All females over the age of nine must wear a hijab, the Islamic dress. There is no uniformity, however, regarding its type and the amount of coverage it provides. The black chador (the loose head-to-toe covering) isn’t compulsory. the most common wear is manto , a full-length, usually long-sleeved overcoat, an overwhelming array of which is readily available in the shops. If you don’t want to buy any, bring a knee-length, loose tunic that can be worn with a long skirt or trousers (jeans are acceptable). Hair must be covered with a scarf. The colors of the clothes do not really matter. If you travel in summer, light fabrics and sandals are strongly recommended.
There are few restrictions about men’s dress. Only shorts, even knee-length, are unacceptable. Shirts with short sleeves are fine. It is not mandatory for women to wear a Chador in public places unless intending to visit sites of a holy Shrine. It is however enforced for women to wear a long sleeve shirt and pants or long skirts. (There is no limitation on the color or material).
Yes, the head scarf should cover the hair.
The short answer is yes. Visa procedures have been considerably simplified during recent years. All nationalities except Israelis are allowed to apply. US residents have to refer to the Iranian Interests Section of the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC, or to the Iranian Mission at the UN, New York. Most tourists go to Iran to see the history and archaeology of ancient Persia, Persian gardens, or the grand monuments of Esfahan. All American tourists who want visit Iran will need to join a tour to Iran. The visa process can take up to 30 days, so tourists should finish planning their travel at least 60 days ahead of time.
Citizens of all countries, as well as US passport-holders living abroad, should contact the Iranian Embassy or Consulate in their countries. To get a visa in one’s country, one needs to present all necessary documents, and wait during ten working days for a reply. The documents you will need include a filled-in application form, a valid passport, two photographs (females should wear headscarves) , and a receipt for the payment of the visa fee. Fees for visas vary according to the nationality of the applicant. Citizens of the USA and Great Britain also need a letter of invitation that can be issued by many tour agencies in Iran. Now all nationalities can get a 14-day visa in any international airport of Iran which can be extended for 7 more days in the department of Foreign Affairs , but if you have time, we recommend you to apply for visa in advance at home.
Yes, you will have to keep the copy of the stamped form until the day of your departure, since it will be requested by the passport control officer. In case you lose the copy, please inform your tour guide immediately.
You can exchange at the airport, there is Melli Bank. A better rate is available in Bureau de change.
To bring your own vehicle into Iran, you must be more than 18 years old and have a valid international driver’s license. For the vehicle, you will need car registration papers, a nationality badge, a red warning triangle, and a carnet de passage ) temporary importation document) which can be obtained from the relevant international automobile organization in your country. Third-party insurance is compulsory for all- make sure that your policy is valid for Iran and accredited with Iranian insurance companies. Otherwise you will have to buy insurance at the border. The only tax the driver pays is the fuel tax. At the border, the officials will probably note the details of your vehicle in your passport to make sure you don’t leave the country without your vehicle. Three months is the current time limit for driving a foreign car in Iran. For a period of more than ten days, you should obtain a temporary license plate for your car.
Spring and autumn are the best times to travel around central, western and northern Iran and to see the most interesting cultural attractions of this wonderful country. Only visits to the coast of Persian Gulf are best made in winter when humidity and heat levels are at their lowest.
No, alcoholic beverages are strictly forbidden.
The tap water is drinkable, but it is recommended to drink mineral water when possible.
According to the Iranian Islamic rules, all alcohol is banned and if you take any alcoholic drink with you, it would be confiscated at the border or in the airport.
Any crime carries severe penalties in the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the other hand Because of great influence of Islamic beliefs and off course importance of decency in Iranian culture, this country is one the safest. It is likely that the greatest danger you face (other than crossing the road!!) is having your purse or camera snatched, especially in Isfahan.
Eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours of the 28 days of Ramadan is not acceptable. Entry into a "working" religious building or into a private home entails removing shoes at the edge of the carpet, rug or floor covering to prevent street filth being brought in. In a public city bus, usualy passengers sit according to gender and there is a man section and women section. As in some other islamic countries homosexuality does not occur and such behavior is forbidden and illegal. Note that men in Iran often hold hands and embrace each other, but this has no sexual connotations.
No, international credit cards don't function in Iran due to sanctions. Only some souvenir shops in Shiraz and Isfahan which have connections to Emirate banks accept them. So it's better to take cash money with you.
Yes. Regular ski gear and boots are available to rent in Iranian ski resorts, however this is just for regular ski equipment only. Specialized ski or mountaineering gear are not available. You have to bring your own.
Yes, there are numerous café net and internet cafes throughout Iran.
Yes. You will need a power converter and an adapter to use with any electrical supplies. The power socket outlets are 2 round circles in which a plug with two pins can be inserted.
Yes, please announce it at customs, so that you receive a filming Permit for Iran.
Yes. There are various types of taxis available in the city, e.g. personal driving services and yellow cabs. It is advisable to agree on a fare with the driver before you get on a taxi. The majority of the taxi drivers speak Farsi. The airport taxis are a little more expensive than street ones. For Traveling between the cities you can uses taxis, buses, trains and air planes.
No. The majority of them speak only Farsi, however they are very helpful