The main Worry for female travelers to Iran is regard to wearing hijab or Islamic customs but let us to make it more clear for you,
In modern Iran the Islamic dress code for ladies is very different to other Arabic and Islamic countries, it doesn't mean that it is harder or easier .
the ladies should follow some modern Islamic Costumes in public ( this is not about your private space) , what is this ?
what to wear doesn't have a certain criteria in fact, Iran current government introduced and suggested a pattern as the best wearing for ladies in public and it is chador ( very large and wide cloth like climbers Pancho in black ) but people and travelers are not obligated to obey this suggestion except governmental staffs, there is a min. scale to be OK ;
Women should cover her self with no Stretched Clothes EXCEPT your face, ears and a half part of your hair that could be uncovered, your hands and lower arm area too, regard to legs you can wear jeans or no Stretched Skirt also as a over dress for bust wear something like coat as long as to cover your hips.
Having mentioned factors are necessary in maximum scale in Airport and mosques.
There are some exceptions and occasions that you can remove the Islamic dress when during the trip you can ask your guide about it .
Wearing Slippers or sandals with no socks are OK in Nature, Street, Bazaar, Touristic sites .
It is recommended to wear Sport Shoe in Airport for entering and leaving Iran.
Have a look at below images to became more familiar with ladies dress in the public.
Iran basically has four seasons, The spring and autumn pass by so quickly that it is best to explain mainly just of these two.
Summer generally lasts from late July until the end of September. September can also be nice but by October prepare yourself for rainy climate and Snow in January and February.
The weather is usually balmy in spring. Mountains covered with flowers and green plants , the unique flower on the zagros mountain is Inverted tulips, Anemone Flower, lilium ledebourii that are fresh and flourish in spring sometimes between April to May.
Summer is a good time to travel but be prepared for warm weather in the major cities because some warm degrees caused from Urban heat island.
Museums are very quiet and lonely but it is not so bad. Iranians love to get out at night in malls and stroll there finally they have dinner in one of the Restaurants or popular fast foods specially in Shiraz city and Tehran city despite other cities that everybody back to home around 19:30 and streets became empty soon, it is not because of security reasons, civil prefer to stay at home with their own family and it is an important point for them .
we are sure that you will enjoy it.
Familiar parties, ceremonies, Wedding parties are celebrated in spring and summer , if you have a bit of chance may be invited to one of them ! ( we can arrange it )
The winter is also a good time to visit. Iran turns into a wonderland of snow and sparkling ice. If you dress warmly, the cold should not bother you. There are hardly any tourists in the cities and this is truly the best time to visit museums or let us to suggest you few days for ski or snow boarding .Dizzin ski resort at north of Iran and Pooladkaf ski resort at south of Iran near shiraz city.
The climate really depends on the region because Iran is large and one place may be completely different from another. Summers can actually be quite hot because much of Iran is landlocked . In the areas where you will most likely be visiting, the typical summer temperature is in the upper 20s and low 40s Celsius. In the winter, it is typically -2 to 13 Celsius. Frankly in each season you can find out very different and unbelievable environment and nature in Iran .
It all depends on when you are coming to Iran. If you come during the late spring and summer, you should take comfortable shoes, Slippers ,Sandals, underwear, jeans, cotton, tee shirts and a light spring jacket. See Iran Dress Code
Perhaps having a cap and sunglasses were not so bad because most of the Ancient places and historical sites are located at outdoor with no enough shade.
We know that " what to wear in Iran for ladies " is the main question but feel free about it just let us know your traveling time !we make it easy for you...
Winter in Iran can be beautiful. Take all of the above summer items plus warm sweaters and sweatshirts, long underwear and warm, woolen socks, a sturdy pair of warm, waterproof boots, a warm, winter jacket, warm gloves, a warm wool, and earmuffs if your hat does not cover your ears.
In Iran, especially in the big cities, you can buy everything you need for personal care. However, if you are used to some specific brands, you may want to bring these products with you. Please make sure you bring a supply of any prescription medicines that you may be taking. Many are available in Iran but all are not. It is always a good idea to be safe rather than sorry.
Iranians use Rials , a currency that is virtually unconvertible outside of Iran. In most Iran cities, it is quite easy to exchange hard currency for Rials. Be aware that rates can differ substantially - this is especially important if you plan to exchange large sums of money. Visitors can use practically exchange shops in big cities. Also having any question or problem for exchanging you can trust to your tour guide to ask him.
