Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Southern Asia

Southern Asia Topics specific to Southern Asia, from Iran and Armenia east through Pakistan and India to China / Vietnam / Indonesia.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Motorcycle travel in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India...

Like Tree1Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 16 Oct 2007
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Posts: 8
Problems with Iran Visa with IranianVisa.com?

My wife and I are on a RTW trip and are currently in Turkey trying to get our visas to Iran, Pakistan, and India. We are Americans. We have been in touch with IranianVisa.com and Hamid the owner. We have just received an email that our visas are approved but he needs us to send him $4500 to reserve the hotels, guide, etc. that are currently required for Americans to cross the country.

Obviously, this is a big amount of money to send and we are a bit leery. Does anyone have any recent experience with IranianVisa.com? We have read here and other places about people having good experiences with them, and other people having very bad experiences.

Any thoughts or advice?

thanks,
kevin and clara
motomoments.blogspot.com
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 17 Oct 2007
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: RTW
Posts: 500
iranian visa

hello kevin and clara,

first I want to tell you this. I would not sent him the money, it is far too much for a visa.

I travelled in 1999 thru Iran and I love the country and the people. So, all information I can give you is outdated. But in 1999 I heared it was impossible for Americans to get a visa. I met in Turkey a German that was refused a visa, I think because of his long hair and his dirty cloth. But than in Iran I met an American photographer, a very young guy, he had just gone to the embassy in Ankara and asked them very polite for a transit visa and they gave it to him. It was very easy to get an extention for a transit visa, I think I stayed more than three weeks on a seven day transit visa.

The transit visa I got in the consulate Erzerum, near the border. My advise on this is, dress very nicely (even if you have to buy a new shirt), shave clean, take a taxi to the consulate, dont tell them that you ride a bike, of course you are married and you have your Pakistani and Indian visas in the passport, be very polite ... and maybe you just get it.

Just to give you some ideas.

Greetings from Bulgaria

Mika
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 17 Oct 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Posts: 138
kevin and clara,

I cannot tell you anything about IranianVisa.com, but it sounds like an awful lot of money. Also, you don't say for how many nights you stay in Iran and I don't know how much a guide costs and does he have a car etc? This all makes it a little hard to comment.

However, we entered Iran from Turkey in late 2006 and took about $2000 US in cash with us, we left Iran after 3 weeks towards Pakistan and we still had about $1000 US in our pocket!! That was for 2 people, all accomodation, food, fuel etc and a $250 carpet!! So that gives you some idea how cheap it is in Iran and why I think $4500US for you should be a concern.

The Iranians are really really friendly & wonderful people, but there are scammers in every country, so be very careful....

Regards
John & Alanna
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 17 Oct 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Ireland
Posts: 114
hi kevin and clara
totally agree with mika
i am in Turkey at the moment heading to Iran
should be there Sunday
good luck
joe

ps Hi Mika last time I saw you was in Argentina hope all is well
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 17 Oct 2007
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Posts: 8
Thanks for the help!

Thanks to all who replied. Your concerns are what we have heard as well. The Iranian people by all accounts are really nice, the place is safe and cheap.

To the Celt, do you have a VISA or are you planning on getting one in Turkey somewhere? We are in Turkey as well (Gallipolli) and slowly heading East as we try and collect our visas and Carnet.

The $4500 is for the (required) escort, his car and gas, and for hotels for both him and us. We have a 12 day itinerary. We just met an Iranian in Istanbul yesterday who also said this was high. Problem (as always) is one of timing, need it and don't have much time.

thanks,
kevin and clara
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 17 Oct 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Ireland
Posts: 114
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevin&clara View Post
Thanks to all who replied. Your concerns are what we have heard as well. The Iranian people by all accounts are really nice, the place is safe and cheap.

To the Celt, do you have a VISA or are you planning on getting one in Turkey somewhere? We are in Turkey as well (Gallipolli) and slowly heading East as we try and collect our visas and Carnet.

