- Is it safe to travel in Iran?
Yes! Iran is one of the safest countries in the world for traveling, with a very low degree of tourist related crimes. Of course, one should observe the same safety rules as in other countries: watch
your personal belongings and values and respect local rules and regulations - especially with regard to local dress code and photography - and avoid approaching demonstrations or discussing politics. Or, as the old saying goes: when in Rome, do as the Romans!
Everyone! Youngsters as well as elderly people, meat lovers as well as vegetarians, museum nerds as well as sports enthusiasts, adventurers as well as people with a need to unplug from daily life. Iran has
something to offer to all sorts of people.
- When should I travel to Iran?
That would, obviously, depend on your available time and planning, but Iran is known for having four seasons, meaning that you can always find a nice
cool place in the summer or a warm spot in the winter - if you don’t like the extremes! So it is basically a question of coordinating your personal schedule with the areas and the climates that you prefer.
- Is traveling in Iran expensive?
No! Traveling in Iran is very inexpensive and with a little planning ahead you can easily find your flight to Iran at campaign prices. I’ll be happy to help you out with booking of hotels etc.
- Can I use my credit card in Iran?
No! Due to the American trade embargo all transactions by use of international credit cards from Iran are blocked. The exception is some carpet shops that will offer you to pay with credit cards. So, please remember to bring sufficient cash with you!
- Which currency do I use in Iran?
The Iranian currency is Rials (IRR), but often prices are given in Tomans, which has 10x more value, so this can be a bit tricky getting used to. In general, people don’t cheat you, though, so if
you are in doubt, just ask!
- How much money should I budget per day?
This is, of course, an individual matter, but generally you’ll go a long way with very little money. An average meal, for example, would be no more than 7-8€.
In general, Euros are easy to change in most cities, whether in an exchange bureau or a bank.
- Is it correct that female tourists must wear hijab in Iran?
Yes. The Iranian law dictates that all women, local as well as tourists
must wear hijab in all public spaces. That means outside your hotel room, in the restaurant, on the street etc. Hijab means covering your hair, ears and neck and wearing long sleeves and trousers that go to your ancle. Preferably with something loose-fitting
on top like a long tunic or light jacket, which should cover front and back to your thighs. Men are also obliged to wear hijab! But for men hijab means wearing long trousers and avoiding sleeveless shirts/tank tops.
- Can I drink water from the
tap in Iran?
Yes! With the exception of certain cities in the province where there is insufficient water purification you can drink water from the tap. However, since the tap water tend to carry a taste of chlorine you will always have easy access
to bottled mineral water. Needless to say, you can use tap water for brushing teeth, washing, showering etc.
- Can I eat pork or drink alcohol while in Iran?
Alcohol and pork meat are strictly prohibited in Iran! While it is
not uncommon to be offered bootleg alcohol or pork, I strongly advise you to avoid accept any such invitations. Also, do not bring alcohol or pork with you when traveling to Iran.
- What can a food allergist/vegan/vegetarian eat in Iran?
Many iranian dishes are suitable for people with either allergies or special eating habits. It can, however, be a little hard finding out how to communicate your needs, especially outside Tehran. If you have any special questions or requirements, do not
hesitate to ask me!
- Do I need any vaccinations before I go to Iran?
No! There are no tropical diseases in Iran. It May be a good idea to get a tetanus shot, though, or check the expiry date if you already have one. Malaria is found
in very rare cases in distant spots, so it is unnecessary to take any medication for that.
- Can I talk to the Iranians?
Yes of course! The Iranians are incredibly hospitable, warm and welcoming. They are also eager to get to
know tourists - and to practise their English skills. They will soon gather around you to take selfies with you, ask you your opinion about their country or invite you for a cup of tea!
- Can I take pictures everywhere?
no. Similar to other countries, there are photo restrictions in Iran. Avoid taking pictures of official/governmental buildings, officials dressed in uniform (police/military), embassies, harbours, airports or anywhere that a sign tells you not to photograph!
If in doubt, better ask or keep the camera in the bag!
- How long time should I spend in Iran?
That would depend on the individual traveler, but most people find that 9-10 days is too short time if you want to get a proper impression
of the culture and places. But a trip of 14-21 days is optimal and gives you a chance to visit many diverse places around this vast country.
- Is it possible for me to share hotel room with my girlfriend/boyfriend?
Yes. The authorities
do not interfere with the personal relations of foreigners. However, many hotels will ask you to deposit your passport with them for the sake of the registration with the local authorities. It is completely normal and safe to deposit your passport at the hotel
- How can I get a tourist visa for Iran?
Nowadays, tourists of many different nationalities can obtain Iranian visa through fairly uncomplicated procedures, and many can even obtain visa on arrival (VOA). For some nationalities
the procedure is different, so make sure to check with your local embassy. Please note that if you have any Israeli stamps in your passport you will not be granted an Iranian visa under any circumstances!
- Can journalists obtain visa
Yes, but they have to apply for a journalist/media visa.
- Is it possible to rent a car and drive on your own in Iran?
Yes. You can even rent through the international car rental company Europcar upon arrival
to Iran. Click here for more information. It can be quite a challenge to drive in Iran when you’re not accustomed to the local driving style. But you may quickly get used to it, and most signs
are written in both Persian and English. Please remember to bring your international drivers license.
If you have any other questions feel free to contact me!