
U.S. passports are valid for travel to Iran. However, the Iranian government does
not recognize dual nationality and will treat U.S. - Iranian dual nationals solely
as Iranian citizens subject to Iranian laws. Thus, U.S. citizens who were born in
Iran, who became naturalized citizens of Iran (e.g., through marriage to an Iranian
citizen), and children of such persons—even those without Iranian passports who
do not consider themselves Iranian—are considered Iranian nationals by Iranian authorities.
Therefore, despite the fact that these individuals hold U.S. citizenship, under
Iranian law, they must enter and exit Iran on an Iranian passport, unless the Iranian
government has recognized a formal renunciation or loss of Iranian citizenship.
Dual nationals may be subject to harsher legal treatment than visitors with only
U.S. citizenship. (See section on Special Circumstances below.)
As a precaution, it is advisable for U.S. - Iranian dual nationals to obtain, in
their Iranian passports, the necessary visas for the countries they will transit
upon their return to the United States so that if their U.S. passports are confiscated
in Iran, they may depart Iran with their Iranian passport. These individuals can
then apply for a new U.S. passport in the country they are transiting.
Dual nationals whose U.S. passports are confiscated may also obtain a “Confirmation
of Nationality” from the U.S. Interests Section of the Embassy of Switzerland, the
U.S. protecting power. This statement, addressed to the relevant foreign embassies
in Tehran, enables the travelers to apply for third-country visas in Tehran. Dual
nationals finding themselves in this situation should note in advance that the Swiss
Embassy would issue this statement only after the traveler's U.S. nationality is
confirmed and after some processing delay. Dual nationals must enter and depart
the United States on U.S. passports.
Visa extensions are time-consuming and must be filed at least one week in advance
of the expiration date. As of March 21, 2006, a foreign national and anyone accompanying
him/her will pay a fine of 300,000 rials or 30,000 tomans per day for each day of
unauthorized stay in Iran.
All Iranian nationals, including U.S. - Iranian dual nationals, must have an exit
permit stamped in their Iranian passports to depart Iran. The stamp is affixed to
the Iranian passport when it is issued and remains valid until the expiration date
of the passport. All Iranian nationals residing abroad, including U.S. - Iranian
dual nationals, are no longer required to pay an exit tax regardless of the duration
of their stay in Iran. More specific information on Iranian passport and exit visa
requirements may be obtained from the Iranian Interests Section of the Embassy of
Pakistan in Washington, D.C.
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