The $4500 is for the (required) escort, his car and gas, and for hotels for both him and us. We have a 12 day itinerary. We just met an Iranian in Istanbul yesterday who also said this was high. Problem (as always) is one of timing, need it and don't have much time.

thanks,
kevin and clara
Hı Kevın and Clara,
Yeah got my vısa already got ıt from Iranıan Embassy ın Dublın before I left
great people to deal wıth, I thınk Mıka ıdea ıs the way to go. let us know how you get on and ıf I can help wıth roads ahead let me know.
regards
joe
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 20 Oct 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Ireland
Posts: 114
Hı Kevın and Clara,
Dıd you get sorted wıth a vısa ???
have just read about a company called east turkey expedıtıons
tel 0536 702 8060 Mount Ararat Trek Mount Ararat Specialist Since 1995. Outdoor, Adventure, Trekking. JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH....
Dont know anythıng about they but they arrange vısas
for Iran, thats all ı know...
maybe somebody else has heard of them ???
good luck
joe
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 7 Nov 2007
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: On the road
Posts: 162
Full story how I got my Iranian visa with IranianVisa.com

Finally I have my Iranian visa from the Istanbul, Iranian embassy using Hamid from Iranianvisa.com The story

* Early Sept send scanned image of my passport page to Hamid with 32 euro I think.
* 3 weeks later receive an email telling me my visa has been approved and I can pick it up from Istanbul as I requested (since once issued it will only be valid for 3 months)
* Arrive in Istanbul Friday 2nd Nov but don't go to embassy as Lonely Planet says it is shut but open on Saturdays
* Saturday go to embassy it is shut (opening hours Mon-Fri 8.30am to 12pm only)
* Monday told my authorization letter has not been received. Chase Hamid who assures me he chased the Minstry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran to retransmit the approval to Istanbul
* Tuesday go to embassy authorization fax not recieved but public holiday in Tehran so nothing can be done. Hamid informed and says he will chase them again tomorrow
* Wednesday back to embassy, authorization fax not received. But 'magically' my original letter found - hardly surprizing given he looked through a much bigger pile today. Go pay 95 euros to a bank 600 metre down the road on the right (not 200m on the left as told), photocopy application form, get two passport pictures. Return to embassy and told to come back tomorrow to pick up visa. Explain that it is costing me too much staying here and he kindly gives me the visa half an hour later after the rest of the staff have gone for lunch


So in summary I woud not have got the visa without IranianVisa.com to get the authorization letter approved but somewhere between Hamid, the MFA in Tehran and the guys in Istanbul at least one buffon exists but I can't work out who it is
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 16 Apr 2009
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 1
IranianVisa.com are a nightmare!

*DO NOT USE IRANIANVISA.COM*

I am currently having a very negative experience with iranianvisa.com who I had hoped were going to help me with my application for a visa for entry to Iran.

They were not able to confirm that they could provide my visa for the dates that I had requested (due to the Iranian new year) but proceeded to submit and bill me for their service anyway.

After several rude & threatening emails demanding that I send them funds, I transferred the funds to the details they supplied from Lloyds bank in London and provided documentary proof of the transfer to Iranianvisa.com. It is possible that language difficulties are the reason for the tone of their communications - either way this is not good.

Having transferred funds to the bank details that they provided, the person at iranianvisa.com (who is using a free gmail account) is threatening to register my 'non-payment' with Iranian authorities unless I send the funds _again_.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 16 Apr 2009
MikeS's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: KL, Malaysia
Posts: 1,145
If they haven't received your payment, I can understand why they wouldn't be processing your application yet. After my payment went through, I got my approval number emailed through about 3 weeks later which was plenty time for me to get my visa in Quetta. Just make sure you haven't left it till the last minute.
__________________
Mike


www.singapore-scotland.blogspot.com
www.argentina-alaska.blogspot.com
My little Vid: India/Pakistan

BMW R1150GS
Suzuki DR650 SE: Ride it like ya stole it. Oh, somebody just did...
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 16 Apr 2009
mailking's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: travelling
Posts: 184
Hi Kevin and Clara, and everybody else.

