Mobile Phone Registration in Iran: Your Essential Guide

When travelling to Iran, having a working mobile phone is essential. You’ll need it to find your way around, stay in touch with friends and family, and access the internet. However, to use your phone with an Iranian SIM card, you must register it with the local authorities. This registration process ensures that your phone functions properly and prevents service interruptions. This process might seem daunting, but it’s straightforward once you know the steps. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know to register your mobile phone in Iran, ensuring you stay connected and enjoy a hassle-free trip.

Mobile phone registry

How to Use Your Phone in Iran

When you’re travelling in Iran, you’ve got options for using your phone. One way is to stick with your SIM card and pay those pricey roaming fees. But beware, you might not get mobile data and can only rely on Wi-Fi. Alternatively, you can grab an Iranian SIM card, and if you’re staying longer than a month, you’ll need to register your phone. There’s a small fee for this, like a customs charge. However, if you’re passing through and not staying more than 30 days, no registration is needed.

So, how do you make the most of your phone in Iran? There are four main mobile operators: Hamrah Avval, Irancell, RighTel, Shatel, and Aptel. Each offers different packages and coverage areas, so you can pick the one that suits your needs best. With an Iranian SIM card, you’ll have access to local rates and services, making it easier to stay connected and navigate around this beautiful country. Whether posting pics for your travel blog or keeping in touch with loved ones back home, having a working phone in Iran is a must.


Why Registering Your Mobile Device Matters

Registering your phone in Iran is essential if you plan to stay more than 30 days or visit again with the same device. This requirement is due to Iran’s National Mobile Registry Plan, aimed at curbing phone smuggling into the country. By registering your phone, you comply with the law and ensure uninterrupted use during your stay.

The 30-day period starts ticking when you insert an Iranian SIM card into your phone for the first time. Once activated, your phone will cease functioning after 30 days, even if you leave Iran and return later. To continue using your device beyond this period, you must register it through the HAMTA website.

Furthermore, a recent law change stipulates that only SIM cards active for more than 20 days are eligible for registration. It means that you must register your SIM card within 20 to 30 days of activation.

SIM Card

Options for Registering Your Phone in Iran

You have two convenient options for ensuring uninterrupted connectivity during your travels in Iran. Firstly, you can ask our support team to handle the registration process as quickly as possible if you prefer. Whether you purchase SIM cards from us or not, we handle the registration procedure for your convenience.
Remember that we also provide SIM card services and VPN access to platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, WhatsApp, or any other website inaccessible in Iran. Simply complete the online request form, and schedule airport ick-up to receive your SIM card upon arrival. With our SIM cards, you can access essential services throughout your journey.

Alternatively, you can visit the HAMTA website or mobile operator shops. However, it’s important to note that the HAMTA website is in Persian, and many shops may not be proficient in English. To ensure a smooth experience, it’s advisable to seek professional assistance. Remember to obtain an Iran Tourist debit card if you choose this option, as international bank cards do not work in Iran due to sanctions. Our debit cards will facilitate your transactions, ensuring smooth travel experiences during your stay.

If you want to have an Iranian SIM card, visit our SIM card page for detailed information and easy online ordering. We also offer VPN services to ensure you stay connected to your favorite apps and websites during your trip.

Requirements for Registering Your Phone in Iran

When registering your phone in Iran, you’ll need the following:

IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number: This unique 15-digit identifier can be found on your phone’s box, in the phone settings under “Phone status-IMEI information,” or by dialling *#06# on your device.

SIM card phone number purchased in Iran: You’ll need the phone number associated with the SIM card you purchased in Iran. This number should be acquired using your passport, and a verification code will be sent to proceed with the registration process.

Passport number: Your passport serves as proof of identity, and its number will be required during the registration process.

Visa extension code: This 16-digit code, included with your visa extension document, is necessary to verify your phone registration eligibility.

SIM Cards

Apple Services and App Store Access in Iran

Like in other regions, users in Iran can use various services and applications offered by Apple to enhance their digital experience. From staying connected with friends and family through FaceTime to organizing their digital lives with iCloud, Apple’s ecosystem is accessible in the country.

However, it’s important to note that while most Apple devices can be registered and used in Iran without any issues, Iranian regulations impose certain limitations. Specifically, Apple models 14 and 15 cannot be registered due to regulatory constraints. Despite this limitation, most Apple devices remain fully functional and offer access to a wide range of services and features, making them indispensable tools for users in Iran.

Apple phone

A Recap

When registering your phone in Iran, it’s important to ensure that all the information provided is in your name, including the SIM card, ID number, and passport details. Remember, phone registration is only necessary if you plan to stay for more than a month, with the counting period starting when you insert the SIM card into your device. Additionally, your stay in the country should not exceed three months, and each traveller can only register their phone once a year.

Furthermore, if you want to register your phone by yourself, you should remember that international credit cards cannot be used to pay the registration fees due to sanctions. You’ll need an Iran Tourist Debit Card or assistance from a friend to complete the payment. Consider purchasing a Visit Our Iran’s Tourist card or any other Iranian bank card. If you require assistance, the Visit Our Iran’s support team is available online to guide you.

Our Iran SIM card services page provides valuable information for those concerned about purchasing a SIM card. If you have any further questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us via comments, online chat, call, or email. We’re here to assist you in any way we can.

Farzaneh Eskandarian
Farzaneh Eeskandarian is a content writer, translator, and researcher passionate about writing informative and engaging articles to enhance the travel experience for tourists.
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