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Tim Moss

Tim Moss has supported over 100 expeditions across all seven continents. He has climbed new mountains, crossed a desert on foot and recently cycled 13,000 miles around the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society London and a Guinness World Record Holder. He aims to encourage more people to live adventurously. Read more...


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    Hi heroes. there is cold winter and im worry for your health. i have friends in Qom, Kashan, and Bandar Abbas that i speaked with them to help you if it is necessary. then in these cities it is better that calling them. they can’t speak English and at first call me to make an appointment and give your cell phone number to them.
    with the best regards

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    Rik Williams

    Hi Tim,

    I bumped into your site via your Adventure Travel magazine article (awesome skills). A friend and I were wondering though… what’s the deal on needing a guide for overland travel in Iran? Visa Machine state:

    “If you are travelling through Iran overland you will require a guide to travel with you. You will need to provide us with your guides details when we apply for your Authorisation Code.”

    Is this a new fangled requirement, or something that you managed to circumvent?

    =) Rik & Rachel.

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      Tim Moss

      Hey Rik, thanks for the comment. Glad you liked the AT Magazine article.

      When we were going to Iran, there were rumours of a change. Specifically, if you were American then you would need a guide and if you were British then you *might*. We didn’t and never heard of anyone that actually did (though I wouldn’t claim to have researched it deeply).

      It is entirely possible that the rules have changed but it’s equally possible that it’s still just rumours and rumblings, and the Visa Machine are (understandably) just covering their backs.

      You might try a few different visa companies, dig around on Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forums and/or look on Twitter.

      If you get stuck then do let me know and I’ll ask around myself.

      Good luck!


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        Hi Tim, thanks for your thoughts. I’ve just bumped into this[1] over on WarmShowers. Seems as though the rumblings about Brits *not* needing a tour / tour guide have come to fruition:

        “Just heard from another UK cyclist that he had been told that the Irish & Dutch embassies had told him a tour wasn’t necessary for his visa application … the usual Iranian tourist websites that I’ve checked are still stating that a visa for Brits is only available for those who book a tour so not sure if they just haven’t been updated yet.”


        [1] https://www.warmshowers.org/node/98497

      2. Tim Moss

        Well I’d hate for Iranian visa applications to be transparent and easily obtained. Where would be the fun in that!?

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