Originally Posted by ajctraveler
I wanted to go about five years ago. I was told that the only way an american can enter Iran is if they're part of an organized tour and that it was impossible as a solo traveler.
ajctraveler is essentially correct.
US passport holders can enter Iran only with an organized tour on a fixed
itinerary, with accompanying guide in separate vehicle, arranged with a travel agency based in Iran, agency and itinerary approved by the Iran Ministry of Interior, which also issues the required Iranian visa.
Iran also, separately, requires a Carnet (CdP) to enter the bike, regardless of bike country-of-registration.
In theory, you could, as a solo traveler, get all those approvals, if you
were financially able to bear all the costs of a "tour," including required
Even if all the above requirements are fulfilled, whether Iran would approve
entry/ issue a visa is very dependent on overall political situation, which
at the moment ain't terribly good. Even non-US passport holders, who are allowed to enter w/o organized tour, are sometimes turned down for Iran entry visas on apparent political or bureaucratic whim.
All that said, Iran is a wonderful country to visit/ ride; and the people
very warm/ welcoming to all, including US citizens.
The Dane mentions he's going with a small group of danes, germans, croats;
and invites you along. Well, that might be an interesting opportunity. It might
be an interesting experience to TRY to apply for a Iran visa as part of this group (if they are applying as a group, rather than as individuals). You might
slip under the Iran Ministry of Interior radar, but I seriously doubt it.