It's great that you are planning to take part in The Mongol Rally. The Visa Machine is here to help you deal with the most bureaucratic and boring part of the trip planning.
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 a large number of countries remain closed for tourism making it impossible for the Rally to go through them. However, some of them are starting to open up slowly and we are making sure to keep the visa requirements updated on our website so that you could get up to date information on the countries you are planning to travel through. We are also looking for a way to make the COVID-19 safe travel possible by enabling you to book COVID-19 tests en-route where they are required for entry into the next country.
So for now, check the visa packs to see which visas you will need for the route you are taking and once things settle down and you decide to go ahead and use our help in obtaining your visas, don't forget to use the discount code MR2021 to get 15% off our service fees.
Applying for Iranian visas can be a lengthy and complicated process. We recommend that you do not to purchase tickets for travel or make other travel arrangements before securing the visa.
Presently nationals of The UK, USA and Canada cannot travel to Iran without a guide. A company providing a guide will be able to apply for your "Authorisation Code" (equivalent to a letter of invitation) - this is issued by the Iranian Ministry of Immigration in Tehran. Once you have this, you have permission to apply for the visa. The authorisation code does not however, guarantee that you will be granted a visa.
You will then need to apply for the visa at the embassy of Iran in person in your country of residence.
Please note, the authorisation codes are consulate specific. That means you'll have to state at the time of application where you'll be getting the actual visa - this cannot be changed once the code has been applied for. If you decide to get the visa from a different embassy you'll need to get a new code.
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