Traveling To IRAN
Welcome to what could be the friendliest country on earth. Iran is the jewel in Islam's crown, combining glorious architecture with a warm-hearted welcome.
Location of Iran: Iran is situated in Western Central Asia in the area commonly referred to as the Middle East. It was geographically known as Persia until as recently as the twentieth century. In the North and Northwest, it is bordered by the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan (not to be confused with its own Iranian Azerbaijan region), Armenia and the autonomous Nakhchivan enclave. To the West lie Turkey and Iraq. Its southern boundaries extend to the scenic shores of the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. It is adjacent to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the East and Turkmenistan to the Northeast.
Population: Total: 80 million (2017 est.).
Capital: Tehran (located in its titular province).
Most foreign nationals need a visa to access Iran except for passport-holders from: Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Egypt, Georgia, Malaysia, Lebanon, Russia, Syria, Turkey, and Venezuela. The two main steps for the visa application are the following. First, you need the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran that will issue a visa code. Second, you file an application form to the embassy that will then issue your visa.
Money and Currency
Credit cards are not yet usable in Iran; all payments should be done in cash. The Iranian official currency is Rial (IRR) but the common unit for the public is the Toman (1 Toman = 10 Rial). Currency exchange counters and special banks branches are available at the Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) and around Tehran city.
Men are requested to avoid wearing short shorts and extremely short sleeves and tight shirts in public. Women are expected to cover their head and hair with a scarf, while wearing long-sleeve shirts to cover their hands and loose clothing that covers the body. Foreign women are not however expected to wear a burka or anything that fully covers the body.
Linguistically diverse, Persian (Farsi) is spoken by the majority of Iranians. Iranians are very keen on engaging with foreigners although foreign languages are not commonly spoken.tourist information is available in English at many hotels and cultural attractions. Exhibitors are advised to hire a translator.