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If I visit Iran, is there a risk of not being allowed to enter the USA anymore?

The main consequence of having visited Iran before going to the U.S. is that you are no longer eligible to travel on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). If you have travelled to or been present in Iran, ...
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If I visit Iran, is there a risk of not being allowed to enter the USA anymore?

I was in Iran in 2012, and in USA this summer(July, 2017). First of all, my ESTA was denied(I'm an EU citizen). I had to show up at the US embassy of my country and pay a $200 fee for visa processing....
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Is appearance important at the border?

There may be problems if your identity documents show no beard and you arrive with one. Immigration might believe that you are using the beard to disguise a stolen or forged passport. This problem ...
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What headwear are women legally required to wear in Iran?

I'll try to address this question impartially despite my strong feelings against Mandatory Hijaab for women (I'm a male, born and raised in Iran who lives in United States now) I'll define the terms ...
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How long does the US Visa Waiver ban for people who travelled to Iran last?

The source you cite says that people who've visited the named countries "on or after March 1, 2011" are ineligible. It does not say "in the five years before appplication." It therefore appears that ...
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Visit to the USA with ESTA approved before trip to Iran

According to the US's CBP (my emphasis), Under the Act, travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States, without a waiver, under the VWP: ...
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How much Farsi do I need to travel within Iran?

Very little. I travelled there last year, firstly for a wedding and then two weeks exploring with @Stuart and another friend. We didn't use a tour, and went to Tehran, Shiraz, Yazd, Esfehan and Rasht,...
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Is a citizen of Canada required to apply for a US visitor visa after visiting Iran?

No. Canada is not part of the Visa Waiver Program; Canadian citizens enter the US without needing visas under a different provision of law. Restrictions to the Visa Waiver Program do not affect ...
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Is appearance important at the border?

It shouldn't, but at least sometimes it does. Tony Saint worked in UK immigration for ten years, then wrote a novel based on his experiences. He called it Refusal Shoes, the title reflecting the ...
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What headwear are women legally required to wear in Iran?

I visited last year. My pure understanding of the law there obviously isn't perfect as an outsider, but the following of the 'law' seemed very rough, women would wear a covering, but sometimes only ...
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Is appearance important at the border?

Your appearance should be consistent with your reason for coming. If you are here to "sightsee" but you look like a homeless person, wearing filthy clothes that don't fit well, carrying a broken piece ...
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Attire in Iran for male travelers

well as an Iranian, I should say that dress code is not that hard and strict that you might have heard except hijab for women which is only enforced by gov (that is not frowned upon by locals and ...
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Does visiting Iraq or Iran invalidate an existing B1/B2 visa?

Visiting one of the VWP invalidating countries does not invalidate a visa. That's the whole point, since the VWP invalidation compels the VWP national to obtain a visa, and if it also invalidated the ...
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Do United States green card holders need a visa to re-enter the US from Iran?

The proposed change doesn't affect you or your wife, and she won't need a visa. The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of certain countries to visit the US without getting a visa or any other form ...
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Is it rude to pay tips in Iran?

Paying tips to the waiter or the hotel staff is always appreciated and never considered offensive in Iran. Although I would expect most waiters to accept the tip, be advised there is a complicated ...
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Visiting Iran as a dual EU-American citizen

So I've now done a bit more research and called both the Dutch embassy in Tehran and the Iranian embassy in the Hague. The Dutch embassy in Tehran told me that I should be fine if I present only my ...
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Safe overland route from Turkey to India using public transportation?

So here's update 3 years later. I've did the trip in Oct-Dec 2017. So it was totally possible then, I believe it's still is now. In short: all went fine. I've went through Turkey-Iran-Pakistan-India. ...
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Do Americans/Brits/Canadians need a guide and/or visa to travel Qeshm Island (Iran)?

As per Timatic, used by airlines and based on information the Iranian immigration authority gives to IATA, you do need a visa, which, for an American, will involve having to get a guide if the ...
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How to meet my Persian girlfriend in Iran and have privacy while not being married?

Book from local hosts maybe? Although, haven't tried it myself while living there, I believe they have less restrictions. Furthermore, going to the northern parts of Iran is definitely a good idea, ...
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I have a valid visa for the USA. I have visited Iran since it was issued. Can I still enter the US?

Traveling to Iran would make you ineligible for the Visa Waiver Program (you would need to get a visa). But since the you're an Indian citizen, you aren't eligible for the VWP anyway (unless you have ...
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What headwear are women legally required to wear in Iran?

Company chiefs sent out a memo informing female staff they would be required "to wear trousers during the flight with a loose fitting jacket and a scarf covering their hair on leaving the plane", ...
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Using Bitcoin as a cash withdrawal method in Iran

Apparently there are some non-governmental exchange shops that do this for you. Here are some examples: (first two links in Persian) https://farhadexchange.net/ Exchange Rate: 1.00 Bitcoin (Btc) = ...
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Safe to travel to Iran in 2024?

It is not a "good and safe moment" to visit Iran. The UK's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advises: FCDO advises against all travel to Iran. The Austrian Federal Ministry ...
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Attire in Iran for male travelers

For men, shorts aren't acceptable in public areas. T-shirts are ok (except in mosques). The only place were you will see people wearing shorts is around beach areas. So men's legs have to be covered......
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Travel across Iran by train

As usual the man in Seat 61 has some useful advice on his page for Iran https://www.seat61.com/Iran.htm Specific advice about buying tickets for travel within Iran is contained further down the page....
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Male visiting Iran with younger female companion

I spent some time in Iran back in 2016 with my girlfriend. My answer is based off that experience, but shouldn't necessarily be considered an exhaustive answer. As we were a couple we were advised to ...
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Visiting USA as a German with Iranian parents

Even for Visa Waiver, you need to apply for ESTA, which will inform US officials about all of your mentioned details, like non-germanic name, parents' nationality etc. If they have any issues in an ...
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Can you still travel to America on the visa waiver program if you have been to Iran in transit?

Some travelers are not eligible for ESTA. The US Customs and Border Protection FAQ says those travelers include: Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iraq, Syria, Iran, ...
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Does Kish Island allow Israelis?

As an Israeli passport holder, it seems you cannot visit Kish. The first being practical, flying into Kish you will either layover in Iran somewhere (which entry you will be refused) or through the ...
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