Nourlaw.com-Tehran-10 October 2016- The Iran Official Gazette in its
issue No. 20854 dated 19/7/1395 (10 October 2016) published Decree No.
H52602T/161205 dated 8/12/1394 (2 March 2016) passed by the Iranian Council
of Ministers respecting the issue of entry visas for foreign nationals in
the free trade and industrial zones. Excerpts follow:
this Decree the Host of foreign nationals means
governmental or private holders of economic corporations and development,
construction, production, industrial, service, medical, recreational and
touristic projects, as well as other natural and juridical persons.
Places refers to hotels, motels, hostels, dormitories and private
places including guest houses of private companies and homes of the
individuals who are authorized for hosting the travelers.
police stationed at the entry points of the free zones shall issue and
stamp the residence permit on the valid travel documents of foreign
nationals. The validity duration of the permit is one month. However, upon
the request of the Host and approval of the free zone authority, it can be
extended for six months. It is also renewable for an additional six month
period. For the residence of foreign nationals investing in the free zones,
a residence permit of one to five years can be issued at the discretion of
the related free zone authority.
the following persons, a residence permit shall not be issued:
of the countries whose entry has been banned by the government of Iran.
who are not allowed to enter the country on the order of judicial and
who are not allowed to enter the free zones on the order of judicial and
nationals, in addition to the entry points of the free zones, can use
other entry points for accessing
and leaving the free zones. For that, the Iranian consulates in foreign
countries or domestic representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
or the representatives of police at the designated points (with prior
permission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) will issue a visa valid for
one month. Extension of the residence of such foreign nationals is possible
in line with the manner described above. Upon the request of the
foreign national and at the discretion of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, issuance of a visa and residence permit on separate forms is
allowed. In order for them to exit through the mainland, the representative
office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the free zone shall issue the
related visa for entering mainland Iran.
-Foreign nationals who have
entered the free zones and wish to travel to the mainland, should obtain an
entry visa from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ representative office in
the free zone. The visa would be issued within 48 hours.
- Foreign nationals residing in
the mainland and having a valid visa, will not need a separate visa for
entering the free zones. They may travel to the free zones by presenting
their residence permit and a valid visa.
- Foreign nationals working on
Iranian oil and gas installations located outside the authorized water
limit of the free zones (800 meters) should obtain their valid visa from
the Iranian consulates abroad or the representative offices of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs in the free zones or provincial capitals.
- Managers of public and private
places are obliged to inform the alien affairs section of the police
of the free zone, concerning the particulars of the identity and the
date of entry of foreign nationals to the zones.
- Employment of foreign nationals shall be subject to
the free zones' regulations pertaining to labor, social security and