Iran Tourism FAQs
When one decides to travel some questions may rise in his/her head. Some of the common questions asked about Iran are addressed as follows:
Where is Iran located?
Located in Middle East, Asia, Iran is the second-largest country in the Middle East and the 17th largest in the world. It is bordered to the north by the Caspian Sea; to the south by Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman; to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan; to the west by Turkey and Iraq; to the northwest by Armenia and Azerbaijan; and to the northeast by Turkmenistan.
Do I need a visa to travel to Iran?
The process of getting Iran Visa for those who like traveling to Iran both individually or in group is one of the simplest parts of traveling to Iran, land of beauties. For more information, click HERE.
Is there a dress code in Iran?
What is the best time to visit Iran?
What should I do if I lose my passport in Iran?
Your chances of losing your passport in Iran are about the same as if you went anywhere else in the world, if not less. If you lose your passport in a hotel, restaurant, etc. you can return back there and ask for it. They will hold on to it. Iranian people are famous for their hospitality; they are honest. If you do not know where you lose your passport, however, you can refer to one of Iran police stations or Iran passport offices. Having a photocopy of the data page of your passport along with a copy of your visa is also handy in case it actually is stolen.
What should I do if I get sick in Iran?
Fortunately, Iran has the greatest and best hospitals in the Middle East. All of Iranian doctors, professional in their jobs, can speaks English. If you get sick in Iran, ask people or locals, or the agencies you are travel with to introduce you a doctor and a good hospital. You won’t have to worry about it.
What should I do if I need more money in Iran?
There are some offices that will help you. They accept master credit card and all will do all types of money transfer. However, you can also get a MahCard to minimize your risk. MahCard is a travel debit card for tourists in Iran.
What are the toilets like in Iran?
In Iran, most toilets are squat ones. However, in homes, in hotels and some public places you can also find western toilets.
Will I travel as part of a group?
You can travel as a group or alone. Iran is one of the safest country. Therefore, you can travel individually easily and in calm.
Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Iran?
As a traveller you cannot use your mobile/cell phone. Travellers buy a SIM card on arrival. Iran has several mobile-phone networks. However, the only two government-owned MCI and MTN Irancell enjoy a wide coverage. You can buy a one-month Iran tourist SIM card sold at a booth in Imam Khomeini International Airport.
What is the internet access like in Iran?
In most Iranian hotels you can ask for Wi-Fi. However, many cheap Iranian guesthouses and hotels may don’t have Wi-Fi. If you need regular internet, you can get an Iranian SIM Card. It is cheap. You can charge it with money and use its internet.
Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling in Iran?
Never leave home without proper health insurance!
What is the official currency in Iran?
Iranian Rials (IRR) is the official currency. However, prices are given in Toman, not Rials. 1 toman = 10 Rials.
What is ATM access like in Iran?
Thanks to the sanctions, you have to bring all the money you’ll need in cash. You can use Iran official currency. However, you can use Dollars or even Euro. You can also change them in Iran currency exchange or in your country. There is also another choice: using MahCard. MahCard started in 2017 as a financial startup in Iran. It is currently working with different major banks in Iran to provide best possible card solutions to non-Iranian visitors. You can get this card in Iran international airports and recharged in any branches of Sepah Bank, Melli Bank, and Tourism Bank across the country.
What are the emergency numbers in Iran?
Knowing the local emergency numbers seems useful. Unlike the European Union and North American countries, there is no single number for all emergencies in Iran.
Fire Department: 125
Telephone Directory Number: 118
How is transportation in Iran?
If you are travelling through an Iran travel agency, it is responsible to provide you transport services. However, if you are travelling alone you should know about Iran transports and transfers. If you want transfer between cities, you can use flights among the most important cities of Iran. There are also train in some routes. You can also ask a private car or taxi to do your transportation. However, buses are the cheapest and the most common form of transportation in Iran. (If you want a comfortable bus ride you can get a VIP ticket). If you want transfer in cities again the cheapest one is buses. Many cities buses require transportation cards; however, you can pay for it in cash too. In some cities there are train and metro which are also cheap. Taxis are also another means of transportation in Iran.
What are the most important foods and drinks in Iran?
Each part of Iran has its own culture. Since food is also part of culture, it may differ place to place. However, among the delicious Iranian cuisines some are prominent. Do not forget to eat Kebab. It is really delicious. Ghormeh Sabzi is also Iranian national food. Most of Iranian foods which are served for lunch consist of rice. There are also other fantastic foods and desserts you should try while in Iran. For more information, click HERE.
Most of Iranians drink tea. It is one of the most favourite drink in Iran. Coffee is also common. Water, soft drink, douq (Iranian traditional drink) and juice are also served with foods. Do not forget that alcohol drink is forbidden in public places. You’ll be fine drinking in private places.
Which day is the weekend in Iran?
Friday is the holy day of the week. All public and governmental offices are close on Friday. Many stores are also closed for the whole day.
What festivals and events are important in Iran?
Iran public holidays commemorate both religious and secular events.
The biggest Iran secular event is Iran New Year. It is 13 days. However, the public offices are off duty Farvardin 1-4 (March 21–24). The other festivals include Oil Nationalisation Day (March 20); victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran (February 11); Islamic Republic Day (April 1); Sizdah be Dar or Iran Nature Day (April 2); death of Ayatollah Khomeini, the Great Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran (June 4); and anniversary of the Arrest of Ayatollah Khomeini (June 5).
The most important Iran religious holidays (based on lunar calendar) include Tasua (Moharram 9); Ashura (Moharram 10); Arbaeen (Safar 20); Martyrdom of the Prophet Mohammed (Safar 28); Martyrdom of Imam Reza (Safar 30); Birth of the Prophet Mohammed (Rabi-ol-Aval 17); Martyrdom of Fatima (Jamadi-al-Okhra 3); Birth of Imam Ali (Rajab 13); Ascension of Holy Prophet (Rajab 27); Birthday of Imam Mahdi (Shaban 15); Martyrdom of Imam Ali (Ramazan 21); Eid al-Fitr (Shavval 1); Martyrdom of Imam Jafar Sadegh (Shavval 25); Eid-e Ghorban (Zu-l-Hejjeh 10); and Qadir-e Khom (Zu-l-Hejjeh 18).
Note that, Islamic events are based on the lunar calendar and dates move forward 10 or 11 days each year.