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Travel with Children in Iran2019-04-05T12:47:07+00:00

Travel to Iran with Children Tips & FAQs

Driving and Crossing the streets

Is the Islamic Republic of Iran one of the craziest places once it comes to driving and traffic? You bet! Sitting in a taxi with a low tempered driver who needs to pass every different automobile, or being stuck in the traffic for endless hours isn’t going to be pleasant. Arrange your day to avoid the rush hours. We do suggest that you arrange a private tour, this way we offer reliable driverguide who is aware of the roads and time of traffic congestions, therefore you’ll be able to leave the troubles aside and revel in your trip in safety and ease. This can be the most challenging task of every single day. You most likely will be shocked to see how people can cross such busy streets simply by walking in between cars. The trouble of crossing the children to the opposite side can be boring. We recommend keeping this in mind that the most important thing that you will face in Iran is crossing roads if you are traveling with children!

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Metro

The subway system is named metro. It’s fast, clean, frequent, reliable and it runs almost all parts of Tehran. It’s one of 10 biggest subway in the world. The first and last wagon of each train is exclusive for ladies and small kids only, however, this doesn’t mean a restriction for them from riding in other wagons.

Definitely avoid the subway in a rush hour period. The wagons get over-crowded as literally a lot of people use it to goto figure or return home. It’s best to use the rush hour time to relax within the hotel or stay in the museum or so, as streets are also blocked by traffic jams that experiencing it will leave you exhausted with headaches and disturbance. Here you can read more about Tehran subway.

tehran subway

Traveling inside the country

Iran is a large country. the average distance between the cities on the classic route is 350 to 500 kilometers. It’s possible to travel by bus (the VIP bus has fewer and wider seats and is a lot of comfy), train (could be a railbus with seats or with sleeping cars, comfortable, however the journey usually takes longer than buses) and flight (easily found between major cities, and clearly costlier ). Globally kids love traveling on a train. Moreover, the nature of Iran make your eyes open and sharp and you will be wonder how is it possible to have many different climates in such a small distance with each other.

The main roads in Iran are generally in good shape, while the driver must always watch for other hideous drivers. While getting closer to the rural areas, roads get trickier and therefore the variety of cars decreases, however, driving becomes a lot of unpleasant. Generally, we recommend you to have an itinerary for traveling in Iran if you want to enjoy your trip most especially if you have kids with your self. You can ask us to design for you a private itinerary and tour as you like.

transport in iran

Cultural Norms

As mentioned before, Iranians love children, and you’ll continuously get lots of compliments regarding the beautiful baby you have. however, they may not hesitate to the touch cute babies and slightly pinch their cheeks.

Be polite however serious if you don’t like strangers touch or kiss your children, also tell your children what to do in such situations. the same applies to take photos. You may have endless requests to be in people’s photos or they want to take a picture of your children. Think ahead regarding how you would like to face these situations.

Another issue is getting candy from strangers!! I do know it sounds strange, however giving little candy or sweets to kids is a random act of kindness, however, it can ruin all you have taught to your children regarding trusting the strangers. Iranian parents typically like this event and raise their children to give thanks to the stranger. Also, you may tell your children that you can not accept anything from anyone unless I approve.

Now, Let’s justify some cultural norms that you would possibly not notice them elsewhere. One is Nazri. Nazri is any kind of food, from famous Iranian dishes like Gheimeh or Ash, to deserts like Halva and Shole-Zard or simply Iranian sweets and dates prepared to be given to neighbors, customers, or simply people passing by. Don’t be surprised to see a tray of dates on a wooden stool during a sidewalk, especially on a Thursday. You’ll witness that people passing by take one piece of sweets or a date on the go. Thursdays are considered the day to remember the passed away members of the family and each passing person taking a piece of the food, gives a short prayer for the spirits.

The other cultural norm that makes foreigners confused is Taarof. this is an act of politeness, once people offer something like inviting others to their home, not to accept money for something, or even pay money for others. Matter of the fact, even Iranians are confused by this, however, keep in mind that when somebody is inviting you to something, it might be simply a way of being kind and polite, and they might not be in a position or afford to fulfill what they’re offering.

