Iran is one of the top destinations especially for those who are looking for a unique travel experience and for the people who are fond of ancient history. Furthermore, the people in Iran are hospitable and warm--showing so much willingness in sharing their country and heritage with visitors.
However, to ensure a richer and more fulfilling adventure in Iran, there are important facts that people who plan to visit the country should be aware of. And to help you, we have collated in this article some of the most important things that must be considered before traveling to Iran.
Important Information for a Hassle-Free Travel to Iran
From booking a flight, the right clothes to wear, and embracing Iran’s culture. Here are some of the most useful information that anyone visiting the place must know.
Flights to Iran
Iran air flies between Tehran and most major European capitals. Most of their planes have 2 travel classes: economy and business class.
British Airways has also recently started flights to Tehran from London 5 times a week.
Best Time to Visit
The size of Iran means that can temperatures can vary greatly. Daytime can be incredibly hot, especially between May and October, and in the desert regions and along the Gulf Coast. The mountain ranges of the north reach freezing temperatures in the winter.
Nights can be especially cold, year round. In general terms, major cities like Tehran, Isfahan and Tabriz have seasons roughly equivalent to those in Mediterranean Europe. It’s advisable for all visitors to look into timings of festivals like Ramadan before booking a trip.
The high season is from March to May with ideal temperatures in most of Iran.
In Tehran, lightweight clothing is worn from April to October while medium weight attire is advised from November to March. Be reminded, however, that dress should always err on the side of conservatism, particularly for women – the wearing of headscarves is obligatory in public. Read more about the weather in Iran here.
Visa for Iran
To enter Iran, you must have a passport valid for six months beyond the length of your stay, and the passport book must have at least two blank pages.
If your passport contains an Israeli stamp or stamps from other countries' border crossing points with Israel, you may be refused entry to Iran.
Visas for Iran are required in advance by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except for travellers visiting Kish Island, who can stay visa-free for up to 14 days.
Be aware that visa requirements for visitors of all nations can change at short notice. Contact the embassy to check the latest situation. Nationals not referred to in the chart above are also advised to contact their local embassy to check visa requirements.
There is now an online service please check website https://e_visa.mfa.ir/en/
Women and girls over nine years old should wear a headscarf in their visa application photo in accordance with Islamic custom.
There are fines for overstaying your visa.
Need help with your visa? Here’s a guide on how to get your Iranian visa on arrival.
Women are required to follow the Islamic dress code while in Iran. The Hijab is required while out in public to cover your hair. Your arms and legs must also be covered, but your outfit can be any colour of your choosing.
There are two of types of outer covering used by Iranian women: the manteau which is similar to a light overcoat and is worn over pants along with a headscarf, and the chador which is a long black or colourful covering that envelopes the body and is worn over the clothes, or in combination with the manteau and headscarf.
Remember that Iranian women are very stylish so feel free to dress to impress while in Iran. You can also look at Iranian women on the street for inspiration.
Important Points to Remember:
1- Light colours are recommended for the summer.
2- Wearing jeans is completely acceptable.
3- Wearing sandals is acceptable.
4- You can wear a long sleeved dress over jeans instead of the manteau worn by Iranian women. Although it will be fun to follow Iranian fashion, once you arrive.
5- Remember to bring a coat or something with long sleeves and a scarf to cover your hair once your flight ends.
6- Wearing boots in winter is acceptable.
7- When entering holy places such as mosques and some mausoleums you will be asked to cover yourself with a chador, which will be given to you on loan at the entrance.
1-Wearing shorts in public is NOT acceptable in Iran.
2-Wearing T-shirts is acceptable.
3-Ties and bow ties are acceptable depending on the nature of your visit.
Iran's web of social etiquette, known as t'aarof, is very complex. T'aarof comes in many forms, from flattery and belittling, role-playing, to every kind of social interaction you can imagine.
For instance, when you are hungry and offered food, it is polite to refuse the offer of food three times before accepting. You should also humble/belittle yourself before others.
To offer another example, when paying for a taxi ride, the driver will likely refuse to accept payment and say "Please, you're my guest. I am unworthy of your generosity." He will say this three times before accepting the payment. This is considered polite, and he finally accepts the payment.
Tehran is one of the most gridlocked cities in the world. There is no “rush hour,” and you will get stuck in traffic jams at all hours. Be advised that it can take an hour to go 10 miles; a quick look at demographics reveals why. Tehran's residential population is 12-14 million and an addition 6 million people come into Tehran everyday to work.
Local driving habits can be aggressive, so abundant caution is advised.
A version of Uber has recently been introduced to the Tehran taxi system. You can download the app “Esnap”, and it will immediately put you in contact with qualified drivers.This service is still very new and doesn’t cover all areas of Tehran.
Other alternatives are called “Telephone Taxis.” They are local agencies you call to order a taxi. They always ask for your destination.
Oddly enough, you will also find that some privately owned cars will stop if you are standing on the roadside to offer you a ride for a fee. Typically, people will negotiate the price based on the destination before getting into the car. This is a car pool system and you will be riding with other passengers in the car. This is the cheapest form of taxi in the main cities of Iran.
Planning to travel? Before booking a flight and an accommodation in Iran, take the time to know some of the most important facts that will make way for the most memorable and convenient travel experience.