In Iran you must have banknotes because credit cards and international banking cards do not work because of us embargo.
Tipping a is customary to the guides and drivers.If you are on a group tour,it is the best dealt with by a joint kitty that organized by a volunteer from the group .
Generally at restaurants the tip amount is between 7% and 10% of your meal price
Iran uses the GSM network so it is compatible for all of Europe. However, it is quite easy to purchase a cell phone at a reasonable price from one of the many mobile phone stores and payment centers that you see everywhere in the centers of any Iran city. Currently, you can buy a decent cell phone for the equivalent of $30 USD including a SIM card and connection to a national network. Many people in Iran use prepaid cellular services, in other words, they purchase prepaid phone cards. Iran has 2 main cellular telephone networks – IR-MCI and Irancell .
IR-MCI or " hamrahe aval " is an expensive SIM CARD so it is recommended for travelers to buy Irancell SIM card very cheap ( approx. 5 USD ). while you buy it should be activated .
Travelers on our tours don't have any worry about buying or activation and charges because as soon as they arrive in Iran , the tour guide presents activated SIM cards to travelers at airport.
Every major Iran city has Internet cafes and most hotels provide Internet . Also wireless Internet connections are becoming more popular in Iran. Many of them are free, some charge $1 - $2 per hour. Ask your tour guide for more information for where to get on-line.
The electrical current in Iran is 220 volts AC, 50Hz and electrical equipment uses 2 pronged, European, circular shaped sockets/plugs.
Presents and souvenirs
Typically, you can buy things in Iran for friends that you may meet .
You will have many opportunities to buy Iran souvenirs while in major Iran cities. There are a lot of handicrafts that can be purchased that are intimately related to Iran: Persian Carpet, Silk & cotton Scarfs, Patte , Gelim or jajim ( a kind of carpet ), Shiraz Inlaid working is famous, traditional Iran outfits – Inlaid Boxes – Tradition Hats - Shisha and many other nice souvenirs.
Medical help and prescription medicine
If you have a problem, We will help you to arrange a trip to medical centers or visit a doctor. It is best to keep all of your bills that you have paid and submit them to your insurance company. Medical prices in Iran rather than other western countries are very low .
It also may be a good idea to purchase travel insurance for your trip just to make sure that you will be covered. Please make sure you bring a supply of any prescription medicines that you may be taking. Many are available in Iran but all are not. It is always a good idea to be safe rather than sorry.
Iranian Insurance companies issue travel insurance as well other int. insurance companies.
Iran Safety and Security For Tourists
At the First Days of new year, 2014 Many Medias In The world released a list of top Destinations for 2014, Iran was among this list, ,, Whatever in the list from THE FINANCIAL TIMES , Iran is placed at the first Score.
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Is it safe to visit Iran ?
All headlines on the news and media are very different to what travelers face and experience in Iran. Our preconception and negative thoughts about Iran were changed, travelers said at the second day of their trip !
The US Government and most Western countries have a lengthy travel warning for Iran. While not advising you to ignore this warning, I do advise that you balance it with direct accounts of Americans and many other travelers who have recently visited the country. The country is beautiful, the history is rich, and the people are eager to demonstrate their almost-sacred commitment to hospitality
The best manner to get Answer is asking the travelers who visited Iran, we encourage you to visit and join our page on face book .
Iran – Crazy to go or crazy not to go ?
Before departing home to Iran my friends and specially my father and mother told me that you are crazy, between many safe countries you are going to IRAN !!! A majority of travelers said also they add we wish to traveled sooner to Iran.
And in another case, Someone from Spain foreign affairs asked us to change our plan not to go because Iran is not a safe destination but now we are here and we see that despite what we heard it is safe and somehow it is safer than other countries hence we are happy regard to our decision, two Spanish travelers said.
We are speaking from experience that Iran is very safe for travelers from all around the world and everyone is welcome .
We recommend you to visit the following web page which created by an American Traveler to Iran, click Here
Is it Safe to travel to Iran 2013-2014 ?
Ignore the media News , your chances of facing anti-Western or violent sentiment as a traveler are Zero .
The answer is yes …. Let me have some explanations about it , what kind of dangerous factors will be threaten you ?!
