Things You Need To Know

As you know each country has its own rule and there are things you need to know. When you want to visit different countries in the world it is good to know about their cultural rules and knowing these rules help you to enjoy your trip. Here are some of the most important things you need to know when traveling to Iran. We’ve tried to address your most important mental concerns and the most important information you need.

Security in Iran

Contrary to the negative propaganda of some Western media, Iran is a safe country and does not pose a threat to citizens and tourists. In recent years, despite the rise of terrorist groups such as ISIS and the Taliban in the Middle East and some of their attacks in the heart of Europe, Iran has been immune from such human rights practices and is known as the safe island of the Middle East. Despite the relative insecurity that prevails in the world, not one single terrorist incident has been reported in the country.

Do I need a Guide?

This is a very good question, as you know Iran is very big and full of tourist attractions and also very crowded, so by hiring a professional tour guide, you can see more places in a short time and also know more information about historical monuments. He /she can help you to reach your destination in a couple of times.

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Accommodation in Iran

In Iranian tourist cities, it is customary for locals to rent their homes to travelers. This type of residence may cause problems with insurance. Certified hotels, guesthouses, and local houses are among the approved venues. If you are traveling on a tour, trust your tour guide about accommodation.

Internet

In spite of the negative publicity of some Western media, there is internet in almost everywhere (except for the depths of the caves and mountains) and it is very easy to access. as soon as you get off your plane and buy a SIM card at a very reasonable price. Once you have activated your SIM card, you will be provided with high-speed Internet access and will be able to stay in touch with your family and friends with audio and video applications. Carrying a passport to buy a tourist SIM is a must.

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Iran Money System

In Iran, you are not able to use your credit card so keep in mind that bring enough cash in order to not get into trouble. For your money, you need to convert your money into Iranian currency. There are currency exchanges at Iran’s international airports. Hotels also have this facility but these days the rate of the money is changing a lot so it is better to get a consult from your tour guide and exchange your money from the Valid currency exchanges are also available in all major Iranian cities where you can use their services.

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Cultural taboos in Iran

Staring at people, especially Iranian women, and kissing and hugging non-homosexuals in public places is incompatible with Iranian public culture. In Iranian law, such cases are not very popular. When photographing cultural landscapes, especially if the subject is an Iranian citizen, it is best to get permission. Like many people in the world, Iranians like to respect their privacy.

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Tip

Under Iranian law, it is not mandatory to tip a waiter at a restaurant or someone takes your roommate to a hotel but it is better to do it. It shows that you care about them and do not think it is their duty.

Public Beliefs in Iran

In the Iranian culture, mosques and shrine are respected and their visit, like all other religious sites around the world, requires respectful behavior and humility. Because of the congregation’s prayer at noon and after sunset, it is not possible for tourists to visit some of the great mosques.

Type of Cover in Iran

In Iranian law, women wear hijabs. However, the Iranian veil differs dramatically from what is used in some countries and is varied and colorful. Any type of dress that is not too thin and covers the hands, feet, and hair, is considered to be an Iranian veil and there are no restrictions on the color and design of the dress. This hijab is enough for a trip to Iran. In other words, in Iran, the veil is not treated excessively and you will find out by watching the coverage of Iranian citizens.

Under Iranian regulations for men, wearing sleeveless blouses and trousers that are too short is not permitted in public places. It is necessary to cover some of the hair for tourist women in Iran. It is advisable for tourist women to wear a scarf or a scarf in their handbag to respect the culture of their host community so that they do not have trouble getting it ready at the airport.

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Iranian Laws on Visiting Religious Attractions

According to Iranian regulations, female tourists must use special clothing called “Chador” to visit some of Iran’s religious attractions (Imam Reza’s shrine in Mashhad, Hazrat Masoumeh’s shrine in Qom, Shahramagh shrine in Shiraz, etc.). At these attractions, Chador is available to visitors for free. The Iranian Chador consists of a large, colorful embroidered piece of cloth that hangs over the head. The use of this cover is rooted in cultural and religious beliefs and is considered a kind of respect for it. Male tourists do not need to use Chador. However, they should use standard Iranian men’s clothing (shirts and pants).

Alcohol and Drug Laws

Under Iranian law, the transportation and use of alcohol and drugs, including Marie Joanna, is prohibited in public places, and there is no official service center for its customers.

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Behavioral characteristics of Iranian people

Hospitality and the expression of friendly feelings is the most prominent moral characteristic of Iranians. So if you come across Iranians who invite you to their home, give you something as a souvenir, get excited about seeing you, take a snapshot with you, take your email address or Facebook account to ask you later and give you a hug, don’t be surprised.

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Public Transportation

In Iran, the intercity buses are divided into male and female sections. Also in Iran, the usual taxi service routine is that of 4 passengers (one passenger in the front seat and three passengers in the back of the taxi). If you want to be alone in the taxi, you need to get a “taxi cab” which will cost more. In some major cities, in addition to high-speed bus and subway systems, there are taxi-based apps such as Snap. You can use their services by purchasing an Iranian SIM card and installing these apps on your mobile phone.

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Toilets

There are toilets in many hotels and tourist destinations and you will not have to worry about it. But in most public places there are no toilets and you have to use an Iranian toilet. The toilet is located on the ground floor and unlike the foreign toilet, it has no seating position. You must squat on the floor to use the toilet. Today, almost all toilets use water. Keep in mind that most public toilets in the city and across the street do not use paper towels. (Iranians use water for washing instead of tissues). If you insist on using a tissue, place a few leaves in your handbag or pocket.

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Traditional Nutritional Customs in Iran

Unlike European food culture, most traditional Iranian foods do not require a knife to serve. In most cases, you can easily eat with a spoon or fork. Some foods also require just a spoon to use. Others are wrapped in bread and eaten by hand.

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