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Some tips and Consideration you'd better know before traveling to Iran.

Some tips and Consideration you had better know before traveling to Iran:

General

  • All plumbing waters are drinking unless they are declared non-drinkable.
  • Iran's power consumption is 220 volts.
  • In Iran, the handshaking of men with women is not common.
  • In Iran, the use of drugs and alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  • Before taking photos of women, especially in small villages and towns, ask them to allow you.
  • In Ramadan, eating and drinking is not allowed in public areas, but some restaurants in the city serve food throughout the day.Restaurants and cafes of hotels, airports and the Intercity Bus Terminal are active in the city.
  • There are no toilet seats on some routes or the small towns and villages.
  • Carrying a liquid soap or sanitizer is suggested. Ladies should better always carry tissue with them.
  • In Iran, spitting or blowing is not common in public places.
  • Iran's ATMs are not connected to the international banking system, and international credit cards can not be used.

For more information see VegetarianismPersian Cuisine , Security , Habits and Women Tourists .

Currency

  • The currency in Iran is Rial, but Toman is more commonly used wich is the equivalent of 10 Rials; that is, 10,000 Rials are the same as 1,000 Tomans.
  • The price of the currency in the bank and the exchange is different and you use the exchange offices to convert the currency. Note that there may not be a currency exchange in small cities.

Urban traffic

  • In Iran, the steering wheel is on the left.
  • Drivers in Iran often do not stop for pedestrians while driving, and as a general rule, be sure to look at both sides of your way while crosssing the street.
  • Traffic in Tehran and major cities throughout the day is high and some parts of the city have traffic constraints.
  • In Iran, transportation is generally inexpensive and the use of taxi is very common among people.
  • It is advisable not to walk in the quiet streets late at night. This is especially recommended for women. Although there is no serious concern for this.
  • In urban buses,  ladies and gentlemen parts are separated. The wagons are intended for women in the metro, but the use of other wagons is open to everyone.
  • In Iran, the urban general environment is not suitable for people with disabilities and the elderly, and it is difficult for people to travel around the city.

For more information visit Tehran public trabnsportationTransport and Inland Urban Intelligent Transport .

Dress

  • Having a veil for women in Iran is compulsory. Women should cover their hair and body. For public use, you should wear a scarf or shawl to cover your hair and a long sleeve tunic or trouser or long skirt. Use of clothing above the ankle or hand wrist is not allowed.
  • Wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts for men is not allowed.
  • In order to enter the benevolent and religious places, women are often obliged to wear chador for women, and when they arrive, chador are placed at the visitors' gates. You may be asked to take off your shoes too.

Communication network

  • To purchase a SIM card, refer to the SIM card sales department with a valid ID. There are currently three mobile operators in the country,  the cost and type of service are not significantly different.
  • The best way to connect to the Internet is to activate the Internet on your mobile phone. Of course, it may not have full coverage in some villages or areas outside the city.
  • In Iran, access to some sites such as facebook, twitter and youtube is restricted.

Calendar

  • On the occasion of the deaths of religious and political people in Iran, they mourn in accordance with customs, for example, in the first ten days of the month of Muharram, or the departure of the Prophet and some Shi'ite imams or the death of the Supreme Leader on June 14, 2006. In these days, some spas and all cinemas are closed. It's better not to wear brightly colored clothes in these days.
  • The working hours of government offices in the cities are from 8am to 3pm and in Tehran from 8am to 4:30 pm.
  • Friday is the weekend and is closed all over the country. In Tehran, on Thursday, most government offices and companies are closed, and banks are open until 11:30.

For more information visit Holidays and Calendar .

Seasons of the year

  • In winter, air pollution is high in some Iranian cities (such as Tehran and industrial and populated cities).
  • The temperature of some southern cities in Iran during the warm seasons is above 40 degrees.
  • The temperature of some mountainous cities of Iran in the winter is less than -10 degrees.

For more information visit Seasons .

 

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