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Travel Advise

 

  • If you are approached by anyone who claims to be a policeman, ask to see their ID and request the presence of a uniformed officer or marked patrol car. Don’t hand over any documents or cash, or get into any vehicle.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of money and keep your passport safe. Pre-booked taxis are safer than those hailed from the street.
  • Take great care when traveling by road, including by public transport and when crossing streets. If you’re involved in an accident, no matter how minor, don’t leave the scene. Wait until the police arrive to make their report.
  • Women aren’t allowed to drive a motorcycle on public roads.
  • Bargain ruthlessly when buying handcrafts, rugs or big ticket items and modestly when hailing private taxis. In most other aspects of life, prices are fixed.
  • In general, Iran is the safest country in the Middle East. Iran is much safer than Westerners might expect. Most people are genuinely friendly and interested to know about you and your country, so leave aside your preconceptions and come with an open mind. Iran is still a relatively low-crime country.
  • Photography near military and other government installations is strictly prohibited. Be aware that this rule is taken very seriously in Iran.
  • Iran has state-of-the-art medical facilities in all its major cities.
  • Apart from being up to date with your usual travel vaccinations (tetanus, polio, etc), no special preparation is needed for travel to Iran.
  • For minor ailments, your hotel can contact an English-speaking doctor. In the case of serious illness or accident, you can ask to be taken to a hospital with English-speaking staff (such as Milad Hospital, Atiyeh Hospital, Mehrad Hospital, Day Hospital or Khatam ol-Anbia Hospital in Tehran). Make sure that your health insurance covers illness or accident on holidays since free medical service is not available in Iran.