A good indication can be politely refusing the offer twice, and if they still insist you can decide if it’s legit or not. This doesn’t mean that you have to refuse every single offer. Iranians are very hospitable and love to have guests. Take the opportunity to go to an Iranian home and have some tea with them to see how they live. you will be surprised by the diversity of people’s lifestyles.

nazri ashura

Don’t Leave them behind!

Crowded sidewalks and bazaars are the worst places to leaving behind your child’s hand. Not that somebody would kidnap the child, however the time from noticing your kid is missing to the instant that you just notice her will be hell. Being stuck between many people, whom half of them want to help, once you don’t understand their language, will leave you or your kid with a trauma. Have the address and telephone of your hotel written on a piece of paper and place it within the children pocket, or do as many western parents suggest these days, brand your kid by writing the telephone number on their body.

In the event of a missing kid, look around and ask shopkeepers or uniformed officers for help and ask someone to call the police. Rapid response number is 110. Here are some useful telephone numbers in case of emergency in  Iran.

tehran grand bazaar

Final Advice

You know better, that traveling with children needs a lot of effort and energy. It’s best that you just do the preparation way ahead of departure home. Take clear photos of your passport and visa and send them to your email, thus you’ll be able to access the images rapidly and easily. Study regarding Iran’s currency and exchange that is yet one more confusing topic. Bring some favorite toys of your kid along.

If you’re reserving a traditional boutique hotel or ecolodge, make certain how accessible these places are, as their style could be different from regular hotel standards. Try to learn some Farsi, especially words that indicate a certain allergic reaction or food preference.

And finally keep in mind that most social media, like facebook, twitter, youtube, etc, are blocked in the Islamic Republic of Iran, because of the government’s policy. It is a good plan to buy and install a VPN on your device before coming into the country.

If you love to travel with your children and on the other hand want to enjoy every moment of your journey in Iran we recommend you to take a private tour with us and let us manage your itinerary as you like and we know every corner of Iran and we have a plane for you and your children to spend a happy time together in Iran.

FAQs
Is it enough for a visitor to buy only Travel Agencies’ Liability Insurance?2019-04-05T21:29:21+00:00

Travel Agencies’ Liability Insurance covers only accidents occurring during the activities arranged by a travel agency, so it is recommended that you purchase personal Travel Insurance before departure. We recommend that all visitors to Iran purchase travel insurance sufficient to cover medical needs and trip curtailment beyond the coverage of the Agency policy.

What kind of insurance can you offer us if we book a tour in Iran with you?2019-04-05T21:29:54+00:00

The insurance we offer our clients is called Travel Agencies’ Liability Insurance. Under this plan client will receive compensation for personal or property losses, injury, or damage incurred during the guided tour. However, it does not cover mishaps or physical problems occurring outside the guided tour period or caused by clients themselves.

Is travel insurance necessary for Iran?2019-04-05T21:20:53+00:00

Yes. We strongly recommend that our clients purchase travel insurance before departure on a tour to guard against unforeseen circumstances.
Most travel insurance companies offer Trip Cost Cancellation and Interruption Insurance, emergency medical transport and medical expenses insurance. These policies pay for loss due to unforeseen circumstances such as death, injury, and illness. Travel policies also cover you for a variety of other risks, such as cancellation charges, loss of money, loss of baggage, and liability to third parties, to name a few. Although we do everything possible to ensure client security, if a mishap occurs, it can be very costly to you. By purchasing travel insurance you can relax, knowing that you can deal with problems that may arise. In addition, an annual travel policy may save you money.

Is Iran safe for traveling with children?2019-04-05T11:38:30+00:00

Yes, Iran is a very safe place for children and your kids will not feel alone because Iranian have many kids in their family and somehow it is a place that families love their children and they do anything for their happiness and future. there are so many playgrounds for children around the country and it is safe for your children to play with other kids in Iran.

