When you are planning a trip to
Iran you may have many questions about culture, do or not to do tips
and so on. Traveling to Iran requires its own information and preparation.
who have visited Iran before helped us to prepare a guideline about what should
you know before your trip to Iran.
1- Iran is safe
Iran Public Holidays
3- Get your
Iran visa beforehand or on arrival easily
code in Iran
cards won't work, Bring cash in Iran
can make you confused
7- Buy an
Iranian SIM card
8- Ask the
10- Be open
for people who wants to talk to you
isn't such available in Iran
just eat Kebab, look for different foods
is prohibited in Iran
prepared and equipped to use a squat toilet
Traveling as a couple
to security warnings
1- Iran is safe
The most frequent question is if Iran is safe? Fortunately, the answer is always yes.
Honestly, Iran has many challenges out of its border due to
its strategic location, political reasons, and relationships with other countries
(the USA in general). But among all of them plus the propaganda, Iran in its border
is really safe, one of the safest countries in the world.
And Iranian people really care about tourists, they want to get sure
you have everything you need and feel comfortable in Iran.
2- Check Iran Public Holidays
In Iran you have to check three calendars;
The Persian calendar (Hijri calendar)
The Islamic calendar (Lunar calendar)
The Georgian calendar
There are many holidays in Iran base on Persian and Islamic
So you need to check the public holidays before planning
a trip to Iran since some of these occasions might affect your trip plans.
Among all holidays in Iran (around 25 days per year), in six
of them, attractions are closed and you can't visit anywhere. They would be like below list in 2020:
Martyrdom of Imam Ali
17th June: Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq
3rd June: Demise of Imam Khomeini
28th August: Tassoua
29th August: Ashura
16th October: Demise of Prophet Muhammad
and Martyrdom of Imam Hassan
In other holidays, for example, Iranian New Year, Nowruz
holiday (20th March- 3rd April), it is better to book
your transportation tickets and accommodations in advance.
You always can contact us
to check holidays during your trip to Iran and limitations you may face.
3- Get your Iran visa beforehand or on
Getting Iran visa is the easiest steps of your trip to
Iran. You can get the Iran visa in Iran Embassies, Consulates or on
Conditions and processes are explained clearly in How to get visa to visit Iran?
Check the article and if you had any other questions contact us.
To request for visa grant notice, the easiest way is filling the visa
request here; Visa form
4- Dress code in Iran
Tourists are asked to follow the Iran dress code, but no need
to have stress about it. Rules aren't strict for tourists and you just have to follow
a few important ones to respect local laws that aren't too tough to obey.
Women need to cover up their hair and their body.
The headscarf in Iran can be a shawl or a scarf with diverse
styles. You can choose what type of hijab suits you best. Some people hide
their hair completely when others leave some out from front or back. Some
people wear a small scarf and knot it under chin; others use a long Shawl and
wrap it around the hair.
Some tourists wonder how Iranian women can keep the scarf
long time on their hair when they find it slippery and always fall on their
shoulders. To remove this issue use cotton scarves (shawls) and use scarf clamp
to hold the scarf tight on your head.
Women are expected to wear a longer tunic or shirt, manteau,
covers from shoulder to hip and a trouser underneath to cover from the waist to
Fabric and color don’t really matter. Of course, it can't be
too thin that your body is visible. On some occasions like Muharram, you should
wear darker clothes to respect.
If you travel to Iran in Muharram, this article will help you:
What do you need to know if you travel to Iran in Muharram
In winter or summer, women are not allowed to wear
short-sleeve or sleeveless t-shirts. Sleeves need to be at least 3/4.
There isn't any restriction on the shoes. You will see many
Iranian women wearing sandals in summer.
Men don't need to cover their hair in Iran. As a male foreign
tourist in Iran, you can wear either short-sleeve t-shirts or blouses.
Men are always required to wear long trousers, not shorts.
Color, Fabric and shoe style don't matter in Iran for men
** Rules aren't too strict for children, young kids
are free to use a scarf or not, wear short-sleeve t-shirts and even short skirts
5- Foreigner cards won't work, Bring
cash in Iran
Due to sanctions, credit cards are
not accepted and won’t work in ATMs of Iran so you’ll need to bring along
plenty of cash.
• How much cash
should I bring to Iran?
It depends on your travel style, your itinerary and services
you've booked in advance.
And the equivalent rate of Rial and other currencies is
changing constantly. But you always can contact us and
our colleagues will calculate how much you should bring to Iran.
It isn't unsafe to carry cash but tourists can also get a tourist-card where you can put your money and use it as an ATM card, that will avoid
carrying a lot of cash all the time.
