The first question that many tourists ask and one of the most common things searched on Google is this phrase: “Is Iran Safe?”
Unlike what many tourists imagine, Iran is a very safe place and many travelers have described it as “The safest country they’ve ever been to”. Iranians are famous for being such good hosts. They always get excited when they see foreign people are visiting their country and even invite tourists to eat at their tables without even knowing them! If you fit in local costumes, you are unlikely to be treated with anything.
Iranians are interested to socialize with you, know about you and your country and help you with anything. Crimes against tourists are very rare in Iran and many tourists have written in their journals: “Travelling in Iran was even safer than it was in Europe”.
Although Iran is a relatively low-crime country but you have to keep important things like your wallet or your phone near you in crowded areas like the downtown or bazaars and public transportation.
Iran has extensive Emergency service with good response times. Numbers of Emergency services in Iran, are different from other countries. 110 is the number of local Police control center. Ambulance is available via 115 and dial 125 for fire station.
There are some basic things you should be aware of, like:
You aren’t allowed to take photographs near military buildings, government buildings, airports, trains and nuclear facilities, photographing the wrong thing will take polices attention. If you took picture from the wrong thing, emphasize that you are a tourist and delete the pictures immediately.
Always have photocopies of your passport and visa, if you are going out of town take your passport with you and give some photocopies to your hotel. The police may stop you on the roads near the borders, searching for drugs and other forbidden things.
Why not?! As a woman, you have to wear hijab in Iran. And if you fit in local costumes, there won’t be a problem. Woman travelers mention their experience as ” one of the most fun and enjoyable experiences” they’ve ever had during their travel.
Well, the answer i no … Iran is an Islamic country and as pork meat and liqueur are ligiously prohibited in this religion, you can’t buy or import these things in Iran.