According to the global ranking provided by Henley Passport Index in 2019, Bangladeshi citizens who hold ordinary Bangladeshi passports have visa free or visa on arrival access to 41 countries and territories. This ranks the Bangladeshi passport 99th in terms of travel freedom. Despite the fact that Iran and Bangladesh have never had any major economic or political deals, they have always expressed their interest to expand collateral cooperation. When it comes to tourism, many Bangladeshi citizens choose southeast Asian countries as their top tourist destinations. However, Iran has always been a great destination for Bangladeshis who are interested in the country’s history and culture. Although Bangladeshi citizens cannot apply for Iran visa on arrival, getting Iran tourist visa is not difficult. In this article, we will explain everything a Bangladeshi needs to know about getting an Iran visa.
Types of Iran visa Bangladeshi citizens can apply for
Except for the visa on arrival, Bangladeshi passport holders can apply for other types of Iran visa. The most common type of Iran visa for Bangladeshis is the tourist visa, but you can also apply for other types of visa including pilgrimage, business (short term business activity), transit (usually valid for three days), student visa, temporary worker visa, parent visa, spousal visa, and marriage visa. For its popularity, in this article, we will explain the requirements for Bangladeshis applying for Iran tourist visa.
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How to apply for an Iran visa?
Except for passport holders of a few countries, all other foreign tourists (including Bangladeshi citizens) require a visa to travel to Iran. As a Bangladeshi citizen, you should apply online in order to obtain an Iran tourist visa. As of April 2017, Iranian Embassy has made it mandatory for all the applicants to apply online for requesting an Iran visa. While you can visit the Iranian Embassy in Dhaka in order to apply for a visa, all the visa application procedures will be processed online. Also, many travelers have reported long waiting time and high rejection rates when they applied for a visa in person. Therefore, we highly recommend you apply for your Iran visa through 1stQuest for its speed, efficiency, customer support, and low processing fee.
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It doesn’t make any difference through which agency you decide to apply for your visa; The first step is to fill in an online application form and pay the service fee. After a few days (or weeks in some cases) you’ll receive an authorization code from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). If you apply through 1stQuest for your visa, we’ll get you the code and send it to you within 2 business days. When you receive the code, it means that your visa is ready and you can collect your visa either from an Iranian embassy/consulate or from an international airport in Iran. But, remember, you must specify where you want to collect your visa when filling in your Iran visa application form.
Also, read more about the Iran visa in advance on our blog.
Iran visa requirements for Bangladeshi citizens
Before starting the application process, please make sure you have the following information:
- Passport Number
- Residential Address
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Purpose of visit
- Intended dates of your stay and visit
- The cities/areas where you will be traveling
Also, the following documents are required during filling in the online Iran visa application form:
- A passport with at least 6 months validity and two blank pages
- A standard passport-sized photo
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After you finished filling in your online visa application form, you should wait until you receive your authorization code. Then, based on the selection you have made in your application, you can collect your visa from an Iranian embassy/consulate or an international airport in Iran when you arrive in the country. To collect your visa, you will also be required to:
- Provide the officer with your original passport
- Provide the officer with a printout of the authorization letter you received.
- Pay the visa fee which is 30 euros for Bangladeshi citizens. Note that you can pay this money only in cash- Euros or USD.
- Provide a valid travel insurance. When collecting your visa at the embassy or airport, you are required to have a printout of your travel insurance valid for the duration of your stay in Iran. You can purchase insurance through 1stQuest starting from €12.
Read more on how to get an Iran travel insurance and which travel insurances are acceptable in Iran.