Below you will find information regarding the processes of applying for the Iranian and Central Asian visa on the road in Ankara and Tehran. We found the process of applying for visa fairly simple and we didn’t encounter any problems during the applications. The only thing is to be well prepared regarding documents and they will always cost money. See map end of post for locations of Embassy’s.
Visa for Iran, applied in Ankara June 2014:
For requesting the visa at the Iranian embassy some nationalities need a reference number. For the reference number we used the agency Touran Zamin (we did not mention being on the bicycle). To get the number we had to contact this agent a few times, not always getting complete reply to our questions. We received the reference number in time and just before we arrived in Ankara. After receiving the number you need to wait 3 days until the number is processed by the embassy. Expect at least 3 weeks of processing time and price per person was 50€ (more than the normal 35€ because the pick up was in Ankara).
The process at the Iranian embassy in Ankara is straight forward as long a you have all documents ready. Location see map.
Reference number from agent
2 x Passport photos
2 x Copy of passport
1 x Application form (Entry point, Exit point, places to visit)
We needed to come back the next day to pick up our visa. When you have the visa you can enter from any border and go anywhere in Iran.