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I'm considering going to Iran this summer so I'm reading the wikivoyage article which states

Entry will be refused to citizens of Israel and foreign travellers with any evidence of visiting Israel — not just Israeli entry stamps, but Egyptian/Jordanian neighbouring land borders with Israel — except that if you had an Israeli visa that expired more than a year before you apply for an Iranian visa, you may be allowed entry into Iran

I've got an Italian passport and I've visited Israel in 2008 and my passport was stamped (even tho I asked for a paper stamp). Judging from the above quote it seems I'm fine because the Israeli visa expired more or less 6 years ago. The official Italy-Iran consulate's site doesn't tell much about this issue nor I could find any other source which mention this option. For example, Uppersia tour operator (one of the first Google search result) states

Due to the rules dominating over Iran, entry to Iran will be refused for citizens of Israel and travelers with any evidence of visiting Israel.

without mentioning the expired-more-than-a-year-ago-escamotage.

Does wikivoyage states the truth or I'd rather buy another passport?

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You should probably contact your local Iranian consulate and ask them. –  Ilya Melamed Mar 31 at 19:52
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I will but usually travel.SE provides better answers than the consulate one :D –  Geeo Mar 31 at 19:55

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I can't really answer your question, but if I were you I would definitely get a new passport before applying for the visa. These kind of things are often handled by the local officer and no-one will give you any guarantees that you will be admitted to the country even if you have a valid visa and a letter from the embassy.

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This is not true as a general rule of Iran. this seems more a propaganda against Iran.

Anyone wanting to travel Iran should first apply for visa in any Iran embassy. if the applicant has visited Israel before it is not a merely a reason for refusing. but it depends per case. each case should be checked individually and if there is any problem it will be refused and otherwise the visa will be issued.

Anyway no official rule exist about this and everything depends per case.

Reference:

By phone calling to this center: http://www.iranianshouse.ir/


*The problems for refusing can be example relating to spying or terrorism like terrorizing different Iranian scientists like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majid_Shahriari*

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