Frequently Asked Questions about Iran

Why would I travel to Iran?

Traveling to Iran will be an awesome experience for the guests who have an interest in Persian history, culture, Iranian architecture or archaeology or those who have already traveled to the Middle East and are looking for an in-depth experience. Iranian people are very hospitable and you are most welcome to Iran. Absolutely, you will have a lot to tell about to your family and friends after your trip to Iran.

Is it safe to travel to Iran?

Despite common misconceptions, Iran is a safe and secure country to visit. Despite being located in the heart of the Middle East with neighboring countries facing challenges, Iran maintains a peaceful and calm atmosphere. It is considered one of the safest countries in the region. Both women and men, whether traveling independently or as part of a group tour, can enjoy their trip without any major concerns. At Rashin Travel, we prioritize safety, and if there are any safety concerns regarding travel to Iran, we will cancel the departure well in advance.

Read moreIs it safe to travel to Iran? 

Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine for traveling to Iran?

As of 25 July 2023, Iran has lifted all COVID-19 related travel restrictions. International arrivals are now able to enter Iran without any specific vaccine requirements. Whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, you can travel to Iran without the need to provide proof of vaccination.

Do I need a visa to travel to Iran?

For most nationalities, a visa is required to travel to Iran. To learn more about the visa requirements and the application process, please visit our tourist visa page. It provides detailed information and guidance to assist you with your visa application.

How is the weather in Iran?

Iran is unique in experiencing all four seasons. Summers can range from cool to warm, while winters can be mild despite some areas being very cold. Due to Iran’s size and varying altitudes, the country showcases extreme climate variations. Winters (December to February) can be quite cold in most regions, while summer (June to August) temperatures often reach up to 40°C (104°F).

Read moreWhen is the best time to visit Iran?

Is tipping customary in Iran?

Yes, tipping in Iran is customary. It is recommended to set aside small amounts to tip service workers such as porters, local guides, waiters, drivers, and cleaners.

What is the internet access like in Iran?

Iran provides internet access throughout the country, with most hotels offering free Wi-Fi for guests. Additionally, you can purchase internet packages for local SIM cards, which allow you to have internet access on your mobile devices while exploring Iran. Although there may be occasional restrictions on certain websites and social media platforms, using a virtual private network (VPN) can help bypass these restrictions and ensure uninterrupted internet access.

How can I buy a SIM card in Iran?

Purchasing a SIM card in Iran is straightforward. You can find various types of mobile SIM cards that allow you to make international calls at reasonable prices. SIM cards are available for purchase at the airport or mobile shops. Additionally, you can buy internet packages with your SIM card, providing you with internet access throughout the country.

What are the toilets like in Iran?

Squat toilets are the most common type of toilets in Iran. However, you can find flushable western-style toilets in most hotels and some tourist areas. It’s advisable to carry your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these amenities may not always be provided.

What will it cost for a...?

Iran offers affordable prices for dining, shopping, and local transportation. Here’s a rough estimate of what you can expect to pay for the following:

  • Basic Lunch: Approximately 6 Euros
  • Cup of Coffee: Around 1 Euro
  • Short Taxi Ride: Approximately 5 Euros

Can I drink the water in Iran?

While tap water in Iran is generally considered safe to drink, it is recommended that visitors avoid consuming it due to its high mineral content, which can lead to stomach upsets. To reduce environmental impact, it is also advisable to avoid drinking bottled water. Instead, you can ask your tour leader or hotel for access to filtered water, which is a more sustainable option.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Iran?

No, credit cards are not widely accepted in Iran. Iran primarily operates on a cash-based economy, and credit card usage is limited. It is advisable to carry sufficient cash when traveling to Iran, as credit cards may not be accepted at most establishments.

Read more – Complete guide about Iranian currency 

What is ATM access like in Iran?

ATMs in Iran do not accept foreign cards, so cash is the primary form of currency. Most foreign currencies, such as US dollars, British pounds, euros, or Australian dollars, can be exchanged into the local currency on the ground. It is recommended to exchange any unused currency back to your home currency before departing Iran.

Are there any restrictions for customers travelling on a UK/US/Canadian Passport?

  • Visa on arrival is not available for UK, US, or Canadian passport holders. You must obtain your visa before departure.
  • Due to government regulations, the visa process for UK, US, or Canadian passport holders may take longer. Please allow 60-90 days to obtain a visa before departure.
  • Additional supporting documentation will be required when applying for your visa. Please refer to our visa information for more details.
  • For US, UK, or Canadian travelers, any time spent in Iran outside the duration of the tour must be arranged through the local operator, and travelers must be accompanied by the assigned trip leader.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

Yes, it is absolutely necessary to purchase travel insurance before traveling to Iran. All passengers are required to have travel insurance in place prior to the start of their trip. Given the diverse nature, availability, and costs of healthcare services worldwide, travel insurance is essential to ensure adequate coverage and peace of mind during your journey.

Am I allowed to take photographs and videos while traveling in Iran?

While traveling in Iran, it is important to be respectful when taking photographs or videos, particularly of local people, especially women and children. It is considered courteous to ask for permission before capturing their images. Some locations, such as government buildings, museums, art galleries, and private houses, may prohibit photography. These areas are typically clearly marked, but if you’re unsure, please ask for clarification.

Read more – Photography in Iran: Dos and Don’ts 

What is Iranian Food Like?

Iranian cuisine is known for its richness and flavors. Traditional Iranian food features rice as a staple, often accompanied by various sauces (khoresht) made with vegetables and greens such as eggplants, carrots, beans, lentils, onions, and tomatoes. The diversity of regional cuisines in Iran is fascinating and can be a compelling reason to explore different parts of the country. With a wide range of herbs, vegetables, and fruits available due to the varied climates, Iran offers an array of local dishes and specialties that are sure to delight your taste buds.

Can I drink Alcohol in Iran?

No, drinking alcohol is forbidden and illegal in Iran. It is not sold or readily available. However, you can find a variety of non-alcoholic drinks in Iran. Two popular local beverages to try are Doogh, a refreshing yoghurt-based drink, and herbal Sharbat, a flavorful syrup. We strongly recommend tasting these delicious non-alcoholic options during your visit.

Can I bring medication to Iran?

Yes, you can bring medication with you to Iran. However, it is important to note that some medications may be subject to regulations and require proper documentation. It is advisable to carry a copy of your prescription or a doctor’s note for any prescription medication you bring. You may bring prescription and over-the-counter medications to Iran, but we recommend you carry these in their original bottles and/or packaging.

Read more – Which medicines are prohibited in Iran? 

What is the official currency in Iran?

The official currency of Iran is the Iranian Rial (IRR). You can exchange money at the airport banks, city banks, or exchange offices in cities. While some businesses may accept US dollars or euros, it is generally recommended to have local currency for day-to-day transactions.

What is the dress code in Iran?

Iran has a modest dress code, especially for women. Women are required to wear a headscarf (hijab) and loosely-fitted clothing that covers their arms and legs. It is recommended to wear a long-sleeved top or tunic that extends below the hips, paired with loose pants or a long skirt. Men should also dress modestly, avoiding shorts and sleeveless shirts in public. It’s important to respect the local customs and dress appropriately when visiting Iran.



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