Is Iran safe for women?2019-04-05T11:27:53+00:00

This answer is from our client Sara: ”

I felt completely safe all the time in Iran, even if I put a scarf and a coat, I mean – everybody sees my green eyes and blond hair, somehow. So I do look different. And it’s the first country, I felt total respect and no single “hey hey girl” look from any man. Men could say a compliment, even a very beautiful and metaphoric one, but in a super polite, respectful way. In my opinion Iran is one of the safest places in the world for women”

How cheap is Iran?2019-04-05T11:19:00+00:00

This answer is from Annett: ” Globally Iran is a very cheap country for travelers. Sometimes when we want to use a bus or subway, the ticket seller said: “be my guest”, so even for metro we didn’t have to pay. I think in general, travelling in Iran is cheap. Since petrol is cheap (about 10 c per litter)– all the long distance bus rides are cheap, even taxis are ok. Food in the local bars is cheaper than in Berlin or Warsaw and sleeping… well, it’s a challenge not be invited to people’s homes;) “

Is have the scarf on your head for women is the reason that you should not travel to Iran?2019-04-05T10:52:06+00:00

No, come on. Respecting the rules and the habits of the place, make the traveling deeper. There are so many things that we may not like when we travel to a country but it’s not a reason that we limit yourself to not enjoying other parts of the culture, foods, people hospitality, and unique attractions ….

Do you have a health insurance for Iran?2019-04-05T10:29:36+00:00

Almost all international insurance companies do not support Iran for health insurance or travel insurance or any other insurance. The best way to find out if your health insurance supports Iran when you travel to Iran is to call your insurance company. Anyway, if your travel company does not support Iran for health insurance or any other kind of Insurance, don’t worry! Mystery Of Iran® will always support you when you travel to Iran. we have many kinds of insurance for travelers and businesses, including travel health insurance.

Is Iran really the right place for family winter holidays?2019-04-05T10:12:38+00:00

Iran is a country for your family! Iranian are so friendly to tourists and it’s in their culture and traditions to welcome guests. In winters there are so many places that are very interesting for tourists. Except for Iran’s unique historical attractions, Iran also have very high altitude ski resort and also very big ski resorts near Tehran and some major cities. Also if you like to experience warm weather near the Persian Gulf in winter, this country have wonderful Kish island and Qeshm island with amazing nature and climate right in the famous Persian Gulf that will make your family’s winter holiday warm, nice and peaceful.

What do we need to know about Iranian visa?2018-08-24T18:32:35+00:00

There are two ways of obtaining an Iranian visa:

If you have plenty of time before you intend to travel (at least 8 weeks), you can apply for a visa by contacting your nearest Iranian Embassy.

Alternatively, you can use our services to take care of all the details and get your Iranian visa for you.

To apply independently you need to contact the Iranian Embassy nearest to where you live and ask for/download a visa application form.

Next, you will need to obtain a Letter of Invitation from a sponsor in Iran. For tourist visas, the sponsor will normally be a tour operator.

Once you have your Letter of Invitation you need to send this to your nearest Embassy along with your visa application form, two photographs, and the appropriate visa application fee.

The Embassy will then send details of your application to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Tehran.

Once your visa has been authorized by the MFA, a visa authorization number will be sent back to the Embassy. The Embassy will then contact you and tell you your visa authorization number. Please note that this reference number means that your visa has been authorized but is not the visa itself.

To obtain the actual visa in your passport, you need to fill out a visa collection form which you obtain/download from the Embassy. On this form, you enter your visa authorization number.

You can then either post or take this form to the Consulate Section of the embassy along with your passport and the appropriate visa collection fee. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from your date of entry into Iran and must have at least two blank pages.

If take your passport to the consulate in person, you will normally have to return the following day to get your passport back. If you post your passport to the consulate, either there will be an extra fee to cover the costs of them sending it back to you recorded delivery, or you will have to provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope. You should normally receive your passport back about one week from when the consulate first receives it.

Fill the visa application form here and get your Iranian visa, it’s fast and easy!

Visa on arrival

Nationals of all countries (except those listed below) holding a valid ordinary passport and wishing to visit Iran mainland, can obtain a 15-day Tourist Visa Upon Arrival at the airports of :

IKA : Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport

THR : Tehran Mehrabad Airport

MHD : Mashad Airport

SYZ : Shiraz Airport

TBZ : Tabriz Airport

ISF : Isfahan Airport

1. The applicant should have a confirmed return ticket and a valid passport with at least 6 months validity and a photo to be attached to the application form.

2. Visa stamp fee (depending on the applicant’s nationality) is payable to the visa & passport office at the airport.

3. This type of visa is only for tourist purposes and the followings are not entitled to this visa facilitation.

– Journalists and reporters on a mission.

– Applicants whose applications for Iran Visa have been rejected before.

