There are requirements that people must meet before being allowed to travel and gain entrance to a specific country. A country’s government has the privilege to make certain if people travelling to their territories pass the conditions they have put in place to be permitted to enter and stay in their country. The usual requirements are entry visas, and in some cases residence and working permits. There are also cases when countries do not have requirements for certain nationalities or people coming from other countries. This means they do not need to have visas or permits to enter and stay in the country they are visiting. For this instance, what is usually required is a valid passport from the country of their residence or any accepted identification card or document.
When travelling to Iran, Philippine passport holders are not required to obtain a visa before they arrive in Iran. The Philippines is fortunate enough to be one of the countries whose passport holders can travel to Iran and get a 15 day tourist visa at some of Iran’s major airports. These airport tourist visas can be issued to Philippine passport holders when they arrive in Iran at the following airports:
- Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran
- Mehrabad Airport in Tehran
- Mashad Airport
- Shiraz Airport
- Tabriz Airport
- Isfahan Airport
There is a US$50.00 fee for the airport tourist visa. Philippine passport holders must also make sure that their passports are valid for not less than 6 months. They must also bring with them 2 copies 1”x1” ID pictures (bring extra copies) and they should also be able to present return tickets to their country of origin. In addition, they will be required to fill out application forms and personal information forms.
If they would like to extend their stay in Iran, they must get in touch with the Foreign Affairs Bureau of Iran Law Enforcement Forces before their tourist visa ends. They will be asked why they would like to extend their stay, and be asked to submit additional ID pictures and pay the corresponding extension fee, which can be anywhere from $1.00 to $5.00. An extension will be granted depending on the reason of the applicant and judgment of Iranian officials. Visas are sometimes extended for as long as three months.
Before travelling to Iran, it is advisable to check for any updates or information regarding travel requirements. There is an Iranian Embassy in Manila Philippines which can answer inquiries about travel information and visa requirements for interested individuals.
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Manila
2224 Paraiso corner Pasay Road
Makati City, Metro Manila
Telephone: +63-2-8884757, +63-2-8884758,
+63-2-8927183 (consular section)