6- Currency can make you confused
The official currency of Iran is Rial but
Iranians often use Toman in their speaking, dealing and so on.
When the seller asks you 20,000 Rial, he means 2,000 Toman.
1 Toman= 10 Rial
Another confusing part is Iranian usually simplify their
talking by ignoring 3 zeros.
When the seller asks you for 50 Toman, he means 50,000 Toman
which equals to 500,000 Rial.
It is good to know numbers in Farsi, so you can check price
7- Buy an Iranian SIM card
Iranian SIM card is very cheap and useful. You can buy them
easily at the airport or any Telecommunication Offices near your place.
Besides contact with your Iranian friends in an easier way, the
Internet of these SIM cards will help you a lot. Internet in hotels isn't such
good and fast so you will use your SIM card to check Instagram, Whatsapp, your
emails without any issues.
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are blocked in Iran, so you’ll
need to install a VPN (a virtual private network) in order to access a certain
8- Ask the price
Another bit of advice I would give in your travel to Iran is not to look at
something and decide it is too expensive.
Ask the price - nearly always you will be surprised at how cheap it is.
And before you buy anything and use any services ask the
price to avoid misunderstanding and unpleasant shock.
When buying survivors, ask the price at a few places, out of
the tourist squares you always can get better prices .
Tarrof is a part of Iranian culture to be hospitable
and not accept the money immediately. When you use a service or buy something
the seller will tell you don't mention it (don't need to pay anything), It is
just Tarrof and you should refuse it and pay.
It seems confusing but very common in Iran the clue is you
always have to pay for the services you use even if who offered you that
service refuses to receive the payment when you asked if you ask the price
again you will get the answer this time.
10- Be open for people who wants to talk
As a tourist in Iran, you’ll be the center of
everyone’s attention, especially in small cities. Many people want to catch up
with you, know where you are from, practice their English skills, and take
a photo with you. Be prepared for all of them and let your guard down and see it
as an opportunity to visit real Iran.
It is good to know even some words in Farsi like Salam
(Hello), Khodafez (Goodbye), Mamnoon (Thank you) to start the communication.
11- Coffee isn't much available in Iran
The most common hot drink in Iran is black tea, not coffee. I
would say that both instant coffee and coffee beans are available in Iran but
many hotels don't have kettles in rooms so I would suggest that if coffee is
really important to you, bring a travel kettle and whatever means of making
coffee suits you. And when you are out of the hotel, try to find a good coffee
12- Don't just eat Kebab, look for
Persian food has its own culture and importance.
Even though foods are meat-based in Iran but if you search
you can find different types of vegetarian foods and in restaurants, you can order
different stews without meat.
** If you are Vegan, double-check with waiters the ingredients
since a spoon tab of sheep oil in rice can ruin your diet
13- Alcohol is prohibited in Iran
Drinking Alcohol is illegal in Iran for everybody. So
don’t look for it anywhere. Wherever you found beer on menus it means
non-alcohol beer. If you are caught drinking alcohol or even having it, you
will face legal troubles and punishments so NEVER recommended to search for it
14- Be prepared and equipped to use squat-toilet
In some places like petrol stations, most restaurants, some
accommodation in villages and small cities and so on you will need to use
Iranian toilets (Turkish/Asian style, meaning squat toilets). Mostly they are clean. I recommend practicing squatting before you
leave so your leg muscles are strong.
And keep your pockets empty when you squat since what's in
your pockets can fall down into the black hole.
It is recommended to have a roll of toilet paper and liquid
soap or sanitizer with you since they are not always prepared in those places.
15- Be flexible
It is a tip for traveling everywhere in the world not just
Iran. Have an itinerary, a good plan includes what you are going to see or do
BUT leave some rooms just in case things don't work as you planned.
Iran has 7,000 years of history. If you are not a history buff the different
dynasties can get confusing. Try to research beforehand to make the most of
your time and you don’t miss anything, but if you end up not visiting some
places don't be depressed. It always happens.
16- Traveling as a couple
Unmarried Iranian couples have some issues in public but
rules aren't such strict for tourists.
As an unmarried couple, you can stay in the same room in
hotels, holding hands, walking close to each other but kissing, hugging,
dancing in public isn't accepted in Iran for couples (married or unmarried).
17- Notice to security warnings
Notice to security warnings can make the trip less stressful
For example, you can't bring a drone to Iran and under some
circumstances, you need a permit to fly the drone. NEVER take photos of military
establishments or personnel.
If you are British, American or Canadian you have to inform
your guide if you want to leave the hotel, you can’t stay with locals and accept
their invitations for parties.
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