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Travelling to Iran as Husband and Wife?
Name = Stan
Years Married = 1
Number of Children = 0
Category of Submission = Travel

Well that was interesting reading! I am glad my wife did not want to keep her moslem religion and we were married in a civil ceremony high in the colorado mountains at the Maroon Bells.

Go click here: Maroon Bells

Can my wife return to Iran with a white passport if she has been married in a civil ceremony? The other 500 nations of the planet earth recognize it as a valid marriage! Any advice would be appreciated. It is always interesting being married to an iranian woman, so much passion in the mix! I joke to my friends that it is similiar to an italian woman without the mustache! Sort of like the old cartoon of the Tasmanian devil with "Bugs Bunny".

Thanks for the interesting reading..


Hello Stan,
You are correct, all other countries accept you & your wife as a married couple, except Iran. Because she is an Iranian and considered an Iranian citizen in Iran, rules are different.

Your wife will have no problem going back to Iran to visit - she will have to use her Iranian passport because she is considered an Iranian Citizen when in Iran. You on the other hand, could probably get a visa with your American passport to travel to Iran - BUT if you like to travel with you wife and husband and wife, then you will need to go thru the Muslim wedding ceremony (which basically you accept to convert to Islam and to marry your wife according to Islamic rules).

Why would you need to do this? In Iran, you will not be able to stay with her in the same hotel room unless you provide marriage documents. Several years ago, you couldn't even travel with her unless married but no a days I hear its not that bad. I will forward your email to "ShoharKhaleh's" mailing list in case anyone else has additional/more recent info. Regards, Dave


I have been to Iran 2 times and it is very nice
Name = charles B.Hansen
Years Married = 6
Number of Children = 1
Country & City = denmark, Risskov

Hello. I am a denish man who is married with at woman from Iran (Ahwaz), we have been married 6 year now and we are very happy. I have been in Iran 2 times , and i think it is a very beautifull and nice place. - Charles Hansen


Thank you for sharing your experince with us
Khobane shoma --

Very nice -- and encouraging -- to get Lori's note. I also found her website and pictures interesting. Our family looks forward to going to Iran for a visit in the relatively near future. We are on the "Shohar Khaleh" side: Iranian wife, American husband. We are fortunate in preserving some Iranian environment at home, thanks to the presence of my mother-in-law, which also helps immensely in keeping the kids up to snuff in Farsi (along with their Mother's lessons). We hope to spend at least a summer with family in Iran, perhaps as much as a year. An academic myself with mildly functional Farsi, I keep hoping that US-Iranian relations will improve to the point where something like Fulbright exchanges will be reinstituted.

Thanks again for your message and notice of website. - Peter Easton


If you are considering a visit to Iran, I encourage you to do so
From a somewhat different perspective, I'm an American husband with an Iranian wife. Together with our two children, now ages 16 and 12, we've visited Iran five times over the past ten years. Despite having lived and worked in Iran prior to and during the Revolution (Bell Helicopter/Kermanshah), I've experienced no serious problems with visas, etc., though these do take some time to obtain through the Interests Section. Advanced planning is a must. The folks at the Interests Section have always been very helpful - even supportive - of the applications for myself and the children, and when deadlines approached they have made extra efforts to assure that all the official details are taken care of in sufficient time. They are a hard-working (possibly over-worked) crew, and deserve a lot of credit for what in many respects is a thankless task.

We've flown Iran Air and various European carriers. Iran Air comes off well in comparison, especially when fares and arrival times are taken into consideration. I'm in the aircraft maintenance business myself, and one can be assured that the Iran Air aircraft are properly maintained and expertly flown.

At the airport I've always been warmly welcomed by any and all officials. I must confess to some embarrassment as an American when I compare the welcome given to me in Iran with the often unpleasant official reception given to Iranian passport-holders entering the US, especially those without Green Cards who are entering the US for the first time.

We've traveled extensively by air and auto within Iran and have experienced no problems due to my nationality - quite the opposite actually. The fastest way to get through a security check point on the highways (there is a permanent and very extensive anti-narcotics campaign under way) is to present my American passport, which invariably results in smiles and greetings, brief comments about a distant cousin in Los Angeles, and a quick wave-through.

In sum, if you are the American spouse of an Iranian and you are considering a visit to Iran, I encourage you to do so. There is much to see and experience in that magnificent and beautiful country. - Bill


I have been to Iran 3 times and I am going again soon
I have been married to my Iranian wife for 3 years and I have travelled to Iran three times and in September I will go there for my fourth time (6 weeks, and it won't be the last time, ensha'allah). I have put up a website with my experiences which might be interesting to your readers. Its URL:
http://www.access.ch/private-users/tmaurer

Thomas Maurer
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