I'm doing a RTW trip in late August, and if the 707s are still operating with Saha, I hope to do a short hop with them from KIH to THR and combine this with travelling on Iran Air's old 747s (either the 747SP or the 747-100 they have).
The problem is that ordinarily I would just transit between the two flights, negating the need for a visa, but with Saha flying into THR and Iran Air flying their 747s out of IKA, I need to clear immigration to travel between the two.
I don't really want to go through the hassle and cost of applying for a full Iranian tourist visa just to transit between two flights and so I sought to find alternatives.
Checking the Timatic database (TIMS) on the Delta site, I found reference to an Airport Entry visa that Iran offer (distinct from their Visa on Arrival which is not available to British passport holders) with the following info:
Visa Issuance: Visa required, except a transit visa can be obtained on arrival for those continuing their journey within 48 hours, providing holding:
o A valid passport; and
o Confirmed onward ticket and all documents required for their next destination.
o Fee of USD 40-.
• Passengers are allowed to leave the airport (e.g. to transfer to Iman Khomeini airport (IKA)) for the next international flight;
• Facility not applicable to holders of Hong Kong (SAR China) passports.
This would be perfect for me and after doing some digging I found reference to the visa on various Iranian embassy websites around the world but I have yet to find a single person claiming to have received one or any further reference to the visa anywhere on the interest.
Would Saha Air Lines check in agents use TIMS data and if they did check me in and the visa wasn't still available would I just be sent back to KIH from THR?
[Edited 2011-06-08 04:53:43]
[Edited 2011-06-08 04:54:48]