– Iranians holding foreign passports but still maintaining their Iranian nationality.

4. Applicants can secure the visa by completing the form online and receiving a pre-approval visa code.

List of non-eligible nationalities for airport visa:

Colombia

Somalia

USA

UK

Canada

Bangladesh

Jordan

Iraq

Afghanistan

Pakistan

For more information about Iran Visa please click here!

What is the best time to visit Iran?2018-07-09T08:08:06+00:00

Being a vast country; Iran has regions with different temperatures even at a specific period of time. In fact it offers all sorts of climates and conditions. Depending on the season and the areas you plan to visit, you need to pack accordingly.

Spring and autumn are quite short seasons in Iran, between the heat of summer and the more changeable and often cold weather of winter. Winter temperature often falls below freezing, while summers, can be unpleasantly hot, especially for women. In the northern coastal areas of the Caspian Sea climate is mild and humid. The southern parts and the Persian Gulf region have always a hotter climate than Central Iran. North West Iran is about 10- 15C cooler than the rest of Iran. In Iran you may have a rear experience and see 45 degrees temperature difference between 2 places with just 2-4 hours driving.

All seasons have their own attractions. Thanks to such a diverse geography, you can have all kinds of climates in any season. Weather can be humid, dry, hot or cold depending on where you are. Therefore you can enjoy from winter and summer sports at the same time within a few hours.

Generally spring and autumn are the best time to visit Iran even if the weather may, on occasions, be a little uncertain with short lapses into either the cold of winter or the heat of summer. More accurate is mid-April to early June, and late September to early November. These times avoid the long, cold northern winter, the Iranian New Year (late March) and the summer.

•  If the heat doesn’t keep you away, take note that prices along the Caspian coast can quadruple during summer.

•  If you would like to go skiing then you should plan your visit sometime between November and March.

•  The rose and rosewater festival takes place between April and June. The hunting season in Iran commences on 23 October and lasts until 19 February; however the high season of foreign hunters normally coincides with January holidays.

•  Many people prefer not to visit Iran during Ramazan, the Muslim month of fasting, when most restaurants are closed between dawn and dusk. They function only at select hours in the evening, making it difficult for travellers to arrange for regular meals

What are emergency numbers and consulates in Iran?2018-08-25T18:51:26+00:00

Iran Emergency Telephone Numbers

110 – Police

115 – Ambulance

125 – Fire Department

112 – for calls from mobile phones

For more Emergency Telephone Numbers in Iran click here!

Here you can find contact numbers of Embassies & Consulates in Tehran

What do we need to know about potential problems in Iran?2018-08-25T18:51:08+00:00

The crime rate is very low in Iran, making it a safe place for tourists to travel. One of the biggest dangers here is from vehicles, with traffic accidents poising a significant threat. Exercise caution when crossing roads and make sure that you familiarise yourself with Iranian driving etiquette before getting behind the wheel.

Avoid flashing cash or valuables about in view of others, especially at night. If you have far to go, taking a taxi is a safer option than walking alone. For a safe and troublesome visit to Iran, it is essential that you respect the Islamic laws in force. There is special “tourist police” responsible for all issues related to tourists.

However, if you encountered any problems, you should call your embassy and look out for police. You can try crying “Komak, komak” (Help, help!) or “Dozd” (Thief!).

What do we need to know about transport in Iran?2018-07-09T07:33:20+00:00

Transport in Iran is inexpensive because of the government’s subsidization of the price of gasoline.

Travelling by train is an inexpensive way to get around Iran and meet Iranians. Iran’s first line was the trans-Iranian railway, built in the 1930s to connect the Caspian Sea at Bandar-e Torkaman with the Persian Gulf at Bandar-e Imam Khomeini. Passing through mountains and passes, it is one of the great engineering achievements of the 20th century. First among them is the track between Esfahan and Shiraz. Tehran is the main hub and most services begin or end in the capital. There is at least one daily service to Mashhad, Esfahan, Tabriz, Bandar Abbas and Kerman. Trains usually depart on time, but departure and arrival times for stops en route are often in the middle of the night. For the latest routes and prices, see here!

Domestic bus travel in Iran is very popular and long-distance buses are surprisingly comfortable. Bus connections are frequent and reliable, with various levels of comfort available. Journeys can be lengthy, so it is good to board well prepared. Urban buses are usually segregated, with women sitting at the rear and men at the front. Water is served on all buses. For the latest routes and prices, see here!

