Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Trip Paperwork

Trip Paperwork Covers all documentation, carnets, customs and country requirements, how to deal with insurance etc.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12 May 2011
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Sussex, UK
Posts: 84
Iran Visa in Istanbul - May 2011

Just for info - successfully got my Iranian visa (30 day tourist visa valid for 3 months from issue) from the Iranian consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday. I arranged my authorisation code through Touran Zamin, who were very helpful. Cost was 100 Euros, visa available next day after application. The chap issuing the visas speaks excellent English and used to serve at the London consulate. Fee is paid to the bank directly opposite the consular section door, in Euro cash. Was able to use the form from the London Consulate (I already had it filled in, but ran out of time to go to London before leaving on the trip).

There were issues the previous Wednesday when I tried to apply but was told the consulate had not received my authorisation code from Tehran, but Touran Zamin were able to arrange a new code to be issued without further charge, in time to re-apply the following Monday.
'02 Africa Twin (sold), GSX-R 1000 K5 (sold), '97 TL1000S, '08 DRZ400 SM/S, '92 CRM250
Reply With Quote
Old 14 May 2011
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: cape town
Posts: 19
Hi, I was wondering if you need a carnet going into Iran. Where are you comjing from? Our Auto Assn in South Africa doesn't endorse carnets for Iran, but does for other countries needing one. Based on that, after Cairo, we are looking at flying us and our bikes from Istanbul to Katmandu, ride around there and India, and then fly us and the bikes to Bangkok. What are your plans after Iran?

Good luck.
Reply With Quote
Old 21 May 2011
Contributing Member
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Paris, FRANCE
Posts: 12
HI Djadams,

Good to hear you got your visa "easily" issued in Istanbul. I am planning a Paris-Singapore trip in 2012 and was wondering where would be best to apply for the iranian visa. Looks like Istanbul is a good place to get it, along with asking to Touran Zamin. I will contact them but just wondering if you'd know if other nationalities than UK could get problem getting their visa there? Touran Zamin will certainly answer this but I would like to double-check.
One last question: do you plan to cross Pakistan? If yes, where did/will you get your visa?

Last edited by dubsvibes; 21 May 2011 at 11:44.
Reply With Quote
Old 21 May 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Dreaming of travelling and riding bikes in general..
Posts: 449
Work with Touran Zamin. I'm sat here by Dan and can reply on his behalf that we didn't research any other nationalities but if you're British then Istanbul is a good bet. We aren't going to Pakistan either, just north towards Siberia.
Find out details of my 2011 trip to Siberia on a lightweight dirtbike:
Reply With Quote
Old 25 May 2011
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 39
Hi HUers,

Agree with the above, just picked up our Iranian visas in Istanbul with the minimum of fuss. We got our code via STANtours for pickup in Istanbul, arrived there about 25 days later and got the visa in two days, piece of cake.

Visa for India is in progress, so now just trying to figure out how to get a visa for Pakistan, if anyone has any ideas I'd be happy to hear them.

All fun and games.


Reply With Quote
Old 25 May 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: istanbul
Posts: 619
do u have the addresses and application forms....
Mehmet Zeki Avar
''Friendly Pit-Stop in İstanbul'' https://www.facebook.com/mehmet.avar.12?ref=tn_tnmn
Reply With Quote

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
Iran Visa London - Mar 2011 edteamslr Trip Paperwork 0 3 Mar 2011 15:07
İstanbul motoplus exhibition-2011 Mehmet Zeki Avar Motorcycle Events around the world 0 5 Feb 2011 21:01
Iran Visa - Authorisation + Visa = 6 months rbarton7 Trip Paperwork 1 17 Feb 2010 21:48
Iran Visa or Iran Embassy? David and Cheryl Laing Trip Paperwork 2 26 Dec 2003 03:33


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


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 14:25.