For example :
1 - Theft of property :
Now days in Iran 99 percent of Theft of property refers to Car and vehicle parts ; so it has a big risk to come to you for your bag that maybe contains a camera, water bottle, some banknotes, souvenirs in the touristy places or public ;
If you avoid to go to very dark and lonely streets you are safe of course that some touristy places crosses through lonely and narrow alleys but with a Reliable guide go there and enjoy your visiting !
2 - Anti-Western or violent sentiment :
Your chances of facing anti-Western or violent sentiment as a traveler are Zero , why ? Iranians are very interested to say hello to you or meeting you and talk to you, Iranians are peace full and they do not have any enmity to the travelers ; of course that many years ago there were some security cases in sistan baloochestan province ( near Pakistan border ) but now days these area is safe as far as backpackers since 3 years ago continued their trip to Pakistan by land !
Most people are genuinely friendly and interested to know about you and your country and your culture , so leave aside your preconceptions and come with an open mind .
3 – Arrest because of your dress or Islamic wear ( for female travelers ) :
We are here to support our travelers regard to their dress so we provide you many different and beauty options to choose; just you need to take one of them and we will mail it to your address in order to ensure about what to wear for entering to Iran ;
In 0.0001% what will happen if the police officer asked you for your dress if you obeyed rules ! you should just say sorry and try to cover more your hair and hands because these rules are general and officers enact them via their believes and personally understanding .... The highest level of facing police takes some minutes to do some paper work only. there is no jail penalty for dress or a little non Islamic cloths. by the way it does not mean that police usually come to you, not at all, many travelers to Iran meet police officers only at airports !
In some of areas and situations there is no problem to remove your scarf or wear t shirts for ladies, you will find out where.
As a final word : Trust us and follow us .
4 – Arresting because of your nationality :
As a British citizen, Is it dangerous to travel to Iran?
As a United states citizen, Is it dangerous to travel to Iran ?
British and united states citizens are very welcome and they will be 100% safe in a tour, there two nationalities can travel across Iran, everywhere they are interested , just let us know your desired destinations , we will offer you a tour package , your only job is enjoying your trip !
since current year and last year the number of United state citizens and British citizens as traveler are increased in Iran .
5 - Avoids !
While you follow our advices and respect to local laws , there is nothing to worry about, absolutely nothing. just try to stay away from any demonstrations / gatherings, avoid photography of military areas and governmental property ( police or military vehicles – courthouse – military garrisons and towers and prisons ).
6 - Getting sick by water or food !
The water is clean and the food is safe. At the most areas food composed with fresh raw materials yet we
recommend travelers to drink from bottled water as long as they are in Iran.
7 - Virus infection !
Most areas are safe to visit ,it is very less likely to get sick in Iran . viruses we are talking about such as Typhoid fever, Flu or …
Keep away from people with flu or cold symptom .
Avoid eating vegetable and salads in restaurants at unhealthy Alerts .
We keep our travelers Alert and update while they are traveling in Iran .
As an British or United state citizen is it safe to visit Iran ?
Yes , you are welcome and Iran government will issue the visa for our clients .
The Swedish Embassy has assumed the role of Protecting Power for British and USA interests in Iran from 15 July 2012. British nationals requiring urgent consular assistance should therefore contact the Swedish Embassy in Tehran. The British Interests Section will provide British nationals with emergency consular assistance only .
There are many times that the British embassy in Tehran closed and then opened !
U.S. citizens in Iran :
Iranians are enthusiastic to see Americans in their country and your interactions with them will certainly be the highlight of your trip. If you can travel on the next vacation , let us help you !
We have outlined the steps to getting into Iran below
Register for a tour of Iran. now days Americans need to be registered with a tour to go to Iran.
Just let us know your favorite itinerary or Plan then we arrange for a private tour , also in case of group request , the tour price became very cheap rather than low number requests .
no one in Iran actually cares and police/military personnel never checked your passports or credentials – they are much more interested in meeting foreigners and saying " hello " .
People will be prepared to help you in any difficulty – it would be a matter of national pride. In general , Iranians are warm, friendly and generous individuals with a strong interest in foreigners and other cultures.
Emergency Numbers in Iran :
Police - Security cases and etc. Dial 110
Search and Rescue, Fire Dept. , Animal attack, encountered wild animals around, Elevator failure, Explosions of Gas pipe
or cooking devices and same cases Dial 125
Medical Emergencies Dial 115