Foreign travel advice
British nationals need a visa to travel to Iran. These are only available from Iran’s diplomatic and consular missions. The Iranian Embassy in London re-opened on 23 August 2015 and can offer further advice on visa requirements.
You should lodge your visa application well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable. Check the expiry date of your visa before travelling. If you overstay your visa, you may have to remain in Iran until the situation is resolved. Some British nationals have experienced considerable difficulties trying to get visas from private online visa agencies.
Women, and girls over the age of nine, should wear a headscarf in their visa application photos.
Iranian visas aren’t required for entry to Kish Island where you can stay for 14 days without a visa.
Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date a visa application for Iran is submitted.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are not valid for entry into Iran. ETDs are accepted for exit from Iran; however, this applies solely to mono British nationals who must first acquire permission from the Iranian Bureau of Alien and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA). The Swedish Embassy can issue EU ETDs to British nationals.
Previous travel to Israel
If your passport contains an Israeli stamp or stamps from other countries’ border crossing points with Israel, you may be refused entry to Iran.
Iran doesn’t recognise dual nationality. The Iranian authorities will deny that the British government has any legitimate responsibility for British Iranians. If you are regarded as an Iranian national under Iranian law, you will be required to enter and leave Iran using Iranian travel documents. This may apply if your father is Iranian, or if you are married to an Iranian man, even if you don’t consider yourself Iranian.
If you travel on your Iranian travel documents make sure you have the appropriate UK immigration endorsement or your British passport. There is a very small risk that the Iranian authorities may confiscate your British passport.
Yellow Fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Travelling with children
Under Iranian law, a female parent travelling with her children must have the (usually verbal) permission of the father to take them out of Iran. This is assumed to be the case by Iranian immigration authorities unless the father has petitioned the court, and/or the court has ruled to prevent the children travelling. For further information contact the Iranian Embassy or Consulate nearest you.