There are three main holy shrines in Iran: Imam Reza’s in Mashhad, Masuma’s In Qom and Shah Cheragh in Shiraz.
The list of other non-famous shrines and tombs is endless. These religious memorials attract thousands of Muslim tourists from all around the world; middle eastern countries to be particular. Iran is a perfect holiday destination for Muslims for there isn’t going to be a cultural gap and halal food is available everywhere. Even in most hotels in Mashhad and Qom, it is pretty easy to ﬁnd people who speak Arabic.
This article is a guide for those who want to travel to Iran on a Pilgrimage (ziarat) visa. This visa is called “Type C”.
Iran pilgrimage visa Requirements
The requirements for the Pilgrimage visa is exactly like those needed for an Iran tourist visa. You need to ﬁll out an online form, upload a scanned photo of your passport’s ﬁrst page, a passport-sized photo and submit an outline of your travel plans.
Also read: Iran visa requirements
Iran pilgrimage visa Duration
The duration of your visa depends on your arrival and departure dates. For example, if you indicate that your arrival is on 1/1/2020 and your departure from Iran is going to be on 14/1/2020, then you will be granted with a visa that is valid for 14 days. However, it is not likely that you get a visa for more than 30 days. If you intend to stay in Iran for more than a month, you should get a visa for 30 days at ﬁrst and when you are in Iran, apply for an Iran visa extension. In this case, you should go to the police station for foreigners and explain why you need to stay longer and what your plans are. The oﬃcer will decide if you are eligible for a visa extension or not.
On the same subject, you might be interested in another article about “6 must-see places during your trip to Mashhad” and “3 days in Shiraz; what not to miss”
How to apply for Iran pilgrimage visa online
1. Go to https://evisatraveller.mfa.ir/en/request/
2. Fill out the form
3.Upload your documents (passport photo and a picture of your face)
4.Enter your trip details
5.Submit the Iran visa application form and wait for the results
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Please note that in some cases you might need to do an interview at an Iranian embassy or consulate. Due to our experience, we suggest that after you submit the online application, you contact the Iranian embassy in your country and verify your identiﬁcation. Sometimes, a couple of weeks pass by and you won’t hear back about your visa.
Also check out: Iran visa fees
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