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[[File:Shiraz.jpg|thumb|250px|Hitchhiker [[User:Fran|Fran]] waiting for a ride in Iran.]]
If you're heading towards Iran through Turkey, it would be silly not to pick up your visa in Trabzon. You don't need the expensive code from
[http://iranianvisa.com/ iranianvisa.com] or Touran Zamin (this process can take up to 5 weeks) and will receive your visa within one day. Hitchhikers have also managed to get visas in [[Istanbul]], [[Ankara]] and [[Erzurum]].
As of the beginning of 2015, this does not work anymore! The Trabzon fun is over! The MFA code/invitation letter is needed there as well now.
'''NOTE: The Trabzon fun is over! The MFA code/invitation letter is needed there as well now.''' At least europeans get '''visa on arrival''' if coming from [[Armenia]]. Border towns are [[Meghri-Nordooz border crossing|Meghri and Nordooz]]. Border's open 24/7, but visa office closed on weekend (friday and probably also thursday) and at night time, maybe they let you wait/ sleep in the customs building, there's a toilet and little shop. Works '''without invitation letter'''/ tourist agency code! As of late 2016 prices are 75€ for single entry and 90€ for double entry, which leaves you with two times the full 30 days! In between take one of the [[ferries across the Persian Gulf]] ;-)<br/> Coming overland from anywhere else you'll need to get the visa beforehand in one of the iranian consulates (Ankara, Erzurum, Istanbul, Tbilisi, ...). Without MFA code/ invitation letter you'll be rejected however. Agencies like caravanistan.com or key2persia.com do this for you, costs about 30-40$ and takes a week or two. Or go to [[Batumi]]. you You don't need any authorisation codes, and you get your passport back, with visa, in one hour. cost was 75 € for 30 days. '''Visas on arrival''' are possible if arriving at some or all international airports, ask your favorite search engine and don't forget to leave your experience ''here''. ;-) ''Marcel, late 2016: I got an invitation code within a week from key2persia, since I don't use Paypal they just offered me to pay afterward, once in Iran(!) In the application I left fields for airport and flight number blank and my travel schedule was only for the first week, without naming any hotels and still it worked.'' There are three (?) main border crossings with Turkey, including [[Yuksekova-Esendere border crossing|Esendere]] and [[Bazargan-Doğubeyazıt border crossing|Bazargan]]. The crossing with Armenia is at [[Meghri-Nordooz border crossing|Nordooz]]. At least one with [[Azerbaidjan]] and one with [[Pakistan]] at Taftan/ Mirjaveh, [[Bandar Abbas]] and [[Bandar Lengeh]] are sea ports if coming by [[ferry]] from [[United Arab Emirates]]. [[Chabahar]] is port if taking the boat from [[Muscat]].
There are three (?) main border crossings with Turkey, including [[Yuksekova-Esendere border crossing|Esendere]] and [[Bazargan-Doğubeyazıt border crossing|Bazargan]]. The crossing with Armenia is at [[Meghri-Nordooz border crossing|Nordooz]].
:Hitchhiker [[User:Halt, Stop! Reudnitz kommt.|Craig]] ''entered Iran at the ''Yuksekova-Esendere'' border. People coming from Turkey don't get frustrated! It's amazing if you know that a hundred meters back on the Turkish side most people would understand 'autostop'. Other than the young and modern Iranian generally won't know what is hitching. Tell them you have no money. You can explain everything later in the car. '''Iran is the best country I have ever hitched.''' Even in the hottest desert on earth (you feel dying after 10 minutes) the first car stopped. Roads are in good condition. Some days I my average hitch-hiking speed topped 100 km/h!!!''

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