Travel Guide

Is Iran safe?

Iran is a safe place to travel, so much so that many travelers describe it as the ‘safest country I’ve ever been to’, or ‘much safer than travelling in Europe’. Violent crime against foreigners is extremely rare and, indeed, if you do your best to fit in with local customs, you are unlikely to be treated with anything but courtesy and friendliness that applies to Americans, too

Visa Questions

How to get visa?

You can apply for Iranian visa from here

What type of visa will I need?

The main types of visas issued are:

  • Tourist Visa
  • Entry Visa (Business Visa)
  • Press Visa
  • Transit Visa
  • Work Permit Visa
  • Pilgrimage Visa
  • Student Visa
  • Diplomatic and Service Visa

We suggest you to get a tourist Visa.

How long will it take to get an Iranian Visa?

The whole process will normally take a minimum of one month. Please note, however, that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the sole decision making authority as to whether or not to issue your visa or when. If they have any concerns about your application, this could hold up the application process. It is advisable, therefore, to allow at least 8 weeks before you intend to travel

Can I get a Visa at the airport upon arrival in Iran?

You can obtain a visa on arrival for a stay of 30 days (extendable for another 15 days), at the following airports.

  • Konarak Airport (Chah-Bahar)
  • Isfahan International Airport (Isfahan)
  • Kish International Airport (Kish Island)
  • Mashhad International Airport (Mashad)
  • Dayrestan Airport (Qeshm Island)
  • Shiraz International Airport (Shiraz)
  • Tabriz International Airport (Tabriz)
  • Imam Khomeini International Airport and Mehrabad International Airport (Tehran)

Unless you hold one of these passports

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Somalia, United Kingdom, United States.

Life Style Questions

How are the variety and quality of foodstuff in Iran

Those who have been to Iran have felt spoiled by the variety of high quality stews and kebabs among many other dishes. There are restaurants of various kinds. You will find a lot of herbs and spices, but Iranian dishes are not as hot and spicy as the Indian ones. A moderate amount of them is added to food just to give them different tastes. As there are not genetically manipulated vegetables and fruits in Iran, they taste the same old natural tastes everybody appreciates them. The meat usually served in the restaurants is chicken, veal, fish and lamb. Of course, you may find turkey, quail and shrimp too, but no pork, snake, frog, dog or other kinds. They are prohibited to be taken in Islam and this is observed everywhere. The vegetarians can order raw or cooked vegetables in the hotels as well as restaurants.

Food in Iran

What kinds of drinks are possible to buy in Iran

You can buy any kinds of soft non-alcoholic drinks. There are Iranian made drinks as well as international brands served everywhere. People drink tap water. It is filtrated and refined before supplied to them, but for the newcomers traveling to Iran, I do not recommend it. Instead, you’d better take Iranian bottled water prepared according to the international standards for both domestic and export uses.

What is the usual clothing in Iran

Food in Iran

Women wear non-transparent, loose garments covering all their bodies except for the hands and face. Color is a free choice, but red, orange, pink or similar colors are not put on during national or private sad occasions. Black is not a must. Chador is not a must either, but when it comes to visit a holy mausoleum and you have the opportunity to experience wearing a chador for a few minutes, do not skip the opportunity to feel the atmosphere. Men put on non-transparent garments too. They may wear short-sleeve shirts or T-shirts (unlike women), but not shorts in the public. The choice of color is the same for men aswell. Due to the heat of the Sun and in order to protect your skin, I would not recommend wearing short sleeve shirts. If you do, do not forget to put on some Sun block cream on your skin. But, it is your choice.

What goods are regarded as forbidden postal items?

  • Narcotics and laxatives
  • Explosives, radioactive and inflammable materials or other dangerous materials
  • Items against Islamic moralities
  • Live animals except for honey bees, leeches, silkworms, parasites and bug-busting animals recognized by the institutes
  • Goods forbidden to enter the destination country
  • Items that might cause a danger for post company’s personnel or might hurt the
  • other postal items or equipment, and
  • Private documents corresponded between parties other than the sender or the receiver or any of their family members.

What are the working days and off days in Iran?

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

What is the time difference with the rest of the world?

The formula to set your time is very simple: GMT +3.5 (GMT +4.5 from March 20 to September 21).

Is it possible to bring alcoholic beverage to Iran?

Entering Iran; bringing alcohol is forbidden. It is possible to get non-alcoholic beverages almost all over the country.

Is it customary to do tipping in Iran? Where and when?

Yes. It is customary to tip porters, servants and janitors in hotels, porters in the airports, waiters or waitresses in restaurants, drivers giving services during tours as well as guides.

Money Questions

What is the Iranian currency?

The Iranian official currency is Rial. Rials are available in coins and notes. Coins are only marked in Persian script and numerals, but one side of the notes is printed in English.

Are credit cards accepted in Iran?

Not exactly. There are not any official services for the internationally known credit cards in Iran. Some Iranian private banks are trying to arrange services for the international credit cards these days. Also, some smart businessmen can accept credit cards. In some particular shops you can purchase some items like carpets, handicrafts, jewels, etc by credit cards like in some major hotels or some other shops outside hotels.

Generally, Bring cash in US dollars or euro.

Are the prices high or low in Iran?

Fortunately, the price for the majority of the items that tourists are looking for are relatively low. Items like high quality books, souvenirs, meals, foodstuff and transportation are very tempting because of their relatively high quality yet low prices.

Prices in Iran

What’s the daily cost in Iran?

  • Budget: 60$
  • Midrange: 60-175$
  • Top End: 175$

Where can I exchange money?

It is possible to exchange money already at the airport, no matter at what time; but only special banks do exchange money. Also there are exchange shops available in most big cities. The following currencies can be easily exchanged at any Exchange Shop: US Dollars, Euro, British Pounds, French Franken, Japanese Yen and so on.