Things have be cleared here a bit. You guys are American. That sets you guys a bit apart concerning the Iranian Visa.

Most other people would get an Iranian Visa in 10 working days. Going through the normal channels, I am not talking about an agency.

We were in Erzerum and got our visas pretty easy [2003] but the two Americans who wanted to pushbike trough Iran had no luck. I don't know what happened in the end.

But we met an American travelling solo in Iran with a [compulsory for Americans [he told us]] guide. He had to pay a large amount of money as to imitate a group of 12 [I believe it was 12, don't know for sure]. He told us you had to travel in a group with a fixed itinerary.

So I guess you would have to look for some specific information concerning only Americans who got a visa for Iran.

I don't think any of us non-Americans can get you the information you need, for you are the exception in the rule here.

Good luck, and keep us informed.

Adventurous greetings,
Coen
__________________
--------------------------------------------------
- On the road since 2003 in an antique Land Cruiser
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 16 Apr 2009
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: On the road, u.k - Australia
Posts: 44
I also have had a few issues with iranianvisa.com. After sending nothing more than an initial enquiry e-mail asking how things work and stating my itinerary they have been sending many rude and threatening letters demanding payment and stating they have incurred costs I need to repay. Someone called Sarah from iranianvisa.com has also told me that I am being reported to the MFA and that my file has been blacklisted. All a little over the top I think.

I have decided to go with Iran travel agency Iran tour agency Iran tour operator tour and travel to Iran visa fly to Iran tourism who seem more competent and have a live chat button on the website from which you can get immediate responses.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 17 Apr 2009
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: uk
Posts: 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Quincy View Post
I also have had a few issues with iranianvisa.com. After sending nothing more than an initial enquiry e-mail asking how things work and stating my itinerary they have been sending many rude and threatening letters demanding payment and stating they have incurred costs I need to repay. Someone called Sarah from iranianvisa.com has also told me that I am being reported to the MFA and that my file has been blacklisted. All a little over the top I think.

I have decided to go with Iran travel agency Iran tour agency Iran tour operator tour and travel to Iran visa fly to Iran tourism who seem more competent and have a live chat button on the website from which you can get immediate responses.

We have just waited for 6 weeks to get our pasports back from the iranain embassy to start our trip next friday only to find out that they have been reefused!!! BASTARDS!
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 17 Apr 2009
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Buckinghamshire for now!
Posts: 638
Excuse me for being dumb but, did you have an authorisation, then sent in your passports and they were refused ?

Pete
__________________
Buenos Aires to NYC 2012-2013: www.facebook.com/curryhunt

India and back 2009-2010:
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 17 Apr 2009
MikeS's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: KL, Malaysia
Posts: 1,145
The way the visa companies work (eg Iranianvisa etc) is you pay your fee, submit your application and all being well, you get emailed your visa authorisation code after a few weeks. In your application, you specify where you want to pick up your visa, in my case I specified Quetta.

At the Iran consulate in Quetta or wherever you specified, you pay your visa fee, fill in your visa application and give them your visa authorisation number and give them your passport. The following day, I picked up my passport with my Iranian visa in it. Hope that helps.
__________________
Mike


www.singapore-scotland.blogspot.com
www.argentina-alaska.blogspot.com
My little Vid: India/Pakistan

BMW R1150GS
Suzuki DR650 SE: Ride it like ya stole it. Oh, somebody just did...
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Visa for Iran : how it works iris_trui Trip Paperwork 13 20 Oct 2007 15:02
Iran visa for second timers Lars Southern Asia 1 2 Sep 2006 17:34
Iran visa for Americans - guide requirement? davidmc Trip Paperwork 3 14 Sep 2005 04:37
Easy Tourist Visa for Iran worldon2wheels.de Trip Paperwork 4 17 May 2005 14:25
Transit Visa for Iran? Anybody gone through this lately...? andreasb Travellers' Advisories, Safety and Security on the Road 7 23 Nov 2002 03:18

 
 


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:39.