After you fill in the requested information on the visa form (in two separate attachments for individual & group traveler) we transfer your visa application to M.O.F. This process takes 10 working days after sending application form to the mentioned department. The visa procedures for American, British, Canadian and Australian citizens are longer as we need 15-25 working days. You need to make all of your travel arrangements including accommodation, internal flights, and/or a private car & guide/driver throughout the trip in advance. The maximum duration of a tourist visa is 30 days. However, this is at the discretion of the foreign ministry bureaus around the country to extend your visa. Visas can be collected at any Iranian consulate or Embassy (consulate section) around the world even in the Iranian interest section in Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC. In the US. Please note, you need to inform us at the time of application, which country you wish to collect your visa. Visa issuance for American and British passport holders is subject to particular regulations. For example at the moment, the Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not allow American passport holders to travel to Iran independently. Americans are required to travel on escorted tours; either as part of a tour group, or a tailor made individual tour. An exact itinerary, to which you must adhere, is compulsory.
Yes. It is customary to tip porters, servants and janitors in hotels, porters in the airports, waiters or waitresses in restaurants, drivers giving services during tours as well as guides.
Iranian working days are from Saturday to Thursday and Fridays are the National off days. On Thursdays, some companies are totally off and some are working only half day.
Fortunately, the price for the majority of the items that tourists are looking for are relatively low. Items like high quality books, souvenirs, meals, foodstuff and transportation are very tempting because of their relatively high quality yet low prices.
Of course, it is. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to be careful.
Not exactly. There are not any official services for the internationally known credit cards in Iran. Though there has been great efforts to fux that issue but with the current political situation, they are not still allowed. Generally, it is recommended to take some cash with you while traveling in Iran.
It is called Iranian Rial (IR). You may come across the word Toman there. 10 IR = 1 Toman. Everyone is using this word instead of Rials except for some special cases.
Yes, almost all the major hotels provide their guests with Internet facilities and the others are being equipped for the same purpose. Also, many Internet cafes are already opened to the public. You can also but an Iranian Sim card and use the mobile data even when you’re out.
The end of September to the beginning of November and the Persian New Year to the end of May are high seasons but not necessarily the best time to visit since it is very crowded. There are a lot of other times that you can visit Iran and enjoy various activities such as skiing in inter and mountaineering in summer and fall.
Women should wear a scarf over their heads and wear a long sleeved loose blouse.
Men should avoid wearing shorts or tank tops.
Usually the distances between the major destinations compared to most of the distances between the European cities or towns are not short. But you will get to see the landscapes on the way or maybe have a short stop.
You can buy any kinds of soft non-alcoholic drinks. People drink tap water. It is filtrated and refined before supplied to them.
You can also buy bottled water from the super markets if you want to be extra cautious.
There are a variety of foods to choose from stews to Kebabs. You don’t have to worry if you don’t get used to the traditional flavor, also almost everyone does, since you can find fast foods everywhere.
There are famous Persian Foods we recommend you such as Dizi, Qorme Sabzi, Fesenjan and a lot more.
Iranians use a fair amount of spices just to make different tastes but Persian foods are not as spicy as Indian Foods.
The meat usually served in the restaurants is chicken, veal, fish and lamb. Of course, you may find turkey, quail and shrimp too, but no pork, snake, frog, dog or other kinds. Since they are prohibited in Iran.
If you are a vegetarian, you can also find restaurants of that kind.