Frequently Asked Questions | Iran Travel FAQ
1. Could you please tell me if there is any limitation to travel to Iran as an unmarried couple?
There is no limitation for unmarried couples to travel to Iran. They can stay at the hotel in the same room without any problem because the hotels won’t ask about your relationship
2. What to wear in Iran? Please tell me more details about the dress code of Iran. Do I cover my hair when I come to Iran?
Obeying Islamic rules including Hijab or Islamic dress-code is necessary in Iran. However, these rules are not observed very strictly, especially for tourists and foreigners. You must not worry about maintaining your hijab since in times you have forgotten about it, the maximum penalty will be a request (usually in a kind way) to make it correct.
There are some minimum requirements for foreign women dress-code in public places but generally the law is loose when it comes to tourists. Iranian are hospitable people.
1. Color : It's a completely false belief that wearing must be dark in Iran. There is no limitation in this respect and we recommend you make sure using light colors in summer.
2. Head : Hair should be covered. It does not mean you shall have a tight scarf around your head. Don't worry, It is very usual that some parts remain out of the cover. It's quite acceptable for women to allow whips of their hair to frame their faces. Appropriate hats & caps can do this function as well as scarves. Scarf is the most common covering for the head and is called "Roosari" in Farsi.
3. Body : Should be covered with loose clothes like man shirt, coat or manteau. Arms should not be bare.
4. Legs & feet : Legs should be covered down to ankles. Feet can be bare and you can wear sandals. Tight jeans are no problem.
Tip 1 : In summer and hot weather, you can cheat(!) and not wear a shirt under your coat/ Manteau. Who understands?!
Tip 2 : In wintertime, apart from covering the head, the rest is the same as what you wear in your home country.
Tip 3 : You better enter Iran with a coat and a scarf and select your style b/y watching the Iranian women in the streets.
Tip 4 : Once a chador is needed, like in holy places, it will be given upon entrance.
Tip 5 : Following the dress-code is necessary to form the time of on-boarding international flights. On Iranian Flights, it is usually requested when the plane enters the Iranian boundaries.
3. Is it possible to use the credit card in Iran?
No. It is not possible. Because of the sanction against Iranian banks, you are not able to use credit card in Iran so you need to bring cash with you.
4. How about drinking alcohol? Is there any limitation about this?
In Iran, according to the rule, you are not able to drink alcohol or buy it from the shops.
5. Could you please explain more about the best time to visit Iran?
March, April and May are in the peak season of the year. Persian New Year starts on March 21st, or 22nd based on the leap year. There are many travelers not just from Iran but also from all over the world who are eager to see Persian ceremonies and the like.
For those who like to have more relaxing time and to stay in cozy places, we do not suggest this time, especially at the beginning of the new year. Those who would prefer to see more people and crowded places, this is the best time in the year.
BUT those who seek for a more affordable fee, quiet sights, more relaxing time and less hustle and bustle visits, we do recommend June, July and August.
6. Is it safe to travel to Iran now?
The foreign political pressure on Iran during these years, and also the tensions have been with all Iranians always but now it is more visible for you as you are coming to Iran and you are more curious about the place you are going to visit. We wake up with new threads every day and till now none of them has happened, but to make you feel more comfortable, we have many clients from different countries who left Iran in some days ago and they would like to help you with your questions and concerns regarding your trip to/in Iran. So please do not hesitate to let me know in case you need their email or telephone address, this way you are able to ask them how real Iran is.
Please remember that we are responsible for you and we will undoubtedly let you know in case there is any danger for you.
7. Is there Internet access in Iran?
All the hotels, restaurants, and cafes+ in Iran have WIFI so you can access the Internet when you are at your hotel in all cities. Additionally, Let’s go Iran will give you an Iranian sim-card to you with a limited date. This way, you will have Internet access in the streets during your tour. If your data will finish, you can ask your guide to help you to recharge it.
Please keep in mind a point regarding the social Apps (Media) in Iran: You can use What's app, Linkedin, and Instagram in Iran easily and without any restrictions. BUT Facebook, Telegram, and Twitter are blocked in Iran.
8. What are the extra costs you need to pay during your trip to Iran?
Entrance fee is approximately between 5 to 7 US$ per person for each site. Some sites are less expensive and some sites are more expensive.
A very good traditional meal in a good restaurant is almost 15 US$ per person,
You are able to bring your money in Euro or Dollars and exchange your money in the reliable exchange offices in main cities, and at the airports.
Please notice that it is not necessary to pay tips to the persons who meet during your trip in Iran, but if you are interested to pay tips to them, you can pay 10 US$ per day
9. What can I buy as a souvenir in Iran? Can I buy souvenirs like Persian rugs in Iran?
Because of the rich culture of Iran, you can find various handicrafts there. You will have many options to choose as a souvenir in each city in Iran such as Iranian rugs, saffron, pistachios, carpets, and handmade crafts.
Regarding the buying carpet, we have a professional carpet expert in Shiraz, a professor who can help you to buy a nice rug with good quality.