Taxis are available in all cities and usually come in the form of a private car. There are both private (“darbast”) and shared taxis, with the latter being cheaper. Drivers of shared taxis pick up as many people that they can along the way. To get on a shared taxi you need to stand beside the road and shout out your destination to the drivers who slow down for a few seconds. Private taxis can be hailed in the street or ordered through your hotel, and it is always best to agree on a price before embarking on your journey. Also there are some Taxi Mobile Apps and let you find taxi faster and cheaper!

Metros are the great hope for Iranian cities slowly being strangled by traffic. The Tehran Metro is growing fast and similar systems are being built in Mashhad, Shiraz, Tabriz, Ahvaz and Esfahan; the first two of which should be operational for some time to come. For more information about Tehran Metro Click here!

What do we need to know about Iranian currency?2018-07-09T01:54:22+00:00

The currency in Iran is the Iranian rial. Coins are available in denominations of: 50, 100, 250, and 500 rials, while banknotes come in: 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 rials.

Iran also has another unit of currency which is Toman (a sub unit), 1 Toman is equivalent to 10 Rials. Thanks to the rapid inflation, Iranians often use Tomans and this is how they count money but it is always better to ask before giving your money to someone which unit they are saying. Sometimes people say just “5” or “5,000” for the same 50,000 Rials. Toman is more common in oral quotes, while Rial is the official unit and used in most verbal documents. Price etiquettes may come either in Rial or Toman and usually are understood by the buyers. In case of doubt, check it with the seller. It is quite confusing and you might feel you are cheated but don’t worry, eventually you will get used to it.

Do not change money on the street, as this practice is illegal in Iran. Although many shops and hotels display a Visa logo in their window, in practice, credit cards are rarely accepted in Iran, with the exception of some of the larger hotels. This makes it essential that you have some ready cash at all times. Money can be exchanged at the airport on arrival or at banks and exchange offices (“sarrafi”) throughout the country. Banks are open from Sunday to Wednesday, 07:30 to 16:00; Thursdays, 07:30 to 12:00; and closed on Fridays.

Although Iran has a functioning network of ATMs (cash-point machines), they can only be used with locally issued bank cards, so are useless to travelers unless you open a local account.

What do we need to know about restaurants in Iran?2018-08-26T04:37:44+00:00

As you might have guessed, you will not find alcohol in Iranian eateries. Instead you can try tasty local drinks, such as “doogh”, a yogurt-based beverage very popular in Iran. It is sometimes carbonated and seasoned with mint. Also don’t miss Iranian non-alcoholic beer with all possible flavours.

Most restaurants, especially in the hotter regions in the south, serve lunch (12.00-16.00) and dinner (19.00-24.00) at certain hours and close for a “siesta”. In small cities knowing this can be crucial, because you will not find anywhere to eat during “resting” hours.

If you travel to Iran during Ramadan, the Muslim fast, you will see that all restaurants and cafes are closed during daylight. However, some of them work secretly to serve the travellers who can skip fasting.

It’s a good gesture to tip your waiter, however, it’s OK if you don’t.

What do we need to know about hotels in Iran?2018-08-26T04:38:41+00:00

Your hotel may ask to keep your passport for the time that you remain a guest; this is normal procedure. Hotel administration needs it for daily reports to the police. Don’t worry, it will be safe there! Besides, you don’t need to carry your passport on you when you’re out, you basically need it only at the time of entering and exiting the country.

If you’re travelling with your partner but are not married, no questions will be asked. You can occupy one room. The rule of having a marriage certificate to stay in 1 room at the hotel applies only to the locals.

At an average Iranian hotel you will always find a bathroom with a toilet and a shower. However, expect that you will only find a squat toilet at cheaper hotels. Breakfast is usually included in the price of your stay, as well as room service. Regular 220V electricity sockets are used.

Here you can book a hotel room in Iran.

What about Arrival and customs in Iran?2018-08-26T05:17:31+00:00

There is no special control for foreign citizens at the customs. However, don’t forget that The export and import of alcoholic beverages, weapons, ammunition, swords and sheaths, military devices, drugs and illegal goods is forbidden and carries with it severe penalties. Ladies should remember to put on covering clothes and head scarf before exiting the plane.

