Do I need a visa to travel to Iran?

For travel to Iran a regular/Visa along with passport is mandatory. Only categories exempted under bilateral arrangements may not need a visa.

When is the best time to visit Iran?

There are ideal temperatures across most of Iran from March until May and then again from late September to early November.

Is it safe to travel to Iran now?

Despite the engineered picture projected in the mainstream media Iran has always been safe for tourists.

Can I travel to Iran as an unmarried couple?

Yes! This is an often more assumed problem than a real one for most travelers. Travelling to Iran will not be a problem.

Can I use my cellphone in Iran?

Contact your cellular telephone provider to determine if your phone operates on the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and what, if any, activation may be required.

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.

Do I need a hotel reservation to get a visa?

If your visa application process is done through Persiana Travel and Tourism Agency, 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).

How is the climate in Iran?

Iran has a hot, dry climate characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool winters. January is the coldest month and August is the hottest. The best time to travel is during the spring and fall when temperatures are moderate.

How can I get a travel insurance coverage to Iran?

In 2011 it became compulsory to have travel insurance to get a visa to Iran. When looking for a policy, make sure Iran is actually covered it is mandatory to have an insurance in Iran and you will be asked for it by the time you land in the country.

What are the amin rules in Iran that I should obey?

According to Iran clothing law, women must wear hijabs. However, the Iranian veil differs greatly from what is used in some other Islamic countries and is more variable and colorful. Any type of dress that is not too thin and covers the arms, legs and hair of the head is considered to be an Iranian veil and there are no restrictions on the color and design of the dress.

Is it safe for women to visit Iran?

All women while in Iran are required to follow the dress codes prescribed form women in Iran. This means wearing a headscarf and not allowing the skins on your arm or legs to be shown while in public. There is also gender segregation of public transport. Following these laws will mean women will generally have no issues when it comes to safety.

How can I visit Iran as a solo female traveler?

Traveling to Iran as a solo female traveler is pretty safe, but does require some preparation. First of all, you need to know about the conventional covering in Iran and the dress code. Also, you’d better learn some essential Farsi words and phrase in order to be better understood.

Can I buy souvenirs like Persian rugs and carpets in Iran?

Yes, it is possible to buy Persian rugs or other souvenirs. Iran is known for having the best rugs and carpets in the world. However, caution is advised before spending lots of money to ensure you are getting the genuine item rather than a fake. Traditional bazaars are the best place to buy Persian rugs and carpets.

What is currency system in Iran?

You can use Euro, Pound or Dollar to pay for some travel expenses, such as your Hostel accommodation fare or a taxi that will take you from the airport to the hotel or souvenirs. But for most costs, you need to exchange your money into Iranian Rial (IRR). There are currency exchanges at Iran’s international airports. Hotels also have this facility. Authentic currency exchanges are also available in all major Iranian cities where you can use their services.

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.

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 many Persian foods are served by Persian bread.

Am I permitted to drink alcohol in Iran?

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.

What types of foods are served in Iran?

According to Iranian and Islamic regulations, only halal food is offered in Iran. Halal food is not served with alcoholic beverages. The meat and chicken that is to be used for cooking meat is slaughtered in a special Islamic way. Also, meat of some animals such as pork, dogs, mice, etc. are not eaten in Iran because of being not Halal.

What kind of people are Iranians?

Iranians are proud of their country, nationality, history and their traditions. Kind, warm, friendly, helpful, proud, and generous people that only one thing ties them all together, and that’s Iran.

Can Americans apply for Iranian visa?

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. 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.

Can Israeli Citizens Get Iranian Visa?

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

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.

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.