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Ultimate guide for traveling to Iran as a Canadian

traveling to Iran as a Canadian
traveling to Iran as a Canadian

Iran and Canada relations have passed the numerous ups and downs in the diplomatic, political and economic affairs. The embassy of Canada in Iran was closed after Iran’s revolution in 1979 but reopened a few years later in 1990. A reciprocal diplomatic presence was maintained until September 2012, when Canada closed its embassy in Tehran and expelled Iranian diplomats from Ottawa for various reasons, including Iran’s non-compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding its nuclear program and Iran’s regional policies.

Canadian consular and passport services are provided through other Canadian diplomatic missions in other countries in the Middle East while Iran maintains an interests section at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C.

Is Iran safe for Canadian people?

First of all, traveling to Iran is totally legal for Canadian passport holders if they get their visa in advance (and not on arrival). But, according to Canadian authorities, Iran is not a safe country for Canadians because of the political conflicts and coronavirus outbreak. Here’s the statement published on the official website of Canada government:

“Avoid all travel to Iran due to travel restrictions imposed following the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It is increasingly difficult to leave the country. Additional risks include the volatile security situation, the regional threat of terrorism and the possibility of arbitrary detention.

Don’t judge now!!!! Read more about safety of Canadian passport holders here.

Can Canadians travel independently in Iran?

No, like American and UK passport holders, Canadians cannot travel to Iran without a private tour guide or joining in a group tour. It means that Canadian citizens are more under control but not that much strict. You are allowed to get in touch with locals-even accepting their invitation to get to their place-, get through the bazaar, explore the cities and so on.

How Iranians behave to Canadian tourists?

Despite all the political tensions, Iranians behave kindly toward Canadians. Generally speaking, Iranians are really welcoming based on the posts getting viral throughout the social medias. Get ready to contact people who approach you in aim of asking for a meal, making a connection, asking a few questions about your country and so on.

What media says about traveling to Iran

Despite the travelers’ confession about Iran’s safety, media is still resisting on the opposite. Iran is one of the most misunderstood countries. Based on the independent experts of “International SOS“, Iran has been rated as safe as SwedenGermanyAustralia, and most European countries. This study considers several criteria such as terrorism, unrest, crimes, and point out that risks for travelers in Iran are “Low”:

Is Iran safe?
travel risk map 2020

How to get visa?

How to get visa for Canadian passport holders
How to get visa for Canadian passport holders

All Canadian passport holders must obtain their visa before departure; it means that you are not eligible to get your visa on arrival. The procedure is usually more longer than the usual countries with no tension but it doesn’t mean that you are not allowed to visit Iran.

To get Iran visa, you can go online and submit your request on the official website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of IRAN (MFA). But because of the high risk of visa rejection, It’s highly recommended to ask a licensed travel agency to get your visa on your behalf at a fair price.

Everyone, including citizens of the US, UK and Canada can visit Kish Island for 14 days without entry visa.

Visa Requirements Needed For Canadian Citizens

  1. Iran visa application form
  2. passport photo
  3. personal photo
  4. Travel itinerary (provided by us)
  5. Voucher Of Your Reserved Hotel (provided by us)

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