Frequently Asked Questions
Traveling to Iran
1- Do women have to follow the Islamic dress code?
Yes, please see here.
But if someone is interested in wearing her own, she should have long trousers & a long lose top with long sleeves with a scarf round the head. Alternatively one can wear a long & lose dress with long sleeves (and a scarf).
2- Do men have to follow the Islamic dress?
Usually it’s expected that men do not wear short trousers
3- Is it allowed to enjoy Narcotic or alcoholic beverages?
Both carrying & drinking alcohol & Narcotic are prohibited.
4- Is the tap water safe?
Yes, it’s safe to drink. Mineral water is also available &it’s very cheap.
5- Is any vegetarian food available?
Yes, but if you want a proper vegetarian meal, you have to order in advance.
6- Is the food spicy?
No, Iranian food is similar to Mediterranean food in terms of spice & not spicy like Indian.
7- What is the Iranian Currency?
The Iranian official currency is Rial but common currency for the public is Toman.
8- Where can one exchange money?
At the airport currency exchange & special branches of banks (better exchange rate) U.S. dollars, Euros, British Pounds & Japanese Yen can be easily exchanged, but the exchange rates are not fixed and must be checked with banks.
9- Is it possible to pay by credit card?
No, it’s not. Cash is the only method acceptable.
10- Are there telephone, Fax & Internet services?
Yes, there are. But International Mobile phones do not work here. It’s possible to buy a local mobile phone but it is expensive & not necessary, if you are with a guide.
11- Is the mail service reliable?
Yes, it is.
12- Is international driving license accepted & can women drive?
Yes, international driving license is accepted & one can rent a car for the period of his/her stay in Iran.
13- Are roads in good condition & do ail cities have airport?
Yes, roads are good & most cities have domestic airport.
14- Is the power supply 220 volts, 50 cycle AC?
Yes, it is.
15- Is it necessary to keep the copy of the entry form after stamping by passport control at the airport?
Yes, it is necessary to keep it until departure.
16- Can one have a camera or Cam-recorder?
Yes, it is recommended to declare them at customs in the airport. It’s not allowed to take photos of military areas & religious places.
17- Are there any taxis or local transportation available?
Yes, taxis, buses, trains & aircrafts are available.
18- Are there English Newspaper & TV channels?
Yes, there are.
19- Do all Iranians know English?
No, most young people know English.
20- Is it allowed to take carpets as souvenirs?
Yes, each person is allowed to take 2 pieces of rugs each 6 square meters with him/her or can send it.