Air passengers are permitted to take one carpet up to six square meters from Iran however the export of antique carpets is forbidden. Other items that you are prohibited to take home include antiques, original works of art, calligraphic pieces, different kinds of coins and precious stones.

Is it customary to tip in Iran?2018-07-09T01:28:40+00:00

In upmarket restaurants (mainly in Tehran) a 10% gratuity might be expected – on top of the 10% service charge that’s often built into the bill. But everywhere else any money you leave will be a pleasant surprise. It’s normal to offer a small tip to anyone who guides you or opens a building that is normally closed. If your offer is initially refused, you should persist in making it three times before giving up.

What are the working days and days-off in Iran?2018-07-09T01:26:44+00:00

Iranian working days are from Saturday to Thursday and Fridays are off. On Thursdays, some companies are totally off and some are working only half day.

What vaccinations should I have before travelling in Iran?2018-08-26T05:55:32+00:00

Other than being up to date on your tetanus shot, there are no specific requirements for Iran. But we strongly recommend you consult your personal doctor and other specialized authorities in your country to make sure you are fully covered.

How many carpets can one carry as souvenirs from Iran?2018-08-26T06:42:11+00:00

Each person is allowed to take 2 pieces of rugs each 6 sq. m. with him/her or can send it via mail.

Learn more about Iranian handicrafts…

Do Iranians speak English?2018-07-09T01:10:05+00:00

Yes, especially young people can speak English and they love to practice their skills.

Learn more about languages in Iran …

Are there any taxis or local transportation available in Iran?2018-08-26T07:34:23+00:00

Yes, taxis, buses, trains & domestic flights are easily available. Also there are some mobile apps in Iran that help you get Taxi faster and cheaper.

Can one have a camera in Iran?2018-07-09T01:03:02+00:00

Yes, one can take photos and video almost everywhere in Iran. It’s not allowed to take photos of military areas, some religious places and museums. There is always a “No photo” sign stating that.

What is the electricity voltage in Iran?2018-07-09T01:01:04+00:00

220 volts AC, 50Hz.

Are roads in good condition, do all cities have airport in Iran?2018-08-26T07:48:25+00:00

Yes, the roads are good, as in many European countries, and in most cities there is an domestic airport.

Is international driving license accepted & are women allowed to drive in Iran?2018-08-26T13:35:14+00:00

Yes, international driving license is accepted, so one can rent a car for the period of his/her stay in Iran. Women can drive in Iran.

Is mail service reliable in Iran?2018-08-26T13:42:24+00:00

Yes, it is. International mail normally takes about 2 weeks.

What is the Internet access like in Iran?2018-07-09T00:52:48+00:00

You’ll be able to access the Internet in Iran’s cities, with many major hotels and cafes having Internet access. Expect little to no access in rural and remote areas. There are 3G and 4G internet access in Iran.

Where can one exchange money in Iran?2018-08-26T13:54:55+00:00

Do not change money on the street, as this practice is illegal in Iran. Money can be exchanged at the airport on arrival or at banks and exchange offices (“Sarrafi”) throughout the country. Banks are open from Sunday to Wednesday, 07:30 to 16:00; Thursdays, 07:30 to 12:00; and closed on Fridays. U.S. dollars, Euro, British Pounds, Japanese Yen and many more can be easily exchanged, but the exchange rates are not fixed and must be checked with banks.

What is the Iranian Currency?2018-07-09T00:48:08+00:00

The Iranian official currency is Rial. You may come across the word Toman in Iran. 10 IR = 1 Toman. Everyone is using this word instead of Rials except for some special cases.

Is any vegetarian food available in Iran?2018-08-26T15:04:42+00:00

Yes, usually you can find a vegetarian meal on the menu, especially in the north of Iran.

Is tap water safe to drink in Iran?2018-07-09T00:09:34+00:00

Yes, it’s safe to drink. Mineral water is also available and it’s relatively cheap.

Is it safe to travel in Iran?2018-07-09T00:06:38+00:00

The crime rate is very low in Iran, making it a safe place for tourists to travel. One of the biggest dangers here is from vehicles, with traffic accidents poising a significant threat. Exercise caution when crossing roads and make sure that you familiarise yourself with Iranian driving etiquette before getting behind the wheel.

