The citizens of following countries are allowed to enter Iran without being required to obtain visa: Armenia (90 days) Azerbaijan (30 days) Bolivia (30 days) Egypt (30 days) Georgia (45 days) Lebanon (30 days) Malaysia (15 days) Oman (30 days) Syria- arriving by aircraft straight from Damascus (90 days) Turkey (90 days) Venezuela (15 days) China
- Iran visa on arrival - Receiving Iran visa in advance (with an authorization code)
The citizens of all countries can receive Iran visa on arrival except: Canada, UK, US, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Nepal, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka For receiving Iran visa on arrival you just need to have passport, 2 passport sized personal photos, hotel reservation or host contact, travel insurance, visa fee (preferably in Euro) with you upon arrival and receive your visa at international airports in Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad, Tabriz and Qeshm and Kish Islands. Note: The visa fee usually differs according to your nationality and it usually ranges from 40 to 150 Euros. Interesting Note: If you are among the nationalities who can receive Iran visa on arrival, you are allowed to spend up to 14 days in Kish Island with no visa required. This southern island is a wonderful winter destination and is close to Dubai.
-If you are going to travel to Iran overland and coming from Afghanistan. Iraq, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Turkey. The VOA service is available at Armenia border, but you can’t rely on this 100%. -If you want to skip VOA queue at the airport and also want to be 100% sure about your visa process before your trip. -If you are a British, United States or Canadian passport holder. For receiving Iran visa in advance, you should first contact a local Iran tour operator to apply for your Authorization code (invitation letter), which usually takes less than a week to be issued and costs around 29 Euros. Three working days after your authorization code is issued you can refer to the nearest Iranian embassy to receive your Iran visa, holding your passport with 6 months validity after your trip in Iran, 2 passport sized photos, passport copies, visa application form, and the visa fee which differs according to your nationality. The authorization code is valid for one months and you should receive your visa within this period. Note: Since 2018, you have the option to avoid receiving Iran visa stamp on your passport and you can ask the authorities to give you your visa on a separate paper, which should be with you throughout your travel in Iran. This option is valid for passengers who receive visa on arrival.
Yes it’s simple. You can extend your duration of stay twice for 30 days, as the limit for staying in Iran is 90 days. You should refer to the police of foreign affairs’ office which is available in many cities like, Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, Yazd, Bandar Abbas and etc. and this process takes less than 24 hours.
According to MFA rules, the British, American and Canadian passport holders can only visit Iran with a guided tour operated by a valid tour operator in Iran and they are required to stay with their guide during the day. Also, their visa process takes a longer time and their authorization codes are usually issued in more than one time. According to the last update, the required visa documents for these applicants are: -Filled visa form -Scanned passport page -Passport sized photo -Personal CV -List of countries visited during the last 10 years -Confirmed Iran itinerary and arrival and departure flights information
Yes. In general Iran is a completely safe destination to travel to and this country has been described as “one of the safest countries with the most friendly people”, or “even safer than most touristic and European countries we’ve been to”, by the travelers who have visited Iran in recent years. By fitting in local costumes and considering public rules in Iran, every traveler can feel safe and respected. The 2019 Travel Risk Map to be added Violent crime, kidnapping and theft against travelers in Iran is very rare (near zero) and the police of Iran is very helpful to travelers if they need any help, especially in more touristic cities like Isfahan, Shiraz or Yazd.
This can be claimed that no major crime against women traveling in Iran has been recorded until today and the number of both local and foreigner solo female travelers in Iran is increasing every year. Some of foreign female travelers visit Iran in a private tour and some experience more adventurous types of travel like cycling or trekking trips. Of course, like anywhere else in the world, women need to be cautious about where they go and what outfits to choose to wear, but in general according to what most of solo female travelers have written, locals behave them with respect and even act supportive when they need help or guidance.
There are now many travelers who are visiting Iran with their family and children, and YES Iran is a safe place for children. Iranians love children and they are extremely kind to them and you are not going to face any issue finding healthy water and food in this country. Also you can easily find diapers and baby-food in cities. For finding famous brands you might have to check Hypermarkets in big cities like Tehran. There are only some notes that should be considered, like: - If your child uses a certain medication, make sure to bring enough supply to avoid any difficulties in finding the exact medication in Iran. - As the weather is going to be sunny every day during spring and summer and most of the days during autumn, bring hat, sunglass and sunscreen for your children and consider that Iran is a more hot country that European countries.
Iranian Rial is the official currency, while sometimes prices are in Toman. Ten Rials is one Toman and when something is quoted 50,000 Tomans (or 50 Toman) it means that it is 500,000 Rials. This might seem to be a little tricky on first days, therefore you’d better double check the prices.
You can easily access internet in Iran. Almost all hotels and hostels provide free Wi-Fi with good speed and you can have your own data internet by buying a local SIM card at IKA INTL and other airports. Irancell is the most popular local SIM card among travelers which provides 4G and LTE service and costs about 5 USD. Some websites and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are blocked in Iran and you might consider having a VPN on your device, although you can find one in Iran.
