Dear fellow cyclists,
We have been cycling in Europe for six months and are now heading to Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Iran. We have some questions about Iran and are wondering, if some of you have experiences.
1. Cash in Iran
We have read that credit and debit cards are not working in Iran. All money has to been brought in hard currencies.
Our question: Is it possible to get USD (or EUR) at an ATM in Azerbaijan
2. Visa for Iran
Can anybody recommend us where and when to get a visa for Iran?
We have seen that there is a e-visa process. It has to be completed at a
chosen consulate (to get the stamp and also for a possible interview). Possible consulates for us are: Istanbul, Ankara, Erzurum,
Tbilisi and Baku. The consulate to chose depends on:
- the time needed to get the reference number after our e-visa application
- whether the visa is directly valid after we got it at the consulate (it means it would be useless to get a visa in Turkey, as it will take us three months to get to the border of Iran...).
Does anybody have experience with these issues?
Thanks a lot for your help and have a safe ride,
Karin and Markus