Iran: Information on the procedures for exiting Iran to Turkey by the land crossing at Bazargan border post, in particular when it is a woman accompanied by children
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 January 1996|
|Citation / Document Symbol||IRN22273.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Iran: Information on the procedures for exiting Iran to Turkey by the land crossing at Bazargan border post, in particular when it is a woman accompanied by children, 1 January 1996, IRN22273.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abbc2a.html [accessed 20 June 2013]|
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The following information was provided during a 23 November 1995 personal interview with the First Secretary and Head of the Consular Section at the Embassy of Iran in Ottawa.
The source stated that an unaccompanied woman with children would need a passport. Visas are not required to cross into Turkey from Iran. A married woman would need her husband's permission in order to obtain a passport, while a single woman would require her father's permission.
A divorced woman with no children would not need her former spouse's permission to cross into Turkey, but a divorced woman with children would require the permission of her former husband or a court to cross into Turkey with the children. A divorced woman who legally obtained the custody of the children can cross the border into Turkey without the father's permission.
The source stated that the Turkish authorities allow Iranian nationals to stay in Turkey for three months.
The following information was provided during a 8 January 1996 telephone interview with a specialist of Iran who is a professor of political science at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
The source stated that people can make the trip to the Bazargan border post by bus or by car without problem. Iranian nationals do not require visas in order to cross into Turkey.
Married women with children must first obtain the permission of their husbands in order to obtain a passport, and then can cross into Turkey. Unmarried women might require the permission of their father in order to obtain a passport and cross into Turkey.
The following information was provided in a 12 January 1996 telephone interview with a specialist on Iranian society and politics in England.
The source stated that the Bazargan border post is a busy border crossing with a lot of commercial traffic. Iranian border crossing procedures are stricter at land crossings than at airports.
Married women with or without children would require their husbands' permission in order to cross into Turkey. Unmarried women might be required to provide proof of their fathers' permission in order to be allowed to cross into Turkey.
Male children above fifteen years, because they are approaching military service age, might encounter difficulty to exiting without special permission from the Iranian authorities.
According to a specialist on Iran at George Mason University in Fairfax, Maryland, the Barzargan border post is the most important border crossing between Iran and Turkey (22 Jan. 1996). The professor was unable to provide detailed information on the procedures women must follow in order to cross into Turkey.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
England. 12 January 1996. Telephone interview with a specialist of Iran.
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, , Ottawa. 23 November 1995. Personal interview with the First Secretary and Head of the Consular Section.
Professor of political science at the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). 8 January 1996. Telephone interview.
Professor of history, Georges Mason University, Fairfax, Maryland. 22 January 1996. Telephone interview.