In result of rich history, diverse climate and range of culture, food is extremely diverse and is becoming popular as one of the highlights among the visitors. Culinary dates back to 3000 years ago in this land and you can learn about old recipes while you are in Iran.
Rice and meat is the staple food in Iranian culinary and after that comes different types of bread. What you’ll be served in most of Iranian restaurants is going to be different types of Kebabs made with lamb, chicken or ground beef. You will also have different types of stews made with meat and vegetables, Dizi (mashed meat) and local sea food which can be widely found in southern and northern cities by the sea. You can also easily find fast foods and restaurants serving international food (Italian, Indian, Brazilian, Chinese, etc.) in most all the cities.
Iranians have plenty of vegetarian cuisines, like different types of Aash (Iranian soup), Kashk o Bademjan (eggplant and whey), lentil soup and etc. and cafes and restaurant have started adding tasty vegetarian foods on their menus. You can also find all types of fruits and vegetables in shops. So, as a vegetarian traveling in Iran you are not going to face any problem, finding a good food to eat.
Drinking alcohol has been strictly forbidden in Iran since 1979, after the Islamic Revolution of Iran, and even foreigner travelers are not allowed to produce, buy or consume any type of alcoholic beverage while they are in Iran. Also, pork is a type of meat that you can’t find in Iran as this is not considered as a kosher meat in Islam.
People from almost every nationality are able to travel to Iran without any guide, however many people prefer to have a guided Iran tour, especially for the first time, in order to save time and make some experiences like finding addresses easier. But US, UK and Canadian citizens, are required to travel to Iran through an authorized Iran travel agency, with a pre-booked Iran trip Itinerary.
Yes. There is no law against traveling to Iran and staying in the same hotel rooms as foreign travelers, and foreign travelers even unmarried couples can enjoy visiting Iran.
Depending on the place or attraction, photography is allowed in many places and you can easily find out about the photography restrictions in each attraction by the signs. At most of the mosques, visitors are allowed to take photos, while in some museums you are not allowed to take photos of the objects. Also taking photos at military and government areas and flying drones in every spot in Iran is forbidden. Before taking photos of the local people in Iran, you’d better to ask them, although they are usually interested in posing for photos.
Yes, there is Internet access everywhere in Iran! In hotels, coffee shops and most restaurants you will have no problem accessing Wi-Fi and some carriers offer decent 4g Internet. It may be spotty sometimes but it will work! Also arriving IKA or other international airports in Iran, you can buy SIM-cards and use its mobile data internet.
From March to May and then from late September to mid-November are the best times of the year for visiting Iran especially the main touristic cities like Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd, Kerman, Shiraz. From October to March is the best time of the year for visiting southern cities with warm and humid climate, while May to October is a good time for climbing over 4000 m peaks and visiting the cities in the northwest.
The classic route of Iran goes right into the heart of the country. Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd and Tehran are the major cities but depends on your field of interest you can visit other cities such as Tabriz or Kerman and etc. For more information and new ideas please take a look at destinations in Iran.
Totally, Iran has a hot, dry climate with long, hot, dry summers and short, cool winters. January is the coldest month and August is the hottest. Average temperatures range between the low 50s°F at night to the upper 80s°F during the day.
As a historical country with a very rich culture and nature, Iran is a country where you can buy lots of souvenirs. In bazaars of the main touristic cities you’ll find numerous types of Iranian handicrafts, like Khatam, Ghalamkar, miniature, minakari, and etc. or exclusive jewel stones like turquoise, or some foods and spices like barberries, dried fruits, saffron, etc.
Yes, buying carpet as souvenirs in Iran is very common as this country is known for having the best rugs and carpets in the world. Each foreign traveler is allowed to take up to 12 sq. m of Persian rug with no tax and most of the carpet dealers will ship carpets with bigger sizes for free. While spending a lot of money on a rug, being more cautious and consulting with guide about the originality of the carpet is highly suggested.
In general tipping is expected in Iran, especially in tourism niche. The bellboys usually expect from 50.000 to 100.000 Rials or 1-2 USD and tipping the doorman after some days of accommodation in hotel with about 10 USDis OK. In a classic restaurant tipping about 150.000 to 200.000 Rials is fine. If you’re getting room service, then tipping is a must and anything around 100.000 Rial should be fine. On a one-day tour, tipping the guide with about 10-15 USD and the driver with the half of this amount is fine, while on a group tour which takes a couple of dayes tipping the guide with 6-8 USD per person per day, would be OK. But in general, tipping way more than mentioned above is totally Ok and it depends on how satisfied you are with each service.
Contact your cellular telephone provider to determine if your phone operates on the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and what, if any, activation may be required. but we suggest you to buy local sim cards which are cheap and easy to get .