FAQ by our customers:

FAQ 1- Residence in Iran

In the tourist cities of Iran, it is customary for the natives to rent their houses to travelers. This type of accommodation may cause problems with accident insurance. Therefore, stay in places that operate under the supervision of the Tourism Organization of Iran. Licensed local hotels, guesthouses and houses are among the approved places. If you are traveling with a tour, trust your tour guide about accommodation.

FAQ 2- Internet in Iran

Contrary to the negative propaganda of some Western media, the Internet is almost everywhere in Iran (except the depths of caves and mountains) and it is very easy to access. All you have to do is get off at your mobile SIM card sales center as soon as you get off your plane and buy a SIM card for a very reasonable fee (less than $ 15). As soon as you activate the SIM card, you will have high-speed internet access and you can communicate with your family and friends with the help of audio and video applications. It seems necessary to have a passport to buy a tourist SIM card.

FAQ 3- Iranian money system

You can use Euros, Pounds or Dollars to pay for major travel expenses such as your accommodation or the taxi that will take you from the airport to the hotel. But for more detailed expenses, you need to convert your money into Iranian banknotes. There is a money exchange office at Iran’s international airports. Hotels have the same possibility. Reputable exchange offices are also active in all major cities of Iran; whose services you can use.

FAQ 4-Cultural taboos in Iran

Staring at people, especially Iranian women, and kissing and hugging non-homosexuals in public places is not in line with Iranian public culture. It is also against social etiquette for men to take the lead in reaching out to Iranian women. Such cases are not very desirable in Iranian regulations. When photographing cultural landscapes, especially if the subject is an Iranian citizen, it is best to ask permission. Iranians, like many people around the world, like their privacy to be respected.

FAQ 5- Rewarding in Iran

Under Iranian law, it is not mandatory to reward a restaurant waiter or someone who takes your luggage to your hotel room. These people get paid by their employer for the services they provide. Of course, you can give a reward voluntarily. This is different for people who are going to provide you with special services, such as carrying your backpack and belongings on a mountaineering route. A banknote of five or ten thousand tomans is a good amount for a reward.

FAQ 6- Public beliefs in Iran

In Iranian culture, mosques, shrines, and shrines are revered, and visiting them, like all other religious sites around the world, requires respect and humility. At noon and after full sunset, due to congregational prayers, it is not possible for tourists to visit some large mosques. After the congregational prayer, which does not last more than a few minutes, there is no obstacle to visiting.

FAQ 7- Laws on alcohol and drugs

Under Iranian law, the transportation and use of alcohol and drugs, including marijuana, in public places is prohibited, and there is no center that officially serves alcohol to its customers. However, in Iran, as in many other countries, the smuggling and underground distribution of banned substances and beverages is a significant social harm.

FAQ 8- Halal food in Iran

According to Iranian regulations, only halal food is served in this country. Halal food is not prepared or served with alcohol. The animal whose meat is to be used for cooking is slaughtered in a special way. Also, the meat of some animals such as pigs, dogs, mice, etc. are not used in Iran because they are not halal.

FAQ 9- Paying attention to price tags in Iran

Most Iranians are conscientious and moral people and are fair in dealing with tourists. However, as everywhere in the world, there is very little chance of abuse by traders. When shopping, pay attention to the price tag of the products so that you do not have to pay unfairly. In many cases, prices are written in English numbers.

FAQ 10-Behavioral characteristics of the Iranian people

Hospitality and expression of friendly feelings is the most prominent moral characteristic of Iranians. So if you come across Iranians who invite you to their home, give you something as a souvenir, enjoy seeing you, take a souvenir photo with you, get your email address or Facebook account to ask about your condition later, shake your hand They give and hug you, do not be surprised.

FAQ 11- Public transportation in Iran

In Iran, intercity buses are divided into men and women. It is better to enter the part that suits your gender. Also in Iran, the normal routine of taxi service is that 4 passengers (one passenger in the front seat and three passengers in the back seat of the taxi) board. If you want to be the only taxi passenger, you have to take a “closed taxi” which includes more costs.

In some large cities, in addition to the high-speed bus and subway system, there are taxi tracking applications such as SNAP. By buying an Iranian SIM card and installing these applications on your mobile phone, you can use their services.

FAQ 12-Health services in Iran

There are toilets in hotels and many tourist places and you will not have any problems in this regard. But in most public places there is no toilet and you have to use the Iranian toilet. Iranian toilet stone is located on the floor and unlike the toilet, it does not have a chair-like shape. To use the Iranian toilet, you have to squat on the floor. Today, almost all toilets use water hoses. Remember that paper towels are not used in most public toilets in and around cities. (Iranians use water for washing instead of handkerchiefs).

If you insist on using a handkerchief, put a few leaves in your handbag or pocket. To use some sanitary services along the way, you need to pay a very small fee (500 Tomans). Of course, if you do not have small money with you and you do not pay, no one will stop you from using the health service.

FAQ 13- Laws related to the coasts of Iran

According to Iranian regulations, swimming or sunbathing on the southern and northern coasts of Iran is for men and women on separate beaches. Of course, walking on the beach and sports and recreational activities are not subject to gender segregation. There is also the issue of using the hotel pool. You will also encounter special customs for religious places such as the shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, the shrine of Imam Masoumeh in Qom and also the shrine of Shahcheragh in Shiraz. In this way, the entrance door of these attractions for women is different from the door through which men enter. After passing through the front door, tourist men and women can join each other and visit.

FAQ 14- The best way to start a conversation in Iran

In Iran, if you want to ask someone for an address or have a request to explain something to you, or when you enter a shop / store / museum / restaurant / cafe, etc., say hello first. Saying hello at the beginning of a conversation with Iranians is a kind of respect, norm and cultural value. The proverb “Hello brings health” shows the importance of greeting in Iranian culture.

FAQ 15- Conventional nutritional customs in Iran

Unlike European food culture, most traditional Iranian dishes do not need a knife to be served. In most cases, you can easily eat with a spoon and fork. Some foods require only a spoon to use. Others are wrapped in bread and eaten by hand. To learn more about Iranian food culture, see here.

FAQ 16- Solo trips to Iran

Backpackers, like those traveling to Iran on tour, are in complete safety. However, it is better to stay in places licensed by the Tourism Organization of Iran and use valid cars when traveling.