Peace With Iran Delegation to Iran, January 10–18, 2019

Thursday, January 10 - Friday, January 18, 2019 

Concerned that the US administration is making a case for war with Iran, a coalition of peace groups, organized by www.codepink.org, is putting together an historic Peace Delegation to Iran. We hope our delegation can have a significant impact in helping move our two nations from a place of hostility and military threats to a place of mutual respect and peace with one another. 

Cost: $1500 per person. Includes hotels, programming, in-country transportation, and food.  Booking Deposit: $200. Covers visa and handling fees. This deposit is non-refundable if you cancel, but is refundable if your visa is denied. Click here to pay your $200 non-refundable deposit before our November 15th deadline!

Visa Request Form: Please complete these visa request forms when submitting your deposit. 

Contact: Lily (lily@codepink.org)


FAQs 

Who is invited to apply?

The delegation is open to people from other countries but will be mostly Americans. (please note that we will only have English translation). We are seeking people who are connected to and active with a community at home, such as faith-based organizations,  universities,  peace/justice groups, as well as journalists, writers, artists and videographers. We encourage those who have avenues for disseminating information when they return home-- writing articles and op-eds, giving talks, influencing members of Congress or the administration, etc. Due to the large number of persons expected to apply to go on the delegation, the US organizers will select applicants, but the Iranian government will decide if applicants will get visas. 

How and when should we get there? 

You are responsible for booking and paying for your own airfare to and from Tehran. If you are coming from the United States, you should leave the US on Wednesday, January 9 so you arrive in Tehran on Thursday, January 10, and return home from Tehran on Friday, January 18. 

You can take whatever flight you want, but we will soon post some of the flights other people are taking if you want to join them. You should get changeable/ refundable tickets or use mileage in case the Iranian government does not issue you a visa, which has happened frequently in the past. 

What is the cost?

The total cost for hotels, programming, in-country transportation and food is $1,500. A $200 deposit is required by November 15. You can pay this online or make out a check to CODEPINK, marked Iran Trip in the memo, and send to CODEPINK Iran, 2017 Linden Ave, Venice, CA 90291. This will be used to pay for the visa and handling fees. This deposit is non-refundable if you cancel, but is refundable if your visa is denied. You must bring the remainder of the fee, $1,300 US dollars, with you in cash to give to the trip leaders as soon as you get to the hotel in Tehran. 

What does the fee include?

  • Assistance with acquiring visas
  • Accommodations 
  • Program activities and entrance fees
  • Three meals per day
  • In-country transportation 
  • English-speaking guides 

Price is based on double room accommodations. Specific roommates cannot be guaranteed though we do our best to accommodate your request.

A single room can be requested at an additional cost of $200.

What does the visa process entail? 

It is difficult to get visas for Iran, and the Iranian government process is time-consuming. That is why your application and $200 deposit must be received by November 15. For purposes of processing a request for your Iranian Visa in a timely manner, the registration, along with your deposit, is due November 15. The earlier you get us your information, the most likely you are to get the visas. 

In order to come on this trip you must fill out and submit these forms.

You must upload a passport copy and a photo for your visa and send to CODEPINK. Your passport copy and photo are vital parts of the visa application process. The acceptance of your photos is at the discretion of the Iranian consulate. Please make sure you answer all the questions — if you do not, your application may not be accepted by the Iranian government.

Passport Copy Requirements

Follow this guide to ensure that you have a suitable digital image.

  • Must be in color
  • In JPEG file format
  • Equal to or less than 500 kB (kilobytes) in file size (less than 10 kB is not accepted)
  • Only the first page
  • Properly exposed (not too dark or too light)
  • Be sized 800 X 600 pixels
  • Clear and all characters readable
  • Must have 6 months validity before the expiration of the passport.

Photo Requirements

Visa photo requirements are just like a passport photo. To ensure that your visa photo meets all the requirements you can go to a professional visa photo service. Or follow this guide to ensure that you have a suitable image.

