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Here You can find answers to many questions that may cross your mind, before traveling to Iran:

What should I wear in Iran?

Women: All females over the age of nine must wear a hijab, the Islamic dress. There is no uniformity, however, regarding its type and the amount of coverage it provides. The black chador (the loose head-to-toe covering) isn’t compulsory. the most common wear is manto , a full-length, usually long-sleeved overcoat, an overwhelming array of which is readily available in the shops. If you don’t want to buy any, bring a knee-length, loose tunic that can be worn with a long skirt or trousers (jeans are acceptable). Hair must be covered with a scarf. The colors of the clothes do not really matter. If you travel in summer, light fabrics and sandals are strongly recommended.

Men: There are few restrictions about men’s dress. Only shorts, even knee-length, are unacceptable. Shirts with short sleeves are fine. 
The short answer is yes. Visa procedures have been considerably simplified during recent years. All nationalities except Israelis are allowed to apply. US residents have to refer to the Iranian Interests Section of the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC, or to the Iranian Mission at the UN, New York. Most tourists go to Iran to see the history and archaeology of ancient Persia, Persian gardens, or the grand monuments of Esfahan. All American tourists who want visit Iran will need to join a tour to Iran. The visa process can take up to 30 days, so tourists should finish planning their travel at least 60 days ahead of time.

Can Americans apply for Iranian visa?


As you may know, Americans, British and Canadian nationals require to book a tour from arrival to departure; essentially this means you need a certificated guide while you are in Iran. Citizens of these countries need to have a confirmed itinerary, which should be requested from a valid tour company. For this, they should send a passport copy, passport photos, and a profession & educational CV  to the Iranian tour operator.Typically, getting the Visa authorization code for these applicants take around 30 working days. 

Can I drive my own car in Iran?


To bring your own vehicle into Iran, you must be more than 18 years old and have a valid international driver’s license. For the vehicle, you will need car registration papers, a nationality badge, a red warning triangle, and a carnet de passage ) temporary importation document) which can be obtained from the relevant international automobile organization in your country. Third-party insurance is compulsory for all- make sure that your policy is valid for Iran and accredited with Iranian insurance companies. Otherwise you will have to buy insurance at the border. The only tax the driver pays is the fuel tax. At the border, the officials will probably note the details of your vehicle in your passport to make sure you don’t leave the country without your vehicle. Three months is the current time limit for driving a foreign car in Iran. For a period of more than ten days, you should obtain a temporary license plate for your car.

Which season is the best to visit Iran?


Spring and autumn are the best times to travel around central, western and northern Iran and to see the most interesting cultural attractions of this wonderful country. Only visits to the coast of Persian Gulf are best made in winter when humidity and heat levels are at their lowest.

Can I drink alcohol in Iran?


According to the Iranian Islamic rules, all alcohol is banned and if you take any alcoholic drink with you, it would be confiscated at the border or in the airport.

Is Iran safe?

  
Any crime carries severe penalties in the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the other hand Because of great influence of Islamic beliefs and off course importance of decency in Iranian culture, this country is one the safest. It is likely that the greatest danger you face (other than crossing the road!!) is having your purse or camera snatched, especially in Isfahan.

What are cultural DOS and DON'TS?


Eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours of the 28 days of Ramadan is not acceptable. Entry into a "working" religious building or into a private home entails removing shoes at the edge of the carpet, rug or floor covering to prevent street filth being brought in. In a public city bus, usualy passengers sit according to gender and there is a man section and women section. As in some other islamic countries homosexuality does not occur and such behavior is forbidden and illegal. Note that men in Iran often hold hands and embrace each other, but this has no sexual connotations.  

Is any international credit card acceptable in Iran?


No, international credit cards don't function in Iran due to sanctions. Only some souvenir shops in Shiraz and Isfahan which have connections to Emirate banks accept them. So it's better to take cash money with you.

Can I Rent Ski Equipment?

 
Yes. Regular ski gear and boots are available to rent in Iranian ski resorts, however this is just for regular ski equipment only. Specialized ski or mountaineering gear are not available. You have to bring your own gear. 