Avoid flashing cash or valuables about in view of others, especially at night. If you have far to go, taking a taxi is a safer option than walking alone. For a safe and troublesome visit to Iran, it is essential that you respect the Islamic laws in force.

Do men have to follow the Islamic dress code in Iran?2018-07-08T23:56:24+00:00

Usually it’s expected that men do not wear short trousers and sleeveless tops. Of course if you are near sea the terms are different!

Do women have to follow the Islamic dress code in Iran?2018-07-08T23:34:02+00:00

Yes, women should wear non-transparent, loose garments covering all their bodies except for the hands and face. They should also wear a head scarf covering their hair. Any colour is fine, black is not a must. It’s OK to wear flip-flops and sandals.

For more information about Iran dress code please click here!

What about credit cards in Iran?2018-07-08T23:23:54+00:00

Unfortunately up to now credit cards are not acceptable in Iran and cash is the name of the game. You’d better travel with U.S. dollars or Euros and exchange them in major cities at currency exchange outlets. So, don’t count on using your credit card! Only some of the more sophisticated Iranian souvenir and carpet shops and hotels will accept credit cards. And route transactions through a partner business in Dubai or elsewhere in the Middle East. If you want to do business in Iran and need to transfer a large amount of money you may better use Cryptocurrencies.

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What are immigration and security entering/exiting Iran?2018-07-08T23:07:26+00:00

Usually just fingerprinted on your way into the country at airport is sufficient. Maybe some questions asked about agency name applies for your Iran visa, checking your hotels voucher or sometimes asking about your traveling reason. Anyway it’s not a worrying matter and would done for any other nation, too.

What is the dress code for women traveling in Iran?2018-07-08T23:03:48+00:00

As a woman visiting Iran, you are required to wear a headscarf that covers your head when in public. In addition, you should wear a long shirt, sweater or jacket over trousers or long skirt. As a foreign woman you will get less scrutiny than local women, but it’s still best to dress modestly and respectfully. There is no limitation in choosing colors, do it as you wish and fashionable! Like most of other Iranian women do, there you will see headscarves and outfits are perfectly matched.

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Group tour or private guide in Iran?2018-07-08T22:58:03+00:00

On group tour you will join other nations; it’s a unique experience for everyone, also the total coast decrease; but it may be somehow time consuming. On a private tour you have more freedom as the guide is just accompanying you and it’s your own time to be managed, on the other hand the rate is higher than joining a group tour.

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How long will take to get Iran Visa?2018-08-24T20:56:38+00:00

Obtaining an Iranian tourist visa needs two steps:

Step 1- Get visa invitation letter or visa reference code form an Iranian tourist agency.

This step normally takes 4-10 work days for all countries except for US, UK and Canadian passport holders.

For US, UK and Canadian passport holders this process may take about 30-40 days.

Also Is you are not from US, UK and Canadian you like to get your visa faster, you can apply for urgent visa and it will take 1-3 work days.

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Step 2- After receiving your Iran visa reference code you can go to Iranian embassy or consul that you mentioned in your visa request and collect your visa stamp.

It will take 1-2 work days to get the visa stamp from them.

How to apply for Iran visa for US, UK and Canadian passport holders?2018-08-26T21:31:54+00:00

Obtaining an Iranian tourist visa for US, UK and Canadian passport holders has a two-step process:

 

Getting an authorization number from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which a MFA-approved travel agency in Iran should apply for that.

The actual Iran tourist visa issued by an Iranian consulate.

So, all you need to do is to fill out the application form and select an Iranian consulate where you’ll pick up your visa. Then the travel agency you work with will help with the needed paperwork’s. The time consuming part is the authorization number that usually takes 30-40 business days. Once you have that number, getting your visa from the Iranian consulate is done in 2 or 3 days.

 

Note 1: Although Iran doesn’t have an official embassy in United States of America, you can get the visa in Iranian Interest Section at the Pakistan Embassy that handles Iranian visa requests in Washington, D.C.. If you don’t live in that area you’ll need to send your passport, application form and passport photos by mail with a prepaid return envelope.

 

Note 2: If your travel starts before Iran and you plan to visit other countries; you can pick up your visa at an Iranian Consulate abroad. But you should specify the consulate in advance on your application form.

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