  • Must be in color
  • In JPEG file format
  • Equal to or less than 500 kB (kilobytes) in file size (less than 10 kB is not accepted)
  • In a rectangular aspect ratio and be sized 400 X 600 pixels
  • 80% of the photo must be of applicant’s face with a full-face view directly at the camera and a neutral facial expression.
  • Optional for women to wear a headscarf in their visa photo.  

What will the delegation focus on?

This Peace Delegation will give participants a unique chance to understand this much-maligned nation and put a human face on this political struggle. It will help facilitate understanding and respect between our people—the building blocks necessary for true international diplomacy and peace between our countries.

Program highlights are subject to change, but  will hopefully include:

Meetings in Tehran:

  • Meet with representatives of the Foreign Ministry and Parliament
  • Visit the Museum of Peace and meet with its members
  • Visit with university professors and students to learn about their hopes and dreams
  • Interact with filmmakers, artists, poets and other cultural workers
  • Learn about the effect of US and EU sanctions on Iran.
  • Explore bustling Tajrish and Grand bazaars and learn about the important role they play in Iranian commerce and culture
  • Visit beautiful parks and mosques decorated with intricate and colorful mosaic designs 
  • Tehran's famous Sa'dabad Palace (summer residence of the Qajar Dynasty) and Golestan Palace. 
  • Learn about Islam as practiced in Iran. Meet with religious leaders and scholars

Outside Tehran: Travel to the beautiful cities of Isfahan and Shiraz

Can I stay longer? 

You may stay one more week with your visa, but your stay must be arranged through an Iranian travel agency that we can recommend.  Under the terms of your visa, you can not stay on your own without the services of a travel agency. The expenses for any time after the delegation are your sole responsibility. 

What airlines fly to Tehran?

Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Emirates fly into Tehran.

What if I have Israeli stamps in my passport? 

Iran refuses entry to those who have their passports containing an Israeli visa or stamp. It is recommended that you obtain a new passport if you would like to attend the delegation. 

Interested participants should complete and submit these forms ASAP.

