Application for extension of visas, including entry, tourist and pilgrimage visas, are issued by Police Department of Aliens Affairs on the basis of justifiable reasons and approval of the mentioned Bureau.
A lot of tourists who have tourist visa for Iran want to stay more and extend their visa which is fortunately quiet easy whether for a tourist visa or work permission visa. First that you get your visa it allows you to stay for 30 days at max which is extendable to 60 days and again up to even 90 days but might be a little bit harder. If you use an Iranian embassy for this case, usually the police alien’s affairs Dept. extends your visa for the second 30 days. Also you have to be careful that extending visa on arrival can be a little bit more difficult so you might get only 15 days extension.in main cities of Iran like Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd, Mashhad and Tabriz, visa extensions are available at Police Offices of Foreign Aliens.it is also possible to do this task in other cities but its better off that way.
Note: The extension of your visa when you get it in the airport is depended on the discretion of Police Aliens Affairs Dept. If you have a 15-day Iran visa on arrival you only can extend it up to another 15 days. Work permit visa will be extended by Police Aliens Affairs Dept. with Coordination of the Department of Aliens’ Employment at the ministry of labor and Social Affairs and on the basis of a request by the Iranian sponsor of the applicant.
Start the process early
Offices are open from Saturday to Wednesday, 7:30 AM – 2 PM. The offices are normally very crowded so go there early in the morning and start the process faster. Start the visa extension process 1-3 days left before your visa is expired.
Documents for Iran visa extension
The process is simple, but as we mentioned, it depends on the discretion of Police Aliens Affairs Dept. They may also ask you some questions about the reason of your visa extension. If you have a tourist visa, say that you want to explore more since your more interested and want to see more attractions in Iran. If you have work permit visa, you should explain the issue more. All you have to do is to fill some forms and give photocopies of your passport and your visa. The documents needed are:
- Two passport photos
- Forms to be filled
- Copies of your passport and Iranian visa
- An entry stamps
- Pay for the visa extension (350,000 IRR plus about 50,000 IRR to buy a folder and for photocopies)
Note: For women, photos have to be with scarfs.
Copy box in order to make some photocopies in some offices are available which is of course not free. Please note that, you should pay the visa extension in cash. You should do the payment in “Melli Bank” and bring back the receipt.
Note: Don’t worry if you don’t know Farsi for doing the payment in Meli Bank. Just say Visa, and they will help you.
How long does it take?
If you start early in the morning,the whole extension process may take between 1-4 hours. Otherwise they keep your passport and you come back the next day and your extension is ready! The offices are usually crowded, plus in some cities like, Mashhad there are a lot of Afghan and Pakistani people looking for residence permit extensions. If it is possible, ask a local to help you with the visa extension process. It helps a lot.
Visa extensions are available at the Police Offices of Foreign Aliens at the below addresses:
- Police Office of Foreign Aliens in Tehran: Najafi Street, Next to the Ameneh Nursery, Opposite the Mirdamad Boulevard, Valiasr Street after the Vanak Square, Tehran.
- Police Office of Foreign Aliens in Mashhad: Next to Azad Univ., Rahnamaee St.
- Police Office of Foreign Aliens in Isfahan: Azadi Sq.
- Police Office of Foreign Aliens in Yazd: Daneshjoo Boulevard, Ghasemabad St.
- Police Office of Foreign Aliens in Shiraz: Modarres Boulevard, 57 St.
- Police Office of Foreign Aliens in Tabriz: Saeb Tabriz St, next to Police Military Service Center.