How is Iranian cuisine?


Iranian cuisine offers some of the best dishes in the world. The Persian cuisine consists of a delicious array of stews and different rice among many other dishes. And of course Persian bread;These used to be all made inside brick ovens (tanoors) by hand but machines have taken the place of many. Still, Persian breads are a part of any good meal and they are simply delicious. Persian sweets and pastries are absolutely wonderful and you can find pastry shops in every corner of main streets. If you get lucky enough to be invited to someone's house for lunch or dinner, be sure to pick up a box of fresh pastries at a local shop. Fast food stores abound serving all sorts of creative sandwiches. Don't be shy to try different things and most certainly don't stay away from eating real Iranian food. The majority of people in Iran are conscious of properly cleaning fruits and vegetables and general cooking hygiene. Tap water is safe to drink in any part of the country although you might not like the taste in some parts. Bottled water is readily available.

Is tipping common in Iran?


It is common to tip in Iran for certain things such as bellboys, waiters, tour guides or tour drivers. At the airport the luggage carts are free for anyone to use but if you get assistance from someone with the cart, you should tip him. People generally leave 10% Tip in fancy restaurants.

 

What are national holidays in Iran?

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What currency Iran has?

Iranian currency is called Rial - IRR; But when talking money in Iran you may hear the term “Toman”. The toman is an old term but is no longer an official currency. Although the "Toman" is no longer an official unit of Iranian currency, Iranians commonly express amounts of money and prices of goods in "Tomans." For this purpose, one "Toman" equals 10 rials. Despite this usage, amounts of money and prices of goods are virtually always written in rials. For example, the price sign in a store would state the price in rials, e.g., "20000 Rials," even though the salesman, if asked, would say the cost "2000 tomans" or simply 2000.

Please note: international credit – Debit cards do not function in Iran due to sanctions. Only some souvenir shops in Shiraz and Isfahan which have connections to Emirate banks accept them. So it's highly recommended to take cash money with you.

Is Iran Visa Process complicated?

To be honest, despite all the negative press, travel to Iran has become very easy over the past few years, and the Iranian government has made some changes to the regulations in the tourism industry in the hope of attracting more visitors.

How long does it take to get Iranian tourist and business visas?

For most nationals It takes Max. 10 days for a tourist visa and 2 weeks for a business visa. 

Can Israeli Citizens Get Iranian Visa?

No - Israeli nationals cannot get an Iranian visa at all.

What is the difference between the Entry validity and the Duration of stay?

The entry validity is calculated from  the time of visa issuance and the validity of the stay is calculated from the time of entry, which can be extended but the validity of the entry cannot be extended.

Can I get a regular Iranian visa for countries that are eligible for airport visas?

Yes, All  eligible nationals for Iran airport can apply for regular visa at Iranian consulates. 

Is it possible to extend my Iranian visa?

Yes, Iranian visas can be extended, depending on the nationality of the guests.

Will the refund be paid if the visa is rejected?

Yes we guarantee 100% refund of visa service if visa is refused.

Is Iran a safe country to travel?

Yes - Iran is definitely one of the safest countries in the world, you can safely travel in Iran.

Why apply for a visa through Iransafar Tours?

Those who intend to obtain an Iranian visa need to have a sponsor (inviter) in Iran, Iransafar Tours can be your inviter/sponsor and will guarantee your visa work in the shortest possible time. 

Do I need a hotel reservation to get a visa?

If your visa application process is done through Iransafar Tours, there is no need to book a hotel, but you need to provide some information on where you stay in Iran to be written on your application form. (Note: US, British and Canadian nationals need to book all hotels in advance) 

Do nationals of different countries need a visa to enter the Free Zones of Iran?

No - Citizens of all countries (Except Israel) do not need a visa to enter the Free Zones of Iran.

Where is the nearest Iranian Consulate to Canadian and American Citizens?

The closest embassy is the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC (Office for the Protection of Iranian Interests) in Washington DC. The visa service can be done via express courier service.