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  • Mohsen Ahmadi
    commented 2018-11-13 08:32:59 -0500 · Flag
    @Terrie, A Salam from Mashhad, Iran to you. I sent a request on Linkedin to you too. Communicating hopes and dreams of Americans for Iranians is being done greatly and you are part of it too :). Problem with Iran is not about nuclear treaty. Iran has become the sacrificial altar of multi polarity VS mono polarity inherited from world wars, And a sacrificial altar for religious based ideologists who break others. Because their existence not only is important to themselves but also to rival countries of USA. Peace and religious values are being toyed with these days in Iran like the way future of our nations. I have a lot to say maybe more later…
  • Terrie Hampel
    commented 2018-11-12 16:51:03 -0500 · Flag
    While I’ve given this opportunity some very serious thought, I am sending my regrets at this time. Many reasons have made me hesitate to join, which I would be happy to discuss with anyone. I do hope I can be helpful in sharing any information about your trip, discussions you have there, etc., with my community of women and peace-activists here in Michigan. I anticipate that you all will do good work in communicating the hopes and dreams we Americans have for the lives of Iranians who work for peace and safety in their own country. Thank you for inviting me. Please keep me on the list for future delegations!
  • Terrie Hampel
    commented 2018-11-04 15:37:35 -0500 · Flag
    First, let me say thanks to the Code Pink organizers who are inviting me to join them and other peaceworkers in Iran for this visit which I hope will be a significant opening for future exchanges. I am giving it my most serious thought. I would very much like to be part of this trip and to experience ancient Iran. Hesitations I have about going in January are: how important is the timing, given our withdrawal from the nuclear treaty and our POTUS’ threats to up sanctions against Iran? I just completed Inside Iran, (Medea’s) and learned much, but feel I have so much more to learn, before I have anything intelligent to say as an American, to Iranians. I’m also not confident that I have an audience for any reports I bring back here in West Michigan. I am certainly ready to listen, study more and discuss with others, and happy to hear any other participants’ thoughts about going. I hope to make a decision about this within the week. Weather I become part of this delegation or not, I will always commend Code Pink’s goals of opening dialogues with people in other countries that continue suffering under human rights violations and oppressive regimes.
  • Carol Foresta
    commented 2018-11-04 11:31:02 -0500
    If I would like to stay an additional week in Iran do I enter the 18th as my date of departure or do I write the 25th as my day of departure?
  • Cynthia Papermaster
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  • Mohsen Ahmadi
    commented 2018-10-26 13:14:56 -0400 · Flag
    Hello Jorg, Thanks for answer.My word was from a point of an independent not a reformist wing here in Iran. I do not agree that proposal of a peace policy will last or have heavy impact unless it notices more than gardens you mentioned. As far as I know USA policy makers have much better information on what is going on in Iran and an attempt to sensor that with gardens strategy will make you fail in achieving a lasting peace. Remember that the Iranians who 40 years ago took USA embassy in Iran as lair of great satan, Went through wars and sanctions and now days standing in whole middle east against USA, did not endure it for >>Your description could be in any city or country in the west.<< But with the promise of a civilization without that symptom. We were betrayed and lied to and used. Today we hate Rouhani because he was using JCPOA as a diplomatic shield for Irans influencing the region. I am not a simple guy. That way people will only be used in Iran these days. I want to be a fan of pink meme that is smart and can see through the cunnings of Iranians politicians. Not to be used as a pawn of them which is designed for regimes benefit leaching of people themselves.
  • Jorg Ostrowski
    commented 2018-10-26 11:25:01 -0400
    Mohsen: Thanks for your comments. No matter which country we tour, visitors can not easily see reality, but this travel plan is as good as it can be, as close to people and society as possible. Your description could be in any city or country in the west. Their travel plan is most hourable, since they will visit heritage sites as well & will then visit the tombs of poets such as Saadi & Hadez. We should build more Persian Gardens in the west, beyond Geneva & Granada. Like every country, we have our own list of serious problems to correct & improve. We need to build bridges of cooperation & collaboration, since Iran is a peace-loving & very hospitable country. In this way we can have “dialogue among civilizations”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialogue_Among_Civilizations
  • Mohsen Ahmadi
    commented 2018-10-26 10:55:34 -0400
    I doubt this trip plan can show you what really is going on in Iran. But I guess better than this is not possible for now. Just for an example Last night while I was walking in alley a sound caught my attention, I saw a woman who I think said a salam like voice, she was trying to gather stuff from trash, having a double her size sack full of things gathered from trashes in streets with her which she had dropped and the sound of that was what took my attention. I was a guy wearing a clothing in black which looks like military clothing with a pink arm band on the arm passing by, I assume she felt I might be a security guy and so she said salam. Anyway I did not ask her, because there was nothing really I could do for her… There is so much you will probably miss seeing and hearing in Iran….
  • Jorg Ostrowski
    commented 2018-10-25 10:35:30 -0400
    I wish I could go with you, but I already have plans for April 2019 with others. I will be working on my project entitled, Silk Road to Peace. I have been in Iran twice before, given many presentations & traveled with my Iranian & international team members, each time 42 days. There is no nation in which the people are so hospitable & peace-loving, as a the record shows. It is a resilient nation, rich in history & heritage, culture & tradition, poetry & literature, dance & music, education & technology. Thank you for opening the eyes of the world. Perhaps you should open a chat line on Telegram, since the people who are going are leading thinkers & doers. Congratulations!!!
  • Jorg Ostrowski
    followed this page 2018-10-25 10:35:22 -0400
  • Hanan Nasr
    commented 2018-10-24 23:20:19 -0400
    I am very excited to share with you this different and unique experience as it will be my first visit to Iran,,and I am pleased to join you in this reputable organization which was always a dream for me to be an active member in such an urgent issue..
    Again many thanks
    Mrs Hanan Nasr
  • Jorg Ostrowski
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  • Imad Aliroud
    commented 2018-10-24 14:18:53 -0400
    Hello
    I live in Jordan. What should I do,if I want to join you?